In 2019 please make a note of these dates which are not to be missed.

GRANDPARENTS DAY – Sunday, 6 October

I recently remarked during one of my sermons that as Churches, Fishbourne and Apuldram need to focus on ensuring the message of the Gospels gets through to all in our parish, not just those at our Sunday Services. Developing ways to ensure this happens is very important. A quick look at the Gospels shows how in-touch Jesus was with the lives of his contemporaries when he was teaching!! With this in mind, we are planning to hold some special services in months to come, the first of which celebrates everything about grandparenthood.

As people live longer and parents work harder, the role of grandparents in the lives of children has probably never been more prominent. Acting as I do, as a guide on children’s walking holidays, I see more children come with grandparents than with parents. The wider view of grandparenthood, including those who fill the role without a traditional genetic link, and those who support and help the younger generation generally, is also important and valued. It’s all about linking generations together and making them aware of each other across the years, however that might be achieved.

Sunday 6 October is Grandparents Day. I know it sounds like an Americanism designed to sell greetings cards but today, more than ever, it has real meaning. We will be holding a service to celebrate at 16.30, at Fishbourne Church on that day. If you have a grandparent figure in your life, if you are a grandparent, if you fulfil that role in some way or if you are a supporter of the rise in grandparent importance, do come. It will be a short celebration of all that’s good about grandparenthood. A little music, some readings and a few thoughts. I wouldn’t like to do it alone. Please come and enjoy celebrating the importance of young people to the older generation and the importance of the older people in the lives of youngsters. Our society could be said to be in need of some unification right now!

Do ensure people in Apuldram and Fishbourne who don’t visit this website (are there any?) know about it too!!

I look forward to seeing you there.

John Sheppard
Reader, St Peter and St Marys, Fishbourne and St Mary the Virgin, Apuldram

        “Musicians from The Consort of Twelve”
         Saturday 19th October in the Church
An evening of Baroque chamber music on period instruments featuring:
Sophie Middleditch – Recorder
Ada Witczyk – Baroque Violin
Lynden Cranham – Baroque Cello
David Pollock – Harpsichord
        Followed by supper in St Peter’s Place
       Tickets £15 and £8 for aged 18 and under
tel:  Jennie on 01243 532642 or by sending a cheque made out 
to  PCC St Peter and St Mary together with a stamped addressed envelope 
to  40 Barker Close, Fishbourne, Chichester, PO18 8BJ

More information about these and other events will appear here soon.

 All the proceeds from these events benefit the Church of St Peter and St Mary, unless otherwise stated.