Here you will find information and announcements taken from recent Pew Sheets.
Coronavirus. Advice for churches.
Although the risk is low the diocese has sent the following advice to each church. Firstly, do pray for those infected by this virus and for those who care for them. The world Health Organization has declared that this is a public health emergency of international concern, which enables resources to be sent to those most at risk rather than to worry people.
What do we need to do here in Fishbourne and Apuldram.
Firstly, if you do feel unwell, with flu like symptoms, please do not soldier on, take time out, we must look after ourselves and one another. For now we are asked to follow these directives.
Holy Communion. Those who administer Holy Communion and prepare the elements are reminded to wash their hands before the service. This is common sense really and should always be done.
Receiving Communion. Please do not intinct (dip) the host into the wine as this could spread many more germs than if a person drinks from the chalice. However, if you have a cold, or a cold sore, or would rather not drink from the chalice for now, it is perfectly acceptable to receive communion in one kind, i.e. the bread only. The chalice will continue to be offered until we are told otherwise.
Communion to the house bound will be in one kind only.
The Peace, for the next few weeks we will share the peace by sign language rather than shake hands, this is all purely precautionary at this time. I will keep you updated as I received further information from the diocese. There is no need to panic or be overly worried, if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask either myself or David.
A recent letter from the Bishop of Chichester can be read here.
Please note, from the 23rd/ 24th January Moira’s new telephone number will be 01243 920346.
If you would like to be confirmed or interested in finding out more. Please do join us. Any queries do contact Moira.
Coffee after church
Robert, our Treasurer, tells us that coffee after the 9.30. service raised around £400 last year – a very worthwhile sum which, as he says includes ‘good company, chat and friendship as well’! From a modest and pleasurable activity, it’s amazing how the funds can be raised. We really need more helpers though, so that the same people aren’t being asked all the time. Even if you cannot commit to a regular slot in the month, I’d be very grateful if you could think about offering to be an occasional helper. Sue Harrison.
Lent begins this coming Wednesday the 26th with a special service at 7.00 p.m. at Fishbourne church. Please do join us, all ages are welcome.
Books! Books! Books!
If you have any hanging around you don’t want/need or have been meaning to sort out some books, then we’d love to have them for the 28/29 March Literary Festival. Thanks. Contact Gordon (07718 512860) or Sue (01243 784983)
Thank you to those wonderful people who worked so hard last Saturday in the churchyard, we do hope to have another morning soon.
Let’s Learn Together
Sunday 16th February in St Peter’s Place at 4:30 – 6:00pm. An invitation to explore some Christian themes on 3rd Sunday evenings of the month –
“Amos: Hypocrisy, Oppression and Injustice”
There will be an interval for tea and coffee midway. We hope these evenings will be interactive and informative. Please invite your friends.
All are very welcome.
2020 Quiz and Supper
On Saturday 21st February at 7.30 in St Peter’s Place. For more information click here.
Revd John Richardson’s funeral
This will be on Thursday 27th February at 1.30 pm at St Paul’s Church Chichester.
Messy Church is a fun way of getting to know more about Jesus, God and the Christian faith, we welcome everyone to come and join in and share in the activities, games and a short teaching session. We finish with a simple meal together. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
St Peter’s Place, St Peter and St Mary’s Church Fishbourne. 16.30 on Sunday 8th March. The theme will be “Making Preparations for Easter”
We also welcome anyone who would like to be involved in the planning and running of the service. For more information Caroline Sheppard 07787943027
Fishbourne Loves Books
School and Church Fete
Saturday 27th June from 11.30am – 2.30pm. Watch this space for more information!. If you are able to help in any way please speak to Mike Lewis or Jennie Christie.
Dedication of flowers .
If you would like to have flowers dedicated on a special date please contact Mavis on 01243 788704 or Cherry on 01243 574850. Alternatively speak to us on Sunday. Writing your message down would help ensure we get the wording right and names spelt
Please see the newsboard and table (beside the organ) for news of Jenny Green , our CMS missionary link. Her latest letter is dated September 19 but it is still relevant.
This month we pray for:
Those affected by the Coronavirus.
All who are preparing for Confirmation.
The people of Australia.
Messy Church Leaders.
Let us give thanks for the wonderful signs of Spring.