Here you will find information and announcements taken from recent Pew Sheets.
CORONAVIRUS – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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‘May our prayers for all continue as we worship apart but remain strong in faith together.’
Coronavirus further information from the Pew Sheet 22nd March 2020
- The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.
- They said that far from having to “shut up shop”, the Church of England must face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others.
- The Archbishops expressed the desire that church buildings may, where practical, remain open as places of prayer for the community, observing social distancing recommendations.
- They urged congregations to be in the forefront of providing practical care and support for the most poor and the most vulnerable during the crisis.
“Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,” they wrote.
“Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.
“We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.
“Then by our service, and by our love, Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation – will spread across our land.”
“We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world.”
- The archbishops have joined other church leaders in calling for a day of prayer and action this Sunday (Mothering Sunday) particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services.
Our Church has been paid £104.62 by easyfundraising!
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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.
St Peter’s Gardeners
Duing the Spring we are meeting from 9am – 10.30am on Saturdays on the 21st March; 4th & 18th April; and 2nd & 16th May. All gardeners welcome.
Bible Society Supper
On Saturday 28th March 6.30 pm at Chichester Baptist Church. Light Supper followed by a talk on the work of the Bible Society. £5 Tickets from Marion (785226)
Fishbourne Loves Books
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.
Messy Church will not meet in April as it is Easter Day. The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday 10th May at 16.30pm. The topic will be “Jesus the Healer”, but may be subject to change.
We also welcome anyone who would like to be involved in the planning and running of the service. For more information Caroline Sheppard 07787943027
School and Church Fete
Unfortunately this has now been postponed until Saturday 26th September 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:
Our National Health service.
Our Local G.P’s and all who work in them.
Care workers and those who need care.
One another in our parishes.