Sunday 18 February 2018 - Lent One
8.00am    Holy Communion (BCP)  (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am    Parish Communion  (celebrant Revd Alison Green; preacher Martin Brown)
                Anthem:  O for a closer walk with God        Charles V Stanford
                Organ voluntary:  Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV671    J. S. Bach
                Readings:  Genesis 9: 8-17;  Psalm 25: 1-9;  1 Peter 3: 18-end; Mark 1: 9-15 

Collect for the First Sunday of Lent
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the winderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sunday 25 February 2018 – Lent Two
8.00am     Holy Communion (BCP)  (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am     Parish Communion  (Revd Andrew Doye)
11.15am   Sung Communion at Woodmancote (Revd Andrew Doye)
6.00pm     Special service – Lent theme
                 Readings:  Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16;  Psalm 22: 23-end; Romans 4: 13-end;  Mark 8: 31-end 

Monday 19 February to Friday 23 February 2018
8.30am     Morning Prayer

Wednesday 21 February 2018
10.30am    Holy Communion (BCP)  (Revd Andrew Doye)

News and events

Monday 19 and Thursday 22 February 2018
10.00am    Drop In, Parish Hall

Lent Groups: "On the Third Day" starting this week
Participants who have joined groups can collect course booklets at the Parish Hall after the 9.30 am service today, or from the group leader at the start of the course.  2 places remain at each group meeting on Tuesday morning and Thursday evening; sign the notice in the Welcome Area of the north aisle if you would like to join either of these groups. For queries contact Roddy.

Our next Deanery Confirmation will be in the cathedral on the evening of Thursday 3 May 2018.  Adults or young people who may wish to be confirmed, please speak with the Rector as soon as possible.

Marmalade Festival
A huge thank you to everyone who helped with this yesterday and those who came and had breakfast and bought so many jars!  We raised more than £400 which is a great result. Andrew T.

Lent lunch
The 2nd Lent Lunch on the 23 February 2018 will be in the Parish Hall at 12.30pm in aid of Embrace the Middle East. There is so much unrest in the Middle East at the present time where conflict rages on.  Embrace partners with local Christians to help transform the lives of vulnerable people in providing healthcare, education and other essential everyday needs. 

Interested in Reading in Church?
Find our more on Saturday morning, 24 February, at Funtington church hall (next to the church). Coffee at 10.30am followed by a talk by local actor Paula Williams and, for those who wish, a chance to practice in church with supportive feedback.

Healing – It’s for everyone
A day of prayer, practice and teaching at St Paul’s Church, Chichester on Saturday 24 February 2018 from 10am - 3pm. Please bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee will be provided. For enquiries and to book a place please email Revd Brenda Couzens.

Open the Book - The Bible in School
We would like to form a small team able to go into our local school and narrate bible stories in a lively and entertaining way, as an occasional lunchtime activity.  If you can be available at that time of the day and fancy giving this a go, please have a word. Revd Andrew Doye

2018 is the Diocesan Year of Prayer        
In our daily prayers, let us pray for our village and this congregation, and for the people who make every day special;
for those suffering poverty, persecution, slavery, oppression, injustice and the effect of conflict. 

Why not commit to pray in the Lord’s Prayer at least once every day in Lent?
And/or borrow a devotional book for the season from the Church library?

Date for your diary
Wednesday 18 April 2018, 7.30pm - Annual Parochial Church Meeting, Parish Hall.

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