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Welcome and thank you for visiting St Stephen’s Church, North Mundham.  St Stephen’s is part of a strong and vibrant community in the Parish of North Mundham, south of Chichester.  This is a popular church, with a large congregation, attracting people from near and far.

The services during the month offer an opportunity to praise God in different ways.  The Church runs a Sunday School on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.  We welcome children to all our services with a monthly All Age Service.  Children and youth groups meet in the Village Hall for games, singing, activities and Christian teaching.

St Stephen’s and St Leodegar’s churches work closely together as a united benefice and are ministered by Revd. James Russell.

Poppy Lunch on Remembrance Sunday

As many of you know, your local small branch of the Royal British Legion organises a “Poppy Lunch” in the Village Hall after the Remembrance Day church services. This is a very popular village event and last year a full house of 100 villagers and their friends and families enjoyed a Hog Roast and puddings, raising nearly £1000 for the Poppy Appeal. Unfortunately our event organiser is no longer able to help so we are looking to recruit another. The job is not arduous, and centres on selling tickets, organising helpers for the day and sourcing the foodstuffs, much of which is donated by the Runcton Farm Shop. The organisation of the lunch follows a well tried and tested procedure and we could even split the tasks amongst 2 or 3 people if necessary.

If you feel you would like to help with this, and other tasks on the day like setting up the hall, please contact Andy Forsyth on 01243 778191, 07985 441786 or andyforsyth67@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Lent Study Group

We are intending to run a 6 week group during Lent. The dates are March 12, 19, 26 and April 2,9 &16
Time 2.30 for an hour or so
Venue: Possibly St Stephen’s room… though we would love it if some-one were to volunteer to host in their home!
Material: still under discussion but we will let you know soon.

If you are interested please let one of us know so we can have some idea of numbers. Everyone is very welcome. We will look at the material and have informal discussion about it; you don’t need to have a lot of knowledge – just come prepared to discuss or to listen.
And please let us know if you would be happy to host the group.
James and Katrina

St Leodegar’s and St Stephen’s Churches – 6 Yearly Electoral Roll Check

There is a Chichester Diocesan requirement to carry out a complete check of the Electoral Roll membership lists in March. This is for Church business and not connected in any way to civil elections. It can be a lengthy process for those involved so please assist by playing your part at the earliest opportunity, including advising if you wish to be removed or know of anybody who ought to be removed.

In February all those shown on the existing lists will be given a written explanation about what is required along with a new application form. This form should then be completed and passed to the appropriate Electoral Roll Officer by no later than Sunday 24th March 2019. Only those on the new list after that date will be entitled to vote at the Annual Church Parochial Meeting on the 7th April 2019 or hold any form of office or appointment in the churches.

Any new and regular attenders at the churches would be welcome to join, with application forms available at the rear of the churches. You are allowed to be on the Rolls of both Churches.
The Electoral Roll Officers are Jo Williams at Hunston and David Coward at North Mundham.

If you wish to assist with the process, please contact the vicar, the Reverend James Russell.

Matt’s Fundraising Dinner

Matt Bacon is spending two years on an Internship with CYE (Christian Youth Enterprises), Cobnor Point. To support his work he needs to raise £3,000.
He is holding a fundraising dinner on Sunday 24th March at North Mundham Village Hall. The meal consists for 5 courses, a drink on arrival and a glass of wine with the meal. The cost per ticket is £30, or you can purchase a table of 10 for £280. The timings are 5.30pm-9pm and the dress code is ‘Smart/Casual’.
You will get the opportunity to find out more of what CYE do in our community as well as be entertained by live music and an after dinner speaker. There will also be a raffle.

To book your place please contact Chrissie@bennewith.co.uk or 07902567230.
If you cannot make it, but would still like to make a contribution towards Matt’s work please also contact Chrissie.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Chrissie Bacon

Date for Diary

James takes on his new parish 1st July at 7.30pm
A coach has been booked for those of you who would like to attend this service. The coach will leave North Mundham Village Hall at 5.30pm. The cost of this will be £11.00 pp.
There is a list at the back of both churches please sign up if you want to go.
It is a first come first serve basis. I have allowed 20 seats for St Leodegars and 33 for St Stephen`s.
If you have any questions please speak to Lynn Mears, Churchwarden St Stephen’s