Date set for new bishops’ welcome

The recently consecrated bishops of Horsham [Ruth Bushyager] and Lewes [Will Hazelwood] will be formally installed in Chichester cathedral at two special services next month.

The recently consecrated bishops of Horsham [Ruth Bushyager] and Lewes [Will Hazelwood] will be formally installed in Chichester cathedral at two special services next month (Sunday 13 September).

There will be two services, one for each bishop, because Covid restrictions limit the number of people who can attend. Both bishops will attend each other’s installation.

Bishop Will to be installed at 2pm, and Bishop Ruth at 3.30pm.

At each service the new bishop will be supported by the presence of family and friends, and others (including the Diocese as a whole) will be able to follow the celebrations via a LIVE streaming on the Sunday afternoon.

Bishop Martin said: “The installation of bishops Ruth and Will is going to mark their incorporation into the life of the diocese and we welcome them with a great sense of confidence and hope. This is the very best welcome we can give them and their families in the present circumstances and it’s great that the installations will be streamed, enabling many others to join us on-line.”

Together with Bishop Martin, the new bishops will launch their ministry in the diocese by ordaining new deacons and priests individually in churches across the whole of Sussex. 

BABY GRAND PIANO

Have you ever wandered what it would be like to own your very own Baby Grand Piano?

Well now is your chance. St Stephen`s Church are looking for a good home for this beautiful piano above.

You may ask why? Well we have just purchased an electric piano.

If you would like to own this or know of somebody who would please contact Lynn Mears or Robert Leeder details below.

We have not put a price on this, it is open to offers.

Lynn Mears mearslynn55@gmail.com  Mob. 07796402169 or 01243537190

Robert Leeder roboleedo@yahoo.com Mob. 07760580044

All Age Worship Services are resuming in September

We are very happy to announce that Alistair Ghinn will be leading the All Age Service on the 2nd Sunday at St Stephen’ Church and the on the 3rd Sunday at St Leodegar’s Church, from September onwards.

Since having to book a place in church, we have had no families attending. It would be really lovely to have some families and younger children join us, at the All Age Worship services in particular. You are also welcome to book for any of our other services too!

Please contact (for St Stephen’s) Lynn Mears (537190) and (for St Leodegar’s) Joan Duberley (787801).
The church leadership team

Church Services

The Holy Communion Services at St Stephen’s Church will be video taped and shared on YouTube.

23 August 2020
9:30am     Morning Praise in Mundham
11:00am   Holy Communion in Hunston

30 August 2020
9:30am     Holy Communion in Mundham
11:00am   Holy Communion in Hunston

Please remember that you need to book your place:for St Stephen’s with Lynn Mears (537190) and for St Leodegar’s with Joan Duberley (787801).

Opening Up of the Benefice’s Churches for Sunday Services

We are very pleased to be able to tell everyone that with the lifting of some of the COVID-19 restrictions by the government, and following the advice and guidelines from the Church of England (C of E) and our own Bishop, we plan to open both the churches in the Benefice for Sunday Services from 2 August 2020. This is excellent news!

However, there are limitations and guidelines that we must all comply with to minimise, as much as possible, risk of contamination and infection, in our concerted efforts to keep us all safe. Services will operate to the government guidance on ‘Social Distancing’ and everyone will be asked to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering and departing from church. Sadly we are not permitted to have any congregational hymn singing or refreshments.

Please see below the pattern of Services and how we are to deliver these.

  • We will be opening both churches in the Benefice for Sunday Service worship from Sunday 2 August 2020.
  • We will maintain the usual Service times, 9:30am at St Stephen’s and 11:00am at St Leodegar’s, and our usual pattern of Services for Holy Communion, etc.
  • The Services at St Leodegar’s Church will be in the ‘said’ format only, though the organ will be played on arrival and departure.
  • Information on where to sit, circulation routes, delivery of Holy Communion, etc. will be explained on booking attendance, in advance, and on arrival in church.
  • Holy Communion to be taken under the Bishop’s and C of E guidelines (wafers only).
  • The limitation on space, maintaining the 2 metre rule where possible, means you will need to book for each service you plan to attend, in advance, by phone.
  • The phone contact for St Stephen’s is to be Lynn Mears (537190) and for St Leodegar’s Joan Duberley (787801) and in each church priority will be given to regular members of each church.
  • Provision for members of the same household and families have been taken into consideration – please tell Lynn or Joan who and how many will be with you when you book.
  • Please note you will be allocated a specific pew and will not be able to sit in your usual pew.
  • Congregation members aged 70 and over, regardless of medical conditions, are reminded of the C of E advice to stay at home as much as possible and, if you go out, to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside of your household.

It should be noted that we will not be able to facilitate our usual joint service on the 5th Sunday of the month (when there is a fifth Sunday) and that we will have communion at both churches.

Please note that with the re-opening of the churches for Sunday Services we will cease to be opening the churches for Individual Prayer from August.

Please also note that we intend to maintain our ‘online’ presence by recording the St Stephen’s Sunday Service from 2 August onwards. If anyone has a digital camera that could be used for this purpose, please contact Robert Leeder (07760 580044).

Many thanks for your cooperation with the above and I look forward to seeing some of you, at least, in Church shortly.

God Bless

Peter Sanders,
Churchwarden St Leodegar’s Church
on behalf of the Leadership Team of the Benefice

Please share your experiences during lockdown

The Leadership Team of our two churches would love you to share your experiences of lockdown, please. In particular along the lines of how your faith has been affected by / has affected those experiences. We might use it as a montage in a service if people do an audio/video recording or if you prefer to write something, then we publish it in the next ‘connect’ magazine.

Please send your stories to editor.churches@hotmail.co.uk.
 

Joint Benefice Leadership Team

Prayer Hub

St Stephen’s Church and St Leodegar’s Church, as a Benefice, is running a prayer support ministry in our churches, called the Prayer Hub. We believe in the power of prayer and want to be able to pray for one another.

If you have a prayer request and would like people to intercede for you, please contact me so that I can initiate the prayer hub. To ensure accuracy in passing on your prayer requests, it is preferable that concise requests are submitted in writing (email to editor.churches@hotmail.co.uk and text messages to 07886873690 will be acceptable). If you are submitting a request on behalf of someone else, please ensure that you have their permission to do so. First names or initials can be used for sensitive issues. If you have asked for prayer, when appropriate, please send updates so we can keep praying specifically or give thanks when prayers are answered.

Prayer requests will be treated confidentially. Only the intercessors on the prayer hub will know about needs and will never discuss it with anyone. The church leadership team is part of the group. You don’t have to be part of our churches to submit a prayer request.

We are also looking for more people to join our prayer chain as intercessors (people who pray). If you are interested in becoming an intercessor, please contact me,

Linda Fitzmaurice