Ibumu Refresher Evening : 11 September 2018

In 2015 our United Benefice sent a short term mission team to Ibumu, Tanzania to help build a secondary school laboratory.
Three years have passed, and the churches would like to renew their relationship with the people of Ibumu and help them put a roof on the laboratory.

On the evening of Tuesday 11 September 2018, we are hosting an Ibumu Refresher Evening to remind us all what the team achieved in 2015, fill us in about what has happened in the last 3 years and consider how we can come alongside the people of Ibumu again

There has been some good news from Ibumu! The villagers have continued the building of the laboratory in the last 3 years, slowly but surely… It is now at the height to add the ringbeam and roof.

Raising funds to Raise the Roof in Ibumu!

We are raising £1000 to help Raise the Roof in Ibumu!

If you would like to help, please donate through the church (mark gifts clearly Ibumu Roof) of through Emmanuel International (see www.eiuk.org.uk/ways-to-give). EIUK created a dedicated Charity Checkout link for the Ibumu Roof (tinyurl.com/y8l8vlfb) Please note that Charity Checkout charges a fee for this service.

Vacancy in ‘connect’ Distribution

For the last five years I’ve enjoyed playing an important part in the process of getting our monthly ‘connect’ magazine into the hands of its subscribers and readers. In short, as Distributor, I receive two boxes of magazines each month direct from the printers, from which I make up batches of varying size and drop them off around the Parish for our team of deliverers to put through the letter boxes of subscribers on their local rounds.

Recently – and unexpectedly – I’ve been asked to take on added responsibilities as a language teacher for GCSE students. I foresee that once the new school year starts in September, it won’t be long before my professional duties start to impinge on my voluntary work. That’s why, at this stage, I’m publicising the need to find my successor as Distributor.
The role of the ‘connect’ Distributor requires about 5 or 6 hours a month for most of the year – hours that can be broken up within the space of 7 days into whatever portions are convenient to the performer. It would suit anyone interested in an active way of serving the community and making friendly connections in and around the villages of our lovely Parish.

I’ll be remaining on hand to give any amount of advice and support whenever needed – and even fill in at holiday times, if required. Further details of this vacancy can be obtained from our Vicar, James Russell, on 782003 or from me, Christian Arnold, on 698357.

Soul Survivor 2018

I’m delighted to say that Stephen and Jane Everard are taking a group to Soul Survivor this August and have kindly invited any of ROOTS youth group to join them.
Click here for their details and sign up sheet.

If this is of interest please contact Stephen and Jane as soon as possible.

Stephen is part of our ministry team at St Stephens and St Leodegars working closely with James, I and others.

Just for your info, Jackie and I had decided not to attend Soul Survivor this summer, so Stephen and Jane’s kind offer is very timely.


Forthcoming Events

On Saturday September 8th St. Leodegar’s are holding a craft fair in North Mundham village hall and there will be a tombola stall at it.

I would be grateful for any donations for the stall.

Also, on Sunday September 9th there is Hunston Village Vintage Fete and Picnic and St Leodegar’s have been invited to run stalls and games at it.  The money we take on these will be kept by the church.

Sue Waite and I have decided on Cakes and Preserves, Bric-a-Brac and Books for the 3 stalls and various games that have been used at the church fete in the past.

We would appreciate items for these stalls and we will also need helpers on the day.   The fete runs from 1pm to 5pm on Hunston playing field.  If you have any other ideas for stalls please let me know.

There will be boxes at the back of the church for any donations.  Thank you in advance for your help.

Joan Duberley


St. Stephen’s Church Tower

Let me take this opportunity to update people on the Church Tower. As you know, it was anticipated that work would be needed to be done on some of the timber and brickwork within the tower. Concerns were raised that this amount might eventually rise to some considerable sum. After seeking advice from our Church Surveyor, a faculty application was made to the Diocese for some initial work to be completed. For various reasons this application was turned down. However, I think that we can see God’s guiding hand in all this as it has given us opportunity to draw back and consider again what the most pressing needs of our building – and the tower in particular – really are. We have also taken this opportunity to appoint a new church Architect and we look forward to working with him in addressing and prioritising our needs as we move forward.