A Reflective Carols by Candlelight
took place on 20th December. This inevitably followed a slightly different format from normal but once again we were able to reflect on the Christmas story as told by our readers, to listen to familiar carols, even though we could not sing, and watch as the figures were placed in the stable. The church looked very festive with glowing candles in the sconces and amongst the foliage on the window ledges. Sadly, of course, it was not possible for parishioners to get together in the usual way after the service.
The Sussex Heritage Trust Ecclesiastical Award 2020
We were delighted that Simon Knight, Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust was able to come to Apuldram on 9th December to present the Ecclesiastical Award 2020. Graham Pound accepted the Award on behalf of the PCC. Also present at the ceremony were Alex Hall from the architects Douglas Briggs Partnership; Mr Lucking from the builders, Lucking Brothers; the Rev’d Canon Moira Wickens; PCC member Hilary Caine and Helen Reeve, Administrator from the Sussex Heritage Trust.
The Hope Sculpture Competition
On a sunny Saturday towards the end of December the thirteen clay heads were exhibited in the churchyard. They were of a very high standard and it would have been difficult to have chosen a winner. Unfortunately the organiser had not left any information on the exhibition so passing walkers were bemused by the sight of the double row of clay heads sitting atop red dustbins!
A move north
This month we say farewell to Kate Byles as she moves to be closer to family after many years in Apuldram. Kate has been an essential and cheerful part of the church teams, helping with everything from flowers to cleaning, gardening to teas. We shall miss her company enormously and wish her all the very best for her new life in York.
At the start of 2021
we think back to this time last year when we had no perception of what was to come in 2020.
It was a quite extraordinary year with our lives restricted beyond anything we could have imagined. Churches were closed for much of the year. In fact during the March lockdown clergy themselves were actually forbidden to enter their own church buildings (a restriction beyond the government guidelines). Subsequently churches could open for prayer and services were eventually resumed, albeit in a very different format. A second lockdown forced services to be cancelled yet again. Low- key Christmas services were held at Apuldram, as elsewhere, enabling worshippers to gather together to celebrate the birth of Christ.
We give thanks to Moira who has guided us through this unsettling period while facing tough times herself, including the sadness of her mother’s death. Thanks go, too, to all those who continued to maintain the church and the churchyard. So much goes on in the background even if the church itself is closed
On the positive side these difficult times have brought the parish together. Many have helped, and are still continuing to do so, those self isolating in Apuldram: shopping, keeping in touch and offering support in any way possible. There is so much kindness within the community.
Let us hope that the news this coming year will be more upbeat: the relief of a Brexit deal finally being achieved and the start of an immunisation programme is encouraging. May 2021 be a happier and hope filled year.
The Apuldram Parish Meeting
met on Thursday evening, 17 December. A gift of appreciation (appropriately roses) was given to David Siggs as he stepped down from his long held position as Parish Clerk. To view the Minutes from this meeting, and previous meetings, visit www.apuldrampm.org.uk
Services for January
should follow the pattern of previous months, despite the Tier 4 restrictions. At Apuldram there will be Holy Communion at 08.00 on the 10th and 24th January and an 09.30 joint parishes service on the last Sunday of the month, 31st January. Any changes will be posted on the website.
St Mary’s Meeting Room is now available to the community for hire, either by regular users or for one-off events. For further information please go to the St Mary’s Meeting Room page
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