Good news to start the year
Mid December brought the exciting news that the Revd Jessica Reid had been appointed as Priest in Charge of Apuldram and of Fishbourne. Mother Jessica is currently Assistant Curate at St Nicholas in Brighton. At the time of writing we do not know when she will be licenced but expect it to be sooner rather than later. Mother Jessica’s husband, the Revd Angus Reid, was recently licenced as Rector of St George’s Whyke so they will want to settle into Whyke Rectory with their young family as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming Mother Jessica to Apuldram.
Carols by Candlelight
took place on 19th December led by John Sheppard. The service followed the familiar pattern with the Christmas story told by our readers, the figures placed in the stable by the children and well loved carols sung, albeit behind masks. The flower team excelled themselves and the church was full of colour with candles glowing in the sconces. Although a get together with mulled wine and mince pies was planned, the rise in Covid infections caused this to be cancelled again. Our thanks go to John for making this a special service and to Sarah for playing the organ.
Looking back at 2021
Another year of ups and downs. Church services were resumed at Christmas 2020 but briefly afterwards were suspended again. Finally from Easter we were able to have two services a month, with limited numbers, masked and no singing. June brought the end of lockdown (another lockdown, another end – again!) and life began to get back to some form of normality. Progressively social distancing in church was eased and by September the booking system terminated. Masks, however, have become a part of life. In June we had the unexpected news that Moira was to take early retirement and we sadly said goodbye to her in July. We were very fortunate in having the Revd Martha Weatherill who has not only taken special services for us but found clergy cover for ordinary services, as well as offering support and advice. We are most grateful to her and to Canon David Nason and Revd John Dane both of whom have taken services and will continue to do so until Revd Jessica comes. John Sheppard led the Pet Thanksgiving service and the Carol Service and our thanks go to him, as well as to Father Luke, Archdeacon of Chichester, who led the Christmas morning service. We end the year with concerns over the rapid spread of Omicron but in the happy knowledge that 2022 will bring us a new priest.
News from the Diocese of Chichester
Bishop Ruth believes in the Christmas story
Bishop Ruth, Bishop of Horsham, sparked media interest when she turned to Twitter with a few self-styled verses to describe what she believed about the Christmas story based on a jumper retailed by a leading high street store.
Bishop Ruth was wearing the Believe Christmas jumper which has created national media interest and has been followed by 100s of clergy who have pictured themselves wearing the Christmas jumper.
A very happy and healthy 2022 to all our readers
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