September news from Apuldram
September already and we don’t even seem to have had a summer. But indifferent weather is a minor detail when finally we are mainly free of the Pandemic restrictions. The gloomy weather should have had the advantage of reducing the traffic flow to the beach but interminable emergency gas works at the top end of Birdham Road scuppered that. Anyhow, we can now look ahead to the autumn, perhaps an Indian summer, and hope that the young returning to school and university will have a successful year uninterrupted by Covid.
A step in the right direction
On the last Sunday of August Apuldram and Fishbourne joined together for a service at Apuldram. For the first time since the lockdown in March 2020 we had a choral service which was very uplifting. Perhaps the singing was rather muffled behind the masks but there was no lack of enthusiasm and with Sarah at the organ and Allan on his violin the volume was quite respectable. There are still two pews closed off to allow space for those who feel more comfortable being socially distanced but restrictions are easing and small steps are being taken to return to normality. The online booking for services has been discarded as we no longer have the same concerns about the number of people in the church at one time.
Congratulations to the Revd Martha
who has been appointed Rural Dean for the Chichester diocese. As Martha explains in her letter, her role includes helping the Bishop in his episcope and care of the deanery, being a friend to clergy and lay leaders of the parishes and, significantly in our case, being supportive to parishes during clergy vacancies. She will have a heavy workload but will always be on hand for Apuldram for any pastoral requirements.
Coming up in September
The first event on Saturday 11th September is the annual Sussex Ride and Stride which, of course, did not take place last year. This is a sponsored ride (bike or horse) or walk in which people all over Sussex walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside. The money raised through sponsorship helps the Sussex Historic Churches Trust save Sussex historic churches, chapels and meeting houses for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and undertake restoration works. 50% of the sponsorship goes to the SHCT, the other 50% to participants’ chosen church.
Next up on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September is the ngs opening of Rymans garden. The church tea team will be hard at work in St Mary’s Meeting Room providing visitors with tea and home made cake.
On Sunday 26th September there will be a very low key Harvest Festival.
As this service is a Holy Communion at 8 o’clock there is little scope for much celebration but the Revd John Dane will do what he can and we ask parishioners to provide produce to be passed on to local organisations. This can be left at the church, which is open daily, or brought to the service.
A date for October
The Pet Thanksgiving Service is back! On Sunday 17th October at 3.30pm John Sheppard will lead a service of thanksgiving for our pets. The lockdowns encouraged many people to become pet owners and this is a wonderful opportunity to say thank you for all the joy and companionship our pets bring us. The service always has its moments but to date there have been no full-scale dog disputes nor have larger (pet) members of the congregation attempted to consume the smaller
St Mary’s Meeting Room is 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