Parish Letter

The Parish of St Peter & St Mary New Fishbourne
and the Parish of St Mary the Virgin Apuldram

The Revd Canon Moira Wickens
Rector of Fishbourne and Priest in Charge of Apuldram
The Rectory, 31 Caspian Close, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8AY
Rectory Tel (01243) 920346 E-mail
Church Office (01243) 784283 E-mail

9 June 2021

Update from the Rectory

Dear all,

Never in a million years did I expect to make the following announcement in this way. So please do forgive me, but there really is no other way due to the ongoing Covid restrictions.

Some of you know, many of you don’t, that I have for some time been living with a chronic illness, which has on the whole been kept under control, due to the care of my consultant.

However, over the last two years I have got steadily worse, I am now at the stage where I am in constant pain, despite strong painkillers, and unable to do many simple things. I now have to get up very early so that I can begin to move my joints and allow the painkillers to take effect, so that I can conduct say the services with a smile on my face.

During this last year I have reflected long and hard about my condition, and sadly have come to the decision to take early retirement on health grounds.

All being well, I will be around for a few weeks yet, but I am only able to do light duties.

For now, I would like to say thank you,
For allowing me to share in your lives.
To be with you during good times and not so good times.
Thank you for letting me laugh with you, and cry with you, Overall, thank you for your care and friendship, and allowing me to be part of you.
Please do not feel sorry for me, nor sadness, but please work together to keep building your churches.

And a great positive is: that as we emerge out of lockdown, it will be great for a new person to be appointed, someone with energy, new ideas, and a fresh vision. So let us thank God that our paths have crossed, and please, don’t put too many flags out.

With much love and prayers,