Parish Letter

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

www.fishbournechurch.org.uk andwww.apuldramchurch.co.uk

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) 530198 Church Office (01243) 784283 E-mail fishbournechurch@btinternet.com

January 2019

HELLO 2019
Well here we are once more, on the brink of another New Year with all its hopes and dreams, worries and fears. For many this is a time for making changes to their lives in the form of New Year Resolutions. For others the future may seem uncertain as the world about them changes so quickly.
I believe it is an opportunity to once again look at ourselves, to acknowledge that each one of us is wonderfully made by God, that we are unique, and we do indeed have our own special gifts and talents.
Bishop Martin, the bishop of Chichester has called for 2019 to be the Year of Vocation, a time when we can all learn what it is that God wants us to do with our life.
It is often thought that the only people with a vocation are those who are to be ordained, (a vicar), or those who are doctors, nurses, teachers or care workers. That is not so. Yes people are set aside to do a particular task within the church and in society, but we all have a vocation to be the people of God, and that requires us to play our part, both within the church and within the community we work and live in.
But how do we go about finding out what we are meant to do with our lives? What is our particular vocation?
We only discover it by getting to know ourselves, by being aware of what we are good at, and how that can be used for others. We may not always have a choice about which paid job we do, but we do have a choice about what we do with the rest of our time.
Some people are called to lead in different ways, but so many others have a very important vocation to live out. Without them, those who lead would fail. Some do it quietly behind the scenes, others are more visible. But all are so very important for our lovely churches to grow and reflect further the Love of God.
Ultimately a vocation is about our response to God’s love for us. It is a willingness to give of ourselves without expecting any reward. It is about discovering that the more we do for God’s church and His world, the more we want to do.
Your church needs you, to pray, to care, to sing and to encourage, it needs people to share God’s story, to welcome others and look after the building and its contents. There is so much already done by many of you, but so much more to do.
So this year, yes, let us pray that people within our church will respond to God by offering themselves for ordination, but let us also pray that each person will offer their own special talents so that our churches keep on thriving.
With prayers and good wishes from

Moira