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) 530198 Church Office (01243) 784283 E-mail

July and August 2019

Rest, Relax and Reflect
Following the wonderful day on the 30th June, I take this opportunity to thank all of you who worked so hard, in the planning, the preparation and in the keeping of surprises, (for some it was not always easy). It truly was a great day. There are too many of you to mention by name, but I am sure you know who you are. I hope you are not completely worn out, I am aware of how much time was spent in the organising and bringing together all those who took part in the day itself.
Now as these months of summer continue it is time and okay to have some rest. A rest from the hectic rush of life as we all relax in the warmth of these longer days.
Rest is in fact really important for our well being, which is why holiday time is so precious, be it a couple of weeks with the family, or a few days away with friends. We all need it, in order to continue to give our best throughout the rest of the year.
These next few weeks also offer us the opportunity to reflect on all that we have done so far this year, on the issues that are to come, and perhaps most importantly what we are doing with our time and talents.
As I look back on my life, there is little that I would change. I may wish that I had developed wisdom a bit earlier, but otherwise I can honestly say that I am content with who I am and who I am becoming.
As I let my thoughts go forward in time, I hope that together we will continue to let God’s church grow. I would love to see more and more of you involved in the life of the church as we develop new ways to worship and share God’s love with those around us.
Now that both our parishes have their new halls up and running, we will be presented with all sorts of opportunities to meet new people and to invite them to join us at our services.
I have to admit that I am not very good at planning too far ahead, life has shown me that there are surprises around every corner, and that what I plan may not be what is actually wanted or needed in our communities. However, I am always willing to listen to new ideas from you, it may not always be possible to bring them all to fruition but please never be afraid to share your own thoughts.
As my ministry continues among you, my deepest desire is that I never forget I am here to serve you and the community. My ultimate vision for the churches is that they will continue to be a place where God’s love is indeed found and experienced in a life changing way.
So may God Bless you all, may you find time in the coming weeks to rest, relax and reflect with thanks on all you do.