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) 920346 E-mail canonmoira56@gmail.com
Church Office (01243) 784283 E-mail fishbournechurch@btinternet.com

September  2020

Update from the Rectory
A message from Moira

Dear all, I hope you are continuing to do well.

I wanted to extend an enormous thank you to those of you who were able to come to our very first service on Sunday. It truly was great to see you. I found it very emotional, and incredibly uplifting. Despite the quietness and gentleness of the service I felt so energized, not only by receiving communion for the first time in many months, but also by your presence and warmth. I hope that you too found the occasion a memorable one.

Don’t forget to book your place for this coming Sunday, and please do remind others to do the same. Don’t feel that you can’t come two weeks running, you will see on the booking page how many seats are left, plus the extra ones that are available for those not able to book online.

I will admit that the hardest part of the service was in not being able to see your faces. We rely so much on facial expression, it was slightly unnerving not to know if you were smiling, or making faces at me. I will need to watch carefully for the crinkly eyes.

As our local schools prepare to return next week, may I ask you to keep all the staff, children and parents in your prayers. There is certainly some anxiety around and this is very understandable. As we pray for them, let us remember that we each have a responsibility to keep our schools safe from Covid and to keep the virus out of them.

We have been very fortunate in West Sussex to have had very few cases. This, I am sure, is a lot to do with people doing as they have been asked. So let us keep it up, let us not be complacent. How we behave in the community and with our neighbours will have a direct effect on our children being able to continue going to school.