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

December 2018

By the time this goes to print most of you will be well into the busyness of preparing for Christmas. It can all be rather overwhelming, and very exhausting.
So please, do take some time out from all of that and join us for the special services that will be taking place this month, listen again to the greatest true story ever told, sing the well loved carols, and receive God’s gift of love, offered to us all.

Carols by Candlelight. This popular service will be held in both our churches (Fishbourne and Apuldram, one will be led by me, the other by the Revd. David Hider), on 16th December at 4.30 p.m. and people of all ages are welcome. We will hear of how the events of that first ever Christmas unfolded, who it was who received the message of this royal birth first, and there will be joyful carol singing. This event is always well attended, so do arrive in good time.

Beer and Carols this year will be at the Crown and Anchor at Dell Quay on Saturday 22nd and it promises to be a real community fun time. All ages again are most welcome to come along, please do arrive at about 4.30 p.m.

On Sunday the 23rd December the ever popular CHRISTINGLE service will take place in Fishbourne Church at 4.30 p.m. Please note we have moved it a day earlier than in previous years.

Then, as a trial, we will be doing something different on Christmas Eve. Over the last few years many people have said to me that they cannot make Midnight as it is too late, and that Christmas Day is difficult because they are either off to visit family or have family arriving. This has meant that a lot of people miss out on a Christmas service. Having asked several times how people would feel if a service was earlier, I received a resounding ‘yes please, our young people could come then as well’. It has therefore been agreed to have a Christmas Eve service at 9.00 p.m. on the 24th, instead of the usual midnight. This will also help the many people who are expected to attend every service over this festive time, the wardens, sides people, servers, choir and organist etc. I’m sure you will agree we all need to look after these good folk.

Christmas Day. We celebrate the birth of Jesus with a service in each church, 8.00 a.m. at Apuldram and 9.30 a.m. at Fishbourne. Do bring your little ones with you for they are invited to bring one of their presents along to show the rest of us.

Then please do note, as I will be on my post Christmas break, there will not be a service on Thursday 27th, and on Sunday the 30th December there will only be one service at 9.30 a.m., which will be held at Fishbourne Church.

I hope to see many of you at these services, and don’t forget to invite your friends and neighbours. May God bless you all, have a blessed and peaceful Christmas time.
Love and prayers from