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

March 2019

Let it go, Let God in, during Lent
On March 6th (Ash Wednesday) we begin the wonderful life changing season of Lent with a special service at 7.30 p.m. at Fishbourne Church.
The following six weeks are often a time when people try to give up something, like chocolate or alcohol, or take up something new, like reading the bible more, or spending quiet time with God.
And these disciplines are great, for they help us all in our journey with God. So if you haven’t decided what you will do yet, there are still a few days for you to make up your mind. Whatever is decided on, it should enable you to focus on who God is, the price that Jesus paid for us, and the new life that is to be re-discovered at Easter.
Those six weeks are a truly wonderful time of the Church year, as they guide us bit by bit into the very heart of God.
This year, I am going to ask you to try something a little different, alongside your own choices.
At the beginning of Lent, we will be giving everyone a dustbin sack (recyclable), which you are invited to take home, and then each day of Lent you are to put an item, perhaps of clothing or bric-a-brac, into it. This is not only a great way to have a clear out of items that clutter up our homes, but as each is placed in the sack, let us consider them as symbolic of what we need to let go of in our lives. What are the issues that we hold on to, even if we are not always aware that we are doing so?
This will take a bit of thought, and may not be easy as we look deep in to our hearts so as to discover what is there, taking up space that could be filled with God’s love and joy. It may be that we have been holding on to a past hurt, a fear, pride, envy or even a lack of forgiveness of ourselves. Maybe we don’t have a great work/life balance or are worried about so many things. Whatever they are, we need to let go of them, bit by bit. And if we really work at this, we will discover a new freedom in our lives by the end of Lent. Not only that, but we will also have cleared our homes of so many items that we no longer need.
Now you may have more than one sack, or take one for a neighbour, and then on May 18th we will be holding a impromptu JUMBLE SALE, with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of the church.
So this Lent, don’t be afraid to Let it Go, for it really will make a difference.
May God Bless us all, and grant us a Holy, Life Changing few weeks, Moira

Important Reminder
Please do remember to fill in a Church Electoral Roll form. This year the roll has to be completely renewed, so if you are already on it you must fill in a form again. If you are not on it please do fill one in. Forms then need to be returned before the Annual meetings. Forms are available at the back of both churches, or can be found on Fishbourne Church’s website.