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

February 2020

And onwards we go
Well, no sooner have we taken down our trees, decorations and lights, and stored them away carefully, when our thoughts begin to turn to Lent, our APCMs and all the other exciting events that are coming up in the next few months. Life is never dull or boring.

Confirmation classes will begin on the 2nd February, at 4.30 p.m. in either the church or hall at Fishbourne. Several of you have already indicated that you would like to be confirmed, these classes are open to all young and not so young, who would like to find out more.

In a nutshell, Confirmation is about us as individuals affirming our own faith. The classes are held so that together we may learn a bit more about the Christian faith, the church and why we do the things we do, and about our commitment to God. So do come along, if you have not been baptised that can be sorted out. It is hoped that a confirmation service will take place in May.

Lent will begin on Wednesday 26th February with a special service, please do see the pew sheet and web sites for further details. Lent is a beautiful time which enables us to journey towards the very heart of God. A time to perhaps say a short prayer every day, or to give up something we really enjoy as we reflect on how much God loves us. It is hoped that both churches will hold a Lent lunch again this year. A simple meal of soup and bread with donations going to the Chestnut Tree Hospice.

The Annual church meetings will take place on Sunday 15th March for Apuldram parish, and Sunday 26th April for Fishbourne parish. These meetings are an opportunity for us to hear about how the churches are doing, what has been going on in the last year and to give thanks for all that our PCCs do, and ask them any questions. Each meeting will take place after the morning service and should not last too long. If any of you would like to join the Parish Church Council, please do have a chat with Moira or one of the wardens before the above dates.

Other events to look forward to are, the Quiz night, the Literary Festival, and a Jumble sale to name but a few. Details for all of these will be found on the pew sheet and Web Sites.

God bless you all,
Moira