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) 920346 E-mail
Church Office (01243) 784283 E-mail

APRIL 2021

Update from the Rectory

From Moira – 30th March 2021

Dear all, what a glorious day it is again. And what joy has been experienced these last few days, when people have been able to meet up with friends and family after so long apart. I am still waiting to see my grandson but have enjoyed hearing about your special times.

But please, do continue to be careful, let’s not blow it now. Continue to have fun and fellowship, meet with others outside, and do check up on those who live alone.

I have finally received updated advice about church services, the good news is that from Easter, we will have a service every week, like before, the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month will be at Fishbourne, and the 2nd and 4th at Apuldram church. My goodness me, I hope I can remember what to do, but how wonderful it will be.

The not so good news, is that restrictions will still be in place for the foreseeable future. Social distancing will continue as will the mandatory requirement to wear masks.

Although you will not be able to linger in the church after the service, you will be able to chat to friends outside for a short while.

The guidance is that the 2 metre rule should adhered to, but as we are unable to do that in our buildings, you will be asked to sit apart from those not in your household, wear a mask and sanitise your hands when you arrive.

Please note, places will need to be booked, we are advised not to go over our capacity limit, therefore, so please do book, I don’t want anyone to be disappointed, however, as before there will be a few spaces reserved, but only for those who do not have access to the booking system.

If you are at extra risk from Covid, i.e. clinically vulnerable, you may of course attend, but please do be aware of the risks involved.

Holy communion will continue in one kind only for now, and sorry we are still not permitted to sing out loud, only in our hearts.

And sadly, we will not be able to offer coffee and biscuits afterwards. But what a joy it will be to see you. Online services will continue for those unable to attend.

To lift our spirits that bit more, at the top of this newsletter is a wonderful photo, taken by David Moore, Apuldram Church in the sunshine.

See you soon, Moira