The Parish of St Peter & St Mary New Fishbourne
The Revd Canon Moira Wickens
|May I wish you all a very Happy, Peaceful and Hope filled New Year.
As I look back on 2019 there is much to thank God for. I have watched so many of you grow in faith and take part in the life of our churches, making both of them a warm, welcoming and holy part of our communities.
It has been a privilege to be with you through the joyful moments of your lives, and an honour to have walked with some of you in times of great sadness.
So much has been achieved in this last year, here is a little reminder of some of them.
The new church meeting room at Apuldram was finally completed and opened, some pilgrims have already stayed there overnight, and the room has been used for various events. After an enormous amount of hard work, the church hosted a hugely successful Flower Festival which raised some much needed funds.
So many other wonderful social events have taken place, bringing communities together and enabling new friendships to be made. Through the money raised these events do help keep our churches open, but more importantly they give us time to have some fun and much laughter. Do keep an eye on the notice boards and web sites for future events. For now a big thank you to those who give their time and talents to plan, organise and run our jumble sale, cream teas, teas at Rymans and quiz nights etc.
Through the wonderful generosity of Falcon Fabrics Fishbourne now has a defibrillator fixed outside St. Peter’s Place. We hope we never have to use it, but if we do then it will save lives. It is hoped that Big Nige will be doing another event for us at the end of February, in fact it may well be his very last evening of entertainment, so don’t miss it.
The church and school fete was once again a great success, so thank you to all those who planned, helped on the day, and to those of you who spent your money. As in previous years Fishbourne Loves Books was a terrific event and will be repeated this year.
Mike Lewis was awarded the Order of St. Richard; Messy Church continues to be a wonderful way for the church to support families in the community and beyond.
Both churches have once again supported Stonepillow, the food bank and several other charities throughout the year, a huge amount of gifts were given to them just before Christmas. We held some lovely extra services, one for our pets, one to give thanks for Grandparents and one for the Laying Up of Boats.
And so I say thank you all, without you Apuldram and Fishbourne would not have active beautiful churches, so well kept and cared for. As we begin this New Year, let us continue to encourage and support one another, may we all have the courage to try something new, to play our part in services and events, and let us all pray that both our churches will continue to grow in Love, in Peace and in Joy. For they are your churches, and each one of you are important members of them.
May our faith deepen day by day so that in the coming months we can truly share God’s love with those around us. One final thank you that I would like to make is to the Revd. David Hider for his unstinting support to me and to you. God Bless you all.