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

October 2019

What wonderful people they were
Most of us will never have heard of Anne and Joachin, two important characters, who surprisingly do not get one single mention in the Bible. Although you can read about them in what is known as the non- canonical gospels, the books that did not get included in the Bible. This is quite sad really, because they were in fact two of the most influential people in Jesus’ life, for they were his grandparents.

They may well have been there when Jesus took his first steps and spoke his first words. There is no doubt that they would have wiped his tears when he fell over, told him stories, and by their teaching and example will have helped raise him in the Jewish faith.
The relationship between a grandparent and a grandchild can so often be one of the most formative ones in a person’s life, and is an amazing relationship to enjoy. It is a relationship that spans across the generations and is unique in every case.

In today’s world some grandparents are a regular presence in a child’s life, others may live some distance away. Then there are those amazing people, who although they may not be a ‘biological’ grandparent, never the less have a wonderful relationship with their neighbours’ children. We do not need to be connected by blood to be an important part of a young person’s life.

Speaking as a grandparent myself, I can say that a relationship that spans the generations is absolutely wonderful. I had never expected that when my grandson was born, that he would immediately jump straight into my heart in a very different way from that of my own children.
Family life is very different in today’s world than it was when Jesus was born. They come in all different shapes and sizes, and I am so aware of how many of you do so much for your grandchildren. My goodness, talk about going the extra mile.
October the 6th is in fact National Grandparents Day, and so we are having a very special service to celebrate and give thanks for all those who play such an important role across the generations. You may not see your grandparents very often, yours may have died, you may not even be a blood relative, or see your own grandchildren very much, but you are all invited to come to this service as we recognise the importance of older people in younger peoples’ lives, in fact it is one of the most important and critical relationships that are developed. We will also give thanks for the children and young people amongst us. So do please come at 4.30 p.m., bring your grandparents or grandchildren, even if that is in your hearts. Let us celebrate the unique influence that older people have in all our lives, and the joy that younger people bring. This service is open to all, young and not so young, so we look forward to seeing you at Fishbourne Church.

Some of the above has been taken from an article written in the Church Times a few months ago. Moira