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

December 2019

May your Hearts and Homes be filled with Love, Joy, Hope and Peace
As I sit down to write this month’s article I’m not sure if I feel excited as we approach an awesome time of year, or exhausted when I realise how much there is to prepare for and do.

Yes, Christmas is almost here again, and, as in previous years, it seems as if everyone is rushing around with too much to do and remember. There are presents to buy, cards to write, school plays to attend and homes to decorate. No wonder this season can drive so many people to mutter those words, ‘I’ll be glad when it is all over’. Now they don’t really mean them, but those words do remind us all that we need to slow down and enjoy these coming weeks as we ponder on the mystery of them.

We all need to take time out, to rest, and be reminded of that very special gift that God gives, and continues to give, to the world. His Son. Born for each and every single one of us, He is the greatest gift of all, and yet so often overlooked in all the business of life.

Christmas reminds us that the world can indeed be a better place, and that each one of us can make a difference, we count.

And so, at this time of the year, as well as the normal Sunday services at our churches, there will be some very special ones as well.

There will be a Carols by Candlelight service in each church, do see the notice boards and web sites for further details of these, and come along to hear the Greatest Story ever told and sing your favourite carols.

The Apuldram centre will have a carol service on the 12th December, 2.00 p.m. at Apuldram church. Please do come and join them as we give thanks for all the volunteers and staff who make this such a wonderful place. There will be refreshments afterwards in the new meeting room.

Then on the 21st December come along to the Crown and Anchor pub at Dell Quay for some liquid refreshment and carol singing; the time will be announced nearer the date.

The ever popular Christingle service follows at Fishbourne church on the 24th at 16.30 p.m. Do come early to get a seat. And then we will be having the early Midnight service at 21.00. This proved to be really successful last year with lots of families with older children coming along. Please make sure you note the time.

As Christmas Day begins, there will be an 8.00 a.m. service at Apuldram and a 9.30 a.m. at Fishbourne. All ages are welcome at both of these.

Everyone is very welcome to all our services, so please do join us, give yourself some special time so that your hearts and homes will indeed be filled with Love, Hope and Peace this Christmas, and together we can begin to make the world a better place.

May God bless you all and your families this Holy Christmas time,

Moira