•  St. Swithun's at the Heart of the Community

    Welcome

    We are pleased to welcome you to the St. Swithun's Church website.

     

    Did You Enjoy the Christmas Services at St. Swithun's?

     If you enjoyed the christmas services at St. Swithun's church and would like to know more about the christian Faith

    Our Vicar, Andrew, is offering a course on the Christian journey at 8 pm on Thursday evenings in St Swithun’s Hall which started on 12th January.

    It doesn't matter if you missed the first week just come along next Thursday evening and you will be made very welcome. 

     The Pilgrim Course  

    Started on the 12th January but if you missed the first week it doesn't matter just come along this Thursday evening and you will be made very welcome

    What is the Pilgrim Course?

    Pilgrim is a major new teaching course from the Church of England. It aims to create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.

    Pilgrim takes a different approach to other Christian programmes. It approaches the great issues of faith not through persuasion, but participation in a pattern of contemplation and discussion with a group of fellow travellers.

    Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.

    To learn more about the course right click on the above video screen to bring up the controls or double click on the links below:

    Watch the Pilgrim video: on YouTube   on Vimeo

    Why Attend a Pilgrim Course? on YouTube   on Vimeo

    The Year of the Bible 2017

    The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has announced that 2017 will be the “Year of the Bible” across the Diocese of Chichester. (Listen to Bishop Martin speaking about the Year of Mercy and the Year of the Bible in a Youtube video published here)

    Bishop Martin's Letter to parishes can be downloaded here

    As we begin the Year of the Bible, Bishop Martin has written some reflections on the readings for the Sunday Eucharist for each week. 

    The first set of reflections took us from Advent Sunday through until the second Sunday of Christmas and they can still be found as a direct download below

    For further reflections download and print your Year of the Bible reading plan details as a bookmarker  here

    Throughout the Diocese of Chichester 2017 is to be marked as 'Year of the Bible'. As special events for the year are programmed, they will appear here

    Schools and Year of the bible

    An exciting Art Competition and other events and activities are being organised by the Education Department to promote the Year of the Bible in our church schools. You can find out more here

    STOP PRESS LATEST NEWS

    YEAR OF THE BIBLE DEANERY ROADSHOW is at St Mary's, Church Southgate, Crawley RH10 6DL next Tuesday (24th Jan), 7.30 pm with Bishop Richard Jackson. Everyone welcome.

    Take a look closer look at our church and its history 

     Click on the following links to take a 360 degree look inside  our lovely church and outside in our fabulous churchyard.

    Click here for a brief guide to the church and its history.

     

    Who was St. Swithun?

    St. Swithun's Day falls on the 15th July, a day on which people watch the weather, for tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithun's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days.

    There is a weather-rhyme is well known throughout the British Isles since Elizabethan times.

    image: cathedral'St. Swithun's day if thou dost rain
    For forty days it will remain
    St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
    For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.'

    dost = does thou = you nae mair = no more.

    Who was St. Swithun?

    St. Swithin (or more properly, Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches.

    Why do people watch the weather on St. Swithun's day?

    A legend says that as the Bishop lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried out of doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to remove his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. According to legend there was a heavy rain storm either during the ceremony or on its anniversary.

    This led to the old wives' tale (folklore) that if it rains on St Swithun's Day (July 15th), it will rain for the next 40 days in succession, and a fine 15th July will be followed by 40 days of fine weather. copied from projectbritain.com

    However, according to the Met Office, this old wives' tale is nothing other than a myth. It has been put to the test on 55 occasions*, when it has been wet on St Swithun's Day and 40 days of rain did not follow. copied from projectbritain.com

    * source: the book entitled 'Red Sky At Night'

     

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