St. Swithun's at the Heart of the Community
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CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT ST. SWITHUN'S
Sunday 18th December
6.30 pm Carol Service by Candlelight
4.30 pm Toddler Crib Service
6 pm Crib Service
11.30 pm Midnight Mass
8 am The Eucharist
10 am All-age Eucharist
Sunday 11th December
4-30 pm Carol Service.
No Service at St Barnabas on 29th December.
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 take us from Advent Sunday through until the second Sunday of Christmas and they can be found as a direct download below
- Reflections 1st Sunday of Advent
- Reflections 2nd Sunday of Advent
- Reflections 3rd Sunday of Advent
- Reflections 4th Sunday of Advent
- Reflections - Christmas Day
- Reflections 2nd Sunday Christmas
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
Take a look closer look at our church and its history
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.
'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'