St. Swithun's at the Heart of the Community
We are pleased to welcome you to the St. Swithun's Church website.
Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Services
Ash Wednesday 1st March
10-00am Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
8-00pm Sung Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
Mothering Sunday 26th March
8-00am Holy Communion
10-00am Worship Together (Posies of flowers are given out at this service)
Palm Sunday 9th April
8-00am Holy Communion
10-00am PROCESSION OF PALMS around the church
Dramatic reading of the PASSION GOSPEL and the EUCHARIST
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week 10th, 11th and 12th April
8-00pm Holy Communion with Homily
Maundy Thursday 13th April
8-00pm Sung Eucharist for the Institution of the Lord's Supper, The Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altars.
9-00pm Maundy Watch until midnight
Good Friday 14th April
10-00am A service for children and families followed by hot cross buns and activities for children in the church hall
11-00am Churches Together Service for Good Friday in the High Street
12-00noon The Liturgy of Good Friday with Passion Reading and Traditional Intercessions of the day
Dawn Eucharist 16th April
6-00am Dawn Eucharist service of light, and Eucharist with Renewal of Baptismal Vows followed by Breakfast in the church hall
Easter Day 16th April
10-00am Easter Eucharist and Baptisms
6-30pm Evening Prayer
If you would like to know more about any of the above services or activities please contact: The Revd Andrew Hawken on 01342 323307
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
- 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
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
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'