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DIOCESAN E-NEWS 14 March 2017 

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Diocesan Lent Appeal
 A new blog has been created to mark the countdown to the Bishop's Lent Appeal - raising funds and awareness for YMCA Downslink DLG tackling youth homelessness - view the blog here and watch a Youtube video of Bishop Martin speaking about the event and encouraging donations.




Commemorating Sussex Ringers
On Saturday 8 April, there will be an open service to remember the lives of the 258 Sussex bellringers who served during the First World War. The service will take place at Sussex' only 12-bell tower- St Swithuns, East Grinstead at 4.30pm

Young Vocations Day
Twenty-two people from a wide range of church traditions gathered in chichester to hear first-hand experience about the meaning of vocation and being called to ministry from the Bishop of Chichester and others. More here





Bishop Martin's  Reflections on the Sunday Readings in Lent
3rd Sunday of Lent here

New receptionist welcomed at Church House Hove 
Wendy Harding has joined the Diocese as the new Church House Receptionist/ Administrator.  Wendy’s responsibilities will include managing all front of house items, including managing the switchboard and monitoring meeting room bookings.
Wendy comes to the Diocese with more than 17 years of administrative experience, 12 of which were with YMCA, an organisation the diocese currently supports.

Annual Headteachers’ Conference
The Annual Headteachers’ Conference takes place at Malmaison Hotel, Brighton Marina
on Thursday 23 March 2017. Please pray for our Headteachers, Director of Education Dr Canon Ann Holt and the Education Teams.

Annual Parochial Church Meetings
PCC secretaries will receve a notification in the next couple of weeks outlining a new improved method of submitting changes after your APCM meeting. Please note that as part of our data renewal process  you will be required to submit all details afresh for this first time only.
Lent Course parishes mapped
There’s now a map showing the 200+ parishes in our diocese that have downloaded “Hear the Word of the Lord”, this year’s Diocesan Lent Course. See
‘Growing Parish Income’ workshops
Thank you to well over 100 people who are attending these workshops today. We’ll make the presentation material available online soon at
Parish Giving Scheme
Salisbury is the latest diocese to join this scheme, with Ely and Bristol following soon. For the latest Chichester data, see
Final final call for Mission Stats
Thank you to the huge number of parishes that have already uploaded 2016 attendance figures. If you’re one of the ‘last few’, please act! See





Chichester Diocesan Holy Land Pilgrimage 
2018 is designated as a YEAR OF PRAYER and pilgrimage will play a full part throughout the year.  The Bishop of Chichester will lead pilgrims to journey and pray with him in some of the holiest places associated with the emergence of the Christian faith. 25 Oct-1 Nov 2018. How to book  here 

Christian Aid Week - Diamond Awards 
The diamond anniversary of Christian Aid Week will be marked by a special event to celebrate the amazing people who make it happen onTuesday 16th May at St. Mary's Church, Kemptown, Brighton. Are you a Christian Aid Diamond? If you are or know someone who is please email Mark Rodger

Rush - May Camp 2017
May Camp is our major diocesan youth festival for 11-18 year olds. This year we’re back at Plumpton Racecourse from the 26th to 29th May. For more information and to book tickets ahead




Deanery Roadshows for Year of the Bible 2017
Hove Deanery will be hosting the next Year of the Bible Roadshow on March 28 at Woodingdean. Check with your Deanery Secretary for dates and venues as they happen.  Further dates and venues here

Sussex Gospel Partnership
Click here for the latest training and events for SGP activities

Bible Reading Fellowship resources
BRF resources for Year of the Bible and other church activities here

Friends of the Holy Land 
Link to their newsletter here 





Mothers' Union Family Fun Day 
Tickets for the MU Family Fun Day at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre can be ordered through branch leadersMore details on the poster here

FSW Easter Walk 17 April 
FSW's annual Easter Walk returns to Ashdown Forest with a circular route of approximately 8 miles starting at Gills Lap, high in the Forest, via Hartfield Village. FSW tea and cake stop at Hartfield Village Hall. 10am start. Sponsorship forms and full details, contact 01273 832963 ext 1 /

Clergy Walks 2017
Next clergy walk by kind invitation of Revd Ian and Raffy Hutchinson-Cervantes takes place on Saturday, March 18 at 2.30pm. Meet at St Andrew's Nuthurst near Horsham RH13 6LH. Please email  your attendance or phone on 01273 2811294

Holy Week
A candlelit Taize Service at Flimwell on 9 April. More here 

Rush - May Camp 2017
If you would like to support this great youth event financially please visit:
We are also in need of a few strong people who might consider helping with the pack down and van loading on Monday 29th May from 12 noon onwards.  If this is something you feel you could offer your time to please contact

Connections Conference 1 June
Resourcing the Local Church for Seniors' Ministry. Holy Trinity Claygate. More here
friends of the Holy Land



Child Exploitation Awareness Day
The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse. More here 



Thy Kingdom Come
Churches and individuals are being invited to join in with this global wave of prayer via and Pledge2Pray individually, as a family, as a church or to run an event. Over 10 days (25th May-4th June) Morehere 

Part-time food bank co-ordinator for Hove
A Part Time Food Bank Co-ordinator is required to oversee the main running of the Food Bank and lead a team of volunteers. The Hangleton and West Blatchington Food Bank is based at St George’s Church Hall, Court Farm Road in Hangleton, Hove. More here







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