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DIOCESAN E-NEWS 4 April  2017 

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Delegation to visit Italian refugee projects

Please pray for Fr Sean Gilbert, curate at St Leonard's on Sea and Bartek Bozek, a consecrated celibate member of the Chemin Neuf Community, who left on  Sunday (2nd April) to join a small team of men visiting refugees in Sicily and Lampedusa.

The fact-finding trip is organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). You can read more about the visit  here

Bishop Martin's scripture reading for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Palms 
Matthew 21.1-11 Liturgy of the Passion 
Isaiah 50.4-9a
Philippians 2.5-11
Matthew 26.14-end of 27

Bishop Martin urges us not to stay at home this weekend:  'Witnessing our redemption through participation in the liturgy is life-changing. It will enable you to say, “I was there.” 





Wishing you a happy Easter. This will be the last e-news until 18 April. Easter Reflections will be posted on the diocesan website from Palm Sunday through to Easter Day.  Bishop Martin's Easter message will be available to view from Easter Day from the diocesan website or our Youtube channel but will be made available to churches in preparation for Easter services. 






Recording of Lecture available to download 
The first of four lectures to be held across Sussex to mark the Diocese of Chichester's Year of the Bible took place on Thursday 23 March at Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean. Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham looked at the issue of "The Bible and Science". The lecture recording is available to download here

Director of Education on BBC Radio Sussex 
Canon Dr Ann Holt OBE was the guest on the Sunday morning breakfast show reading the papers, discussing education matters and giving the 60-second sermon. You can listen again here from 1.40 in.

Together in Sussex announces appointment
Diane Watts has been appointed as Development Worker for Together in Sussex.

New appointment for Education Trust 
Tania Little has been appointed as the (part-time) Business Support Officer for the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust DCAT.

Bishop Martin's Diary - view and download here

Bishop Mark's Letter for parish publications
Bishop Mark's letter for parish publications in May can be read and downloaded here 

Year of the Bible Book Review
The book review for March was Canon Dr Ann Holt OBE - you can download and read it here 

Art and Year of the Bible
A helpful resource for the Year of the Bible in the Diocese of Chichester demonstrating how art can provide a powerful focus for reflection on biblical narratives. Developed by former Bishop Otter Scholar, Naomi Billingsly. Download it here 

Easter Services on A Church Near You (ACNY)
Please update all your Easter services and events on to A Church Near You and include as much information as possible to help people find the right service.

The Parish Giving Scheme and Digital Money
The PGS now remits over £3½ million each year to PCC bank accounts in our diocese and has cleverly addressed the problem of ‘static giving’. With new dioceses coming on board regularly, it is likely to become the C of E’s preferred channel for regular gifts to local churches, and more of its facilities will soon be made available online. The PGS sits in a wider context of the various ways in which local churches receive gifts, and John Sherlock would be pleased to hear from anyone who has experience with digital giving applications. His email address is





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 

Diocesan Lent Appeal 2017
This year's Diocesan Lent Appeal has raised awareness of homelessness and the work of the YMCA Downslink, especially with Anglican churches. The appeal is now nearing £3,000 and you can still donate here  Read more on the sleep Easy here 

Year of the Bible Art competition
Entrants for the Diocesan Year of the Bible art competition are streaming gin and we are seeing some lovely colourful creations. We can't wait to share them all with you. Keep an eye out in the Argus next week for a feature on some of the work.




LC-17 Leadership Conference 1-2 May 
Clergy and church leaders are invited to attend the C-17 Leadership Conference Monday 1-2 May 2017. More here:

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

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 





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

Chrism Eucharist and Blessing of the Oils
This service takes place in Holy Week on Tuesday 11 April at 12 noon. More here

FSW Easter Walk Monday 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. 10:00 am start. Sponsorship forms and full details, contact 01273 832963 ext 1 /

First Aid course 22 April
The next First Aid course will be on Saturday 22 April 2017 at Church House, Hove.
This first aid training provides essential knowledge and skills for sporting type injuries and conditions. It also covers life threatening conditions. A must for outdoor activities.
Book using Eventbrite here

Ecumenical Day of Prayer and Praise 29 April 
A Celebration of Love, Unity and Renewal at St Blaise, Boxgrove Chichester on Saturday 29 April 2017. Keynote speakers: Fr John Abberton and Canon John Twisleton. Download a poster here

The story of Mary Sumner and Mothers’ Union 13 May
Saltmine Theatre Company are performing “Chosen”, at 10:30am and 2:30pm on 13 May at Bishop Hannington Memorial Church, Nevill Avenue, Hove, BN3 7NH.  All are welcome to enjoy this professional performance and admission is free.

Mothers' Union Family Fun Day Saturday 8 July
Tickets for the MU Family Fun Day at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre can be ordered through branch leadersMore details on the poster here or contact Trish Clarke 01323 483973 



The power of music to transform lives
The power of music to enhance lives and bring people together was the message behind two unique and special events held at Chichester Cathedral during March. More here 



Bright prayer ideas and inspiration
Now is the time to get planning and download or order your resources if you haven’t already.
From posters and bookmarks to kits and prayer journals for families. A creative resource pack is full of ideas for churches and cathedrals.  More here 


The story of Mary Sumner and Mothers’ Union 
Saltmine Theatre Company are performing “Chosen”, at 10:30am and 2:30pm on May 13 at Bishop Hannington Memorial Church, Nevill Avenue, Hove, BN3 7NH.  All are welcome to enjoy this professional performance and admission is free.







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