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DIOCESAN E-NEWS 15 August 2017
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Prayers for those caught up in terriblelandslide.
Churches across the Diocese of Chichester are offering prayers and intercessions for all those caught up in the aftermath of Sunday night's shocking flooding and mudslide which has resulted in an increasing number of people losing their lives.
The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, said today that he was praying for those realising the enormity and horror of what had befallen this community. More here

Partnership looks to grow church engagement
The Diocese of Chichester has joined up with The Children’s Society to help parishes grow church engagement within their communities. The Children’s Society has a wealth of experience and resources to help churches look at innovative ways to engage in mission and outreach to children and families. Archdeacon Fiona has been working with the charity to deliver a workshop addressing the opportunities. Register for this important workshop here

Summer E-news
The next e-news will be published on 5 September.

Today is the Feast of the Assumption.
Here is what St Richard's, Chichester has to say about the background to the Feast

DAC Roadshows
Churchwardens and clergy will have received an invitation to the DAC Roadshows. The theme is Fundraising for church building projects. Dates, times and venues can be found here

Silver Sunday
This is an opportunity for all community buildings and in particular village halls to be part of a national event on 1 October celebrating older people and helping to tackle loneliness. Hall committees simply need to register events taking place in their halls that are free and welcome older people or they could, of course, organise a special event.  Take a look at the Silver Sunday website. to find out more.

Engaging Christianity
As a partnership between the Diocese and University, a series of modules are available for local delivery in parishes. Spirituality Adviser Andrew Mayes has written three on Engaging Spirituality: classic sources; contemporary issues; spirituality and mission. Ten units in each - choose what to use - to stimulate and resource spirituality. Details from Heather Ballamy More here

Living Faith - developing your discipleship
The Department for Apostolic life has launched a new discipleship course entitled: ‘Living Faith.’ The course is for lay Christians to find and develop their gifts and explore what discipleship and ‘calling’ means for them.  A PDF of the Living Faith Course can be viewed and downloaded here

A Church Near You
Work is currently being undertaken to revamp and refresh A Church Near You. Please take note that parishes have been advised if they have not logged on in the last 12 months their registration will expire.

2017 Diocesan Harvest Appeal
Rebuilding Lives: Encouraging Hope. Please help us with this year’s Diocesan Harvest Appeal as a part of your Parish Harvest Thanksgiving. We are enormously thankful to all the parishes which supported last year’s Harvest Appeal. Materials to support the appeal will be available and sent out in early September. 
Ride & Stride Saturday 9 September  
Discover Sussex Historic places of worship. See the best of our historic churches, have great fun and help raise money to support their restoration by taking part in Ride & Stride 2017. Find out how you can support your local church here

Celebrate International Day of Peace at Chichester Cathedral
Live Better Together. The International Day of Peace observed every year around the world on 21st September. The themes of peace and reconciliation will inform all activities on this thought-provoking and inspiring day.  Within the Cathedral on the day there will be a peace trail and opportunities for candle lighting and prayers. More here

World Mental Health Day is on 10 October.
Find out more here 

Moving on in Ministry
A practical training session led by Archdeacon Fiona Windsor and Canon Rebecca Swyer to help you:

  • Understand the appointments process for parochial posts in the Church of England
  • Discern where God might be calling you to serve next
  • How to read parish profiles effectively
  • Complete application forms well
  • Hone interview skills – including dress and body language

15 November 2017 – 10.00-4.00 at Church House, Hove. Please contact Zoe Smith  to book your place. Maximum of 15 places, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Sussex Gospel Partnership
Leaders Training Mornings aimed at resourcing church leaders who are involved in the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
The first training morning will be held on Wednesday 29 November from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by lunch.   For further information and to book go to our website here.

Calling People of Goodwill
The Bible and the Common Good. Sunday 15 October 2017 6 pm - St Patrick’s Church Hove
6 pm: Anglican Eucharist. 7 pm: Food and Main Event. A study evening led by Nicholas King SJ

New resource available for churches
A 'Welcoming Students to your Church' resource has been published by SCM, which is designed to help churches reach out to and support students during their time at university.  The guide is available to read online here

Grants available 
Grants For mission from the Cinnamon Network are available - please click here for further details

Walk from Amberley to Arundel for FSW!
24th Aug 2017 at 10:30. Main route starting from Amberley Station or a self guided walk within Arundel. Tea, homemade cakes & savoury bakes available at St Nicholas’ Church Arundel. For registration and sponsorship forms call 01273 832963

What is God calling you to?
For some people, responding to that call might take the shape of ordained ministry or taking up one of the church's licensed lay ministries. If you would like to explore your calling, come along to the Diocesan Vocations Fair on Saturday 30 September in St Peter's Church Brighton 10 - 4 pm. You can sign up here 

Eco Cathedral launch on 24 September
There will be a Sung Eucharist to mark the launch of Eco-Cathedral. Preacher: Revd Dr Mark Betson
“Encouragement for Leaders” Conference 3-5 October
Hosted by One Challenge - 48 hours away to be renewed, refreshed and recharged. Ashburnham Place, Battle, East Sussex TN33 9NF. Find out more here If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

An introduction to reflective practice 19 October
A day for Clergy & other Ministers, Pastoral Care Team Leaders, Lay Ministers, Chaplains, and anyone else who has an authorised role in a pastoral or spiritual accompaniment context. Venue: Penhurst Retreat Centre. Download the poster here

‘Book at Breakfast’ with Chichester Cathedral’s Chancellor
Join the Cathedral Friends’ for a continental breakfast and a lively and stimulating review and discussion of the current Book at Breakfast with the Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane. In the Dresden Room, 4 Canon Lane.Wednesday 18 or Thursday 19 October: 9.00am – 10.00am
Tickets cost £7.00 (includes continental breakfast) available on 0333 666 3366 or see

Year of the Bible Read-a-Thon
Marking the Year of the Bible, St Nicholas Saltdean is holding a 'Bibleathon' between 25 and 29 October, ending on Bible Sunday. A team of twelve volunteers will read the whole bible, out loud, in the church; there will be displays and refreshments throughout the 4 days. The participants will be sponsored and individuals can buy a ten-minute slot if they wish to be involved. Proceeds will go to; Benin Christian Support, Emmaus UK, Hove & Adur Sea Cadets and the parish sound system. Details on the parish website or contact

Food for Thought’ with The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner
Join the Friends for an interesting lunchtime talk in the Vicars’ Hall.Wednesday 15 November at 12.30pm. Tickets cost £13.00 which includes a light lunch and coffee available on 0333 666 3366 or see

Pilgrimages to Chichester Cathedral 
A Pilgrimage programme has been planned for the Diocesan YEAR OF PRAYER 2018. As part of this, there will be Pilgrimages from each of the four Archdeaconries to Chichester Cathedral. Details are being finalised and will be communicated in due course. Dates here
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 
Church Online
This excellent Church Reach Out pack is ideal for church teams who want to reach their communities effectively. Whether you're looking for a crash course, a brief refresher or a reference toolkit, you'll find just what you need. Advice you can read and apply, from people you can trust. You can order direct from the Diocesan online store. Click here

School Support Programme 2017 - 2018
The Schools Support Training Programme booklet has now arrived for the next academic year and will be in schools early September! This great resource along with the  'Take me out and pin me up' posters, can be accessed and downloaded from our Education webpage here 


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