Parish Letter

The Parish of St Peter & St Mary New Fishbourne
and the Parish of St Mary the Virgin Apuldram

www.fishbournechurch.org.uk andwww.apuldramchurch.co.uk

The Revd Canon Moira Wickens
Rector of Fishbourne and Priest in Charge of Apuldram
The Rectory, 31 Caspian Close, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8AY
Rectory Tel (01243) 530198 Church Office (01243) 784283 E-mail fishbournechurch@btinternet.com

September 2017

Reminders from the Rectory
Welcome back to all of you who have been away on your summer break. And may God Bless all our young people as they prepare to start a new term at school, college or university. Also a big thank you to those who led our services during August especially the Revd. David Hider.

As we move in to the final quarter of this year, there are lots of special services and events to look forward to.

September 9th is the date for the Annual Ride and Stride, both churches are taking part, and its not too late for more of you to join those already signed up. You do not have to go far, you do not even have to ride a bike, you can walk. Further details are available in both churches.

Then on the 16th/17th September Ryman’s will open their gardens to the public once more. These are well worth a visit, not only to see the wonderful displays of shrubs and plants, but also to sit for a while and enjoy a cup of tea and home made cake served by the wonderful folk from Apuldram church.

Looking ahead to October, on the 1st, Apuldram church will hold their annual pet service and celebrate Harvest at 2 p.m.. All pets are welcome to bring their owners, so do join us as we give thanks for all the love we share with them.

Then on the 8th October Fishbourne will have their Harvest Festival service, with a wonderful bring and share lunch afterwards. More details will be on the pew sheet.

We will have special services on November 12th to mark Remembrance Day as we pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Later in the month, on the 19th, Bishop Mark will be at Fishbourne church for our confirmation service. Those of you who are preparing for this event, please do try and attend church services as often as you can so as to further understand the joy of worshipping God as part of the church. Confirmation classes will begin on September 17th, 4.00 p.m in Fishbourne church, and run most weeks until 5th November.

Apuldram will be having a special service for the ‘Laying up of boats’, more details re dates and times to follow soon.

And then finally, for those who are hoping to apply for a place at Bishop Luffa school for your young son or daughter, please make sure that you understand the criteria, and if you are hoping for a church support form from me, we look forward to seeing you and your young person at church as often as possible.

Love and prayers,

Moira