Parish Letter

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

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

January 2018

Welcome to 2018, may we all believe in others
Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a peaceful and blessed Christmas time. As we begin a new year I would like to share with you an amazing true story which I feel is encouraging for us all.

At the end of last year I was asked to conduct a funeral service for a wonderful lady. I met with her adult children to sort out the details and get to know them a bit. As we chatted, the son, who was about my age, asked me if I knew a particular person. Of course I did I said (this person is member of our churches). And then he shared with me how, during his time at school, this person, who was a teacher there, had been an enormous influence on his life. “I am who I am today because of this teacher’” he said, “because he believed in me.”

Then at the end of the funeral service one of the grandsons, who was also grown up by now, said to the same person, “thank you, I too am who I am today, because you believed in me.”

It was so amazing that after all the years since their school days, they had never forgotten this particular teacher, and all because he had believed in them, even when others seemed to give up on them. Both these men had achieved great things in their lives simply because someone felt they were worth it.

This really made me pause for thought, wow, we never know how much we influence others, especially in the small things we do or say. We may not all be teachers but it was evident that the greatest thing we can all do is to believe in those around us, even if they get things wrong. We need to believe that they can do great things with their lives, and believe that no-one is beyond the grace of God.

As a new year begins, many people make Resolutions which quickly get forgotten. How about if we all make a resolution to believe in God, in ourselves and in others, even if we will never know the enormous impact this could have?

2018 is also the year of prayer, and so I would like to invite you all, to say the Lord’s Prayer, just once a day, perhaps in bed, on the bus, or while waiting in a queue, this prayer says all we ever need to say, and who knows what effect it will have on ourselves, the community and beyond.

Throughout the year there will be opportunities for us to learn more about prayer, and experience it in different ways, details of which will be on the pew sheet and in the magazine. But let’s begin with ‘Our Father……..’

May God bless us all in the coming months