Message from Charles: 
In case anyone missed my email kindly sent round by Den l would like to reproduce it here.
I was deeply touched to receive three very generous presents to mark my retirement from Licensed ministry in the parish on Sunday morning. My habits are clearly well known: a huge and absolutely fascinating tome called "Inside Bordeaux" by Jane Anson about the wine, the terroir and the vignerons from that magical part of France, a hefty garden token and enough cash to give Felicity several dinners out. The last will now have to wait but it will be fun thinking about an alternative!
St Mary's is a wonderfully friendly and warm community and it has been a privilege to be of some service along with Kathryn and her clergy and lay cohort. We do not intend to move, so l hope to be available to help in any way for many moons to come.
With love and thanks,
Charles

advent 2020 Chemin Neuf Community


 

Help with access to Universal Credit 2020

Help with access to Universal CreditOne of the consequences of Covid has been its massive impact on the economy.
More and more people are having to seek help, often for the first time in their lives.
Understanding the workings of Universal Credit, however, can be a bit of a battle.
Fortunately, the Together in Sussex website has put together some very helpful information: https://togetherinsussex.org.uk/whats-new/universal-credit



Kathryn and Jacquie’s sponsored slim 2020

It’s back!!!
It’s time to get the vicar slimmer!!
Thank you for all your sponsorship and donations so far towards Kathryn and Jacquie’s sponsored slim.
The slim begins now and will end on Easter Day, 4 April 2021.
The money raised will be split 50/50 between Church funds and The Children’s Society.
As you will be aware from the news, all charities have been hit hard by Covid-19 and restrictions on fundraising.
This is our way of doing something to help others as we get ourselves a bit fitter and healthier.
Please support us as much as you can.
Email me with your name, amount per pound or total, and whether you are able to Gift Aid your donation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
There will usually be a hard copy available in Church and at the Rectory Office but this is not possible at the moment.
People can sponsor us individually or together.
Many, many thanks. Kathryn and Jacquie


 

PARISH VISITING TEAM 

The St Mary’s Parish Visiting Team contact is Sonia Fox (745703).
Please contact Sonia if you would like to arrange for someone on the team to either speak to you or visit you.


 

CHURCH DIARIES 2021

are a little late this year but they will be arriving this month.
Due to the new lockdown the diaries have been a little further delayed but hopefully will be delivered to us soon.
We will announce as soon as we have them and they will be available from the Rectory or Rectory Office until the Church is open.
A suitable donation would be gratefully received and this can be placed in the Donation box in Church when we are able to be there.


 

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR FSW FAMILIES

We are now collecting monetary donations for Christmas presents to be bought for Family Support Work families.
We would also be very grateful for donations of non-perishable Christmas food items such as Christmas cakes and biscuits, mince pies, savoury items, etc.
If anyone would like to donate any of these items please leave them at the Rectory on Thursday mornings or contact Sonia Fox (745703).


 

SUNDAY LUNCH CLUB

Volunteers are delivering a complimentary Christmas Lunch on Sunday, 13 December, to about 45 participants who normally attend the Sunday lunches.
Any donations towards costs would be very much appreciated.
Contact Sonia Fox (745703).


 

CHILDREN'S GIFT SERVICE Sunday 6th December 10am

Everyone is invited to bring presents for needy children which will be distributed through the Salvation Army locally in the Worthing, Littlehampton and Petworth areas.
Gifts may also be delivered to the Rectory Office on Thursday morning, 3 December.
A simple, durable and inexpensive toy or book will be much appreciated.
Please wrap gifts using ribbon or string rather than sellotape.
A label stating contents and suitable age-range will help Salvation Army staff give presents to appropriate children.