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Welcome to the latest edition of the
Diocesan E-bulletin
12 April 2016
Diocesan Synod 14 May
The Next Diocesan Synod takes place at Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing. The agenda and supporting papers will be posted out from next week and will be available from the diocesan website.
Clergy moves:
The Revd Peter Mead, Incumbent of St Leonard’s and St Ethelburga has now Left the Diocese to be Rector of Arbroath Aucmitie
The Revd David Weaver, Priest-in-Charge Haywards Heath, St Richard is now Incumbent of Haywards Heath, St Richard
The Revd David Swyer is now NSM Curate at Haywards Heath, St Richard

The Revd William Harris – Incumbent: West Grinstead has now  retired
The Revd Mary Parish – Assistant Priest: Worthing, St Matthew has now retired

The Revd Simon Horton – Curate: Goring-by-Sea   to be  licensed as Priest-in-Charge: Saltdean, St Nicholas on 19 April
The Revd Stephen Merriman – Team Vicar: Littlehampton & Wick  to become Incumbent: Chichester, St Wilfrid on 20 April

The Revd Kevin Humphrys  to be licensed as  Curate (NSM): Roffey on 21 April

The Revd John Lyon – Incumbent: East Preston, St Mary will retire on 22 April

Can't come? why not sponsor May Camp for £25 instead?
Watch the YouTube video
here to see how you could help sponsor the event. It costs only £25. Check out the May Camp web page here  
Lots of resources can be found on the DioChi Youth website here
Think-u-know specialist Safeguarding training for Children and Youth Leaders and Workers here
Ride & Stride 2016
Ride & Stride this year takes place on 10 September. Why not get involved and benefit your church at the same time? Ride & Stride is supported by the National Churches Trust. Find a Ride & Stride near you
Mothers' Union News
Mothers' Union celebrates 140 years! MU branches and many of our parishes are linking up and celebrating this special year in a variety of ways. Events are being posted on the Diocesan MU events page here

The Filling Station
This is a monthly top up with the Holy Spirit, reaching out to those who may feel dry or isolated in the rural setting. Offering friendly fellowship, over delicious cakes and coffee, wonderful free worship, talented teaching from experienced Filling Station speakers and powerful prayer ministry. Find out more
Free Hire of the Palace Sherborne room or Chapel
Many of our parishes have taken advantage of the opportunity to use the Palace rooms in Chichester for parish groups meetings and awaydays. These facilities are free to groups from the diocese. More details and contact information can be found on the Diocesan website
Useful Links
News from Bishop Martin's pilgrimage
Latest news and pictures from the pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi which Bishop Martin is currently leading. More


Vocations Sunday is this weekend - 17 April
Vocations Sunday is the day for churches to encourage everyone to reflect, discover and recognise God's call to them. Resources and study material can be found

Archbishop's Wave of Prayer
They Kingdom Come – A video from 24-7 Prayer explains why continuous prayer is a powerful way for churches to get involved with Thy Kingdom Come, the week of prayer across England for our nation to know Jesus Christ, called for by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York from 8-15 May 2016. Watch it here 
or visit: the website here

Mission & Ministry Development

Parish Giving Scheme
For the first time, in April 2016, the PGS collected more than one million pounds from donors. This sum was then uplifted with Gift Aid (where appropriate) and distributed to over 750 local churches that now participate in the scheme. Latest Chichester diocese figures can always be seen here:
Workshops in March
Many thanks to those who responded to the feedback survey after our parish income workshops in March. All the feedback (suitably anonymised) is here:
Adult Safeguarding Conference
The East Sussex Conference will take place on Saturday 7th May 2016 at Crowborough, All Saints Church from 10am-3.30pm. This conference is for Parish Safeguarding Coordinators or a representative who has responsibilities in the parish for adult protection. For further details please contact Kim Nash 01273 425680.

A clergy training day
Looking at partnership with schools, especially collective worship, RE, SIAMS, governance and developing and strengthening parish/school links. With guest speakers.  Thursday 16 June 2016 @ 10am. More details and how to book

Open the Book - Bringing the Bible alive in Collective Worship
Church and School in partnership. A presentation exploring what Open the Book is and how it works. For further information email:

Working in youth and children’s work?
Could you do with a day away to revive your batteries? Come along to Revive 2016 on Thursday 19 May from 9:30am to 4pm. Click here to see the flyer and make your booking – before 1st May!

New book soon to be published
Clergy in a Complex Age. This new volume, due out on 21 April, responds to and explains the scope and detail of the newly revised guidelines for the professional conduct of the clergy, featuring contributions from a number of experts including John Pritchard, Stephen Cherry and Paula Gooder. More information from SPCK 

Events & Activities

Vocations Sunday 17 April
A range of resources can be found on the Church of England website

Chancellor's Lectures at Chichester Cathedral
A series of four lectures given by the Cathedral Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane.The lectures are at 6.30pm in the Cathedral nave, following Evensong. Free entry, all are welcome. Full details here

A seminar on living with pain
A seminar for all who live with chronic pain, care for those who do or who would like to know more. Chichester Cathedral 21 May. More details

A weekend exploring contemplative spirituality
The Community of St Margaret, Friday 24 - Sunday 26 June 2016
Listening for the word of God. A weekend of building community and exploring contemplative spirituality. A poster can be downloaded
here. Further details from Paula Jardine-Rose 01795 886165 or email

Brighton Fringe Festival Events
All Saints Church Patcham - Flower Festival 28 May - 30 May. More

In the Cathedral, there will be two ordination services where deacons will be ordained as priests:

On Saturday 21 May at 4.00pm, there will be an ordination of both men and women to the priesthood.  The ordaining Bishop will be Bishop Richard.

On Sunday 22 May at 5.30pm there will be an ordination to the priesthood for those who on the grounds of theological conviction are unable to be ordained alongside women.  The ordaining Bishop will be Bishop Martin.

Volunteers needed for South of England Show
Where better to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday weekend than at the South of England Show in Ardingly on 9, 10 and 11 June 2016, in Ardingly, West Sussex, where you can enjoy the best of the British countryside, food and drink and outdoor entertainment for the whole family. More

Sussex Christian Camps
Camping under canvas - dates for August 2016 - poster to download

Clergy Spouses Fellowship
New information and a new programme for 2016 is available from the Diocesan Website

THRIVE - May Camp 2016
Nearly 300 young people have booked already - help make this a bumper year - book your group now - Click to book or find out more

Corpus Christi
A date for the diary - Sunday June 5. Bishop Martin will lead a procession through the streets of Eastbourne St Saviour. Fun family day - all welcome. More information will be available in due course.

Quick links

  • Church Matters newsletter
  • Promote your Church events: Register with A Church Near You and list your events and activities
  • Diocesan Intercessions can be found here
  • Chichester Mothers' Union - catch up with the latest news and projects here
  • Diocesan Mission Fund Grants Details and application forms can be found on our website here
  • Grants for church projects. Find out more here.
  • How to organise and run a food bank here
  • Shrinking the Footprint - a Church Care e-news here
  • Latest news from the Church of England
  • Parish Training from the Church of England. Websites, Social Media and more here.
  • In Review & In Focus. CofE news for parish publications available to download here
  • Sussex Gospel Partnership. Upcoming training events and activities here
  • CPAS newsletter. view the latest issue here
  • Bible Society - Latest Newsletter can be viewed here
  • Occasional Duty / Sick Fees 2016 Click here
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