Thursday, 12 February 2015 saw St Peter ad Vincula filled to capacity with two hundred and fifty people taking up every available seat (including extras brought in from the village hall). The people were there to witness and be part of the licensing and installation service of Clive Jenkins the new Priest in Charge of the parish of Wisborough Green.
The service was led by The Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham assisted by The Venerable Fiona Windsor Archdeacon of Horsham. The entrance procession was led by the choir of St Peter's followed by the visiting clergy, the Parish Priest Designate, the Rural Dean, the Archdeacon, Churchwardens and, finally, the Bishop and the Bishop's Chaplain.
Tony Clements, the Bishop's chaplain said that he couldn't recall a licensing service where there were as many robed clergy in the procession nor as full a church other than at a cathedral service. It must have been a record for a small parish church!
The service followed fairly closely the standard "Sung Eucharist" with the actual licensing element sandwiched in the middle.
The sound of so many voices singing joyous hymns full of praise to God was a truly uplifting experience. Many people from the village attended the occasion as well as a coach load of parishioners from Clive's previous church to wish him well in the next chapter of his ministry.
This was a fitting celebration of a new phase for us. After the service an amazing firework display took place up and over the churchyard and then drinks and canapés were served in the Village Hall. There have been many lovely comments about the welcome and celebration which took place on that evening, which can be summed up in the words of one of the visiting clergy in an email he sent to us afterwards - 'Well done for last night to everyone from your place who made us so welcome and created a very special greeting to Clive. Fireworks - a crowning glory. Brilliant!'