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Pentecost Sunday - Launch of Diocesan Strategy

On Pentecost Sunday (24 May 2015) evening the folk from St. Peters joined many across the Diocese of Chichester to mark the launch of the Diocesan strategy. We enjoyed a really good Barbecue that followed a time of worship in the Church, looking at some new songs of worship, and learning to increase our repertoire of contemporary music. To mark the occasion we released 100 red and orange balloons, representing the flame of the Holy Spirit that came upon the Apostles on the first Pentecost.

The process of renewal that the Diocese is seeking focuses around three areas:

  • Firstly a challenge to increase the number of those who worship in our Churches by offering different and imaginative ways of doing 'church'.
  • New ways of adapting to the change in our Society and Culture by the way we reimagine 'Ministry'.
  • Thirdly to ensure we continue to explore ways of working with others to seek the common good, that benefits all in our communities.

The evening drew to a close with the lighting of a beacon outside the Church representing a symbol and sign of our continued trust that the Holy Spirit will guide and direct us.

LE JOG 2015 - Update 21 July - Jamie makes it to John O'Groats!

LE JOG 2015

Jamie JOG CropChampagne Celebrations smallLANDS END TO JOHN O’ GROATS … 1100 MILES … ON FOOT

P1060450On 11th April 2015, Jamie Daniell stood on his own at Lands End with a rucksack on his back, a digital map in his hand and wearing a pair of boots that he hopes will still be intact when he reaches John O’ Groats in July (if all goes according to plan).

Jamie is raising money for two worthwhile causes: St Peter ad Vincula, the parish church in Wisborough Green, which will be embarking on a programme of improvement not only to provide a toilet, but also improve the facilities to enable the building to be used for many more community purposes, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which funds research into a cure for this horrible disease as well as providing assistance and TLC for the unlucky sufferers.

ProgressMap 210715The walk will take him well away from main roads, starting on the northern part of the south west Coastal Path, across Exmoor, the Somerset Levels, Offa’s Dyke, The Wirral, Ribble Valley, Pennine Way, Southern Upland Way, West Highland Way, Great Glen Way and finally up the east coast to John O’ Groats – a distance of about 1100 miles. Various family and friends will be joining him at different stages.  See route map (right).

Jamie explained that it had always been an ambition of his to explore the UK in his retirement. He had imagined that this might have been in the comfort of a camper van or something similar, until he met a man walking from one end of the UK to the other. John Greer’s influence was such that Jamie could not resist the temptation of the challenge to make the journey on foot. The luxury of retirement has now enabled him to fulfill this ambition.

Jamie has lived in Wisborough Green since 1979 and spent all his working time at Pulborough as a chartered surveyor and Estate Agent, initially with the former firm of King and Chasemore and subsequently as a founder partner of Monkhouse and Partners which has expanded to become Batcheller Monkhouse. He retired in December 2013.

To donate to these causes use any of the following:

ON LINE: www.justgiving.com/teams/jamiedaniell

TEXT: JGSD65 £(amount) to 70070 for Motor Neurone Disease Association; or

TEXT: SPAV65 £(amount) to 70070 for Wisborough Green Church

You can follow Jamie on Instagram at ‘JamieLeJog’:  https://instagram.com/jamielejog/

 


 

Installation & Licensing of the Rev Clive Ronald Jenkins

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.

Licensing - Two Communion StationsThe 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!

Licensing   Clive Making a VicarThe 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.

Licensing   Clive Oath of AllegianceThis 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!'

 


 

 

 

 

 

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