Seminars on Children & Family Work

Led by Mary Hawes - National Adviser for Children and Youth Work. An opportunity to explore your calling in these three key areas of ministry. The event takes place at Church House, Hove on Saturday 9 February.

There is no charge to attend these seminars but you must register here to secure a place.

Diocesan Lent Course

Diocesan Lent course explores Vocation

Parishes are being encouraged to explore vocations through the lens of the Diocesan Lent course this year.

The Lent course, Living Christ, has been written by Revd Dominic Keech and Revd Nicol Kinrade.

Dan Inman, Diocesan Director of Ordinands, oversaw the planning for the Year of Vocation. He said: “We encounter Christians across Sussex exploring what it means to live out their vocation to know, love and follow Jesus. This year we invite participants in the course to ponder how they are living out their own baptism."

The Lent booklet PDF is available to view here Booklets can be printed to order free from the diocesan online shop here. All the Lent videos are now ready to view or download here or contact Luci Fievet if you would prefer a memory stick posted out to you.

Please register your parish or deanery group here

Bishop of Chichester to sleep Rough for one night.

Turning Tides, a local homeless charity, are once again holding their annual Worthing and Littlehampton Sleep Out’s, where participants can experience rough sleeping for a night, helping to raise both vital funds and awareness for the charity.

Bishop Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester will be participating this year and raising funds for the charity to highlight the hardship and danger of sleeping rough in our community.

Homelessness is increasing rapidly and Turning Tides have seen a rise in the use of their services, they helped 1,700 in the last year and see on average 65 people a day in their Community Hubs. There are many reasons people become homeless, however, the current housing crisis and changes to the benefits system play a large role.

The Bishop had this to say: “It is all too easy to end up homeless with no other option than sleeping rough.

“By choosing to take part in this sleepout challenge I want to support Turning Tides in raising funds to tackle homelessness on our own doorstep.

“This is not about statistics; it is about the plight of human beings and the complicated situations some of us have to face. The Turning Tide sleepout is an opportunity to draw attention to the needs of the homeless in Littlehampton and across the whole of Sussex.” You can sponsor Bishop Martin's sleepout by visiting - 

Joining Turning Tides sponsored Sleepout is a great way to show your support for those homeless and insecurely housed in our community.

The event brings much-needed funds and awareness to the cause. A pratevious participant Michaela said “The sleepout was a real life-changing experience it makes you begin to think you can’t even imagine how on earth anyone can do that every day and every night not knowing when it will end. After the sleep, out you feel a real sense of emotion of how lucky you really are and you really want to help the people who are homeless and insecurely housed because no one deserves to live like that.”

While sleeping out for a night in these circumstances can be fun, it also gives us an idea of what it must be like for those who have no choice but to do this every night of the year. If you feel like a challenge and want to know more you can get involved by signing up today just visit - https://turning-tides-sleepouts-2019.eventbrite.c... or email

Nominations for the Order of St Richard

Bishop Martin has written to all clergy to encourage nominations for an award for lay people.

The annual award, the Order of St Richard, is for lay people within the Diocese who have made exceptional contributions to the parish, the local community or the Diocese.

Ten people will be nominated from each Archdeaconry every year for the award.

In his letter, Bishop Martin encourages clergy to draw upon people from a range of different backgrounds and ages. He said: “I am writing to you now to encourage you to nominate someone in your congregation(s) who you think fulfils the criterion of ‘exceptional service’. So please look around your congregation(s) and think about those whose lay ministry should be recognised and celebrated in this way.”

Nomination should be made using the specially designed nomination form which asks for a rationale for why the person has been nominated for ‘exceptional service’.

Nomination should also be supported by two lay sponsors who will also complete a nomination form. The nominations are confidential and the closure date for nominations is 31 May 2019.

An award ceremony will take place annually in the Autumn in the Cathedral at which the Bishop will confer upon those nominated, the Order of St Richard. In 2019, the award ceremony will take place on 5 October.

The nominations should be sent to Bishop Martin’s chaplain Stephen Ferns


Diocese commended for Setting God's People Free

The Diocese of Chichester has been commended by the Church of England for its work in Setting God's People Free - a national Church of England initiative enabling the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus.

Archdeacon Fiona who heads up the SGPF diocesan planning group said: “We are delighted to get this commendation. It’s really encouraging and marks a new chapter in our work with parishes and schools.

“We’ve had a tremendous response from a recent campaign and now have 40 SGPF champions from across Sussex and 10 supporting parishes to help promote lay ministry and discipleship and act as an advocate for lay people.

“We are putting the final touches to our first ever lay ministry conference, Everyday Disciple, which is open to all of God’s people and I am thrilled to announce, alongside a very strong programme of workshops, Nick Shepherd as our Keynote speaker. Nick is the National Director of the SGPF initiative for the Church of England.”

The conference takes place on 16 March at Sussex University and is now open for registration. Everyday Disciple - 16 March Lay Conference Everyday Disciple is the title of our lay conference in March, led by lay people for lay people. It takes place on Saturday 16 March at Sussex University.

Find out more and please register your attendance here

Planned Workshops are as follows:

SGPF for Readers – Nick Shepherd

Talking about God at work – Tim Worley

Telling our faith story – Archdeacon Fiona

Helping young people speak about their faith – Dan Jenkins

SGPF in the parish – Rob Dillingham

Spirituality for Every Day Discipleship – Terry Biddington

The Diocesan SGPF Team are:

Fiona Windsor, Archdeacon of Horsham

Jayne Prestwood, Diocesan Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry

Catherine Butcher, Director of Communications for Hope and Reader in St John's Meads, Eastbourne

Andy Angel, Vicar of St Andrew's Burgess Hill

Thirty Seven lay ministers commissioned

Thirty-seven people from across Sussex were commissioned at a special service in Chichester Cathedral on Sunday 13 January, the first time the event has been held.

The candidates, from Anglican churches in the diocese of Chichester, will now form the largest group ever to be recognised for the completion of their studies - the culmination of skills-based training for Authorised Lay Ministry (ALM).

Authorised Lay Ministers share in the public ministry of the local church, as they serve their local parishes.

The Revd Jayne Prestwood, Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry, runs the lay ministry training programme. She said: “It was a wonderful service which sees the culmination of their studies and the start of their public ministry. Please pray for them as they return to their parishes newly equipped in either pastoral care or children's work".

“Authorised Lay Ministry is now recognised across the Church of England as a vibrant and growing expression of lay ministry. I am delighted that we will be expanding our ALM training programme in 2019 to provide flexible and affordable skills-based training in a variety of different ministries.”

You can find out more about training for Authorised Lay Ministry from the Diocese of Chichester website here:


New Archdeacon of Chichester appointed

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has announced today that The Revd Luke Irvine-Capel SSC, currently Rector of Christ Church, St Leonards-on-Sea, is to be the next Archdeacon of Chichester.

Fr. Luke began his ministry in the Church of Wales after training for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield. He moved to the London Diocese in 2003 to be Rector of Cranford, before taking up the post of Vicar of St Gabriel’s, Pimlico. In 2013 he was licensed as Rector of Christ Church and St Mary Magdalen and St Peter and St Paul, St Leonards-on-Sea. In 2017 he was also licensed as the interim Priest in Charge of St Clements with All Saints, Hastings, while continuing as Rector of Christ Church, St Leonards.

His appointment as archdeacon was welcomed today by The Bishop of Chichester: “Luke Irvine-Capel has rapidly been recognised in this diocese as a prayerful, wise and effective pastor, a missionary priest who has seen his congregation grow, and a person of theological depth who can apply his intellect to the wide range of complex issues that face any incumbent.

He added: “I am confident that he will move swiftly and carefully into the ministry of an archdeacon, serving those in his care with the same dedication that has marked his ministry in parishes.”

Fr Luke, who is married to Ruth, a teacher, said: “I am honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to serve the Diocese as Archdeacon of Chichester. While I will miss Christ Church, St Leonards and St Clement with All Saints, Hastings, after five and a half happy years, my time there has enriched my life in many ways, which I know will help sustain me in my new responsibilities.

“We are each called to walk into the fulfilment of Our Lord’s promises and should do so with confidence, hope and joy. With that in mind, I look forward to deepening my knowledge and understanding of all the parishes in the Archdeaconry to help build a community of mutual support and learning, so as to give ever more effective witness to the Good News.”

Fr Luke and Ruth have three children aged 13, 12 and 8. In their spare time, they enjoy music and taking Dunstan, the family dog, out on regular walks, allowing them to explore the beautiful Sussex countryside and coastal walks.

As Archdeacon, Fr Luke will work as one of four archdeacons supporting the Bishop, suffragan bishops and other senior staff members in the day to day running of the Diocese.

He succeeds The Venerable Douglas McKittrick who retired last year.

Fr Luke will be licensed as Archdeacon on Thursday 9 May at 5.30pm in Chichester Cathedral.


New Dean of Porstmouth

The Bishop of Portsmouth has announced that the new Dean of Portsmouth will be Canon Dr Anthony Cane, currently Chancellor at Chichester Cathedral.

Anthony, 57, has served in Chichester since 2007 and has led a transformation of its work in the areas of education, the arts, visitor engagement, and external partnerships. During his varied career, he has worked with the homeless and drug addicts and served the Church along the south coast – in Brighton and Torquay, as well as Chichester.

His priorities as the new Dean of Portsmouth – the most senior cleric at our cathedral – will include securing its long-term sustainability, developing congregation numbers and sharpening its strategic focus.

He said: “I am thrilled to be joining the cathedral and diocese as Dean of Portsmouth. What a privilege to have the chance to live and pray at the heart of a vibrant, diverse city and diocese.

“I look forward to working closely with the bishop, cathedral staff, worshipping community and volunteers, in furthering the ministry of the cathedral as a sign of God’s deep compassion and grace for every corner of the city and diocese. While there are challenges to face, the cathedral is well placed to go from strength to strength, and I am excited to be arriving at this point in its history.”

The Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, said: “I am looking forward to welcoming Anthony, with Clare, to our diocese and the cathedral. He is well equipped to lead the development of its ministry in the parish, the city and for the diocese, building on the many strengths of its congregation and staff.”

And the Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev Martin Warner, said: “Anthony Cane is one of the most imaginative theological communicators in the Diocese of Chichester. He brings an enquiring mind to a praying heart and relates them to his experience of the world around him.

“Anthony will be greatly missed by the cathedral congregation and community in Chichester. We are delighted that he is moving to our neighbouring diocese of Portsmouth and we assure him, and his wife, Clare, of our prayers and very best wishes for the future.”

Although his parents are from Kent, Anthony was born and raised in Cape Town until he was 20 and studied at the university there for his first degree. He left college an atheist, and his journey to faith started when he met the woman who would become his wife, Clare, and accompanied her to church.

He worked in three different jobs in London, on the frontline of engagement with vulnerable people – working with homeless people in Vauxhall, a centre for former drug addicts in Earl’s Court, and a church community project on the Kings Road.

After ordination training at Westcott House, Cambridge, he served a curacy in Birmingham, then spent six years as senior chaplain at the multi-campus University of Brighton. He combined parish and diocesan jobs in the Diocese of Exeter, and was then adult education officer in Chichester diocese, developing courses for parishes, training Readers, and designing and running a new programme for curates.

As Chancellor of Chichester Cathedral, he has delivered an acclaimed annual series of public lectures, introduced five series of films with spiritual themes in a local cinema, and been a founder member of three charities. He has served as a governor of the University of Chichester, chaired the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust from its inception, and initiated a ‘Night Cathedral’ event for students.

“Working with homeless people and former drug addicts was a formative experience, not least because my faith was developing at the time,” he said. “Both because of this, and the fact that I was an atheist until my early twenties, I have a strong sense for those on the fringes of church. In Chichester, we worked in partnership with a homeless charity and hosted a sleep-out to raise awareness.”

“I enjoy cathedral worship and pastoral care, and I have experience of helping people into deeper discipleship. But I think it’s important to be outward-facing too.”

“I’m always very happy to work in partnership with other organisations, and sometimes the best ideas come organically through working with others. Cathedrals are well placed to be creative and put on events you might not imagine them hosting. I intend to be out and about in Portsmouth, looking for opportunities to build partnerships.”

The Dean of Chichester, the Very Rev Stephen Waine – the senior cleric at Chichester Cathedral – said: “Chichester Cathedral has benefitted greatly from Anthony Cane’s ministry as Canon Chancellor. His gift for theological enquiry has enriched our life, and his joyful capacity for hard work and his enthusiasm for the cathedral’s ministry in Chichester and throughout the diocese have been much appreciated. “Anthony and Clare will be missed by the cathedral community. We are pleased that they are moving ‘next door’ and we wish them well and assure them of our prayers for their move and for ministry in the Cathedral, City and Diocese of Portsmouth.”

And Canon Peter Leonard, acting dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, said: “We are delighted that Anthony is joining us as Dean and are very much looking forward to welcoming him to Portsmouth.

“Anthony brings expertise, experience and enthusiasm, all of which means the next chapter in the story of Portsmouth Cathedral will be an exciting one where we continue to see the cathedral community and the Kingdom of God grow.”

Anthony is married to Clare, a teacher, and they have three grown-up children. He will be installed as Dean at a cathedral service on Saturday 16 March. He succeeds the Very Rev David Brindley, who retired in the summer.