The Meaningful Chocolate Company

The Meaningful Chocolate Company are the creators of 'The Real Advent Calendar' which they have designed so families can share and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas - Jesus Christ.

This calendar is Fairtrade, comes with a free 24 page Christmas story-activity book and supports charitable causes.

Download their resources or buy this calender here >>

Advent & Christmas 2020: Comfort and Joy

ver the last few months we have worked with dioceses and people across the Church of England on a new Advent and Christmas theme to reflect the current Covid context. We hope that Comfort and Joy will better enable us to reflect where the country is and will be by the end of this year. This builds on the success of #FollowTheStar, the theme of the 2018 and 2019 campaigns.
 

Comfort and Joy holds together the hope that Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year with an acknowledgement that – for those who have lost loved ones or livelihoods, or who are potentially still not able to be together with loved ones – it may be the Church’s role, both nationally and locally, to provide consolation, rather than assume everyone will be ready to join in jubilation. We also have to anticipate there may be further spikes.

This Christmas the Church will need, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15, to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’. We will aim to celebrate where we can together in one place – but also embrace a wider community that wants to join in the celebration but may not be physically able – or emotionally ready – to do so. We hope that Comfort and Joy will enable us to build a campaign that both enables us to reconnect with the rich and joyous traditions of the past and to offer God’s consoling love in the present. 

 

Winter Fuel Campaign

Family Support Work (FSW) is launching its Winter Fuel Campaign. To help those people in our communities who cannot afford to keep warm, FSW will ask you to please donate your winter fuel allowance. You can find their Justgiving page here. Please download a poster here to share in your schools and churches.

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Archbishop Angaelos now Canon of Honour

His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos was made Canon of Honour of Chichester Cathedral by Bishop Martin. He was welcomed by the Dean, Stephen Waine, and is pictured here with the Dean, Bishop Martin (far right)  and Fr Youhanna Habib (far left)

New Readers Welcomed

Bishop Richard welcomed seven new Readers at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 28 September. The Readers were licensed to serve in Anglican parishes across Sussex. You can read more about the candidates and where they will be serving here

 

45 Years of Airport Chaplaincy

The Archdeacon of Horsham, Fiona Windsor joined the Anglican chaplain to Gatwick Airport, Rev Canon Jonathan Baldwin, and others for a special service to mark the 45 years of airport chaplaincy.

Around 70 people gathered in July for the thanksgiving celebration which was held in the airport chapel and was led by Canon Jonathan.

The team are responsible for regular multi-denominational services at both the South and North terminal chapels and are available for pastoral support. Chaplains are also trained as Emergency Responders.

Archdeacon Fiona said: “This is such an important ministry and one which we want more people to know about.

“Airports are places where people begin a journey of adventure and discovery, often embarking on visits to other countries for the very first time and they can be very nervous and anxious and want to pray or be prayed for. They may be going to see a loved one in need or facing a bereavement.

“The chaplaincy team, ordained and trained, are made up of all faiths, they worship in a multi-faith chapel and are there for pastoral support for everyone including people arriving at Gatwick for the very first time who may be fleeing difficult situations in their own countries.”

Fourteen New Deacons Welcomed into the Diocese of Chichester

 Family, friends and parish supporters came in great numbers to support the new deacons who will now go on to serve in parishes across East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

 

In his sermon, Bishop Martin preached about the deacons being 'gifted by God.' He said 'they are now handing themselves over to Christ to serve the people of God in making Christ known and offering in worship praise and thanksgiving to God the Father.'

 

Referring to the transformation of Francis of Assisi, Bishop Martin offered a prayer for the deacons saying: 'My prayer is, not only that you will spend your lives seeking the vision of God that transformed Francis; my prayer is that this vision will so captivate your life and ministry that you will also be instrumental in transforming the Church, as Francis did, into a household wherein the poor find a home, the lost are welcomed, the hungry satisfied with good things, and all things in creation are honoured as the means by which God is both revealed and praised.’