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.”

St Michael and All Angels, Lancing

St Michael & All Angels, Lancing are pleased to be hosting two events guaranteed to make you laugh and think. ‘An Evening with Adrian and Bridget Plass’ takes place on Friday 20 September at 7.30 pm. Adrian and Bridget will probably have you rolling in the aisles, with anecdotes based on life, the church and day-to-day experiences. The evening will also leave you with the suspicion that God loves us in spite of (and maybe because of) all our shortcomings. Adrian Plass is well known as an author of a number of humorous and insightful books, in particular his series based on the Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass which is a humorous, fictional satire of Christian life and has sold over a million copies worldwide. Tickets £10 Centre and £8 Sides - to book telephone 01903 762793 (leave a message), emailstmichaelslancing@gmail.com or online at www.adrian-and-bridget-plass-lancing.eventbrite.co.uk. ‘An Evening with Paul Kerensa’ takes place on Thursday 24 October at 7.30 pm. Paul Kerensa is an award-winning writer and performer who will be presenting an evening of comedy, stand-up and songs. Paul has written for BBC shows Miranda, Not Going Out, Top Gear and many others, and is a regular contributor to Radio 2’s Pause For Thought. He also presents shows on BBC local radio (including BBC Sussex) and is a published author with numerous books under his belt.

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.’



Cathedral welcomes new Archdeacon of Chichester

The new Archdeacon of Chichester, The Venerable Luke Irvine-Capel SSC, will be welcomed to his new post at a special service in Chichester Cathedral this Thursday (9 May) at 5.30pm.

In an interview, broadcast today on the Diocesan website, Fr Luke looks forward to his new role and explains how he is “excited about the challenges that lie ahead”.

In this short video, he also talks about finding ways to “further the ministry and mission of the church”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OEJ7ATeNAE&feature=youtu.be

Read the full news article on  https://www.chichester.anglican.org/news/2019/05/07/cathedral-welcome-new-archdeacon-chichester/


Bishops visit Mosques to show solidarity

The bishops of Chichester, Horsham and Lewes visited Mosques in Crawley to express the Christian Church’s solidarity with Muslim worshippers following recent events in New Zealand and, closer to home, in the Midlands.

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, who visited Broadfield Mosque, said: “I have come to this mosque in Crawley to express, on behalf of the Christian Church in Sussex, our solidarity with you who are our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

He added: “We shared in the international shock and revulsion at the news of the shootings at the Friday Prayers in Christchurch. This was a cowardly attack on vulnerable people. It was a crime against humanity.”

But Dr Warner was also concerned about “the attacks on 5 mosques in Birmingham which is further evidence of a campaign that is evil in its origins, planning and consequences.”

Dr Warner said: “We, as Christians, believe that the attacks in Christchurch and in Birmingham demonstrate a sacrilegious spirit in the world today. Like you, we are also people committed to religious faith. And we recognise that we have much in common, sharing our veneration of Abraham and deep traditions that promote the virtues of truth, of peace and of justice.

“But we are driven to condemn the desecration of your sacred places and the violation of your freedom to live and pray as Muslims in this, or any country that claims to be a civilised, tolerant and just society.

“Hatred of this kind affects all of us, regardless of what our faith might be. As Muslim and Christian, we must find a way to break the destructive cycle of fear and hatred. This land faces many challenges to the flourishing of its people in all the richness of our diversity.

“Let us, as people of faith, be known as those who are the foundation of a society in which kindness and respect shape the quality of our life.”

The Bishop of Lewes, Richard Jackson, met members of Langley Green Mosque whilst the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby visited Noor Mosque.

Photo courtesy of Jim Holden

New Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling

A new Head of Pastoral Care and Counselling has been appointed. Nicola, who took up the role on 1 March, will oversee the confidential counselling service for clergy and their families, the pastoral care policy on the website and further developing the programme of well-being support and training for clergy in the diocese. Sue Mulvoy will continue in her role as Assistant Officer for Pastoral Care and Counselling, working alongside Nicola. The contact details for the self-referral system can be found at https://www.chichester.anglican.org/pastoralcare/ 

New Registrar Appointed

The Diocese of Chichester is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Deputy Diocesan Registrar, Darren Oliver.

Gabrielle Higgins, Diocesan Secretary welcomed the appointment. She said: “I am delighted to welcome our new Deputy Registrar, Darren Oliver. Darren brings a wealth of ecclesiastical law experience and will remain joint Registrar of the Diocese of Oxford with John Rees. I greatly look forward to working with him.”

Mr Oliver will be visiting both the Bishop’s Palace and Church House this week as he marks the start of his role in Chichester.
Photo courtesy of Tom Pilston

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.

There are now only 9 places left.

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