Order of St Richard - ceremony take place this weekend

Forty people from every corner of the Diocese of Chichester will become the first to be admitted to the Order of St Richard by the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, at a ceremony in Chichester Cathedral this coming Saturday, October 5 at 3 pm. Read all about it here

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)

Six new Honorary Canons appointed

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, has today appointed six new Honorary Canons of Chichester Cathedral.

The announcement means that they are able to use the title Canon and are allocated a stall in the choir at the Cathedral Church.

Dr Warner said today that the announcement was “in recognition of the contribution that they make to the apostolic life of the Diocese." Who are the six and when will they be installed? Read more here

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

 

Diocesan Harvest Appeal

The Chichester Diocesan Harvest Appeal has run successfully for many years and made a difference in the lives of many communities throughout our Companion Link Dioceses in East and West Africa.

However, the decision not to run an official Harvest Appeal this year has been made as we are in the process of reviewing our operating processes to ensure efficient governance going forward.

Information about the Harvest Appeal and Lambeth 2020 has been sent to parishes.
 

Rev Christine Keyte, Overseas Companion Links Officer and Vicar of All Saints' Church Crawley Down.

Bishop's skydive fundraiser on target

The Bishop of Lewes,  Richard Jackson jumped 13,000ft out of a plane in a sponsored freefall skydive on Friday, Speaking to Premier radio shortly after completing the jump, Bishop Richard said he was relieved to have his feet back on the ground: "Well, all the limbs are still attached and functioning, which is very good news. It was quite intense, I have to say."
The target of £1,500 has now been reached but you can still sponsor Bishop Richard here and read more on this story here
Picture caption: Bishop Richard is pictured with his sky-diving colleagues, two Archdeacons and a Churchwarden.

New Appointment

10 Downing Street announced this morning that the suffragan Bishop of Lewes in the Diocese of Chichester, Richard Jackson, is to be the 106th Bishop of Hereford.

Bishop Richard is married to Deborah, a farmer’s daughter who grew up in the Cotswolds and is a learning support teacher. The couple have three children; Annabel, who’s a psychiatric nurse, Sam, who works in marketing and jazz musician, Charlie.

Bishop Richard has spent his entire ministry in the Diocese of Chichester and so the move to his new diocese will be a huge change: “I am immensely humbled to have been chosen to become the next Bishop of Hereford. This beautiful diocese is in my DNA. I’ve traced my family tree and if I took a journey visiting churches from Leominster to the Welsh Border, I would be able to see the graves of my ancestors dating back to the 13th Century.

“After 25 years serving in the Diocese of Chichester it will be very hard to leave such a beautiful place and the family of Christians I know and love well. Chichester Diocese is at an exciting phase in its life with great potential for future growth in knowing, loving and following Jesus.”

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, issued the following statement this morning:

“Bishop Richard was ordained in this diocese and has spent his entire ministry here. We shall miss him and his wife Deborah greatly.

“In his time as Bishop of Lewes, Richard and Deborah have exercised an exceptionally generous ministry of hospitality – an outward expression of their pastoral and spiritual care for those with whom they share the Christian life. At the same time Richard has been imaginatively and generously engaged in turning our attention to the evangelistic and missional aspects of our vocation as a household of faith. He has encouraged this engagement across the whole spectrum of the diocese and done so with kindness, humour and flair”.

Bishop Richard’s new Diocese, Hereford is mainly rural, covering Herefordshire, the south of Shropshire, a portion of Worcestershire and several parishes in Wales on the English-Welsh border. It includes the city of Hereford and the towns of Telford, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Leominster, Bromyard and Kington. Click here for a link to the Media Release from the Diocese of Hereford for further information: Link Here

 

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.

Running on Empty - Christianity and Mental Health

Join St Peter's Church, Brighton this autumn on 12th October for a day of equipping, educating and encouraging.

This event is being organised by the Mind and Soul Foundation, a Christian charity that aims to educate, equip and encourage individual Christians and the church in the area of mental health.

With a range of keynotes and seminars, including topics on Anxiety & depression, Coastal Mental Health, ME, Leadership, Stress recovery, Youth Wellbeing, Recovery & Spirituality


Interested? Book here >>

Called by God: A Conference of the Laity

19th October | St Andrews Church, Worthing

Bishop Martin invites you to a free conference to reflect upon the successes and discuss the challenges of living an apostolic life today. 

Bishop Martin says "The invitation comes from me as the bishop who holds specific responsibilities in this diocese for the sacramental and pastoral care of traditional Catholics. I hope to see as many of you as possible". More information can be found 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.’