A Very Special Visitor on Sunday 27 June: the Bishop of Chichester
A few weeks ago, we were privileged to receive an informal visit from Bishop Ruth, so we were surprised by an email we received last week from Bishop Martin‘s Office that he was wanting to visit us for our main St Wilfrid’s 9.00am service and to preside at the Eucharist. As we said in our churches’ notices last week we did not know when he would be coming. Now, we can confirm that the Bishop will be joining us on Sunday 27 June for a Parish-wide Eucharist. This will be the only service in our churches (on that date only; our Sunday 10.30am Eucharists at the Presentation Church will resume as usual on Sunday 4 July).
New Sussex Singers Concert on Sunday 4 July – Update
The delay in implementing Step 4 of the relaxation of Covid restrictions threatened to scupper the New Sussex Singers’ concert due to be held in St Wilfrid’s Church on 4 Sunday 4July at 4pm. However, since posting the details last week, it has emerged that such amateur events presented by more than six singers can be held if they are ticketed and thereby deemed “commercial”. It has therefore been agreed that the concert will go ahead as long as all the required social distancing protocols are observed and providing that no further restrictions are imposed. Therefore tickets at the modest price of £5 will be available on the door on 4 July. We hope you will be able to join us then. Many thanks, Roger Floyd!
Sadly, owing to the on-going Covid restrictions, we are not able to open Coffee Stop next week. Our thanks go to Lesley and the Team for all their preparations that must now be delayed for the time being.
We are sure all you gardeners are enjoying the rain! However, heavy rain can cause the below-ground boiler room at St Wilfrid’s Church to flood. Any flooding of the basement is usually dealt with by a pump which is automatically activated when the water level in the basement rises. You should then see water pouring out of a pipe and flowing along the churchyard path which shows that the emergency system is working! In the past if the power supply had been ‘tripped’ the pump would not work and your wardens then had to wade through knee-high water to re-set the pump! The re-set mechanism has now been transferred to the upper boiler room. However, we will be very grateful to any of you who are able to alert us if you see the steps down to the basement boiler room under water, which will mean that we still have to re-set the power supply but without the need for scuba gear or oxygen tanks!
The Tower Works
We are still awaiting the final design briefs and start date for the repairs to the Tower. The technical issues involved are quite complex, given Health and Safety regulations and the Listed status of our building.
These will be at the normal times this Sunday (20 June) at 9.00am in St Wilfrid’s and at 10.30am in the Presentation. All being well, we will be streaming the 9.00am service from St Wilfrid’s on Facebook (see below). Father John will be presiding. The mid-week Wednesday 9.30am Eucharist will be back on ZOOM and will be followed by our informal ZOOM gathering.
HERE ARE THE PARISH ZOOM AND FACEBOOK LINKS TO CLICK ON:
Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe
God Bless and thanks to everyone supporting us during the Vacancy
Arthur and Derek