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This page presents a selection of our latest news & other articles, updated at the beginning of each month. The articles are mainly taken from (or based on information from) our parish magazine, the Parish News,

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We have two “Together at Ten” services this month, when our parish joins Wisborough Green parish for joint services.

On Sunday 15th May the Bishop of Horsham - the Rt Revd Ruth Bushyager - will be joining us and giving the address around “Great is Thy Faithfulness” at St. John the Baptist church in Kirdford.

Then on Sunday 29th May at St. Peter's church in Wisborough Green the address will be given by Kirsty Hewett about the Diocesan Family Support Work (FSW) organisation.

[For the latest FSW News see the article below - ed.]

In addition, a joint Ascension Day service will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 26th May at Holy Trinit church in Plaistow.


Some good news: FSW has appointed one full time and six part time Practitioners to work in the Diocese starting in May. The new Practitioners will be working in the Deaneries of Battle and Bexhill, Cuckfield, Dallington, Horsham (x2), Hurst and Rotherfield. This now means we are active in 19 of

the 21 deaneries in the Diocese. This continued growth is thanks to the hard work of many local fundraisers as well as some generous support from grant making charities. All of the posts are for a minimum of two years.

We are also in a position that we can offer support to Ukrainian refugee families as they arrive in the Diocese, should they need the help and support in settling into their new life in Sussex. If you become aware of a family needing support, please do contact Garton House to make a referral, with the family's agreement of course.

In March the 13 Practitioners were working hard by supporting 404 adults and 379 children with direct help. This was undertaken through 248 face to face visits and 534 phone calls and other electronic communications. From the food bank we made 176 deliveries of food support and our family grant scheme supported 6 families as well as a number of grants to help with fuel bills. We ran 34 support groups in the month and over 600 individuals attended at least one of them

FSW is a team and as you read this and pray for our work, you too are a part of the team that sustains us and keeps us going and we are very grateful for your constant support.

Not all of our work relates to deprivation or fuel and food poverty. Our Practitioners are very skilled with lots of experience in other areas; recently one of them supported Jack an 11 year old boy. Jack's story follows:

“Jack's mum died from cancer 8 months ago. Following her death, he moved to live with his dad in East Sussex where he has started a new school and has had to settle into a new life altogether. Jack's school asked me to offer the family some support. Jack was struggling to accept the new role his dad's partner has in their lives which was causing conflict in the family.

I met with Jack weekly in school, first building trust with him as he was very protective of his feelings about his mother. Over the next few sessions I supported Jack to explore his feelings, understand the impact of grief in his life and recognise the coping skills and support he has. At the last session Jack said he had enjoyed being able to share memories about his mum and was proud to see how well he was doing. He also said that things with his dad's partner were much better.

Jack's dad sent the following text 'I just wanted to say thank you for all you done for Jack, you really have helped him. Many thanks.' “

For your prayers this month:

+ Family A who are struggling accessing the specialist support they need for their children as the manage their special educational needs.

+ The fundraising team as they start another financial year that they find the resources to support the work that they do.

+ The FSW volunteers who give freely of their time to support families

+ All of our families that they remain safe, warm and fed through the coming month.

Martin Auton-Lloyd FRSA CEO

[Family Support Work is a charity that helps vulnerable children and their families in Sussex, working in partership with the Diocese of Chichester. To donate to Family Support Work, please visit their website by clicking here – ed.]


“Thy Kingdom Come” is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension Day to Pentecost (May 26th to June 5th). We will especially be praying for God to reign in our lives and in the lives of others, which is actually what we are praying for when we pray “Thy Kingdom Come” in the Lord's Prayer. Archbishop Justin Welby writes: “In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."

This year the organisers of “Thy Kingdom Come” have again produced two prayer booklets (“Novena” and “Prayer Journal”), with prayers for each of the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost, that will be available in our churches for use at home. Digital (pdf) versions of these booklets can also be viewed or downloaded from the "Thy Kingdom Come" website here.

Also, The Lord's Prayer Trail in Kirdford churchyard is still available, and will be refurbished in time for this year's “Thy Kingdom Come”; there are booklets with a map of the Trail in the church (on the left as you enter).