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Chidham and Hambrook - The Churches

The Churches of St Mary's, Chidham, and St Wilfrid's, Hambrook.
The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self control, for these there is no law.
If you want to contact the Church please get in touch with
The Rev Paul Matthews, The Vicarage, Cot Lane, Chidham, PO18 8TA Tel 575067
or the churchwardens,
Willem van Niekerk, 1 Caspian Close, Fishbourne , PO18 8AY Tel 07960305427

to the Churches of St Mary and St Wilfrid in the Parish of Chidham

Times of Services (normally) Map showing where to find
St Mary 's Church, Chidham
Getting married in church - everything (well almost everything) you need to know Weddings -
Some photos of weddings in St Mary's
SEALS Mother and Toddler Group Sunday Club
Church Notices More about St Mary's Church
The Flowering of Democracy 2015 - see the Flower Festival page here.
Sun Sept 24
St Mary's
Special Communion service at St Mary's  - 10am - A celebration of Paul's 25 years since his ordination, and Paul & Zena's 25th wedding anniversary. With Bishop Mark Sowerby,
Followed by refreshments.
posted Sept 22

Ride & Stride Thanks to all those who took part. If you did not sponsor anyone, donations are welcome. Please return the money you raised in the form of a cheque made out to Sussex Historic Churches Trust, to
Cliff Archer.  Tel: 572839    Email:  
This annual event is organised by the Sussex Historic Churches Trust.  The money raised is split 50/50 between the Trust and St Mary’s. 

Celebration: Sunday 24th September Paul's 25th ordination Jubilee, & Paul and Zena's Ruby Wedding. 10.00am Parish Communion, with the Bishop of Horsham Mark Sowerby, followed by refreshments. All are welcome
We are asking for small contributions of savoury finger food (canapés) for this event. No cakes, sausage rolls or sandwiches. If you feel you can help please sign on the list in St Mary’s porch. Any queries, contact Pam Kennedy 01243 375680 or Marlene Whalen 01243 574235

Date for your diary. Sun Dec 3rd Cream Teas 2.30pm - 4.30 at St Wilfrids. Carol Gary and the team.
Praying Friends meet on occasional Wednesdays in St Wilfrid's 7:45 - 8:15pm. Dates will be advised. All are welcome.
YOYO – is the first Sunday of each month at 4.30pm in the Vicarage.
Copies of the Prayer Diary are available.
Parish Magazine: If you are not already a PM reader, why not take out a subscription and have the magazine delivered to your door? It's interesting, entertaining, and full of all sorts. £8 for an annual subscription – contact Carol Vigor
Tea and coffee appeal. We need people to do the tea and coffee after the 10am service. If you would like to help, please put your names down on the rota on the notice board in the porch at St Mary's
Used stamps can make money for the Leprosy Mission. Please give all types of used stamps, even the most common. Leave the stamps on the envelope and we will cut to the right size. There is a collection box at the back of St Mary’s (and a leaflet with more information) Queries – talk to Alyzn Johnson Tel 572059
SEALS Parent and Toddler Group meets each Friday of term time 9.30 - 11am in St Wilfrid's Church Hall, Broad Road £1 per child or £1.50 per family .
The Bishop's Cookbook: If you didn't get as many copies as you would have liked, or have new friends you would like to give one to, we have a spare box of these much admired recipe books unexpectedly available - for sale, £5 each. Have a word with Carol Vigor – Tel 537216.
Helping People in Crisis. Just buying an extra tin or packet of food each week to donate to a Foodbank will help someone or a family adjust to sudden financial difficulties. There is a box in the church and donations will be collected and delivered to a foodbank every week. Foodbanks also gives opportunities to discuss problems and find ways to manage difficulties. Many thanks for your continuing support. The Shopping list includes: UHT or powdered Milk, Sugar(500g), Soup, Pasta Sauces, Tinned Sponge Puddings, Tinned Tomatoes, Cereals, Tinned Rice Pudding, Teabags/ Instant Coffee, Instant Mashed Potato, Rice/ Pasta, Tinned Meat/ Fish, Tinned Vegetables, Tinned Fruit, Jam, Biscuits or Snack bars
Candlemas - Jan 29
Plough Sunday - Jan 22

photos from last year
Those of you who knew him will be sorry to hear that Canon David Pain died on Dec 17th after a long illness

Father David retired as Vicar of Chidham in Nov 2011
posted Dec 19
Christmas Services in
St Mary's

Christmas Eve - The Crib Service at 4pm

Midnight Mass at 11.30pm

Christmas Day - - Family Communion at 10am
Dec 18
St Mary's
Nine Lessons and Carols
with the Occasional Choir. You will hear the Christmas Story retold in readings and music
posted Dec 16
Nov 27
St Mary's Church
Advent Sunday
The 10am Parish Communion Service at St Mary's is an important one for us all. Colin Ottewell (our Reader) will be receiving his licence to continue to minister in our parish.
posted Nov 23
Dec 3
2 - 4.30pm
St Wilfrid's Church, Broad Rd
Christmas Cream Teas
Why should Cream Teas just be for the Summer? Come along to St. Wilfrid’s on Sunday 4th December between 2 and 4.30pm for a delicious ‘Christmas Cream Tea’ or a savoury option. There will also be Yummy cakes, a raffle and other excitements! 
posted Nov 23
Nov 13
St Mary's Church
Remembrance Sunday
A Service of Holy Communion
and Act of Remembrance
posted Oct 28
Oct 30
St Mary's Church
Memorial Service   "In Loving Memory"
An opportunity to remember with love and give thanks for our loved ones who have gone before us.
Followed by refreshments in the vicarage
posted Oct 28
Wednesday Sept 28th
St Wilfrid's
Broad Rd
Harvest Ploughman’s Lunch and Cake
At Wilfrid’s Church and Hall At 12.30pm Cost £5 (profit towards Church Funds) Tickets available from Vicarage or in church Or just turn up! Everyone welcome …. bring friends
St Wilfrid's
posted Sept 8
Sunday August 14
3pm to 5pm
Vicarage Gardens
Chidham Churches
Afternoon Teas in the Vicarage Garden
Thanks for all the support. We made over £565 for Church funds
posted Aug 29
June 17
St Wilfrid's
Chidham Churches
Queen's 90th 'Street Party' style Tea.
Everyone welcome - afternoon tea served both inside and outside -Table quiz for adults - piano accordion music - Bouncy Castle and other entertainment for the young people - And Birthday Cake
Sunday April 17

Following the 10am service there was a reception with pre lunch drinks and canapés in the Vicarage and Gardens to mark the retirement of Harry Bates (after 21 years ) and Carole Holmes (after 6 years) as Church Wardens.

They have been exceptional Church Wardens. The current congregation and the community, as well as the generations to come have much to thank them for.
Carole cuts the cake. Harry looks on.
(I don't think that is quite how it worked all the time.... .)

More photos here.
April 24th - Songs of Praise
and Tea in the vicarage afterwards
Fri Apr 1
10.30 to 12.30
St Wilfrid's Church, Broad Rd
Messy Church -
There will be crafts, bible stories, and worship as well as food.
The children must come in the care of a responsible adult.....
Palm Sunday
'Pinewood' to
St Mary's,
Cot Lane
Palm Sunday
Procession from Pinewood Nursing Home to St Mary's Church, with a Donkey and Mark Everson on Piano Accordion
Plough Sunday - Jan 17th
Mark Everson with his accordion.
Mark has kindly played the organ for us on a number of Sundays. He also plays the piano accordion which adds a further string to his bow .....
Have you noticed the Green Man of Chidham?
Do you know the history of this chair?

Is this just an odd juxtaposition of images or is there a connection?
Christmas Eve - The Crib service
Nine Lessons and Carols - 20 Dec 2015
with the Occasional Choir led by Clare Smith
Seals Christmas Party with Father Christmas - 18 Dec 2015
Carols and Christingles - Sunday Dec 13th
Toy Service - Sunday Nov 15th at St Wilfrid's
Remembrance Sunday 2015
Sat 14 Nov
10.30 - 12.30

St Wilfrid's
Broad Rd
FINCH Coffee Morning (Friends in Nutbourne Chidham & Hambrook)
Come for cake, a chat and maybe pick up one or two Stocking Fillers.
There’ll be costume jewellery, bric-a-brac, home-made preserves, refreshments and a raffle. Please ring our dedicated mobile if you need a lift: 07775 942399

Posted Oct 29

Paul and Zena at the Chichester Ploughing Match held at Manor Farm, Chidham on Oct 25th
see more photos
Youth Group on Strike
October - Youth group go bowling
- see photos
Oct 26
Fri Oct 30
10.30 to 12.30
St Wilfrid's Church,
Broad Rd

Messy Church -
There will be crafts - make your own superhero, bible stories, and worship as well as food. The children must come in the care of a responsible adult.....
Oct 26
Book Sale -
Sat Sept 26

Thanks to everyone who donated books, helped with or supported this event.
We raised almost £240 for Church funds.
Rod Starr
Sunday Sept 20th 2015 was Rod's last day as our organist. We wish him all the very best for the future.
Rod contributed much to the life of the Church and its music. We will remember him for his friendship, generosity and good humour.

The members of the 'Occasional Choir' will always be grateful for his patience and enthusiasm. Singing wonderful choral music was an experience for all of us, and without Rod there would have been no 'Occasional choir'.

The 10am Church service was full, and afterwards we had a gathering in the Vicarage garden , and there was cake.....

Ride and Stride
Raising funds for St Mary's and Sussex Historic Churches
The Stones of Chidham Church - Illustrated Geology by David Bone
The walls of St Mary's are made from a variety of stones, including Bognor rock, Bembridge Rock, Downland flints, Roman brick and high quality Caen stone. David Bone pointed out many things the casual observer might never notice and explained how the materials for the Church were procured, and why.

Afterwards we enjoyed an excellent tea in the Vicarage gardens.
The total raised for the Church over the two Sundays doing afternoon teas was £385.18
On August 9th at St Wilfrid's, Zena brought Bread from many countries to illustrate its importance both physically and spritually around the world
Friday Aug 21st
NB new date
from Aug 14
10.30 to 12.30
The Vicarage Garden
Fun in the Sun
Games, Craft, paddling pool, trampoline and more for all the family, Drinks, cake and biscuits and a chance to chat!
July 29
July 24
St Wilfrid's Church,
Messy (and slightly damp) Church - Bouncy castle, races, paddling pool, crafts, bible stories, and worship as well as food.
July 29
June 19/20/21A Flower Festival in St Mary's, Chidham
posted June 24
theme ‘Magna Carta – The Flowering of Democracy'
The Flower Festival celebrates 800 years of Magna Carta - see the pics
Chidham ...Kate's Angels - Race for life, Worthing June 21st in aid of Cancer Research
Some of the Sunday club children and leaders joined "Kate's Angels" to run..well walk! ....the Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research ....but more importantly support Ollie (Kate's son ...and Sunday Club member) who was part of the team
The Chidham team raised over £300 , but now it's time to get your money out and hand it over. Zena will be happy to help you make a bit of extra space in your wallet.

Friday May 29
10.30am - to 12.30pm
St. Wilfrid's Broad Rd
Messy Church
A fun time for all ages (children in the care of an adult please), stories, food and crafts. see the photos!
May 26
May 24th - Pentecost

- and a release of doves at Funtington.
The Deanery had a BBQ in the Vicarage Garden at Funtington, launching the Diocese of Chichester's Programme “To Know Love Follow Jesus”
The release of doves was symbolic of Pentecost.



May 10th - Rogation Sunday - blessing the crops just outside St Wilfrid's.
Our Confirmation candidates, confirmed in Chichester Cathedral on May 7th
The 70th anniversary of VE Day Victory in Europe - May 8th
The bells of St Mary's Chidham were rung at 11am by Cliff Archer.
10 May
The Flowering of Democracy 2015 - see the Flower Festival page here.
June 19 and 20 from 10am - 6pm and 21June from 12.30-6pm,

May Bank holiday weekend - The Youth group - Off to Portland

Seals Solar Eclipse

Mothers Day

Spring Daffs (from Maybush Copse)
Friday 20th Feb in St Wilfrid's. Frozen morning ...children's half term activity
We had a really great morning with over 35 folk enjoying craft, games, children's worship songs and cake!!!!
Thank you to those who helped and came along
14th Feb
St Wilfrid's.
St Valentines Day Parish Party
An event for all ages. A free event where people brought food and drink to share and enjoyed some fun and old fashioned party games and fellowship.
Particular thanks to Alyzn Johnson, and Colin & Val Ottewell for organising it.
Jan 14th
The Epiphany lunch at the vicarage with the Wednesday Group
posted Jan 14th
Jan 4th
The Blessing of the Plough after the 10am service at St Mary's

and a prayer for the land, the farmers and a good harvest
A plough, kindly supplied by Jonathan Bentall of Manor Farm was parked in the Vicarage driveway
posted Jan 5th
Happy Christmas

The Crib service on Christmas Eve at St Mary's
posted Dec 24
Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary's Church see photos
over 25 trees -
Community Carol singing
Preview 10 Dec
Thur 11-
Sun 14 Dec
10am - 4pm
St Mary's Church

Christmas Tree Festival
over 25 trees - Refreshments
Sunday 4pm Community Carol Singing
Late night viewing on Friday to 7pm
Preview Wed 10th with Santa from 5.30pm
posted Dec 3
Rod Starr has a new Golden Labrador puppy - Caesar. He came to Church on Sunday, and I got the impression he was keen to join the choir.
From our Toy service held at Chidham Scool on Nov 16, the Toys were delivered to Family Support and  Childrens centre  in diocese with grateful thanks
Remembrance Sunday
31st October Half Term Children’s Craft and traditional seasonal games at St Wilfrid’s.
Sunday 12th October -
Pets Service
at St Wilfrid's.

Sunday October 5th - Harvest Festival
- the Church was decorated in traditional style.
The occasional choir directed by Rod Starr sang 'Sing to the Lord of Harvest' - Leonard Blake, and 'A Gaelic Blessing' by John Rutter
Everybody was invited to share in a Harvest Breakfast

in the Vicarage between the 8am and 10am services.
Aug 3/10/17

Afternoon Teas in the Vicarage Garden

Just the opportunity to relax after a gentle promenade around the village (or even a scenic route march... )
Aug 10th. Teddy Bears back in church at St Wilfrid's on 'Back to Church Sunday... '
I am assured the Teddies couldn't be more excited .....
July 18th - Seals visit Pinewood
The babies, children,and parents and grandparents from Seals visited Pinewood nursing home today. We were made very welcome and the children sang songs and nursery rhymes with the residents. It was a very happy morning.
One resident of 102 was exactly 100 years older than one of the Seals....and they were delighted to meet each other
July 6th - Sunday Club Three legged walk and picnic

Here are some photos for the website of the three legged walk from this afternoon. As you can see some walked “four leggedly”! And even the adults had a go!!

12th - 14 June 2014 Father Paul and Carole Holmes walk from Chidham to Steyning
- 30 miles - Following in the footsteps of St Cuthman
and starting from St Mary's church, Paul and Carole walked as far as the school with the children of Chidham Primary School. Tempted to stop there? I don't know, but having started, they kept going ....
After a lot of going up, and going down, they completed the walk into Steyning at the church of St Andrew and St Cuthman on the Saturday.
Paul and Carole raised Funds for the Church through sponsorship of the event.
June 4

St Mary's

Service of Collation and Induction
of Rev Paul Matthews as Vicar of Chidham by
The Bishop of Horsham, The Rt Revd. Mark Sowerby

followed by light refreshments on the Vicarage lawn.
Thur May 29
7.30pm at
St Mary's
Ascension Day
- Dies Precum Extra Ordinem
Holy Communion at 7.30pm in St Mary's

May 25 - Rogation Sunday, and the blessing of the crops.
Fortunately we were not blessed with rain on the day
May 3,4,5: The Youth Group - off to Lulworth Cove, Dorset.

A stop on the way at Hengistbury Head
This clashed with the Spring gathering and picnic at Maybush Copse.
for more photos see here
Joyce Woods Thanks for her long service cleaning the brasswork in the church
Car washing at St Wilfrid's - thanks to Martin Rawlinson
Easter 2014 - Fr Paul lights the pascal candle.
Easter breakfast in the Vicarage
Sat April 26
9am - 3pm
St Wilfrid's,
Broad Rd

Car Wash - Raising Funds for the Church
In the car park of St.Wilfrid's, Broad Road, between 9am and 3pm.
Pre-book tickets at £5 or pay on the day. All proceeds to the church. Refreshments available. Tickets from Martin Rawlinson 01243 574955

Palm Sunday - April 13th,

We all met in Flatt Road and the processed to St Wilfrid's singing 'All glory laud and honour ...' and waving our palms.
This is a photograph in need of a caption.
Clearly the caption it did have has dropped off and been lost sometime in the last, well, 40+ years.
Our Confirmation candidates.
The service of Confirmation will take place on on 20th May in Chichester Cathedral
Mothers Day Making the posies at St Wilfrid's and the Youth group at the 10am service
Friday Mar 7th 'Wines from around the world'
A wine tasting evening presented by Karl Walton, Manager of Hennings Wines, Chichester

Thanks to Rodney Duggua for organising everything
Mar 7

7.15 for 7.30pm
St Wilfrid's, Broad Road.
Wines from around the world.
A wine tasting evening presented by Karl Walton, Manager of Hennings Wines, Chichester
- fundraising for St Mary's Church, Chidham.
Tickets £10 each from Rodney Duggua available at Church services or please leave a message on 01243 790600.
Bishops launch flood appeal
Bishop Martin and Bishop Martin have launched a flood appeal urging parishes in the Diocese to remember and pray for farmers affected by rain or flood. As well as collections in Church, funds can be donated at
The Farming Community Network
, and
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution
Pass the Light - St Wilfrid's, Feb 9th
Saturday Feb 8
12 - 2pm
St Wilfrid's Broad Road
Table Top Sale
Soup & light refreshments.
see Carole Holmes for details tel 572767

Feb 3

Epiphany and Plough Sunday -
After the 10 am Parish Communion and the two Kings (Robin, where were you?), the congregation gathered for the blessing of the ploughs.
Thanks to Jonathan Bentall for supplying the plough, expertly parked on the vicarage drive..
20+C+M+B+14 - can you see it written on the vicarage drive?
It refers to the Latin
'Christus Mansionem Benedicat' (20 Christ bless this house 14).

Our Parish magazine, Chidham Parish News, is published 11 times during the year. The magazine aims to keep you up to date with everything that is happening within our church family and the wider community.
If you would like to receive the parish magazine on a regular basis, please complete the subscription leaflet that can be found in St. Mary’s church or alternatively email Carol Vigor at giving details of your address and we will arrange for a magazine to be delivered to you.

If you would like to advertise your business or service in the magazine please contact Carol Vigor on 01243 537216 for more details.

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