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Chidham and Hambrook - The Churches

The Churches of St Mary's, Chidham, and St Wilfrid's, Hambrook.
What you are is God's gift to you. What you become is your gift to God
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,
Cdr Harry Bates. Crondall Lodge, Scant Road, Hambrook PO18 8UA 01243 576331.
Carole Holmes, Holmleigh, Main Road , Nutbourne PO18 8RR

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

Times of Services 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

Archive pages 2013
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas
Happy Christmas
and best wishes for 2013
Christmas in St Mary's
The Crib service was particularly popular. Almost a case of 'no room in the inn'.
The occasional choir sang at the candlelit Midnight Mass, and at 10am on Christmas Day Father Paul retold the Christmas story in chocolate.
Dec 22. Carols in the Old House at Home on Sunday Evening. Everybody enjoyed singing their favourite Christmas carols and the remnants of the occasional choir also sang two carols.
Money was raised for church funds.

Thanks to John and Jane Huetson, Robin Yeld, Father Paul and Rod Starr for arranging the event.
Dec 20

St Wilfrid's Broad Rd
Father Christmas
visited SEALS Parent and Toddler Group

It all looks as if they had a lovely time.
Yesterday (Dec 11th) the Wednesday 10:30am congregation had a Christmas Lunch after the usual service, a grand time was had by all.
Dec 8th. 2013 Christingles at St Wilfrids
(The Christingles were made on Friday by Seals.)
Sat Nov 30
12 - 3pm

Chidham School PTFA Christmas Fair
Hog Roast, Santa's Grotto, Great Stalls, Arts & Crafts

Dec 1st. 2013 The Youth group put on Tea and Entertainment as a thank you to the congregation who had supported their activities.
Shoe Box Sunday

Nov 17th
There were about 80 boxes that will bring a smile on many faces this Christmas....everyone was so generous ....
The 10am service was a special service at Chidham School . Thanks to everyone who has helped fill a shoebox for children around the world. Learn more about Operation Christmas Child at

Children in need
Pudsey at Seals
Seals mother and toddler group had a great morning making pudseys. Decorating cakes and wearing spotty clothes  and together with some help from CHALKS raises £82 for children in need
- see more pictures

Remembrance 2013
The candle smoke drifts away, extinguished, not forgotten.

A really happy day to celebrate at St Wilfrid's .... Don was 80
Zena is unashamedly a proud godmother!
Ollie won child of Sussex award last at the Grand Hotel in Brighton  
Thanks for everything the folk in Chidham do to support him
SAT 2nd November
The event made over £500 for Church Funds. Thanks to Carol and Alyzn and everyone who helped or spent their money!
Oct 31
Pets service was on Sunday Oct 13th at St Wilfrids.

The pets were very well behaved, and joined in the singing to some extent.
Harvest, outside St Mary's
Friday Sept 20th
Seals (Parent and Toddler group at St Wilfrid's) have been hard at work!
Sunday 8th September St Mary Patronal Festival
St Wilfrids
10am Family Communion
with Blessing of Backpacks
and New School Year.
Sunday 8th September, 4pm, in St Mary's
'Songs of Praise'
(followed by Tea and cake in the vicarage.
...and the winner was ......(drum roll) ....
'The Day thou gavest Lord is ended'

which came top, and was sung as the final hymn
Other Hymns Sung were
Praise my soul the King of Heaven (8th)
From heaven you came (The Servant King) (7th)
Eternal Father strong to save. (6th)
Be still for the presence of the Lord (5th)
Morning has broken (4th)
Lead us Heavenly Father lead us (3rd)
O Lord my God (How great thou art) (2nd)
'Songs of Praise' raised £374 for Church funds. Thanks to everyone who supported the event for their generosity
On Friday July 26 we had a visit from the Bishop of Chichester, Bishop Martin
There was a service of Holy Communion in St Mary's. The Bishop also visited Pinewood and, in a packed programme, was introduced to a lot of people, including of course, Chidham Bear.
Sunday Club on July 21
Seals paint a seal, with hand, foot and flipper. SEALS Parent and Toddler Group has now started. Each Friday 9.30 - 11am in St Wilfrid's Church Hall, Broad Road £1 per child or £1.50 per family
Fly tipping in the Church car park.
On Friday or Saturday July 12/13 someone dumped (probably after dark) a lorry load of garden rubbish - vegetation, pots, bricks etc in the car park of St Wilfrid's.
This is fly tipping. It is illegal. The fly tipper is breaking the law. Did you see anything suspicious? Have you had someone do some garden clearance for you who might have been the tipper?
posted July15

Sat 13th July Our Visit to Westminster Abbey - We had an amazing day…. with a picnic in Jubilee park - our tour of Abbey and prayers at the shrine of Edward the Confessor - tea in Canon Tremlett's Garden….. with yummy cakes. Cathedral Evensong .. and meeting the Dean of Westminster. A big Thank you to Canon Andrew Tremlett for welcoming us.

Sunday June 30 was the 20th anniversary of Father Paul's ordination. Congratulations to Paul!
Pimms, Strawberries and Croquet
in The Vicarage Gardens on Saturday 6th July
We were blessed with fine weather. Thanks to Paul and Zena for putting on the event and all who helped or supported it.
SEALS Parent and Toddler Group got off to a flying start .... no, of course seals don't fly ....well, it all went swimmingly!
Diocesan Intercessions: The Parish was prayed for at Diocesan Intercessions on Monday, 10th June at Chichester Cathedral,
Those who prayed for tea were not disappointed
Eyes cast heavenwards for the sight of a peregrine
Wedding of the week
Chidham Church at the South of England Show  
Chidham Church Youth Group trip to Devon -
Half term, May 2013
Posted May 30
Our lovely church!
Pentecost - May 19th
May 12 - 18
Bite Back at Hunger!
Across the world, one in eight people will go to bed hungry tonight. This is a scandal.
Posted May 13

Confirmation day with Bishop Mark and Father Paul.
Our group of confirmands with Paul and Zena,
confirmed in Chichester Cathedral on Thursday May 2nd.
Good Friday Hot Cross Buns and a cup of tea at St Wilfrid's
Palm Sunday procession from Pinewood to St Mary's see photos
There was a bitter wind, but fortunately it was dry
Mar 25

Services in Holy Week

Wednesday 10.30am St Wilfrid's Mid week Communion
Maundy Thursday 7.30pm St Mary's The Last Supper and Maundy Watch
Good Friday 10am St Wilfrid's: Family service with Hot Cross buns
  6pm St Mary's: Music and Meditation
Holy Saturday 7.30pm St Mary's Service of light and Renewal of Baptism Vows
Sun 31st Mar Easter Sunday  
  8am St Mary's Eucharist
  10am St Mary's Family Eucharist with an Egg Hunt for the children in the vicarage garden.
Christian Aid: IF Campaign
Hunger is the world's most shocking problem and our toughest challenge. One in eight people on this planet lives with the pain of hunger.
IF we act together we can provide enough food for everyone.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was in Chichester on Tuesday (March 19th), the last stop before his enthronement in Canterbury on Thursday March 21st.
Alyzn Johnson saw him coming and was there with Holly Sabin and Jude from Christian Aid, together with a couple of lookalike Budget Red Boxes to lobby on behalf of the Christian Aid IF campaign. The Archbishop seemed very happy to be lobbied and held Alyzn's Red Box for the photographs.

Holly Sabin, Jude, and Alyzn Johnson

The Archbishop holding Alyzn's Red Box
Helping Local People
in Crisis
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
  • Please consider giving some items to our local foodbank in Chichester. Look for details on
  • The people using the foodbank are in crisis and have been identified by care professionals who issue them with a foodbank voucher.
  • Emergency foodboxes are delivered to clients in rural areas who may not be able to afford to visit the foodbank.
  • There will be a box in the Church after Sunday services and donations will be taken into the Chichester Foodbank in the following week, hopefully this can be a regular event.
Sunday March 17

St Mary's Church
Something different this Sunday. Posted Mar 12
'Have you ever wondered why I do or say certain things during a communion service? If so come along to St Mary's this Sunday at 10:00am when I shall preside at a commentated Eucharist giving some explanation of what it's about. Look forward to seeing you there. Fr Paul '
Mothering Sunday - March 10th
Volunteers brought flowers and greenery from their gardens to St Wilfrid's to make posies for Mothering Sunday.
In addition the Harbour Conservancy had kindly given their permission for daffodils to be picked in Maybush Copse and donated to the Church for the posies.

Thanks to Delph Archer and all the volunteers who helped.
We had a lovely family communion. The Gospel, the parable of the prodigal son, with contributions from some of our young people was a highlight. After the service the posies were distributed to the mothers in the congregation.
Feb 21/22/23
Parish Pantomime
Dick Whittington
see the photos
posted Feb 27
Candelmas - February 3rd, Those expecting lots of candles were not disappointed.
Jan 19th. The first snow of the winter. A great chance for some winter sports!
Not so good if you get an unexpected visit from the Bishop who wants to see what you have been doing in your new parish.
Funny thing about the Bishop. He's very nervous about his headgear - wouldn't he look silly if his mitre fell off! As a result he always has to have someone with him to make sure the worst doesn't happen.
Sunday Jan 6 - Epiphany and ‘Blessing of the Ploughs' at St Mary's posted Jan 7
In medieval times it was common for ploughs to be blessed by the church on Plough Sunday. This year Father Paul re-instated this ancient tradition. see more
Christmas 2012 at
St Mary's
The Crib Service, Midnight Communion, and Christmas Day in the morning.
posted Dec 28

Sunday December 23rd
Carols in 'The Old House at Home'
With the St Mary's Choir led by Rod Starr.
The pub was packed - see pictures

Dec 24
Cut (again)
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols went ahead on candle power after St Mary's and the surrounding area was hit by another power cut. It made a memorable event. Fortunately we were still able to enjoy Mulled wine and Mince pIes in the Vicarage afterwards

posted Dec 18

Sunday Dec 9th
at St Wilfrid’s

Fun with oranges, sweets, and candles - photos

posted Dec 10

Chidham School PTFA
Christmas Fair

Have I got a thing about cakes ....?
Held on Saturday
Dec 1

super event - well supported
Did you get to see Santa?
See the photos
- sorry for the delay.
Dec 6
Shoebox Sunday at Chidham School - 18 Nov 2012
Thanks to everyone who gave a shoebox or made a donation.
A lovely service for all the family with a film about Operation Christmas Child.
Oh, and Happy Birthday to Father Paul for Monday.
Remembrance Sunday
at St Mary's
photos here

Church Coffee Morning and Mini Market -
A good number of people came out to St Wilfrid's on a rather damp grey day, and there was a good selection of cakes, jams, books, jewellery and bric a brac on sale. The event raised £446
see the photos

Sunday November 4th
Celebrating and remembering -
All Saints and All Souls

A candle to mark these feasts, and a seasonal pumpkin carved and illuminated with a cross.
Ride and stride a splendid result. Thank you to all those who took part in the sponsored Ride and Stride this year - and to their generous sponsors. You raised the really impressive sum of £340. This is split 50/50 between St Mary's and the Sussex Historic Churches Trust. If you missed this enjoyable way of raising funds for St Mary's and the Trust, don't worry – you will have another chance next year: Second Saturday in September - put this in your Diary now! You can either visit as many local churches as you wish on bike, foot or horse or sit in St Mary's porch and record the visitors.
Dates for the Christmas Choir rehearsals:
The first rehearsal is next Thursday (Nov 8th ) in St Mary's at 7pm (until 8 pm.) and then the following Thursdays ie November 8th., 15th., 22nd., 29th., and December 6th. & 13th . The Carol Service is on Dec 16
Tommy, Major, and Paul at the Chichester Ploughing match.
Tommy and Major who belong to ploughman Derek Hilton, won first prize in their class.
see more photos of the ploughing match

Sunday October 14th -
Pets Service at
St Wilfrid's
Oct 15
Friday Oct 12
Rodd Starr
Organ Recital

in St Mary's
Thanks to Rod Starr for a lovely programme of music and for filling the church with the sound of the Organ. Thanks also to Pam Kennedy and her team for the wonderful interval refreshments
A Friends of Chidham Churches Event.
Sun 2 Oct
Harvest Festival
St Mary's
Harvest Festival
Harvest Lunch in
St Wilfrid's

see photos
posted Oct 9

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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