Bosham Church’s new elephant. One of the charities Bosham supports is the Youth Centre Project in Kerala in southern India. On a visit to Bosham, Centre Co-ordinator the Revd Joby Joy presented Holy Trinity with a carved Indian elephant in appreciation of its support and passed on greetings from Bishop Thomas and people of the Madhya diocese.
Bosham’s vicar the Revd Martin Lane visited Kerala during his sabbatical last year. The CSI Youth Centre Project is a hub for assorted programmes from a range of providers, from language classes, theology seminars, local government community programmes, etc, and also serves non-working women and the financially and socially poor as well as young people. Holy Trinity provides a fund from which the Centre can make small set-up grants for self help groups in poor areas. There will soon be 7 such groups making pickles, packing spices, etc. Once profit making they will repay the initial grant to the central fund to help more start ups.
Bosham church fete on 11 July broke the £10000 barrier for the first time. In all £11700 was raised thanks to the hard work of so many people. The funds will be used to support Holy Trinity Bosham and this year’s charity, Stonepillow, that serves homeless and vulnerable people in the Chichester area.
Funtington’s Sunday School Picnic was held in the Vicarage garden on 19 July. The Overnight Family Camp took place with Holy Trinity Bosham in the Vicarage garden on Saturday 25 July.
Deanery Evensong at Singleton Church drew a congregation from across the parishes. Guest preacher was Fiona Windsor, Archdeacon of Horsham. The evening ended with refreshments and the opportunity to mix with people from other churches.
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East Dean Church Fete raised £2800 and Singleton Fete £3800 thanks to great support from all across the communities.
Bosham Youth Group (BYG) annual family cycle ride took place on 28 June to West Wittering and back. Sponsorship and donations raised nearly £400 towards a new playground in the Promise Centre in Mozambique
June 19-21 Chidham Flower Festival Magna Carta and the flowering of Democracy. This was a magnificent event starting with the church filled with children from Chidham Parochial School and early visitors for a lively and thoughtful service led by Father Paul. Donations, gifts, teas and a raffle raised funds for the upkeep of the churches to the glory of God. The helpers were so welcoming to everyone that the church had a lovely atmosphere and a real buzz throughout the weekend. Not only were the flowers beautiful and imaginatively displayed, maps and shields put the document in context and quotations from the Magna Carta, originally signed in June 1215, raised questions about social justice today.
Chichester District quilt The craft group from St John’s church designed and made Southbourne’s contribution to a quilt portraying the Chichester district. The quilt was on display in the tourist office in Chichester Museum.
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Confirmation 2015 May More than 75 candidates from the Deanery were confirmed at Chichester Cathedral.
Diocesan Youth Officer Dan Jenkins has been appointed diocesan youth officer, a post dad Clive Jenkins, our former Rural Dean and Vicar of Southbourne now in Wisborough Green parish, held when Dan was a child. Dan with his wife Beccy will visit the Valley and Octagon parishes in the next few weeks to discuss worship and provision for children and young people in our rural parishes.
Pentecost and Diocesan Strategy Launch Funtington parish hosted a barbecue and activities for the Deanery to celebrate Pentecost and the launch of the diocesan strategy. Douglas McKittrick, Archdeacon of Chichester, and about 150 church members and friends from around the deanery attended.