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DIOCESAN E-NEWS 28 March 2017 

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Diocesan Lent Appeal & the YMCA Sleep Easy
This year's Diocesan Lent Appeal has raised awareness of homelessness and the work of the YMCA Downslink, especially with Anglican churches, said Lucy McGrath, YMCA's Lead chaplain based in Hove. Lucy was full of praise for the way in which the diocese has responded to its biggest annual fundraising event - the Sleep Easy 2017 which took place on Friday 24 March in the YMCA car park in Hove. Bishop Martin took part with 50 others in a car park in Hove - hear what he had to say here




Rise in those seeking vocations 
Eighty-two people have chosen to discern a vocation in the Diocese of Chichester. This encouraging number is up from 45 in October 2016. Is God calling you? Get in touch with
Dan Inman, Diocesan Directer of Ordinands.  

Bishop Martin's Lent Reflections 
The story of Lazarus is the focus of bishop Martin's reflection for the Lent readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent here with question and comment about how Jesus is depicted in Caravaggio's The Raising of Lazarus.





Prayers for Deanery Roadshow tonight  
Hove Deanery will be hosting the Year of the Bible Roadshow tonight at Woodingdean. Check with your Deanery Secretary for dates and venues as they happen.  More resources, dates and venues here

Recording of Lecture available to download soon
The first of four lectures to be held across Sussex to mark the Diocese of Chichester's Year of the Bible took place on Thursday (23 March. 10:30 am) at Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean. The Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham looked at the issue of "The Bible and Science". The lecture recording will be available to download soon.

Interview with our new LGBTi Liaison Officer 
You can still listen to the interview on BBC radio Sussex Sunday morning with our LGBTi Liaison Officer Andrew Woodward at 7.10am here 

Digital Money
John Sherlock would be delighted to hear from any church that has experience with digital giving applications. His email address is New guidance about the many different ways churches can receive money digitally can be found
Parish Giving Scheme
Salisbury is the latest diocese to join this scheme, with Ely and Bristol following soon. For the latest Chichester data, see





Chichester Diocesan Holy Land Pilgrimage 
2018 is designated as a YEAR OF PRAYER and pilgrimage will play a full part throughout the year.  The Bishop of Chichester will lead pilgrims to journey and pray with him in some of the holiest places associated with the emergence of the Christian faith. 25 Oct-1 Nov 2018. How to book  here 

Christian Aid Week - Diamond Awards 
The diamond anniversary of Christian Aid Week will be marked by a special event to celebrate the amazing people who make it happen. Awards will be made to Christian Aid Diamonds on Tuesday 16thMay at St. Mary's Church, Kemptown, Brighton from 7.00pm

Year of the Bible School Art Competition
We've had some excellent work arriving at Church House Hove for the Bible-themed Art Competition.  Seventy schools are taking part and it is very exciting to see the spectacular efforts being made. The deadline for schools is 31st March.




For all of those who are considering projects this Lent
VEOLIA application deadline: Noon on the 25th May. Grants of up to £75,000 are available for not-for-profit community projects within five miles of a Veolia environmental facility in England and Wales. To find out more, or to apply, see here.

Sussex Gospel Partnership
Click here for the latest training and events for SGP activities

Bible Reading Fellowship resources
BRF resources for Year of the Bible and other church activities here

Friends of the Holy Land 
Link to their newsletter here 





Chrism Eucharist and Blessing of the Oils
This service takes place in Holy Week on Tuesday 11 April at 12noon. More here

FSW Easter Walk 17 April 
FSW's annual Easter Walk returns to Ashdown Forest with a circular route of approximately 8 miles starting at Gills Lap, high in the Forest, via Hartfield Village. FSW tea and cake stop at Hartfield Village Hall. 10 am start. Sponsorship forms and full details, contact 01273 832963 ext 1 /

Holy Week
A candlelit Taize Service at Flimwell on Sunday 9 April. More here 

LC-17 Leadership Conference 1-2 May 
Clergy and church leaders are invited to attend the C-17 Leadership Conference 1-2 May 2017. More here:

Connections Conference 1 June
Resourcing the Local Church for Seniors' Ministry. Holy Trinity Claygate. More here
friends of the Holy Land

Mothers' Union Family Fun Day 
Tickets for the MU Family Fun Day at Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre can be ordered through branch leadersMore details on the poster here or contact Trish Clarke 01323 483973

Helping  people to budget
Local CAP Money courses are run throughout the year and are a means for people to learn budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. Helping people to budget, save and prevent debt. Find out about a course in your area and other CAP services here



‘Stations of the Holocaust’
An Exhibition by Jean Lamb is now on display at Chichester Cathedral until 17th April 2017 (free entry)‘Incredibly moving. A powerful exhibition that will stay with me for a long time’, ‘Visually stunning and emotionally poignant’, ‘A very powerful and moving exhibition of something that should never be forgotten’, ‘An extraordinary piece of art’ (Visitors’ Book) 



Thy Kingdom Come', we should expect that God will use us to help answer our prayer.  He will give us opportunities to witness to Him with the people we have been praying for.  The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a new training session aimed at helping Christians to share their faith. More here

The story of Mary Sumner and Mothers’ Union 
Saltmine Theatre Company are performing “Chosen”, at 10:30am and 2:30pm on May 13 at Bishop Hannington Memorial Church, Nevill Avenue, Hove, BN3 7NH.  All are welcome to enjoy this professional performance and admission is free.







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