Author: Fr Russell

Recent Weddings at St John’s Bury

Our congratulations to and prayers for Johnny and Georgie, married at St John’s on 13 May 2023, Elspeth and Andy, married at St John’s on 27 July 2023 and Emma and Chris, married at St John’s on 7 October 2023.

News from St Botolphs, St Giles, St Johns and St Nicholas

The Churchwardens write:

Our parish is still interregnum (the period between successive administrations – i.e vicars) but we have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming a group of supportive priests that have led us in thought provoking and often entertaining services.

St John’s Work Party

We would like to thank Archdeacon Luke, Fr Russell Dewhurst, Canon John Bundock, Rev Jack Mulder, Rev Charles Hadley, Canon John Green and Fr Mark Gilbert.

If you have not been to a service within the parish for a while, please consider joining us one Sunday as you would be extremely welcome and might enjoy a different perspective.

We have already held 6 weddings this year and looking forward to another six before winter.

Thank you to everybody who came together to join a very successful work party at St Johns when the tower was given a spring clean; the graveyard is now looking so much tidier following several bonfire parties.

We are grateful to Rod who is helping to develop a wild life garden to encourage  hedgehogs and other wild life to make themselves at home in the wooded area.

On 18th June, Hugo and Emma Merison held a lunch party in their garden to raise much needed funds for the fabric of St Botolph’s, Hardham.  Thank you to everybody who was so supportive and generous in helping raise well in excess of £4,000.

The Bury Fete on July 29th  was a day to remember with the final result being nearly £8,300 raised from all the marvellous efforts and work.

After weeks of preparations, a Friday night of loading and unloading tables, chairs, books, bric a brac, plants, clothes, childrens games, tombola, cakes, burgers and beer the scene was set for the final preparations on Saturday morning.  The Fete committee worked tirelessly to achieve such a great success and our heartfelt thanks go to them, their team of helpers and to Dorset House School for again allowing us all to descend on their beautiful grounds.

With circus performers entertaining children of all ages and the Petworth Band entertaining us with toe tapping music the scene was set for a very happy afternoon.

The sun shone on the righteous, the setting was perfect, there was real sense of community and hosts of smiling faces. 

In the current economic climate, raising the necessary funds for the day to day running of our churches – which are community assets as well as places of worship – let alone the maintenance of the historic buildings, is increasingly difficult and would be pretty much impossible without the generosity of those who organise and support such events.

On August 6th members of the church PCC helped to host the Bury Coffee morning. This was the first time that we have done this and we look forward to being asked to do it again.   It is always such a sociable morning and where else can you get coffee and cake for £1.00?! It is held on the first Saturday in the month so please do come and join everybody.

On Thursday 26th October at 7.00pm the Churchwardens would like to invite everyone, whether a churchgoer or not, from across the combined Parish to a meeting at Bury Village Hall. 

During this period of interregnum, we will have to prepare a Parish Profile and start the process of advertising for applications to become our new incumbent vicar.

We feel it is important that everybody has an opportunity to express what attributes they would like the new vicar to have and how we can all help the new incumbent to integrate themselves into our communities and ultimately increase our footfall and congregation.

We want everybody to have a chance to speak but please remember, Geraldine Grainger is not only fictional, but has retired!

Thursday Eucharist at St Giles’, Coldwaltham

During the Vacancy, the 9.30am Thursday Eucharist at St Giles’ church will be held approximately once a month. All are welcome to this simple said service which includes a short Thought for the Day and Holy Communion. Some of us go on to the coffee morning in Sandham Hall afterwards.

Dates for the coming year (all Thursdays at 9.30am):

8 June Corpus Christi

20 July

17 August

21 September St Matthew

5 October

30 November St Andrew

All the services taking place each month in the parish are posted on our Latest News page.