More news from St Botolphs, St Giles, St Johns and St Nicholas

What a hot spell we have had. Luckily temperatures are falling and autumn will soon been here.

It has been very busy at all the churches in the last month.

We have had weddings at St Giles, St John’s and St Nicholas.  All very joyous and memorable days for the couples. We wish them all every happiness for their future.

We have had a work party at the vicarage and garden.  The house is now the responsibility of the Diocese; the garden remains the responsibility of the PCC.  It is the intention of the Diocese to rent the property — hopefully soon!

September 10th RIDE AND STRIDE visited all four churches. Cyclists and walkers from all over Sussex visited our beautiful churches and left very complementary comments.

We would like to thank Paul Ayling who continues to look after St Nicholas, Houghton and made the graveyard and paths look beautiful for Emma and Steve’s wedding on September 22nd.

Thank you for your continued support.


Saturday 21st October, 10.00am St Johns graveyard work party. More clearing for the winter.

Please bring gloves, scrapers, secateurs etc etc.

Saturday 28th October, 10.00am St Giles graveyard work party. More clearing of foliage, ivy from headstones. Please bring gloves, scrapers, secateurs, strimmers etc etc etc.

These work parties have been hugely helpful to keep the church grounds looking well kept.

We so appreciate your support in this community activity.

Refreshments will be available at both.


St Giles Sunday 8th October 10.30am Led by Rev Michael Jackson

St Johns Sunday 15th October 10.30am Led by Fr Russell Dewhurst

Please if you would like to come and donate food for Petworth Food Bank they are desperate for tins, packets with long expiry dates and MUST be labelled with ingredients.  Can be tinned fruit, vegetables, soup, fish, meat, pasta, rice, cereals, chocolate or toiletries. The demand is huge and winter is approaching when demand rises. Thank you.


Thursday 26th October, 7.00pm at Bury Village Hall

Please come and discuss what should be included in the parish profile to advertise for a new parish priest.

All are welcome. All ideas can be discussed.  Please come so the Churchwardens can listen to your ideas.


Not only do we have our wonderful website but we are also now on Facebook and Instagram.    All you have to do is search Arun Valley Churches on Facebook or Instagram and click on Like or Follow.    We will be posting items regularly to keep you up to date with all that is going on.