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CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX APPEAL, a note from Arthur Sibun


With the summer we are having this year it seems almost impossible to speculate on which day might be the hottest.  But it does seem rather ironic to be sitting here on oneof the hottest days of the year trying to write an article about Christmas!  However, believe it or not, in a couple of weeks it will be time to start thinking about this year’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Once again, in our benefice, we shall be supporting the Link to Hope charity in Sussex who send boxes to Romania, Moldova, The Ukraine and Bulgaria.  I know that that many of you, whilst enjoying filling a box for a family/child, last year also enjoyed the opportunity of doing one specifically for an elderly person (as their needs are often rather overlooked).  The other BIG plus with this scheme is that you just wrap up your box like a present once it is ready, rather than having the fiddle of covering a box and a lid separately with wrapping paper as in the past.  We have already had a number of enquiries from people wanting boxes and leaflets for this year and have also already been given some lovely knitted items in anticipation.

Christine and I have been busy too over the last few months acquiring a stock of suitable shoeboxes and getting all of the necessary leaflets.  To take part you will need an empty shoebox (or boxes) - ours or yours, some gifts and an instruction leaflet for each box that you intend to fill.  The leaflets are very clear and helpful, so do read one through before you start.  By the time this article appears boxes and leaflets will be available in each church. (Or ring Christine and Arthur Sibun on 01462-459145 if you need any help).  Completed boxes should be returned to church for onward transportation. Further details and dates for deadlines etc. will be published in next month’s PAX.

Please do help us if you possibly can.  Thank you.

                                                                                        Arthur Sibun


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Our midweek Holy Communion service at St. Ippolyts has seen a significant change in attendance over the last few months for various reasons and is unsustainable in its present format. Rather than cancel it altogether, we have decided to make some changes.  It will now be called Wednesday Worship as it will be either a Holy Communion service or a service of Morning Prayer depending on those attending and whether there is a priest available to celebrate Holy Communion.  The time will also change from 11.00am. as it is at the present, to a new time of 10.00am.

There will be no service during the winter months, from 1stNovember until 1stMarch.  The changes will come into effect from 1stNovember 2018.

In the meantime, the service will remain at 11.00am. but please do check your weekly pew sheet before attending, as the service will be cancelled if the regular attendees are unable to come.  There will be NO services on 29thAugust and

5thand 12thSeptember due to holidays.

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Community Lunch Wednesday 5th September, 12:45

Do not forget the community lunch at the Parish Hall this Wednesday, only £4, 12:45 to 14:00

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Sunday 2nd September we welcome Revd Don Dowling and Doug Richardson to St Ippolyts

Whilst Revd Ginni is on holiday we welcome Revd Don Dowling and Doug Richardson to St Ippolyts who will be taking the 08:00 and 09:15 services

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Wednesday services cancelled whilst Revd Ginni is on holiday

Revd Ginni is on holiday until 14th September and during this period Wednesday Holy Communion is cancelled. Thank you for your understanding

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