News from St Mary’s – January 2023

First and foremost, all good wishes for 2023 from the Church Committee and congregation at St Mary’s. 

We have had an encouraging year, with plans in place to re-instate pilgrimages in 2023. There was a tradition of regular pilgrimage to ‘England’s Nazareth in Sussex’ as late as the 1980s, and a friend of mine remembers coming up from Brighton to one of these as a boy.  We hosted a very successful day for several West Sussex churches of our tradition in 2019, and hosting pilgrimage certainly features strongly in our plans for the coming year.

There will be a special event at St Mary’s in the season of Lent, when we look forward to welcoming the Bishop of Lewes to lead a day of quiet and reflection. The date and further details will be confirmed in future posts.

Plans are already afoot for an even bigger and better Open Day & Craft Fair on Saturday 20th May. Most of the exhibitors from 2022 have re-booked, and we will be welcoming some new crafters who have joined us from the UK Craft Fairs website. Our friends from Tinker’s Park will again be with us, exhibiting some of their collection and doing a lot of the heavy lifting involved in setting up and taking down. We will be saying thank you to all of the exhibitors, volunteers and business sponsors at an ‘after party’ in the evening, under our giant marquee in the Community Garden. 

We are blessed to live in a most beautiful part of a peaceful country, and at the turn of the year our thoughts rightly turn to places that have endured long periods of conflict, privation and strife. We hope and pray that 2023 will see an end to the war in Ukraine, that a just peace process can be brokered and begun. We pray that a spirit of reconciliation will carry the day there and in all the countless other places where there continues to be war and suffering.

Keith Revoir 

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