Welcome to St George’s

Join us for worship: 10am Choral Parish Eucharist each Sunday

We are a Church of England parish open to everyone and serving the spiritual needs of all who live in Whyke, Rumboldswyke, Portfield and parts of Shopwyke in the South East of Chichester.

We are a friendly family church, welcoming people from all backgrounds and ages. We seek to be a school of loving service for adults and children alike in which, amid the challenges and joys of our times, we learn in our daily lives and relationships to give glory to God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our mission is to do this through reverent and generous worship, which draws on the wellspring of Anglican spirituality and choral music, and by building up the common good and each person’s dignity and freedom in our local context. We hope that all may flourish and delight in the beauty, goodness and truth of God’s love as revealed in Jesus Christ and in a more humane, just and sustainable world.

At the heart of who we are lie the joy of the gospel • the beauty of holiness • the living word of scripture • the life of prayer • sacramental worship centred on baptism and eucharist • a generous faith that feeds discovery, conscience, creativity and friendship • a celebration of human diversity and community • a dedication to service in partnership with others • and a hospitality extended to all.

The Season of Lent:

Wednesday Lent Group: Psalms of Lament and Praise – Our Lent Group this year will be exploring the book of the psalms. The psalms transform every human experience into an expression of profound prayer. During each session, we will be delving into the rich and challenging language of psalms and connecting it to our own experiences. Participants will need to bring a copy of the bible (copies available at church too). There will be four sessions held at 7:30pm each Wednesday from 8th March to 29th March, meeting in the Centenary Centre. Fr Angus will lead the sessions, but group participation will be essential! Sign-up sheets are available at the back of church.

Stations of the Cross with Adoration – At 2pm on each Thursday during Lent, 2nd March to 23rd March, there will be a service of the Stations of the Cross followed by a short period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Lady Chapel. Everyone is welcome to this meditative service in which we follow the way Christ walked through suffering into the fullness of the life of the resurrection.

Upcoming Events:

Launch of the Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard – Inaugural meeting on Saturday 11th March at 2pm at St George’s Centenary Centre.

Introducing the Friends of St Mary’s Churchyard… If you know Chichester, you may be familiar with the sight of the historic church near the junction Whyke Road and Quarry Lane. But few people know the churchyard that lies hind it. Yet the churchyard is potentially a great resource for the community!

• a nature reserve in the city, with over 100 species of plants; a refuge for birds, bats, butterflies, beetles and many other creatures • a storehouse of local and family history • a place to sit quietly and reflect.

The purpose of the Friends is to enhance these features of the churchyard, and restore it to a valued place in the neighbourhood. This has the strong support of the Rector of St George’s and the Parochial Church Council.

Please come along to the inaugural meeting! There will be no obligation. But there are many possible ways in which you could be a ‘friend’ to the churchyard. You might like to talk about contributing in one or more of these ways (or you may have other talents): • Clearing vegetation in selected overgrown areas • Mowing the paths and strimming other areas • Clearing headstones of ivy • Recording wildlife • Installing boxes for birds, bats etc. • Researching the lives of individuals buried there • Creating a photographic record • Creating a website

If you interested but cannot attend the meeting, please email John Fitch at johngfitch51@gmail.com