Welcome to Warbleton Parish Church website.

While public worship in the Church of England is suspended due to the corona virus:

You can join us for worship live on a Sunday morning at 9:30am or catch up later at:

https://www.facebook.com/malloyd

or catch up at with the copy to: https://www.facebook.com/WarbletonParishChurch/

If you don’t or can’t use Facebook or would prefer YouTube, Warbleton Parish Church now has a channel there to which you can subscribe:

And the audio sermon is on the website as usual:

https://www.warbletonchurch.org.uk/sermons-talks

Please do let those without the internet know that they can listen to the sermon each week by calling 01435 515269. This costs the same as a local call. (Don’t be put off by the initial recorded message in an American accent! Follow the instructions and hold on and the sermon will follow!)

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We are a friendly and welcoming, Bible-believing Church of England parish church. You are warmly invited to join us at our main Sunday service is normally at 11am (but see above), or at our other services and activities.

Further details of our services and other activities can be found on our What’s On page or in our weekly notice sheet and monthly parish magazine.

(If you would like to see the adverts which normally appear in our magazine, you can access them  here: Magazine Adverts

 

You can join our email mailing list here.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Christian faith we’d love to hear from you. We recommend the Christianity Explored Course which, along with other courses, we run regularly. You may find the Two Ways To Live summary of the Christian message helpful.

The parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Warbleton serves the communities of Beestons, Chapman’s Town, Punnetts Town (part), Rushlake Green, Three Cups, Turners Green and Warbleton, although many of our members come from further afield.

*** IMPORTANT PASTORAL LETTER from the Rector, Marc, to the Church Family (Updated 19/3/20) ***

 

Dear Friends,

 

These are strange and difficult times. Many will be feeling uncertain and anxious. But we can be sure that God’s love for us is unchanged.

 

The Bible says:

 

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

(Psalm 46:1-3)

 

Although the situation is always changing, I thought it would be a good time to be in touch with you about how we are responding to the corona virus.

 

We will continue to seek to follow all the latest government and Church of England guidance:

 

churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

 

I know it is difficult and frustrating, but I would urge you, for the sake of yourself and others, to do what you can to avoid non-essential social contact. The government has said that this includes meetings for religious purposes, which it seems have helped to spread infection in some parts of the world.

 

You can read a message from the Archbishops (issued Tuesday 17/3/20) here:

 

churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishops-call-church-england-become-radically-different-public-worship

 

Church Services, Meetings and Gatherings

 

Until further notice, the Bishops have said that all public worship should be suspended. For the moment, you should assume that none of our normal meetings will take place.

 

We will explore the possibility of small groups and the benefice prayer meeting, Prayer First, taking place using Zoom.us or some other video conferencing technology.

 

Minimal gatherings for weddings, funerals and baptisms will still be possible.

 

The Bishop of Chichester has said he will issue further detailed guidance today (Thursday).

The diocesan website may be of interest and use: chichester.anglican.org

 

There is no Wi-Fi in any of our churches in the benefice, but I am hoping to be able to livestream or pre-record something from my study via probably Facebook for Sunday mornings, and perhaps at other times too. You probably don’t want me singing hymns to you over the internet but it may come to that!

 

My own personal Facebook page is: facebook.com/malloyd (All views my own!)

 

Sunday 22nd March: A National Day of Prayer and Action

 

The Archbishops have called upon us to observe this coming Sunday as a special day of prayer and action in the light of the corona virus. They say: “As one action, we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.”

 

Keeping in Touch

 

You are very welcome to contact me:

 

 

01435 830421 / 07812 054820

 

(My day off is normally a Friday, by the way!)

 

I will of course be continuing to pray for the parish every day and I am very happy to pray with you over the phone if you’d like. Please do feel free to let me know specifically what I might pray for you.

 

You can like us on Facebook:

 

facebook.com/WarbletonParishChurch / @WarbletonParishChurch

 

I will seek to share any services etc. to this page

 

And follow us on Twitter:

 

twitter.com/WarbletonChurch / @WarbletonChurch

 

You can sign up for our email mailing list here:

 

warbletonchurch.org.uk/contact/

 

I suggest we experiment with a church WhatsApp group for sharing news, prayer requests and fellowship. If you would like to be added to it, please text your name and mobile number to me at 07812 054820. You can of course remove yourself if you find it isn’t suiting you!

 

Practical help

 

I believe the village shop in Rushlake Green is offering a free delivery service. In fact, if you don’t want to go into the shop, you can sit on the bench outside and wave and they will collect a list from you and bring you your shopping.

 

facebook.com/rgvssussex / @rgvssussex / 01435 830381 /

 

We will of course want to help and support one another as much as we can. Many of our church members are over 70 years of age. If you or anyone else you know is in need, please do let me know and I will see what I can do, or what we can organise amongst ourselves or working with others.

 

The Church Building

 

We hope the church building will continue to be open in the daytime for prayer.

 

Please be cautious about how you use it. Wash or sanitise your hands. Keep at least two metres apart from anyone else who is there. And please try to minimise touching things.

 

The Parish Magazine

 

When the latest guidance was issued, the parish magazine was at the printers but we have pressed pause on the April edition because virtually all the forthcoming events in it will be cancelled. We are looking at putting together an alternative that might be of interest and use as soon as possible, perhaps in co-operation with the Parish Council.

 

Christian Prayer, Worship and Resources

 

The Church of England website has many resources and more will be added particularly for this period when normal church services are not taking place:

 

churchofengland.org – e.g. see the Prayer and Worship section at the top

 

Now could be a good time to order a Christian book and some Bible reading notes:

 

www.10ofthose.com/uk

 

www.thegoodbook.co.uk

 

You might like to explore our archive of over 300 sermons and talks:

 

warbletonchurch.org.uk/sermons-talks/

 

I suspect many churches will live stream their services. Even if we don’t manage to do that ourselves, I would be happy to suggest some possible options.

 

There is so much good material available for free on the internet these days that a period of self-isolation at home could easily be a time of great spiritual growth! Do ask me for recommendations.

 

Let us pray that the God of the cross and resurrection would, in his grace, bring good even out of this terrible situation. Let us pray that many would turn to Christ in repentance and faith and find new life, joy and peace in Him even in the face of suffering. As Jesus approached his own death, he urged his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” (John 14:1) He reassured them: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (v18) Let us pray that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, would strengthen us to walk faithfully with Christ whatever the days ahead bring.

 

With my love and prayers,

 

Marc

chichester