SUSSEX RIDE AND STRIDE 11th September 2021

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SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER 2021

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HERITAGE WEEKEND 11 / 12 SEPTEMBER 2021

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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

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HARVEST FESTIVAL - 24th October 2021

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SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

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HISTORY OF STOPHAM CHURCH BY THE BALD EXPLORER

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OUR NEW PRIEST-IN-CHARGE, THE REVD DR DAVID CROOK

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SUSSEX RIDE AND STRIDE 11th September 2021

The Sussex Ride & Stride is a sponsored ride or walk in which people all over Sussex walk or cycle between churches, exploring and enjoying the countryside. The money everyone raises through sponsorship helps save Sussex historic churches for future generations by helping to fund urgent repairs and undertake restoration works.  Stopham church is one of the many historic churches taking part in this event.

For more information visit: www.sussexhistoricchurchestrust.org.uk

 

SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER 2021

5th September     11am Holy Communion

12th September   6pm Sung Evensong

19th September   11am Holy Communion

26th September   11am Sung Matins

HERITAGE WEEKEND 11 / 12 SEPTEMBER 2021

Stopham Vineyard and Winery will be open on Saturday 11th September from 11.00 to 16.00.  The beautiful church of St Mary the Virgin will also be open for visitors.  Do join us for a service of Sung Evensong at 6pm on the Sunday.  Everyone welcome.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Remembrance Sunday is on 14th November this year.  As usual there will be two minutes’ silence by the war memorial at 11am, followed by a service in the church.

HARVEST FESTIVAL – 24th October 2021

On Sunday 24th October we will be celebrating Harvest Festival with a service at 11am.  This will be followed by a Harvest Lunch in the village hall.  More details to follow.

SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

1st August        11am Holy Communion

8th August       6pm Sung Evensong

15th August     11am Sung Matins

22nd August    11am Holy Communion

29th August     No service

 

OUR NEW PRIEST-IN-CHARGE, THE REVD DR DAVID CROOK

THE REVEREND DR DAVID CROOK

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The Revd Dr David Crook will be licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Fittleworth and Stopham in the church of St Mary, Fittleworth, by the Bishop of Horsham, on 29 May. David is a former secondary school teacher and worked for almost 20 years at the Institute of Education, University of London, and then Brunel University, where he held senior academic posts. He trained for ordained public ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge, and, over the past four years, has served his curacy in the Benefice of Easebourne, Lodsworth and Selham, near Midhurst.


David is married to Karen, a healthcare assistant at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, and they have two sons: Hugh, now on the point of finishing his four-year Engineering studies at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and starting as an electronics patent attorney in London, and Guy, who is studying for GCSEs at Midhurst Rother College.


David is looking forward to leading our beautiful rural churches, maintaining strong links with the school and getting to know those who live in, work in or visit our locality. As well as leading services at both Benefice churches, he will offer pastoral support to the communities of Fittleworth and Stopham, such as visiting the sick and bereaved, and he will be particularly delighted to meet individuals and families planning a baptism or wedding. David will move to Fittleworth Rectory in late May.