A message from Helena
At this time of national crisis, our churches remain open during the day for individual quiet time and prayer. Please respect other users of the space and remember to sign in with the NHS App or on the paper provided. The Prime Minister’s words on 4th January left no doubt of the severity of the situation for the country, as the virus continues to spread rapidly. At a time like this, the Church is here to offer comfort and spiritual support to everyone. We have a duty to care for each other, but particularly those who are vulnerable or who may be most at risk. As long as it is permissible to hold public worship safely, we will continue to offer this in our churches as advertised. Guidance can be found on the Church of England website but, in addition to the ‘hands, face, space’ rule we are accustomed to now, please respect the Government guidance on the safe use of places of worship, which makes clear that those attending a place of worship must not mingle with anyone outside their household or support bubble.
Sunday Services at Patching Church
In light of the current situation and the fact that many of our church family are shielding until they have been
vaccinated, we have decided to reduce our provision of live worship in the parish for the time being. We do not
anticipate holding further scheduled services at Patching Church until the situation regarding the pandemic improves.
The church will remain open for private prayer.
Until we are notified otherwise, we plan to continue holding services at both Findon and Clapham Church.
Sadly there will be no Worship & Praise at Findon in February, but we hope to have a re-launch in March!
Some words of encouragement, from the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally:
“There is hope. The vaccination programme is underway and, as Christians,
we have a deeper hope in God that comforts us beyond fear itself. As we have been remembering
this Christmas Season, even in the midst of our darkest fears, that hope brings light.”
Finally, Colin and I hold each of you and those you care for in our prayers.
Please let us know via the Parish Office of any specific needs.
Take care, God bless and stay safe.
We are currently reviewing service
times and venues as many people are concerned about attending live worship. Some services may be temporarily suspended. Please continue to check this website, our Facebook page or contact the Parish Office.
Sunday, 24th January:
Traditional Communion at 8.00 am
in Clapham and Said Eucharist at
9.30 am in Findon.
Please remember your face masks!
A short service of Morning Worship
will be available on this website and
on our Facebook page. There is a
service of Compline via Zoom at 8pm.
The recent ballot of churchgoers in
Findon about the time of the Sunday Service resulted in 100% in favour of keeping the service time to 9.30am. Worship & Praise on the first Sunday of the month continues to be at 10am.
Community newsletter for Findon, including the Church Parish of Findon, Clapham & Patching. Please click on the link above for the latest issue.
Faith in Sussex
The latest issue of Faith in Sussex is available online. It can be found on
the Diocesan website:
The Light that no darkness can quench
has come into the world.
May your faith bring you comfort
and hope as we begin a new year.
Helena and Colin
are praying for you all, and
wish you a happy, healthy new year.
House Blessing card -
Please help yourself to a card,
available at the back of each church.
Christus Mansionem Benedicat;
Christ bless this house.
20 + C + M + B + 21
Chichester Cathedral remains open for services, prayer and reflection. It is possible to share in the life and worship of the Cathedral by joining a live-streamed service. Further information on our Resources page.
Candle of Hope
Show your support for our community and put a Candle of Hope in your window. More details here.
Worship & Praise
We are looking for groups of musicians to take part in our Worship
& Praise Service. This takes place on the 1st Sunday of the month. If you are interested in taking part, please
email the parish office:
All musicians welcome!
We need volunteers to help with the flowers at Findon Church on a rota basis. Please speak to Helena for more details.
All activities and groups are cancelled until further notice.
We may not be able to access our churches in the way we are used to, but we continue to function as a community.
Now more than ever we need the love of God and each other. We are working hard to develop ways in which
we can continue to worship and to meet the needs of the church family and the community in our parish.
"Let the door of our heart be open to receive, O Christ,
the soul of our being unlocked, to welcome you;
and the gate of our life flung wide, for your entering in."
(Ambrose of Milan)
At this challenging time we are united in our prayer
and in caring for vulnerable members of our community through practical acts of service.
Helena and Colin continue to pray for everyone.
If you have any specific prayer requests, please contact the Rectory.
Rev Helena Buqué, Vicar, and Rev Colin Cox, Curate
c/o The Rectory, School Hill, Findon BN14 0TR
Tel: 01903 873601 - email:
Please stay safe and well and be assured of our prayers for you and your families.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid, in isolation
or concerned about their jobs and businesses
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Baptisms / Weddings / Funerals
Please contact the Parish Office
for the latest information.
Tel: 01903 873601