A Call to Prayer for the Nation
We know that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and whose steadfast love endures forever.
The Archbishops, in consultation with the House of Bishops, have called the Church of England to make November a month of prayer for our nation. This call takes the form of an invitation to pray at 6pm every day for the period of this present lock-down. These are the daily themes for prayers:
Sundays: Family, friends and loved ones
Mondays: Schools and colleges, children and young people
Tuesdays: Elderly, isolated and vulnerable.
Wednesdays: Businesses, the workplace and economic wellbeing
Thursdays: The NHS and other key workers
Fridays: National and Local Government
Saturdays: All who are grieving, and all suffering with physical and mental ill-health
For particular prayers with a focus for each day, go to:
Advent and Christmas
This year the Diocese has recorded a series of Advent reflections which will be available as podcasts throughout the Advent season. The theme will be taken from the lessons contained in the Nine Lessons and Carol service, chosen to help us celebrate the fact the Gospel remains unchanged this Christmas. These will go out Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout Advent. You will find them from 1st December on the Diocesan website.
Church of England Advent Campaign: Comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy holds together the hope that Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year with an acknowledgement that – for those who have lost loved ones or livelihoods, or who are potentially still not able to be together with loved ones – it may be the Church’s role, both nationally and locally, to provide consolation, rather than assume everyone will be ready to join in jubilation.
#SussexTogether is a major Sussex-wide arts festival which aims to capture the spirit of togetherness which has seen us through the Coronavirus pandemic:
Faith in Sussex - the Diocesan publication for church communities in Sussex.
Due to the current situation, the latest issue of Faith in Sussex is available solely online. It can be found on the Diocesan website: https://www.chichester.anglican.org/faith-in-sussex/
The Together in Sussex website has important information about Universal Credit. At this time many people are trying to claim and may be having difficulties understanding the system. Please share this resource - you may never know who you have helped. https://togetherinsussex.org.uk/whats-new/universal-credit