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Covid-19 November update
**Public worship suspended** Church OPEN for private prayer**
“This is harder than the first wave- let’s be calm, compassionate and courageous. May the peace of Jesus Christ, who lived through and always know our troubles, guard and keep us all. And may God guide our leaders in these tough decisions. Archbishop Justin Welby, All Saints’ Day 2020″
From Thursday 5th November we will be in National Lockdown once again (presuming that Parliament votes in favour of this action).
During this time, according to the Government website public worship will once again be suspended. This means that there will be no celebration of the Eucharist in our church on Sunday 8th November or until the Lockdown is lifted, hopefully in early December.
However, I am pleased to say that the church will be open every day (approx. 9am-4pm) for private prayer. If coming to the church please be sure to observe the guidance shown, primarily to wear a facemask, sanitise your hands on your way in and out, and to use the NHS Track and Trace QR code on display.
Bearing in mind our primary vocation as the Church of Jesus Christ is to pray and to serve, the senior bishops of the Church of England are calling us to make this month of lockdown a month of prayer. More than anything else, whatever the nation thinks, 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.
Please do join me in this month of prayer. I will be praying for the whole parish each day at 0900 and 1730 – please join with me spiritually if you are at home or at work as a way of uniting in prayer. More information and resources will follow soon about how we can worship together in other ways. Please keep an eye on this website and if you are able to, on our Social media pages.
We pray for those who have contracted the virus, those treating them, those researching a vaccine, the families of those who have died, and for the repose of the souls of the virus’ victims.
May God bless us all. Mthr Lucy.
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About the Parish
Aldwick is a seaside parish in West Sussex, 2 miles from Bognor Regis and 6 miles from Chichester. It is a very welcoming residential community with many families and children, and also a desired spot for retired people. It was in Aldwick that King George V spent his convalescence, although Bognor claimed the credit and added ‘Regis’ to its name!
The Parish Church of St Richard dates from 1934 and was the last stone-built church in Sussex. Here we rejoice in the Catholic heritage of the Church of England, and we come together to worship God as his Son Jesus Christ taught us at his Last Supper. St Richard’s has 8 bells, a good choir and an organ, and an emphasis on offering our best to God in music and liturgy.
About Saint Richard
In 1244 Richard was elected Bishop of Chichester. King Henry III wanted another man and refused to let Richard have the income of the see or to enter Chichester. Richard was forced to live simply in the parsonage of his friend Simon of Tarring. From here he travelled around his diocese, becoming known to his people and knowing them.
When Henry III was eventually forced to let the bishop have his rights, Richard entered Chichester and began reforming Church administration in the diocese. He was pious and accessible, strict with himself but loving to his flock, and he became their friend and hero. In 1253 he dedicated a chapel in Dover to the memory of his old friend, now St Edmund Rich, but shortly afterwards he died 3 April 1253.
On 16 June 1276, in the presence of King Edward I, Queen Eleanor, the Archbishop of Canterbury and a great crowd of people, St Richard’s body was moved to a shrine behind the high altar of his cathedral, where it became a place of pilgrimage and prayer for the people of Sussex.
Under Henry VIII the shrine was destroyed, but during the last century Richard’s shrine has been restored as a place of pilgrimage and he himself has been restored to a proper place in the life of the Church he served so faithfully as bishop.
The Prayer of St Richard
Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you
for all the benefits you have won for us,
for all the pains and insults you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.