Parish Vision

To Know, Love, Follow Jesus

Our Parish Mission statement is being developed in three parts:

  • The Church: to continue to develop meaningful worship in this ancient building
  • To work with and to serve our Local Community
  • Connecting to other people and promoting charitable giving in The Wider World

 

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Worship

See the What’s On page for information on our services and events.

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Unite All Ages

We welcome all, young and old

One of the major opportunities we have for this, is the time following the Sung Eucharist on a Sunday. It is a time to ‘catch up’ with people that we may not have seen for a while, and to welcome any new members of the congregation.

We include children’s activities as part of normal worship at St Wulfrans. The First Sunday Eucharist has a more informal approach, (and we have books and toys at the front of the church for young children who find being in a church service rather long!) Our Sunday School, ‘Little Fishes’ meets in the Church Room,10.00 – 10.45.am, joining the rest of the congregation for a blessing at the altar rail, during the administration of Holy Communion. Further details may be found on the Children and Youth page, along with various photographs from previous events, such as the Easter egg hunt and the Vicarage tea party – which of course is designed for young and older alike.

For the older generation, especially those who are living alone, we have Ovingdean Friends Lunch Club, or Ladies Lunch Club – We also have various Bible study groups, which is an opportunity not only to discuss, but to socialise.

Ask Rea Hollis or Rose Daley (01273 308488) for more information.

Look at our Events Page as well for more details.

We have a safeguarding policy in place for both children and for vulnerable adults.

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Learn and Grow

Bible Study Group

This is a friendly and informal Bible study group, held at 28 Wanderdown Road.

We usually meet on the first Monday in the month at 10 am.

We read and discuss chosen passages from the Bible, and coffee and biscuits follow this.

For more information and details of the next meeting telephone Rea Hollis: 304346

Developing Discipleship

2017 Diocesan of Chichester: The Year of The Bible

ADVENT 2017

Bishop Martin has written some reflections on the readings for the Sunday Eucharist for each week.

The first set of reflections take us from Advent Sunday through until the second Sunday of Christmas and they can be found here on the Diocesean website.

St. Wulfrans is running a four week Advent course starting on Thursday 30th November in the evening. Contact Barry Sugg, Churchwarden, for more information.

 

There are plans to connect with the Diocesan of Chichester’s Year of Prayer in 2018.

More information will become available shortly.

Evening Bible Group

An informal friendly group, we meet in a parishioner’s house on the first Wednesday of the month. Newcomers are always welcome.

We pray together at the opening and end of the evening, and sometimes a hymn is sung at the beginning.

The group works through a chosen book in the Bible with members taking it in turns to lead either the study session or the prayers. However, there is never any pressure to take on this leadership especially for newcomers.

Meetings are normally the first Wednesday in the month.

For more information telephone David Ross: 301075 or John Dalling 303854.

Music

See Music.

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Find and Care

Ladies Lunch

Ladies Lunch on 2nd Thursday of each month – All Welcome!

The Ladies Lunch started about six years ago as a group of five people who went out for lunch once a month.  It is primarily designed for those who do not drive, or do not have much opportunity to meet socially.  At full strength we could have eighteen people, but usually there are around ten. Transport is provided.

We go to The Swan Inn in Falmer on the second Thursday in the month.  If you would like to join us, please phone Rea Hollis 380866 or Rose Daly 308488

Pastoral Care and Prayer Ministry

The Pastoral Care Team act effectively as the eyes and ears of our Parish Priest who cannot obviously be everywhere at once.

At a persons request or if the need becomes apparent, we can alert him to a pastoral problem or someone in need of a visit.

We also support each other and other members of the congregation. Everything is treated with the utmost confidentiality.

The Prayer Ministry Team is on hand in church after the 10am Sunday Eucharist in case anyone wants to pray with someone in confidence, offering a problem, or even a joy to God. Members of the team can be identified wearing a red ribbon and are often found in the queue for coffee at the back of the church. The Lady Chapel is always available as a quiet place to pray.

Communion to the Sick or Housebound is available either from the Parish Priest or a small team of licensed lay people. Contact the Vicar if you require this ministry.

Prayer group meets in the evening of the first Sunday in the month in the church. Newcomers are always welcome to join us for this time of quiet prayer but if you would simply like yourself, or a loved one, to be added to the prayer list then please let us know.

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Reach Out

Our Local Community

We hold regular services and events that involve people in our local community.

Our Parish Community and Village Life

We are creating networks for people to meet together who feel that they would like to get out and meet other people.

If you know of anyone who might like to reconnect with the wider world again and make new friends in a safe and friendly setting, please contact one of the Churchwardens.

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Our Charitible Giving 2016-2017

We have supported various charities in the past year. These have included:

The Children’s Society, Embrace: The Middle East, Time To Talk: Befriending, Disasters Emergency Committee (East Africa Appeal), The Poppy Appeal and Christian Aid Week.

Nurture The Young

We are a child friendly church. Jesus welcomed little children and said we should be like them.

Parents and children should always feel at home in St Wulfran’s. We have the front pews for smaller children and their parents, and we try to involve older ones in taking part in our worship. The First Sunday Eucharist is aimed at younger people in particular.

Our Sunday Club is held in the Church Room.

Confirmation preparation takes place as required and Ovingdean co-operates with other churches in the Deans Group in planning Confirmation services. Anyone wishing to be confirmed should contact the Parish Priest.

In addition we seek to help nurture children by supporting the Ovingdean Nursery School which meets every morning from 8.30 until 1.00 in the Church Room. This lively and friendly little school provides lots of activities to help stimulate growing minds in a safe environment. Please telephone 01273 302991 for further details.

Promoting a Safer Church

See Safeguarding.