Rector blesses a new pub in the Parish

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After leading an Armistice Day Service for the British Legion at the ancient Saxon church of St Nicholas, Worth our Rector, Canon Anthony Ball, walked the short distance to the newest building in the parish – the Coaching Halt pub.  After a short prayer of blessing for the building as a place of welcome and hospitality for travellers, refreshment & relaxation for members of the local community, and employment for many local people (as well as the home of the pub manager Steve Arnold and his wife) Canon Anthony took part in the opening ceremony of the pub alongside Crawley’s Mayor Bob Burgess and his wife Brenda.

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Christmas Fair

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Very many thanks to all those who helped out or attended the fair at St Barnabas last weekend – we raised over £1,000 for the Parish! 🙂

We were also lucky enough to have Father Christmas in attendance:

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Father Christmas with Neighbourhood Watch

Great success at the Flower Festival!

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A big thanks to all those flower arrangers, stewards and all others involved in making the Flower Festival a big success – we managed to raise over £500!  Thanks too to all those who donated money for flower arrangements and everyone who came to have a look.  Here are some pictures if you weren’t able to make it.

Curate appointment: Stephen Burston comments on the announcement that he is to be a curate in the Parish from July 2014.

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“I am married to Liz and have 3 wonderful daughters; Grace (13), Alice (11) and Lily (7). To equal out the house I have a male! English Pointer called Digger. Liz and I both grew up in South London where we met whilst serving as police officers and then moved to Ashington, West Sussex 7 years ago. In our Church we were involved in the Children’s & Youth work, Alpha, Home Groups, Men’s outreach and running Holiday Clubs. Liz left the police 3 years ago to concentrate on working for a charity delivering Christian school assemblies and Holiday Clubs in Sussex, while I left last August to take up my training place at Ridley Hall College, Cambridge. The move to Cambridge has been amazing for all of us. God has looked after us all and he has continued to do so in connecting us with Worth, Pound Hill and Maidenbower. We are so excited at the prospect of joining you all in serving others and sharing the Gospel. It is amazing for us that we know there is a loving Church community there ready to help us along the next stage of our journey. You are in our prayers already. As we look at schools for the girls please ask for God’s wisdom for which to apply for and spaces to appear. We look forward to meeting you all.”

The Burstons.