The Curate Writes…


‘I am the good shepherd’ is our Gospel reading today and at different times a good shepherd will gather his flock – and this is at the heart of the Big Church Day Out.

‘What’ is the Big Church Day Out? And ‘Why’ am I writing about it?

The ‘What Question’ – The Big Church Day Out seeks to bring whole Church families together to have fun and fellowship in the stunning setting of Wiston House in the West Sussex countryside.

The ‘Why Question’ – because Liz and I are co-ordinating a group from the Parish – Sunday 24th May – gates open at 10am and close at 10pm.

Liz will leave early and set up a space for our Parish to gather together for the day.

After the Church services, Anthony, James and I will then leave to join everyone for a bring-your-own picnic (I will be trawling other picnics for the best bits!). Then you will be free to enjoy the wide range of fun things to do – from the main concert stage to the peace and prayer space of the Wiston Chapel – to the cream tea tent with Graham Kendrick playing, while others will enjoy rock climbing, face painting and fairground rides.

There is something for everyone – including a vast array of cafes and catering vans. The day will end with Bishop Richard launching the Diocesan Mission Strategy on stage. We have a big discount on tickets; £18 for adults, £12.50 for children (age 5 to 16) and £2.50 for under 5’s. There is a “sign up sheet” and more info at the back of both Churches, but do ask Steve and Liz about anything. These days are so important in building and deepening the Church family.