Rector’s Letter – November 2019

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Benefice Safeguarding Officer: Rita Harrison-Roach is the Benefice Safeguarding Officer for Rogate with Terwick and Trotton with Chithurst Benefice. or Rita can be contacted on: (01730 818339)


Rector’s Letter – November 2019

‘Christ Centred – Community led’

Dear Friends

November is the month of remembrance of ‘Saints’ and ‘Souls’ and the annual Act of Remembrance.

As a nation we have a new Saint in the form of John Henry Newman, and we have much to learn from him and all the ‘Saints’ known and unknown. They have shown in their lives determination to open up the Gospel of Good News to all whatever the circumstances be they good or bad. I recall this story of a child who was asked by a certain Vicar what a ‘Saint was? Not knowing what the answer was, the child looked up and saw the stained glass windows of the Church, and said, ‘ A Saint is a person who lets a lot of light shine through!‘ It’s a pretty good definition. Saints allow God’s light to shine through even in the most challenging of circumstances, and allow us a glimpse of something of the beauty of God in our midst. There is still much darkness in our world, with the issues facing Syria, Yemen, and the tensions between Palestinian and Israeli and the plight of refugees and the poor. I suppose, like the Saints of old we must try and live out the Gospel of Good News by being charitable and open with our time and resources. It is the only way to bring light and hope to all.

‘Lest we forget’, ‘Their name liveth forevermore’ are inscriptions found on numerous War Graves and are from the pen of Rudyard Kipling whose own life was much affected by seeing his only son John killed in action in WW1. It would be a terrible thing if we forgot to mark these yearly remembrances for they teach us not to take things for granted but give us the impetus to work together to build community and seek out the lost. “At the going down of the sun and in the morning we shall remember them”.

As a Foundation Governor, I am delighted that Rogate School is judged as ‘Good’ in last month’s Ofsted Inspection. This is very good news for our Church School and community and well done to all for making for such a great School. Well done! Christmas Market will soon be upon us and I look forward to seeing many at our Remembrance services and events this month.

‘Order of St Richard’ – 5th October Chichester Cathedral

The cathedral was full to overflowing with people from all sections of the Diocese for the first ceremony of the St Richard award. Martin, Bishop of Chichester presented 40 medals in which two from our benefice, John Field and Elizabeth Brown were given for outstanding work within the Church and the community over many years. There were many from our benefice in attendance and it was a truly wonderful occasion filled with great joy. The Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex was present and was mingling with all and thanking everyone for giving of their time and talent in their service to all. It was truly a memorable occasion for us here in the Benefice.

  We now look forward to more awards in the future and for us all to work in bringing together community and sharing in the good work of the Church as it seeks to serve all in Jesus’ name. Well done!

Yours in Christ,