Rector’s Letter – September 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 – September 2019

‘Christ Centred – Community led’


Dear Friends,

Meteorologically it has been a turbulent time of extremes, very hot weather to downpours that have left many communities devastated by overflowing rivers to dams at breaking point, whilst in parts of Africa are facing extreme famine and drought. It’s uncomfortable for and even surprising to some of us to consider that our way of living and the years of industrialisation maybe causing these devastating weather events around the world. As we come to celebrate Harvest at the end of this month, giving thanks to God for the rich earth and the fruits in their season, we must also draw together to affirm our commitment to be also good stewards of God’s creation.

As Christians we should be concerned with the welfare of all people, with fair-trade and an equal sharing of God’s resources and a just distribution of wealth. We are called more than ever to demonstrate our commitment to care for our community and our world’s resources, by living simply and sustainably as well as by pressing politicians to take the measures necessary at national and international level. Let us give thanks to God for his generosity, for our world, and to have the grace to accept that we need to treasure and respect each other and to work together to help our world live on. It’s the only way! Please give your full support for the Harvest Appeal to Stonepillow Night Shelter Chichester with non-perishable items to support those who find themselves homeless in our local area.

I am pleased to announce that John Field and Elizabeth Brown have been nominated to receive the ‘Order of St Richard’ at a special service at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 5th October at 3.00pm by Bishop Martin. This is a new award from the Bishop which is awarded to only ten lay people (40 in all) from the four Archdeaconries each year for exceptional contributions they have made to the parish, the local community, or the Diocese. Both John and Elizabeth have been at the heart of our Benefice for many years and I am pleased that they are to be the first recipients of such an award of service.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Trotton Fete & Duck race and to the many events and services taking place this month.


Yours in Christ,