You will of course be aware that the Prime Minister has said that places of worship are to be closed; I have been instructed by the Archbishops and our bishop that the buildings are to be locked. I have placed notices in each of our churches to that effect and, very sadly, the doors will remain locked for the time being. The Archbishops have also said that until further notice we may not conduct weddings or baptisms – so please remember in your thoughts and prayers those whose special days have been disrupted.
The decision has been made that public worship will be suspended for the time being. The four Benefice churches will remain open for private prayer during normal opening hours. Weddings, baptisms and funerals will still be able to take place but with as few people as possible in attendance. We we hope we will be able to get back to normal as soon as possible but in the meantime please hold one another in prayer in these challenging times.
[Note also that Toddlers (Fulking Village Hall) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.]
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Sophisticated advanced planning by Southern Rail has ensured that no trains will be stopping at Falmer on Boxing Day, the day of the Albion-Arsenal match at the Amex stadium. This is good news for residents of Fulking and Poynings who wish to attend: you can just drive to the Brendon Stud & Saddlery at Pyecombe and catch a shuttle bus to the stadium. Other readers may wish to give the A23 a wide berth that evening. Visit WeAreBrighton for the rest of the story.
The Reverend Tim Harford is to be the new rector of the Downland Benefice (Poynings, Edburton, Newtimber and Pyecombe). His installation by the Bishop of Horsham will take place in Poynings church on Wednesday 28th November at 7:30pm and his first service will be family communion at Poynings on Sunday 2nd December at 10:00am, followed by holy communion at Edburton at 11:30am.