<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Dear Parishioners and Friends of St Andrew’s Edburton</span>
As I write this we are beginning, we hope, to see the end of the lockdown
situation and I am sure that with me, you are hoping and praying that we really
will soon be able to freely enjoy the company of our family and friends again.
Despite the continuing restrictions, there has been a significant change in the
life of our church in the past few months. On 1 st January the four parishes of
Poynings, Edburton, Newtimber and Pyecombe officially became united into a
single parish, with four parish churches. We will be known as the Mid Downland
After having cooperated together for many years it is a natural step – a bit like
getting married after a long engagement. The benefit is that we will bring
together under one administration things that would otherwise continue to be
repeated four times.
The church is still here for everyone and all four churches remain available to
you for baptisms, weddings and funerals as well as for Sunday and seasonal
services. Currently our services take place at Newtimber Church and most
people are joining in by Zoom but at Easter we will be moving to Edburton from
where we will also zoom. We so hope that before too long we will be able to open
all our churches for services and meet in person again. You are most welcome to
join us via Zoom, or in church if you have no internet connection.
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Following the combining of our churches into one Parish we have formed a</span>
‘Friends of St Andrew’s’ – which will care for the day to day running of the
church. Our Chairman is Tim Ireland and our secretary is Jane Warne.
You don’t need to be religious to join us. We warmly invite you to become
involved in ensuring that our church remains loved and cared for so that we and
future generations can enjoy it.
There are many ways in which you could help such as popping into the church to
make sure all is well, helping with the church flowers, joining the church cleaning
rota and getting involved in the upkeep of the churchyard are just a few. You
would be welcome just because you value and appreciate our beautiful historic
As well as caring for the Church and its grounds we will continue to raise money
for its upkeep selling books, running bric-a-brac sales and hosting the annual
quiz. We also hope to be able to hold our popular Songs of Praise Service,
Hymns and Pimms, and the Harvest Picnic this year.
During Lent our Parish is supporting Family Support Work, a Sussex based
charity caring for vulnerable children and very much hope that you will join in.
They are inviting us to hold a virtual Lent lunch (see their Facebook page).
Arrange a time with your friends or family to log on to Zoom or FaceTime,
prepare a simple lunch and get together for a catch up. Any money you save by
not buying something more extravagant can be donated to FSW to help their
vital work in our local community. Lucy Dalrymple is co-ordinating this for us<span style="font-size: 1rem;">. </span>
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">She is also collecting food bank</span>
items. Apparently tins of custard and rice pudding are popular along with
cleaning items such as bleach and soap. These may be left on Saturdays or
Sundays in the Book Nook porch and we will collect them.
Meanwhile we are so<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> looking forward to our Church being open again from Easter.</span>
With every blessing.