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Parish Magazine Dec 2017

Parish Magazine Dec 2017

The Parish magazine of December 2017
Volume XLVIII No.12


Contents Page Church Services

From Fr Nick Archer 3 Sundays
8.00 Low Mass
Captions received! 4
10.30 High Mass and Sermon
Can Anglo Catholics take part in Renewal 7 followed by refreshments
and Reform without diluting their tradition? in the Church Hall.
O Come Emmanuel 9 Mon, Wed, Thurs 10.30am
Tues and Fri 12noon
Letter from the Bishop of Horsham 10 Sat 9.00am
Major Weekday Festivals
Chat-Stop - what is it and what’s it for? 11 Said Mass as above, Sung Mass: 7.30pm
unless otherwise indicated on notice boards.
Kneeling, Standing, Sitting… 13 The Clergy are happy to bring the Sacrament to
what are the Rules? the housebound or sick at any hour of the day or
night. The Holy Oil is available for those who wish
WRNS Display 16 to be anointed.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
We will remember them… 17 Confessions by appointment.
Hospital visits
A Blast from the Console 18 Our Parish Contact for local hospitals,
Mr Richard Elliott (872168), will visit and give
Christmas Gala Concert 20 communion to those in hospital.
Other Services provided by the church
Churches Together in Eastbourne 21 For Baptisms, Banns of Marriage, Weddings
Advent Quiet Day and Funerals please contact the Churchwardens.
Kitty 22
Dates for your Diary 23 is the church
website and is managed by Paul Fella to
Directory 24 whom matter for the site should be sent via
[email protected].
Cover Photograph: Advent Candles The church is open from 8.30am each day and
a team of volunteers is available to answer
The Parish Magazine is published on the first questions etc from 10am most days.
Sunday of the month. The Book Shop/Souvenir Stall is also open while
Production: Paul Fella there is a volunteer on duty.
Matter for publication should be submitted to St Saviour’s Church
[email protected] South Street Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 4UT
Copy deadline is 20th of the month and Telephone: 01323 729702
articles should be no longer than 750 words.
News items or reports should be factual
and no longer than 250 words. Articles are
copyright to the author and may not be
reproduced in any form without the written
permission of the author or Editor. The
Editor’s decision is final regarding content.

Disclaimers: The Editor does not necessarily
agree with all of the views expressed in this
The Parish of St Saviour and St Peter
and its representatives do not endorse or
recommend any of the products or services
advertised in this Magazine. Caveat emptor!


From Fr Nick Archer

If we all voted for the things we love the most about Eastbourne, I’m sure that pretty close to
the top of the list would be the sea.
The sea is a major part of our town’s life. Without it, perhaps the town wouldn’t have developed the
way it has, into the town that we all know today.
As one would expect, the sea is also a major part of life on Guernsey, where I come from. I grew
up living very close to the sea. Like in Eastbourne, in the summer days were spent on the beach
or walking beside the sea. In winter, it is sometimes quite the opposite: it is all too common for
the main coast roads to be closed due to high tides and flooding. When travelling to and from the
Island by boat, I am all too aware of the sea conditions!
Several years ago I was given a book, ‘Sister Wendy on Prayer’, written by Sister Wendy Beckett.
It was (and still is) an excellent read, a splendid and accessible insight and introduction into the
life of Carmelite prayer from the perspective of a Sister. Sister Wendy became a nun at the age of
sixteen, and despite her celebrity status (generated by her books and a number of her television
documentaries), she lives a life of seclusion, spending much of her daily life in prayer and silence.
One illustration which she uses in her book spoke to me in particular. Using the analogy of the sea
and a boat, Sister Wendy provides a simple insight into her experience of the Christian life of prayer.
She uses the contemporary painting entitled ‘Boat’ by Craigie Aitchison (pictured here) to help to
illustrate the life of prayer, which I would like to share.


For Sister Wendy, this boat can be seen as our No person is seen on the deck of the boat, we
prayer. Before it can even begin to sail, this boat don’t know who is steering it. Like the unseen
first of all needs to be launched onto the sea, sailor in the painting, we stay quiet - we await God
the sea of faith, which is what we do when we and submit ourselves to Him; “where we want to
try to come to God in prayer. Prayer involves us go is not to the point; it is where God wants to
approaching God with the desire to pray, even if take us”.
we feel unable to. We are called to approach God
in whatever state we are in, offering even that to There can be times when we can find it hard to
Him. focus during our prayer life, and times when we
wonder whether we’re actually praying at all.
The boat in the painting seemingly sails by itself, There are times when our mind can wander onto
carried along by a force which we cannot see. It other things, but when this happens we can at the
sails on a calm sea, seemingly with no wind, yet very least pray for those people, or those things,
its sail remains taut; it is in motion. The sea in this or those situations, whatever they are, which
case is calm, but it may not be. In any case, the come to mind. Perhaps, God is directing us in a
boat can still travel through it. For Sister Wendy particular direction, but we may be resisting it.
this can be seen to speak of the life of prayer:
when we pray, we can likewise be carried along “the prayer
by an immense power which cannot be seen by of silence”
us nor directed by us.
The prayers which we say are of course important,
“where we but silence is also important, times when we can
want to go is not try to listen to God. Unsurprisingly, silence is very
to the point; it is important for Sister Wendy. It is what she calls “the
where God wants prayer of silence”. However long or short it is, in
to take us”. silence we simply stand in God’s presence, for Him
to take possession of us, and it does not matter
whether we are aware of this presence or not.

All prayer is impossible without trust in God; for
Sister Wendy what matters is that we stay at rest
in the boat, while “the wind of the Holy Spirit
bears us over the still waters”, to where God is.

A few of the caption suggestions received!

“Just like St Saviour’s…
women doing all the heavy work”

“Winston really ought to smoke
smaller cigars!”

“The commander says we need to put a
bomb under the PCC to get anything done”

“We like ’em Big in the Navy!”

“And the Yanks think a torpedo is
a kind of sandwich!”




Can Anglo Catholics take part in Renewal
and Reform without diluting their tradition?

Extracts from Church Times March 2017

Just over a year ago, the Bishop of Burnley, However, today, he sees signs of a new confidence.
the Rt Revd Philip North, delivered the Last year, 20 young clergy running growing
first Sheffield Mission Lecture on Catholic churches met in York to discuss the future of
evangelism. He did not pull his punches. Anglo-Catholicism. Growth was then a major item
on the agenda of last year’s FiF Assembly, and
“In the contemporary Church of England we a consultation to inform a ‘strategy for growth
need to face up to the sad fact that the phrase intended to inspire and motivate Catholic parishes’
‘Anglo-Catholic’ is usually synonymous with weak, is currently under way. This consultation lists six
declining, and un-engaged,” he warned. The same priorities that overlap significantly with those of
tradition that had in its bloodstream the Oxford R&R, including making young disciples and ‘being
Movement — church-planting, the renewal of intentional in evangelism’. What must be retained,
parish life, a call to “magnify your office” — now is the primacy of the Sacrament.”
had a reputation for “not joining in”. For at least
20 years, Catholic parishes had “rarely been at the In the diocese of Chichester, there is a commitment
forefront of the Church’s evangelistic life”. to ‘apostolic partnerships’. The Bishop of
Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, is conscious that
Since the launch of the Archbishops’ Renewal and church-planting can be associated with a ‘take-
Reform (R&R) programme, some have queried over’. “I suspect that we are not alone in having a
the extent to which it has been embraced by number of parishes where the congregation has
church people outside the Evangelical tradition. become tired and demoralised,” he says. “An
The National Mission and Evangelism Adviser, apostolic partnership works with them to revitalise
Dr Rachel Jordan-Wolf, has admitted that more their life and mission. This will include new patterns
work is needed to engage Anglicans who are not of worship and outreach, but it will also honour the
from an Evangelical background. Commenting inheritance of an existing congregation and find
on church-planting, the Archdeacon of Brighton ways to revitalise what they value.”
and Lewes, the Ven. Martin Lloyd Williams, said
that the diocese was “struggling to find resources Such partnerships will go beyond town centres
within the Catholic tradition”. There was a need or suburbs, he says. The diocese will look at rural
for “rediscovering ways for the eucharist to be areas, outer estates, and parishes that “represent
missional”. the essentially liturgical and sacramental tradition
that is commonplace in Chichester diocese”.
“There’s a lot of resistance to anything conceived
as ‘management speak’ on the Catholic wing of There are two sides to the partnership, he explains.
the Church,” For Bishop North, there is “no doubt “One is equipping those who offer to partner with
that some Catholics struggle to find their place” in a parish; it is about providing skills and theological
the R&R agenda. “Some find the language difficult intelligence to understand a tradition that might
and hear within it a great deal of Evangelical be unfamiliar. “The second is acknowledging that
jargon,” In his 2015 lecture, Bishop North admitted many Anglo-Catholic priests are excellent at being
that he had not understood a single word of a priests in ways that are intrinsically evangelistic
recent presentation on Fresh Expressions: “They — through the celebration of the Eucharist and
think we can’t be bothered, whereas in fact we in the occasional offices. However, they might
don’t understand.” not have the charisma of being an evangelist, a
charisma that is often found in lay people and
What is needed, he thinks, is a fresh confidence works to complement what priests do. We are
in a distinctively Catholic understanding of looking at how to develop that sort of partnership
evangelism. He is critical of attempts to ‘play as an element of our apostolic life and have been
down and ignore’ the ‘vast differences’ in the grateful for a significant grant from the Strategic
ways different traditions understand evangelism. Development Fund for doing so.”



O Come Emmanuel

a celebration of Advent in words and music

This is the final event in the series of Monday lunchtime recitals at St Saviour’s
in the church’s 150th anniversary year

Monday 4th December at 1.00pm
Presented by actor
and organist
Director of Music at St Saviour’s

David will be performing extracts from a wide variety of writers from the seventeenth century to the
present day. You will hear a conversation between the angel Gabriel and Mary as he gives her the
stunning news that she is to bear God’s Son. You will see Joseph, depicted as a modern-day young

man filled with uncertainty and bewilderment that his beloved is to have a child that is not his.
You will sympathise with poor old Zechariah as he is struck dumb because he cannot believe that his
aged wife is to become the mother of John the Baptist. And you will smile and chuckle at a wry and

amusing observation of a more recent Advent season.

All this will be illustrated with a mixture of appropriate music from Paul Collins, including the great
Wachet Auf (Sleepers Wake) by J.S. Bach, pieces based on well-known Advent hymns (Creator of the

Stars of Night and, of course, O Come O Come Emmanuel) by Gilbert Martin and Matthew Corl,
and much more besides.

So come and join us for what we hope will be an enjoyable and uplifting start to your Advent season.

The event is free, but there will be a retiring collection for much needed funds for the upkeep of our
magnificent organ.

14th November 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

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CHAT-STOP… lonely involved. Do you have a neighbour or friend
What is it and who would welcome some cake and company?
What’s it for? Could you come along and join in the chat?
This is a genuine case of the ‘more the merrier’.
Chat-Stop is an outreach initiative envisioned If the people of St Saviour’s do not get behind
by Fr Tony aimed at people in the many rooms Chat-Stop , then this promising and worthwhile
and flats surrounding the Church and in lower example of simple Christian mission could well
Meads who never get to speak to another wither and die. Please speak to Fr Tony, Mary
person for days on end. T, Roger Stephanie, John Burford or me to find
out how you can help - or simply come along to
There are so many people in Chat-Stop in the Church Hall on Saturday 9th
these situations right on December at 10.00 and join us, when there will be
our doorstep. Chat-Stop the added attraction of music and mince-pies.
provides an opportunity Jim Tomsett
each second Saturday in
the month for people to get n at te r…
together, enjoy some coffee …n at te r…
and cake, do some light- n at te r…
hearted competitions and
have a chat to another human
being. There is no ‘religion’
involved at all - and it’s all
FREE. Chat-Stop simply
provides a warm, welcoming
and friendly place for people
to meet. Through a link
with Age Concern we now
regularly have some twenty-
five people doing just that on
a Chat-Stop Saturday.

To my knowledge this
is the ONLY outreach
St Saviour’s makes to
the community at large
– and we should be jolly
proud that we are doing it.

The Chat-Stop team led by CHAT-STOP
Fr Tony are grateful indeed Join us on
to the those (very) few the second Saturday of every month for a
St Saviour’s folk who are
prepared to give an hour or ‘Cuppa’, Cake and a ‘Natter’
so of their time once a month 10am - 11.30am in the Church Room
to support this initiative by
making coffee, cutting cake 11
and generally chatting to
people. But we need more
help to spread the word and
get more of the needy and

A lamp burns for
this church in the
Shrine of Our Lady
of Walsingham

If you are interested in
joining our Walsingham Cell
please contact Mary Delves
on 735410


Kneeling, Sitting and Standing…

what are the rules?

To sit down pinching one’s nose may prevent Awareness of being risen with Christ is the chief
a sneeze during the sermon, but it is not reason for standing at prayer. The Christian,
the best way to pray in church. Nor is it very saved by God’s mercy, feels free and confident
appropriate to kneel for almost the whole to stand before God. Christians preparing for
of Mass, with eyes closed and head buried baptism and confirmation used to pray standing
in the pew, in a little world of one’s own and but with lowered head; after baptism they raised
peaceful oblivion of others. Priests who teach their heads in joy. Happiness and joy, rather than
their congregations to stand for parts of Mass the gloom of sin, should be the Christian’s normal
where previously they knelt, are not indulging attitude both inside and outside church. Standing
a personal fancy, but following the spirit of is also a universal mark of respect, which is why
recent reforms in the Church’s worship. it was still retained during the Gospel and the

The old days It is known that people remained standing even
for the sermon, and English Visitors to Eastern
Early Christian paintings, frescoes, monuments, Orthodox churches today are often astonished
mosaics, and sarcophagi, abound with figures to discover only a few seats for the elderly, and
called ‘orants’. These are men and women the congregation standing throughout almost a
standing with head erect, eyes raised to heaven, two to three hour liturgy each Sunday! It causes
and arms outstretched in the form of a cross. less surprise to observe football fans standing to
Except for reasons of penitence this is the way the watch a 90 minute game.
first Christians prayed. Tertullian (AD 200) wrote:

We Christians pray with eyes raised to heaven

and hands outstretched because we are innocent; Nowadays
bareheaded, because we have no need to blush... No doubt it is easier to stand for a football match
are not satisfied to raise our hands as the pagans than for a Mass; there seems to be more active
do, but we stretch them out in rememberance of participation and excitement in watching football
our Lord’s passion… We do not lift up our hands so that aching legs are not noticed.
ostentatiously, but modestly and with moderation!
So it was that in the Middle Ages, when the Mass
During the celebration of Mass priests still pray had become a rite performed by the priest alone,
standing with arms outstretched in the old the congregation took to kneeling throughout it,
manner, but until recently the laity had even with each person occupied in his own private
abandoned standing, except during the Gospel prayers and devotions.
and the Creed.
It was obviously impossible to stand even for half-
Standing to pray was no Christian invention; it was an-hour during a service recited quietly in Latin,
customary in pagan religions and in the Jewish with no participation whatever except a glance at
faith in which the very first Christians had grown the elevated Sacrament. Moreover there was such
up (e.g. I Kings 8:22). Pagans and Jews however a sense of sin that people felt unworthy wretches,
knelt to pray also, but Christians regarded this as rather than radiant sons of God, and so buried
inappropriate except for special supplication and their heads in penitence.
penitence. Irenaeus (AD 150) explains why:
Recent reforms both in the Church of England and
On Sunday we remain standing as if to the Roman Catholic Church increase the people’s
show that Christ has raised us again, active participation in the Mass. So long as there

and that by his grace he has delivered is active participation, standing presents no
us from sin and death. physical difficulty, except for the infirm, who would
sit rather than kneel in any case.

In the revised liturgy people stand for the acknowledge the sovereignty of God. Consequently
following parts: it is right to genuflect when approaching the
1 From the beginning of Mass to the end of the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of
Christ, before Communion, and when passing the
Collect place of reservation. The gesture derives from an
2 For the Gospel attitude of respect and adoration, and is the sign of
3 For the Creed and Intercessions a humble heart. It can be accompanied by a mental
4 From the end of the Offertory to the end of the prayer such as ‘My Lord and my God’.
On Christmas Day and the Annunciation the
Sanctus and Benedictus faithful genuflect during the reference in the Creed
5 From the end of the Eucharistic Prayer to just to the Incarnation - ‘And was made man’ – as
a mark of remembrance of the event specially
before the invitation to Communion commemorated on these two days; at other times
6 For the final Prayer until the end of Mass they bow. On Good Friday a genuflexion is made
Sitting is prescribed for: before the crucifix in veneration.
1 The Readings (except the Gospel)
2 The Sermon Kiss
3 The Offertory
4 After the last person has communicated, In most churches a gesture of peace, either a light
embrace or hand clasp, has been introduced at
during a period of silent thanksgiving Mass. The first Christians used it (1 Peter 5: 14) as
Kneeling remains only for the Eucharistic Prayer a sign of the joyful unity they had with one another.
and during the distribution of Holy Communion, The president kisses the altar at the beginning and
both at sung and said Masses. end of Mass, an action dating from the time when
the Church ‘christened’ pagan ceremonies, which
Genuflexion included the kissing of altars and idols.

It is customary for women to curtsy before
the Monarch, and for men to bow their heads
momentarily. Christians feel a similar desire to

Why do Anglicans make the sign of the cross? When do they do it? How do they do it?

What is the Sign of the Cross? Often a cross is signed upon the forehead during
This is an ancient Christian practice of marking anointing or laying on of hands, usually with the
the shape of the cross of Christ upon one’s self thumb. Items such as the communion Bread and
or upon another person or object. Wine are signed by the priest or deacon, as well
Why make the sign? as other articles set apart for sacred use.
Making the sign of the cross is a tangible way When do we make the Sign of the Cross?
to mark ourselves as Christ’s; marking ourselves Anytime! Tertullian said – he wanted us to
as orthodox Christians who worship and love remember that we are Christ’s, and that his cross
the Triune God; an act of sanctification, which is upon us at all times.
means ‘setting apart.’ Our souls, our bodies, and During worship, the sign of the cross is used at
our lives are set apart for Christ, under and in his the prayer for absolution, and before receiving
cross. communion. Some people sign themselves at the
How do I make the sign? end of the creed, at the name of Jesus Christ,
The hand and finger traces Christ’s cross upon and at the Sanctus.
one’s head, heart (center of chest), left shoulder The ‘little’ sign of the cross is the marking of
and right shoulder. In the East it is right, then left small crosses, using the thumb, to the forehead,
shoulder. In some traditions, the finger is kissed mouth, and heart as is done at the announcing of
after making the sign, or returned to the heart. the reading of the Gospel during the liturgy.
When a priest or bishop is blessing the people, No Anglican must make the sign of the cross.
he makes the sign as if signing them. This means Some should. All can.
that rather than signing himself, he moves from
their left to their right.



A special display to honour a special
group of Women – the WRNS

What was this – Commander Jacqueline anniversary with a display for Remembrance
Mulholland and the church’s graphic designer Sunday. Jackie supplied the photographs from the
in a huddle in the office, coming and going with WRNS collection (by the way she gives a brilliant
photographs, Foamex boards and sticky fixers? talk on ‘Life in the Royal Navy’) and Paul provided
Then all was revealed! On 28th November 1917, the expertise. A very fitting tribute!
King George V approved the formation of the
Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and it
seemed appropriate to mark this 100th


We will will remember them…

The Archdeacon’s sermon on Remembrance Why the poppy
Sunday clearly struck a chord with a number of The significance of the poppy as a lasting
people in the congregation. His references to memorial symbol to the fallen was realised by the
the poppies and more importantly the need for Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem In
a time of silence is something that many will Flanders Fields. The poppy came to represent the
carry in their hearts and minds for some time. immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and
quickly became a lasting memorial to those who
All of the poppies in our displays – large and small died in WWI and later conflicts. It was adopted by
– were supplied by the Royal British Legion. The The Royal British Legion as the symbol for their
large ones at the pulpit Mary T obtained from The Poppy Appeal, in aid of those serving in the British
Poppy Factory (where the poppies are made) many Armed Forces.
years ago when she organised a trip for her The two minute silence
Womens Institute. The first Remembrance Day was conducted in
1919 throughout Britain and the Commonwealth.
Artificial poppies for the first poppy appeal in 1921 Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated
were imported from France by Madame Anna the end of hostilities the previous year. It came
Guérin, but in 1922 the Disabled Society, a charity to symbolise the end of the war and provide an
established in 1920 by Major George Howson opportunity to remember those who had died.
MC and Major Jack Cohen, received a grant In a letter published in the London Evening News
of £2,000 from the British Legion’s Unity Relief on 8 May 1919, an Australian journalist, Edward
Fund to employ disabled ex-service personnel to George Honey, had proposed a respectful silence
make remembrance poppies in England. Thus the to remember those who had given their lives in the
Poppy Factory was born. First World War. This was brought to the attention
of King George V and on 7 November 1919, the
The Poppy Factory in Richmond, London gave King issued a proclamation which called for a two
employment opportunities to wounded soldiers minute silence. After the end of the Second World
returning from the First World War, creating War in 1945 Armistice Day became Remembrance
remembrance products for the Royal Family and Day to include all those who had fallen in the two
The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. World Wars and other conflicts.
It is now a registered charity in its own right Since 1919, on the second Sunday of November,
and provides employment support to disabled otherwise known as Remembrance Sunday, a
veterans across England and Wales. The factory two minute silence has been observed at 11am at
makes over 36 million poppies each year. war memorials, cenotaphs, religious services and
shopping centres throughout the country.
Roughly 30 disabled veterans and disabled
dependents of ex-service personnel are now
employed at the Richmond factory to hand-make
remembrance poppies, wreaths and symbols.


forms of the art and is particularly suited to
the voice.

Then, for our November concert, we were treated
to a superb organ recital given by Anthony Wilson
who is the director of Music at St Peter’s, the
Parish Church in Bexhill. He produced an eclectic
programme and delivered it with great style and
panache; a really excellent concert and I am very
grateful to him for it. I sincerely hope that he pays
us a return visit.

With apologies; last month I was unable to For Harvest I took the choir to St Mary’s in the Old
bring you my usual missive because I was in Town where we combined forces with the choir
holiday in Sicily and the wi-fi (or lack thereof) there for a celebratory choral evensong. This was
prevented me from sending anything longer a hugely enjoyable event and was well attended
than two words at a time. Don’t get carried with a congregation drawn from all over the town.
away though; my concern was short-lived We sang Canticles to a setting in B minor by
as we both had a glorious time in that Tertius Noble and Elgar’s great Harvest anthem,
magical place! ‘Fear not O Land. It’s very good for the choir to
The Duomo in Taormina get out and about and sing in different venues.
It was fun for me too as I played the organ. It’s
always good to play different instruments although
I do miss ‘The Old Girl’ at St Saviour’s in spite of
the all-too-frequent problems!
Having survived Harvest and Remembrance our
thoughts now turn to Advent and Christmas.
Rehearsals are already under way for the Carol
Service and the Gala Concert (19th December
at 7:30pm – put it in your diaries). I complain
about all this every year and grumble about the
excessive preparation of the music, endless
rehearsals, practice, school concerts etc, etc,
etc… But the truth is, I absolutely love it and never
fail to be overcome by the beautiful atmosphere
in the church enhanced by the stunning effect
produced by candlelight on Christmas Eve.

Since I last wrote to you we have had some very But I’m getting ahead of myself. We still have
noteworthy events; a recital by my brother Ian Advent to go through. This is, all too frequently,
at the beginning of October, who (accompanied eclipsed by the great celebration that follows.
by Brian) never fails to deliver and delighted the There is much in the way of beautiful music that
audience with an hour of varied songs. The has to be explored for this great season of hope
St Saviour’s acoustic (although not as friendly as and expectation. David Horne and I are presenting
one might expect) is a great platform for so many a ‘Meditation in Words and Music for the Season
of Advent’ as the last in our series of lunchtime
concerts on the 4th December. We both hope to
see you then.

As my next offering will be in 2018 this seems
like a good time to wish you all a very Happy
Christmas and everything that you could wish for
in the New Year.


The St Andrew’s Singers
and The Renaissance Singers

Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham

Brass Band
Leader: Ian Stewart

David Horne

Paul Collins
Musical Direction
Shirley Barrell

Admission by Programme £10.00

(£9 if ordered in advance • free to children under 12)

Includes Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

Programmes available from St Saviour’s Church
or by e-mail to [email protected]

St Saviour’s Church
South Street Eastbourne

Registered Charity No 1131420


November Programme for CTE

Courses at Ellel/Glyndley Manor Christmas Bazaar
Saturday 9
1-3 December December
Healed to Lead
1-3 December In aid of Matthew 25 Mission. At Brodie
Loneliness Hall, Christchurch, Seaside.
8-10 December
Principles for Prayer Prayer walk Langney
and Care Ministry Saturday 9 December
11 December
Carol service (Free) Join with Christians across the churches to
pray for this part of our town.
A Little Christmas Music Meet up at Christ the King RC Church
Saturday 2 December at 10 am.

The Bourne Chorus will entertain at Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Christchurch, Seaside BN22 7NN at 4 pm. January 19-30
Tickets £10 (u16 £5). In aid of the church.
Join with local Christians in Jerusalem in
the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
If interested, contact Lesley Dawson.


16 December 2017 Penhurst Retreat Centre

Led by Canon Edward Dowler, Archdeacon of Hastings
Penhurst Retreat Centre is a converted manor house situated in a beautiful part of East Sussex,
near to Battle. During the day, there will be three short addresses, with plenty of time for silence,

prayer, reading and reflection.
Provisional Programme

9.00am Mass at St Saviour’s
9.30am Depart for Penhurst (transport available)

10am- 3pm Addresses, quiet time, etc.
4pm Benediction at St Saviour’s

Cost: £25

Because of limitations of space, there is room for only twelve people.
Please tell one of the churchwardens if you would like to come.


Hello, Kitty calling. Then it’s the C word again. December kicks off
It’s hard to believe that another month has with Little Chelsea Festival. Then it’s Advent
flown by and that everyone is now thinking Carols and Bedes and Eastbourne College
the C word. Yes Christmas will soon be here services. Bishop Martin is visiting on 17th to
with the usual round of bonhomie booze and Celebrate and Preach. The day before there is a
boredom. Quiet Day lead by Fr Edward. Then two days later
Well I’ve been keeping strictly to my diet. Five (19th) the annual Gala Concert with Paul Collins
a day they say and we will be healthy. Darlings blowing his own Trumpet or something. Can’t he
I’ve discovered a lovely new health drink called fit a heater to the blower on the Organ and heat
Rhubarb Gin so I can imbibe and cross one off my the church instead of freezing us all.
five. So you can guess what will be in MY stocking. Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday. There is no
Did you know Logos is read in many places 8am Mass, as we have High Mass at 10.30 then
outside Eastbourne – Liverpool , Stratford upon Nine Lessons and Carols at 4.30 and finally the
Avon and Somerset for starters. Sue sends her Midnight Mass at 11.30 with Fr Edward again
copies to Australia to her bossy Sister who seems doing the honours.
to think I’m an alcoholic… Cheeky. The big day itself has Low Mass at 8am and High
Jackie Mulholland is in her second childhood . Mass at 10.30am – Something for everyone. Do
She is helping at the Vicarage with school runs support us on our 150th Christmas. The year ends
while Rachel studies for her teaching diploma. If on Sunday 31st when we recall the Holy Family.
she’s not playing Football (badly) with Ezra then I don’t envy the Servers who have so much to
she’s crawling around the floor with Orla – Niamh do over this month especially this year without
must think she’s mad. Stuart. The changes of frontal, decorations and
vestments don’t just happen magically.
Anyway dears all this has tired me out with just
the thought of it all. Time to retire to the Chaise
and have some healthy Rhubarb Gin and stroke
my Pussy.
Have a lovely Christmas darlings and do go and
support the services at St.Saviours. AND I wish
you a Happy New Year when it comes.

Jackie’s niece Sally got an award for being in Cheers. Your good health.
the top ten with GCSE results at her school. She Pussy says Miow.
obviously doesn’t take after Jackie. Kitty Kat

Diana Dean is in Spain again. Nice to get texts
saying that she’s breakfasting outside and it’s
22°C especially when it’s 3°C here.

A lot of old faces have reappeared in Church
recently. What a difference the absence of a Priest

At the time of writing the feast of title Christ the
King is a week away with our ally Fr Edward
at the helm. The Parish Lunch follows it at the
Cumberland Hotel and so far as I know 66 tickets
have been sold. Fr Edward and his Wife and
young Son will be joining us. If his son supports
Man Utd then he and Ezra will be great buddies.


Dates for your Diary December 2017

Fri 1 12 noon Mass
Sat 2 09.00am Mass Our Lady
Sun 3 First Sunday of Advent 08.00am Low Mass 10.30am High Mass
Mon 4 10.30am Mass S. John Damascene Pr. Dr.
Tues 5 12 noon Mass
Wed 6 10.30am Mass S. Nicholas Bp.
Thurs 7 10.30am Mass S Ambrose Bp. Dr. CBS Corporate Mass
Fri 8 12 noon Mass The Immaculate Conception of the BVM Laying on of Hands
Sat 9 09.00am Mass
Sun 10 Second Sunday of Advent 08.00am Low Mass 10.30am High Mass
Mon 11 10.30am Mass S. Damasus I P.
Tues 12 12 noon Mass Our Lady of Guadalupe
Wed 13 10.30am Mass S. Lucy V. M.
Thurs 14 10.30am Mass S. John of the Cross Pr. Dr.
Fri 15 12 noon Mass
Sat 16 09.00am Mass followed by Advent Quiet Day – Penhurst Retreat Centre
Sun 17 Third Sunday of Advent 08.00am Low Mass
10.30am High Mass Celebrant and Preacher: The Bishop of Chichester
Mon 18 10.30am Mass
Tues 19 12 noon Mass Walsingham Cell
Wed 20 10.30am Mass
Thurs 21 10.30am Mass
Fri 22 12 noon Mass
Sat 23 09.00am Mass
Sun 24 Fourth Sunday of Advent 10.30 am High Mass
Christmas Eve 4.30pm Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
11.30pm Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib
Mon 25 The Nativity of the Lord 8.00am Mass of the Dawn 10.30am High Mass of Christmas Day
Tues 26 12 noon Mass S. Stephen, First Martyr
Wed 27 10.30am Mass S. John, the Evangelist
Thurs 28 10.30am Mass Holy Innocents
Fri 29 12 noon Mass S. Thomas Becket Bp. M.
Sat 30 09.00am Mass Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
Sun 31 The Holy Family 08.00am Low Mass 10.30am High Mass

BVM= Blessed Virgin Mary AP= Apostle Bp=Bishop Ab=Abbot/Abbess P=Pope Bp=Bishop
Dr=Doctor V.M.=Virgin Martyr R=Religious



Church Officers Telephone

Curate Rev Nicholas Archer BA BSc 656806
83c South Street Eastbourne BN21 4LR

Hon Associate Clergy Rev Christopher Hadfield BA 422050
Rev Anthony Fiddian-Green MA, Cert Ed 381796
Rev Nick MacNeill, BTh 485399
Rev John Wright BSc Cert Ed 723584
Rev Dr David Musson M Phil 723345
Canon Robert Fayers SSC 07706 067496

Churchwardens Mrs Pauline Fella 01323 656346
Mr John Vernon 412061
Deputy Churchwardens Mr Keith Metcalfe 645145
Miss Jacqueline Mulholland 638269

Secretary PCC Mrs Judy Grundy 720577

Treasurer Miss Mary Delves 735410

Planned Giving Mr Sebastian Verity 07860 283156

Chair of Finance Mr Carl Hodgkinson 351014

Other Officers Mr Paul Collins 01323 647969
Director of Music

Parish Hospital Contact Mr Richard Elliott 872168

Chat-Stop Rev Anthony Fiddian-Green 381796

Car Park Manager / 100 Club Mr Steve Gilbert 469078

Safeguarding Officer Miss Jacqueline Mulholland 638269

Electoral Role Officer Mrs Susan Metcalfe 645145

Churches Together Mrs Beverly Cochran 434785

Deanery Synod Miss Mary Delves, Miss Jacqueline Mulholland, Mrs Isobel Nugent

Family Support Work Miss Jennifer Hodgkinson and Mr Robert Ascott 728892

Librarian Mr David Thorpe 486214

Guild of All Souls Miss Lis Trustam 504909

Mission to Seafarers Mrs Isobel Nugent 725796

Additional Curates Society Mr Roger Emery 431283

Open Church Mr Roger Ellis 649896

Our Lady of Walsingham / CBS Miss Mary Delves 735410

Church Office Answerphone 729702

Church Organisations Miss Lis Trustam – call for details 504909
Bible Reading Fellowship 485399
Book Group Rev Nick MacNeill – call for details 724317

Church Cleaning Mrs Rita Orchard – Tuesdays from 9am 656346
Church Grounds Mr John Burford 656346
Mrs Diana Dean
Mrs Lynette Newman

Events Committee Mr Paul Fella – meets as necessary

Flower Arrangers Mrs Rita Orchard – Fridays from 9am

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