Parish News

Summer Raffle

After a very difficult time for many, we are now looking forward to the bright, sunlit uplands of summer.
It is very disappointing that neither East Dean or Singleton have been able to hold their popular Fetes, which over the years have made a significant contribution to the income of our Valley Parish churches. With fewer people able to attend services over the last year, there has been a significant decrease in income with very little decrease in costs.
We are holding this Summer Raffle to support The Valley Parish and our beautiful and historic churches. Please look out for more information in The Valley Diary in July, in which tickets will be included. The Raffle will run throughout July with the draw being made on 1st August. We would very much welcome your support.

CHURCH MUSIC

As we look forward (hopefully) to a return to congregational singing during our services, Rev Sarah would like to meet with anyone interested in assisting with providing musical accompaniment and/or planning the hymns and music to assist our worship. If you would like to help shape our music, hymns and songs going forward, please contact Rev Sarah on priestvalleyparish@gmail.com

The organ in Singleton Church is in need of some good old TLC. Could you be part of a group looking at possible grants to restore this wonderful instrument to its former glory, and to liaise with the Diocesan Organ advisor and the Diocese as to the best way forward?
If you are interested please speak to me, or email Rev Sarah on priestvalleyparish@gmail.com

APCM

Thank you to all parishioners who attended our Annual Parochial Church Meeting which took place on 19th May in person at West Dean Church. We are pleased to welcome one new member on to the PCC. The minutes of the APCM are now available on the information pages.

Coronavirus Covid-19 Latest

We are very glad to be able to announce once again the re-opening of our churches for Sunday worship, which started with our Palm Sunday service at Singleton. We will of course still be maintaining social distance in the pews, wearing face coverings, and putting in extra cleaning measures. We look forward to welcoming worshippers, both regular and visiting, to our services. See the front page and the Rector’s letter for details.

Welcome to our new Parish Priest, Rev Sarah Manouch.

We were delighted to welcome our new parish priest, Rev Sarah, towards the end of 2020. However, at the time her Licensing Service was necessarily limited to a very few guests and there could be no celebration afterwards. We are now beginning to plan for a full “anniversary” service and celebration to mark her first year with us. We look forward to arranging this soon. Watch this space!

New Look for the Valley Diary Church Page!

Rev Sarah has refreshed the monthly church page which appears in The Valley Diary – it is looking bright and interesting and all information is clear and helpful. The Valley Diary reaches about 800 homes in the Lavant Valley, so it’s great to keep a lively church page going in this publication. (see link on the home page)