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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

‘Happy New Year’

It was really good to see so many members of the wider parish community and others from further afield at St Mary’s for our Christmas celebrations. It is so important that we mark these special times of the year by getting together in one way or another. For centuries, St Mary’s Church has been a place where people have come to give thanks and to keep these significant times and celebrate special people who have been or are dear to them.

In 2020 we will be celebrating 800 years of the present church building, which has been at the heart of Pulborough life for all these centuries!  When you arrive in the village, having come in from the north, the church dominates the skyline. During Advent, Christmas and New Year the Pulborough star which stands on top of the church can be seen from all directions.

At St Mary’s we want to mark this important milestone by undertaking some necessary repairs to the church, as well as some much-needed decoration of the chancel (the part of the building that is 800 years old.) This is the first phase of improving the look of the interior of the building, as well as ensuring that the fabric is in good order for many years to come. Later this year we will be officially launching our 800 Appeal to support this work. Please look out for more details as the year goes on!

As each year comes round, we wonder what the future will hold. If the last year has been particularly difficult, we look to better times.  If last year was a good one overall, we hope for the same again, if not for even better fortunes. One thing is certain; nobody can predict exactly what the future holds! Uncertainty and the prospect of change can easily cause some anxiety and even a little fear! For Christians, the message from Jesus is clear, as he says on more than one occasion; ’Do not be afraid’.  There is nothing outside of God’s domain, even when he may feel very distant or even absent.

We should try to look forward to the year ahead as a time of growth and development for as St John Henry Newman put it- “to live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often".

May God bless us all in this new year.

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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