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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe that the beginning of September is only a week away as I write! After five and a half months away from their classrooms many of the children in the village are preparing to return to school. This is a move welcomed by most people although some still have understandable concerns about safety in these ever changing times.

I would like to commend our church school here in Pulborough for managing things so well since the beginning of the lockdown. Thanks to Mrs Sam Copus and the staff team the children who returned to school in June and the children of key workers have been well looked after and settled into a new way of working in a very safe and controlled environment. They are now really looking forward to welcoming back the whole school !

I have been impressed with what you might call ‘a can do ‘ attitude, where determination and effort ,linked to a positive and hopeful spirit continues to bear such good fruit. We at St Mary’s Church are rightly proud of our school and look forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength under Mrs Copus’ leadership.

As a church we are also holding our annual meetings in September. These have been delayed from April and relate to the work of the church in 2019.As well as reviewing the work of the Parochial Church Council during the past year, among other things, we elect our Churchwardens for the year ahead. Like all voluntary organisations and charities the Church has been deeply affected by the pandemic and as a local church we will have to  face very particular challenges in the months and years ahead.

This year we had hoped to have celebrated 800 years of the present building with the launch of a special project to mark this milestone in the history of our church building. We have now postponed this to next year after we have  reviewed our finances  and assessed more specifically the challenges that lie ahead.  Like others we will need to plan for recovery and renewal as the effects of the pandemic are slowly worked through.

We will see a recovery if we adopt that ‘can do’ attitude, with the determination and effort that characterises that approach and we will see renewal if we have faith in the One who says “I make all things new”. God’s will for us all is that ,whatever we go through and are faced with,  there is always that possibility of discovering something new even in that which is longstanding and familiar.

May God guide us as we look ahead to new possibilities beyond the constraints of this present time.

With my prayers and best wishes,
Fr Paul Seaman (Rector of Pulborough)


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