Thursday, 27 September 2018

Fr Chris’ flight of a lifetime

On a bright afternoon in early September Fr Chris Ingle, Parish Priest of St Michael’s, Worthing, took to the skies over historic Biggin Hill Aerodrome in a WWII Spitfire.

Once airborne Fr Chris, a former RAF fast jet pilot, was allowed to take the controls. “It was a moving experience to fly in such a graceful and historic aircraft. Completing a couple of victory rolls was the icing on the cake!”

Built at Castle Bromwich in late 1943, the MK IX machine entered service in September 1944 from an advanced landing ground in Belgium and was converted to a two-seat trainer after the war.

The flight was made possible through the generosity of parishioners who organised a collection to celebrate Fr Chris’s ‘big birthday’ a couple of years ago. The company provided in-cockpit videos of the flight, and one from an observation aircraft hired by friends which flew in formation with the Spitfire allowing them to capture the experience on camera.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Bishop Richard Launches Pastoral Plan for the Diocese - Introductory Video

An Introduction to the Pastoral Plan for Arundel & Brighton Diocese by Bishop Richard Moth (with subtitles) from Diocese Arundel and Brighton on Vimeo.

Bishop Richard Moth Issues New Pastoral Plan for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Richard Moth, in a meeting with Clergy and Diocesan Staff in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton outlined the new Diocesan Pastoral Plan at a meeting with them on Tuesday 18th September in the Arundel Cathedral Centre. This will be followed over the coming weeks by presentations to every deanery (local area) of the Diocese in Surrey and Sussex.

Bishop Richard visited every area (deanery) of the Diocese in the autumn of 2017 to offer a vision for the diocese based on Prayer, Formation and Mission. Clergy and people then went away to think about this around a series of questions and then came back and feed their responses back to Bishop Richard during a series of meetings in early spring 2018. In the light of these responses Bishop Richard with assistance from others has prepared a Pastoral Plan which is now able present to the Diocese.

Bishop Richard will be accompanied by Claire Wordsworth who will chair all the meetings and Sarah Kilmartin, the Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese who will outline the financial considerations of the plan.

The Plan itself falls into two parts. The first part, which outlines the way forward for Prayer, Formation and the Mission of Evangelisation, is the key element of the Plan.  

Bishop Richard said: “It is the Mission that must drive everything that we do, and the central offices of the Diocese will, in new ways, support all that we do in the Diocese as we respond to Christ’s call to us.”

The second part of the document will outline, in broad terms at this stage, the future shape of deaneries and parishes. 

He continued: “With a smaller number of priests, it will be absolutely vital for everyone to listen carefully to the call the Lord give to us and respond wholeheartedly. Every one of us has a part to play in the Mission. We must all deepen our understanding of the Gospel, give more time to prayer and be ready to go out to others with the wonder of Christ’s message.” 

Bishop Richard concluded: “This is an exciting time for the Diocese. I will not pretend that there will be no challenges and the changes that will need to be made will not be easy. As the family of the Diocese, we cannot remain static. We must work together as we move into the years that lie ahead, focusing our minds and hearts on the work the Lord has given us to do. Many opportunities will open up before us as we grow deeper in our prayer and in our understanding of the gift of Faith.”

Note: The full plan will be made available on the website in December once Bishop Richard has visited all the deaneries and introduced it to them.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Bishop Richard Skydives for Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

He Flies through the Air with the Greatest of Ease - Bishop Richard Skydives for Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

Bishop Richard Moth and Lucy Barnes will both skydive from an aeroplane on this Friday 14th September. They are doing so on behalf of the Lourdes Pilglrimage Fund to send sick and needy pilgrims to Lourdes.

Please give generously in one of the following ways:
• By purple Gift Aid parish envelope, marked ‘+R skydive’
• By Lourdes pilgrimage envelope, available in your parish
• By going to the BT MyDonate website.

All funds go to the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage.

All cheques made payable to A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage