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Intimate Jesus: The Sexuality of God Incarnate

Sunday 25 June 2017 2.30 – 4.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill

Sex, sexuality and Christian faith can throw up some difficult questions. Many of us have struggled with areas of our sexuality and sex lives as we have tried to live faithfully as followers of Jesus. Using the gospel of John, particularly the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, this session explores how Jesus lived out his own sexuality.

Revd Dr Andy Angel is the vicar of St Andrew’s, Burgess Hill and the author of Intimate Jesus: The Sexuality of God Incarnate . He spent many years as a New Testament lecturer, most recently as the Vice Principal of St John’s College, Nottingham.

Further Year of the Bible events at St Andrews Burgess Hill can be found here

Four Gospels, One Jesus? Reading the Gospels Today

A talk by Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of King's College London, takes place on June 20 at 7.00 pm in St Peter's Community Centre, Bexhill-on-Sea. The talk is £3 and ticket and Buffet is £13. Order tickets by emailing: drrgelias@hotmail.com

The Bible and the Spade

How Archeaology has helped us understand the Bible - A talk by Dr Keith Sinkinson. All Saints Church Crowborough. All welcome 8pm, Wed 21st June. Download a poster here

Throughout the Diocese of Chichester 2017 is to be marked as 'Year of the Bible'. As special events for the year are programmed, they will appear here and on our diocesan events page.

General YOTB Resources:

Year of the Bible 2017 Logo can be downloaded here

Bishop Martins Letter to parishes can be downloaded here

Year of the Bible programme of events can be viewed here

Year of the Bible reading plan bookmarker - download and print for use in parishes - here

Schools and Year of the Bible

An exciting Art Competition and other events and activities are being organised by the Education Department to promote the Year of the Bible in our church schools. You can find out more here


Church House Publishing produce a free Daily Prayer app to make it even easier to access Daily Prayer wherever you are.

Download the iOS (Apple) version of the free Daily Prayer app - here

Download the Android version of the free Daily Prayer app - here

Pray the Daily Office now in online mobile friendly format - here

Pray as you go here- has daily podcasts about 12 minutes long

Recommended books/talks

Talks by Dave Tomlinson here

A list of recommended books to read throughout The Year of the Bible can be found here. More may be added throughout the year so this is not a definitive list. Click here to view

Deeper Engagement - A new collection of resources to strengthen and support the use of the Bible in the life of the Church has been published by the Anglican Communion. More here

A series of monthly book recommendations:

January - Recommended by Revd James Russell

Paradoxology’ by Krish Kandiah (Published by Hodder & Stoughton)

February - Recommended by James D.G Dunn

The Bible in the Contemporary World: Exploring texts and contexts – then and now by Richard Bauckham (Published by SPCK)

March - Recommended by Canon Dr Ann Holt OBE

Bread of Angels, Feeding on the Word by Barbara Brown Taylor - Canterbury Press, 978-1-84825-781-8 £12.99 (read the review here)

April - Recommended by Revd Canon Rebecca Swyer

The Bible in Pastoral Practice: Readings in the Place and Function of Scripture in the Church by Paul Ballard and Stephen Holmes

Art and Year of the Bible

A helpful resource for the Year of the Bible in the Diocese of Chichester that demonstrates how art can provide a powerful focus for reflection on biblical narratives. Developed by former Bishop Otter Scholar, Naomi Billingsly.

Download it here

Read more about the year here

Recording of Lecture available to download

The first of four lectures to be held across Sussex to mark the Diocese of Chichester's Year of the Bible took place on Thursday 23 March at Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean. Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham looked at the issue of "The Bible and Science". The lecture recording is available to download here

Year of the Bible


Remaining dates and venues


May 27th

St Peter's, Bexhill TN40 2HE 

From 10am until bring-and-share lunch at 12.30pm 

Led by Bishop of Lewes and Jane Willis

Oct 14th
Hellingly - more details TBC