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clergy spouses


Changes to the gallery visit on 15 Sepember

This event is now FREE and is at the Towner gallery Eastbourne and features a 'store ' visit ( i.e. Behind the scenes ) to see the artist Eric Ravillious' work. More details from Kate Agnew or Jackie Lloyd Williams

CONNECT (formerly clergy spouses) Caring, Connecting and Championing active & retired Chichester Clergy Families across Sussex.

Ruth Sowerby and Deborah Jackson have arranged some opportunities for clergy families to meet together once in a while to renew friendships, forge new ones and to give support to one another. In particular they wish to encourage spouses or partners of retired clergy so please do spread the word!

The Clergy Spouse Fellowship exists to support, inform & connect spouses & their families, at all ages & stages of ministry. This includes both active & retired and those who are widowed.

MEETINGS: These include whole diocesan wide events as well as informal local gatherings.

ACTIVITIES: this is a rolling programme & has included annual quiet days, spa days, family fun day at Butlins, visits to Pallant House art gallery, and dinner with a speaker.

FACEBOOK GROUP: this is a ‘closed’ group that exists for mutual support and prayer requests of members.

COMMUNICATION: a variety of methods are used to inform spouses of events and news e.g. annual letter, Facebook page, email, diocesan website's designated clergy spouse page and word of mouth.

WALKS: six walks a year in various locations across the diocese, followed by tea. Open to clergy, their spouses and families.




Saturday 3 March - Meet at Ebenezer House, Kingston Ridge BN73JU

Bring wellies. Tea back at the house (you are welcome to join us for tea even if you don’t walk!)

Sunday 18 March St James the Less, Manor Road, Lancing BN15 0EY by kind invitation of Rev Heather Leake Date & Rev Stephen Date


Sunday 15 April St Peter’s, The Street, Slinfold RH13 0QU by kind invitation of Rev Sandra Hall and generously lead by Rev David Beal

Sunday 28 April St Mary the Virgin, Church Square, Rye, TN31 7 HF by kind invitation of Rev Christopher & Kay Breeds and the Parish church team


Saturday 22 September , St John the Baptist, Underhill Lane, Clayton BN6 9PJ by kind invitation of Rev Alex & Tamara Baxter

Sunday 7 October St Richard’s Heathfield, Hailsham Rd, TN21 8DT by kind invitation of Rev Christian & Vicky Mitchell

You can read the latest CONNECT newsletter here