The gatherings began last Tuesday (19 July) in the Bishop’s Palace gardens with Bishop Martin and his staff welcoming Education leaders, followed by an event for representatives from charities, sports, the arts and the Emergency Services.
During the week, another reception was held for local civic leaders.
Those who serve in local parishes also enjoyed a clergy family fun day. There was a bouncy castle, a popcorn and candy floss machine and children’s entertainment. In the evening clergy enjoyed a hog roast, fellowship and the hospitality provided by the Bishop and his staff.
The Dean of Battle, The Revd Lee Ducket, his wife Ange and family attended the clergy evening event with hog roast and a jazz band. They said: “We had a wonderful time meeting other clergy and their families, the jazz band were outstanding and the food was delicious. Thanks to Bishop Martin for hosting such a wonderful event.
On Monday 25th July an afternoon tea was held on behalf of The Sanctuary in Chichester, a charity based at St Paul’s church, which supports refugees. The Sanctuary partner with many other local charity groups and volunteers who ensure the wellbeing of refugees.
Other receptions were held for churchwardens and retired clergy.
The events formed part of a new vision for the Bishop's Palace.
Bishop Martin said : "My vision is for a Church that continues to partner with other organisations to look after the marginalised, elderly, refugees, poor families, youths, and young people especially those struggling with mental health issues due to the pandemic, thereby playing our part in community development where sustainable communities are created and supported, and rural poverty is eradicated.”
Photos from the events have been posted on our Facebook page here