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Chalice Lunch & Update

Chalice Lunch & Update – after the Blessing of the Oils (Chrism) Service in the Cathedral – 26 March, approx 12:30

Chrism Mass

Blessing of the Oils service at Chichester Cathedral

Our annual gathering for lunch and an update on Chalice news across the diocese after the diocesan Chrism Eucharist is on Tues 26 March, Holy Tuesday.

Many of you wrote to say that you felt the price of the lunch at the Vicars’ Hall was too high – so we have changed the venue to

ST PAULS CHURCH, Churchside, Chichester PO19 6FT

Click for maps from Google & Mutimap

St. Paul’s is 5-10 minutes  easy walk from the Cathedral, and there is some parking at the church – or, if you use the Theatre public car-park, it’s across the road. The Rector, Simon Holland, has invited us to use the hall and church, which are all part of the same building, and bring our own lunch – or we can order sandwiches for everyone from Waitrose at something like £2-3 a head if I know numbers. There are facilities for making tea and coffee and a pleasant hall and open space behind.  The church asks for a donation for using the building, and we should pay for our drinks. St Paul’s is extremely well-equipped for anyone with disabilities, but ask me if you have particular questions.

This is an extremely generous offer and we are most grateful to Simon for his welcome and his willingness to let his church be used for activities like this, and I hope we can respond in our donations – as you know, Chalice has no funds. This will make it possible to encourage everyone to come on after the Blessing of the Oils for a chance to talk and meet. We shall need people to offer to help with drinks, setting out tables and clearing up, and are sure you will be ready to do that.

We shall gather at St Paul’s as soon as possible after the service (ends 12.30ish), and the hall is booked until 3 o’clock. Full details and directions will follow.

We now have nearly 200 people on the Chalice mailing list and I shall soon be asking for more formal details from everyone so as to keep proper records, beyond the email addresses I already have. I hope to have forms ready for the lunch – no compulsion, but a proper list would help me. This lunch is open to all, so tell others to apply if they would like to come.

To book you a place for lunch I only need to know

  • Your name – lay or clergy?
  • your email address
  • whether you will bring your own lunch or would like to have sandwiches ordered



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Chalice Group Conference at Henfield

Over fifty people attended the Conference, which was very well-received: those attending in general found it useful and encouraging, and hoped it could be repeated in future.

The day began with worship, arranged by a group of musicians who used music, songs and prayers to introduce a day of reflection and discussion.

The Keynote Speaker was the Rev’d Alyson Lamb, vicar of St John’s Meads, Eastbourne; in an address which combined interesting narrative, serious reflection, encouragement and humour, she told the story of her own practical and spiritual journey to priesthood and left her audience with much to inspire and to think about.


The Rev'd Alyson Lamb's keynote address

After a short time to share experiences, the conference members made a presentation to Bishop David Wilcox on his retirement, to thank him for many years of support for the women priests in the diocese, many of whom he had ordained; and we welcomed Bishop Laurie Green, his successor as Assistant Bishop looking after women clergy, whose contribution to the later discussion was greatly appreciated.

The rest of the day was spent in discussion groups based on people’s interests, on Women Priests in the Diocese, the Vacancy-in-See issues to be considered on Bishops John and Wallace’s retirements, Senior appointments in the Diocese and preparations for the Diocesan Synod Vote on the Women Bishops legislation on October 8th, some group meeting twice and others once, to accommodate numbers (see notes below).

The Eucharist was celebrated by Ann McNeil, who is a retired priest in Henfield parish, and o of the first women ordained as priest in the diocese in 1994. People joined in a sandwich lunch and a chance to talk and meet one another.

Groups continued in the afternoon, ending with a joint session on ‘The Way Forward?’, and the conference ended with a blessing at 3 o’clock.

Our thanks go to Alastair Cutting and Christina Bennett at Henfield Parish Church, to Alyson Lamb for an inspiring talk, to Stephen and Liz France for providing the lunch (for a small donation!) and to our musicians Lisa Barnett, Natalie Loveless and Jo Bourse.

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Below is a summary of the points made in the group sessions.

GROUP DISCUSSIONS – Summaries of points recorded:

Group 1: Women Priests in the Diocese

Women priests are not seen as equal to men or treated in the same way, in particular in terms of (more…)

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The Chichester Chalice Group is hosting a Day Conference on Tuesday 7 June 2011 at St Peter’s, Henfield, BN5 9NY (map).

Chalice Group - day conference

Chalice Group - day conference - click to download programme


The Day Conference has Alyson Lamb, Vicar of St. John’s, Meads, Eastbourne, giving a Keynote Address.

Alyson Lamb

The Rev'd Alyson Lamb


The Programme for the day is:

  • 10.00 – Arrivals and Coffee
  • 10.15 – Gathering Worship & Introductions
  • 10.30 – Keynote speaker – The Rev’d Alyson Lamb
  • 11.00 – Listening to people’s experiences
  • 11.30 – Groups – Session 1 (see below)
  • 12.15 – Eucharist – The Rev’d Ann McNeil (one of Chichester’s original 1994 women priests)
  • 12.45 – Lunch – Sandwiches provided for a donation – please book by email
  • 13.30 – Groups – Session 2 (see below)
  • 14.15 – A Way Forward? – Plenary
  • 15.00 – Blessing


Group Discussion Sessions:

  1. Women priests in the diocese and what changes are needed?
  2. Preparation for the Vacancy in See (& Suffragan Bishop)
  3. Senior appointments within the diocese, and the appointment to major churches
  4. Women Bishops – preparing for the Diocesan Synod 8th October

Please either download the programme and return the form to Rachel Moriarty, or email Rachel with your booking, mentioning whether you would like sandwich lunch, and which order of preference you would like for the Group sessions.


This event has been co-ordinated by the Chichester Chalice Group.



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Chalice Group Lunch

There will be a Chalice Lunch to which all are welcome, on Tuesday 19th April at the Vicars’ Hall, Chichester, adjacent to Chichester Cathedral.

This will take place after the Blessing of the Oils service in the Cathedral – apply in good time as numbers are limited to 100.

Bookings can be made through Rachel Moriarty  rachel.moriarty @ waitrose.com (01243 789985, Secretary to the Chalice Group) by 5th April  if you intend to come. Cost £10.

See the accompanying flyer:

Chalice Group Lunch flyer - click for pdf

Chalice Group Lunch flyer

This open event is by courtesy of the Society of Catholic Priests, whose regular lunch it replaces, and we look forward to seeing as many as possible.


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