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Support our ‘rosy cheeks’ appeal for a new heating system to warm up St Giles

St Giles Church is set to get a new form of heating, after the Parochial Church Council (PCC) approved the installation of a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly, cost effective method of keeping its congregation cosy and giving a warm welcome to visitors on even the chilliest of days. Read all about it here!

All donations will be warmly appreciated (excuse the pun!) towards what the PCC is light-heartedly referring to as its ‘rosy cheeks’ appeal. To make a contribution, click on this link to go to the special St Giles Rosy Cheeks Appeal page at our GiveALittle fund-raising site.

You can now raise funds for St Giles by shopping online – at zero extra cost to you!

You can now help safeguard the future of Graffham’s historic St Giles Church whenever you buy virtually anything online – from your weekly shop or one-off purchase to your annual holiday or insurance cover – and all at no additional cost to you.

It works through easyfundraising, the UK’s biggest charity fundraising site. It’s simple to use, and it’s free. Click here to find out how it works and how you can sign up to help.

There are lots of other ways you can help look after our village’s beautiful church and everything it does for the community. Click here to see how easy it is.

And thanks to the many who are already rallying to the cause!

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Click for St Giles Church Graffham page with regular reflections and information about our parish
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Click for YouTube channel with recent Parish Services and Community videos, including ‘The Village of Graffham reads the Christmas Story’

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Parish Eucharist at St Giles Church – Service Booklet

Knock and it shall be opened unto you Matthew 7.7 Click or tap on our West Door for the text of our Parish Eucharist Service.

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‘Graffham Through a Thousand Years’

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For a copy of this reprinted book by Frederick Barrett detailing Graffham’s history in exchange for a donation, please contact hello@stgilesgraffham.org

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Confirmation at St Giles Wednesday 25 May at 7pm

Please pray for candidates Beanie, Fiona, Sonya and Bob, preparing for confirmation by Bishop Will at St Giles. We are so delighted you are taking this step and wish you every blessing in your ongoing journey of faith.

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To Ukrainian friends arriving soon in Graffham. May you find our village a place of welcome and sanctuary. May you know nothing but kindness here.

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Can you host a Ukrainian family?

Ribbons on Ukraine cherry tree in St Giles Churchyard
If you have accommodation locally and have been considering whether you can host a Ukrainian individual or family, you likely have lots of questions about what is involved – which this website, set up by local Sussex people, is likely to be able to answer, while providing plenty of good advice.

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1.5

Almighty God We pray for safety for those who live in fear, and resolution of conflict for the troubled country of Ukraine, that its people may live once again in peace, Amen

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St Giles’ Church Services

Our Parish Eucharist takes place every Sunday at 10.30am. NB On Third Sundays BCP Matins or Holy Communion is offered at 9am, followed by Parish Eucharist or a special Word Service at 10.30am. Children are welcome at all our services. Our Third Sunday Service at 10.30am is offered with families in mind.

We are delighted when our six bells ring before services. For information about bell ringing please visit our menu.

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All Saints’ Chapel Services

BCP Evensong with piano accompaniment takes place on Second Sundays at 6pm. Morning Prayer is offered on Tuesdays at 9.30am, followed by our Pilgrim Study Group from 10 to 11am.

Next Services at All Saints Chapel: Evensong 8 May 6pm

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Weddings at St Giles

We are so pleased couples can marry now in the company of family and friends, and are delighted many postponed weddings have now taken place at St Giles Church. Congratulations to you all!

If you are considering your own wedding in the not too distant future, Reverend Vivien will be happy to discuss with you. See contact details below and weddings page here.

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Night Prayer

Click on the CANDLE below for a service to use or download.

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Contact us

Revd Vivien on 01798 867199 or reverendvivien@gmail.com for parish enquiries.

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Safeguarding

Our safeguarding officer is Sonya Gillespie Click on the link for our safeguarding page https://www.stgilesgraffham.org/policies/safeguarding/

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Defibrillator

A defibrillator is available at Graffham Infant School during term times, otherwise in the playground outbuilding.

Remember to call 999 first.

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Congratulations to Albie James Pearce!!!

Every blessing to Albie and parents Stephen and Amy, as Albie is baptised at St Giles on Sunday 22 May, his parents’ first wedding anniversary. What a wonderful cause for celebration!!

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Congratulations Purdy and Craig!!!

All good wishes too, to Purdy and Craig as they marry at St Giles on Friday 27 May. We could not be more delighted for you and wish you a happy, happy wedding day.

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Three cheers! The bumper May edition of Graffham Parish News is out now, celebrating news of a new heating system for St Giles (cheers!), the 150th anniversary of the Three Moles (cheers!), and details of how the village will mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee (cheers!). There’s also all the latest on efforts locally to support victims of Russia’s war on Ukraine, a tribute to village legend the late June Challen, a report on the cost of living crisis on our local foodbank, a gawp at Graffham Gra plus all the usual regulars and lots more. If you haven’t got your copy yet and can’t wait, you can read it online here.

An archive of recent back copies of your favourite village read is available here.

We are thankful to be able to deliver our magazine free of charge each month to all parish residents and online here. If you would like to help us continue to produce this first class village resource, please click on this link. _______________________________

Enormous thanks to Tim and Celia Tinker for hosting a garden sale and making a donation to our parish. They are leaving Graffham after more than 40 years. We wish them every blessing when they move and look forward to seeing them when they return to visit here.

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New Graffham Archive website launch

To see Graffham Archive online go to: www.graffhamarchive.co.uk then enter your email address and create your own password  

Graffham Archives’ new website has now gone live – enabling you to find virtually everything available there is to know about the village’s past from the comfort of your own home, office or school – including every back copy of Graffham Parish News from 1987.  With a full search capability, you can see more than a hundred vintage postcards featuring Graffham’s buildings, people and views and read documents and memories of days gone by.

Contact Graffham Archivist Robin Brind at GraffhamArchive@outlook.com

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Thoughts for the Day for Sundays

Click on the Open Door of our church for a Thought for the Day for each Sunday. Archive of reflections also available here.

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Graffham w. Woolavington Trustee Annual Report

Click on the link for our Annual Report page https://www.stgilesgraffham.org/donate/annual-report/

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