A first for Petworth Parish Church with its carpet of flowers

Carpet of flowers at St Mary's church, Petworth. Photo by Derek Martin
Carpet of flowers at St Mary's church, Petworth. Photo by Derek Martin

There is a first at St Mary’s Parish Church in Petworth this week with a magnificent carpet of flowers which has been laid out for the celebration of Corpus Christi.

It was the brainchild of a member of the congregation and parochial church council member Fiona Kemp, who designed the carpet and together with church warden Eileen Lintill and a team of 20 helpers, they laid it out in the church after the service on Sunday.

It consists of chrysanthemum heads on a bed of leylandii with dried lavender and rosemary for remembrance underneath.

There will be a procession over the carpet with the sacrament during the Corpus Christi service tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 15) and the lavender will release its perfume when it is walked on.

Eileen and Fiona thanked the sponsors of the flowers, Liz Singleton of Sorella Clothing in Petworth, Protection and Investment Ltd and a private donation from Sue Jones. They also thanked all those who helped to lay out the carpet.

“Some were not regular church goers and they all gave up their time, it has been very heart warming,” said Eileen.

The church has been open every day this week for members of the public to view the carpet and volunteers have been serving them all tea and coffee.

Donations from visitors will go towards the upkeep of the parish church.

The Corpus Christi celebration takes place at 7.30pm tomorrow and will be celebrated by the Archdeacon of Chichester The Ven Douglas McKittrick who will also preach.

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