THE Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, has been visiting parishes across the area.
At St Peter’s Church, Terwick, he met with residents and the rector of the United benefice, the Rev Edward Doyle.
The service was well-attended, and after morning prayer, the bishop briefly addressed the congregation, encouraging the safe-guarding of sacred places, the growth and deepening of faith, and the sustaining of the church’s mission.
The Bishop also dropped into the recently-opened Charlie’s Farm Shop in Bury to give a blessing to the new building and meet residents.
“We were incredibly grateful that the bishop took the time to visit our new store and he seemed to really enjoy it,” said Charlie.
“He was very interested in local produce and showed a genuine interest in how we look after our herd of cattle, although I think he liked our robotic milking system best!”
Shoppers had a chance to chat to the bishop and hear about his enthusiasm for food and the challenges communities face.
Accompanied by rural dean Derek Welsman, the Bishop then visited Midhurst Rother College.
Welcomed by Dr Joe Vitagliano and the school council, he spent time in discussion with the pupils.
The Rev Welsman said: “Bishop Martin thoroughly enjoyed the lively discussion he had with the students and had been impressed by the new college and the facilities it offered for education in the Rother Valley.”
The Bishop also went along to St Bartholomew’s Church, Egdean.
Jenny Foster said: “Being such a small Church we felt truly privileged to be included in Bishop Martin’s itinerary.
“His visit coincided with the Sunday of our Family Service at which our theme was “Living Water”.
“It said something of Bishop Martin’s demeanour that our two young readers were so at ease as they spoke.
“After our rector, Revd Tim Wright, had concluded our service Bishop Martin spoke of his pleasure in joining us.
“We then found ourselves being handed tea and scones by the Bishop himself to a full Church of almost fifty people.”