The Parish of St Michael and All Angels, Withyham

and All Saints, Blackham

East Sussex

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St Michael and All Angels, Withyham

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All Saints, Blackham



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MIDWEEK BULLETIN – Tuesday 26th January 2021


Tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday 27th, you are invited to join a short Evening Prayer (Evensong) on ZOOM at 4.00-4.30pm.  

As cases of the virus increase in our local area, the intercessions will focus particularly on Coronavirus. Please send any requests for prayer in advance.  Otherwise, the format will be similar to Sunday mornings, but without a sermon.

A link will be sent tomorrow to those who have been attending Zoom services.


Sunday 31st January (4th after Epiphany)

10.00-10.30am: Breakfast Church ZOOM

10.30-11.00am: Morning Prayer (Matins) ZOOM


LENT 2021 (Ash Wednesday is on 17th February)

‘Rooted in Love: Lent Reflections on Life in Christ’ (SPCK Nov. 2020)

Edited by Sarah Mullally, the Bishop of London, with contributions from the other area bishops in London Diocese.  40 daily reflections, each one including a Bible reading, reflection, prayer and a suggestion for action.

Lent reading plus, for those who want, join a discussion on ZOOM on the seven Wednesday Evenings during Lent 7.30 - 8.30pm.

Either order the book yourself (Retail price £9.98 + p & p) or we can order copies.  


For your PRAYERS

All those working in hospitals, local surgeries and care homes.

All those suffering from anxiety, stress and mental health issues.


Robert MURRAY WILLIS (Rectory Wing) remains in a critical condition in Pembury. From an update this morning: ‘He required less oxygen overnight than the previous night ... his potassium has improved which is good for his heart, but it can change very quickly … he is on strong antibiotics which has meant he hasn't had a temperature for 18hrs which is good …  praying for strength for his heart to keep strong through all of this hard work on his lungs and kidneys.



Pray too for all those who are bereaved, especially the family and friends of Rosemary (Ro) GOOLDEN (Forge Cottage, opposite the Dorset Arms) who died peacefully at home on Sunday aged 98; of Natalie (whose mother Anne PICKERING lives in Hartfield), her husband Julian and two boys aged 8 and 6; and of Ken WASHER (Blackham), veteran of the Battle of Arnhem 1944 and husband of Jean.


A prayer written by a C of E clergyman William Law (1686-1761):

‘Condescend to all the weaknesses and infirmities of your fellow-creatures, cover their frailties, love their excellencies, encourage their virtues, relieve their wants, rejoice in their prosperities, compassionate their distress, receive their friendship, overlook their unkindness, forgive their malice, be a servant of servants, and condescend to do the lowest offices to the lowest of mankind.’

The prayer was included in his influential book ‘A Serious Call to the Devout and Holy Life’ which was published in 1729 and still remains in print today.


Welcome to Withyham Parish Church

The parish comprises the villages of Withyham and Blackham, together with neighbouring hamlets including Lye Green.

It has two churches: the ancient, Grade One listed, St. Michael and All Angels, Withyham together with early Twentieth Century All Saints Church, Blackham.

The present Rector is Canon James Campbell who lives with his family at the Rectory next to Withyham Church. Please contact him with any queries regarding baptisms, weddings and funerals, or any pastoral matters: 01892 770069