The licensing of Sara-Jane Stevens as the new Priest-in-Charge of the benefice of Sullington and Thakeham with Warminghurst by the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham, at Thakeham Church, November 8th 2018.
A packed church decorated with splendid Autumnal flower decorations welcomed the visiting clergy of the diocese, the Archdeacon, The Venerable Fiona Windsor, and many family and friends from Sara-Jane’s previous roles in Southampton, Emsworth and Worthing. In his address Bishop Mark likened the introduction of a new Priest to a parish as a marriage and how important it was they grow together as they got to know one another following the guidance of our Lord.
He also made special mention of the four Church Wardens for the great job they had done in holding the fort and leading our community during the interregnum.
As her first act as Priest-in-Charge, The Reverend Sara-Stevens announced the forthcoming Services for this weekend, and after the Service she said; “I am really excited to be taking on this important role here in these wonderful Parishes. My husband, Bob, and I have been touched by the warm welcome we have received, and we look forward to getting to know you all as we embark on this journey together” . (M.Beardall)