Welcome

Welcome and thank you for visiting St Stephen’s Church, North Mundham and St Leodegar’s Church, Hunston.  The two parish churches work closely together as a united benefice.  They form part of a strong community south of Chichester, in the villages of North Mundham, South Mundham, Hunston, Runcton, Merston and surrounding areas.

The United Benefice of North Mundham with Merston & Hunston
Mission Action Plan 2022

Our vision:

To bring hope, friendship and welcome by sharing the love of Jesus.

We are a church that is committed to worshipping God in a way that is accessible and relevant to the people we serve, and to encourage a personal commitment of faith and continued growth in discipleship for all.

We are a church with people who are generous in the giving of their time, talents and money and who express God’s love in love and service to others.

 
Our Mission Action Plan is formed around the Diocesan strategy.

MORE OPEN – we will revisit what we offer regarding services, days, times and worship style. We will:

  • re-establish Messy Church, an All Souls service and an annual pet service.
  • hold a mid-week communion.

MORE CONVERTED TO JESUS CHRIST – focusing on spiritual growth. We will:

  • offer a range of short courses, Lent, Confirmation and Alpha.
  • complete an audit of gifts and skills across the benefice and to identify vocations.

MORE GENEROUS – focus on how we can be more generous. We plan to:

  • increase online giving across the benefice and to review our charitable giving.
  • work towards the Eco Church bronze award.

MORE ENGAGED – building on our community engagement. We will:

  • continue to work with North Mundham Primary school.
  • establish a community café at North Mundham

Mission

We take mission seriously at St. Stephen’s and St Leodegar’s Churches.  Together, we support the following:

HEART

Homeless Empowerment & Relational Transformation
Chichester Churches Heart for Homelessness

HEART is a partnership of local churches in Chichester, who want to play a part in helping some of the most vulnerable people in Chichester.

Emmanuel International UK

Emmanuel International partners with churches in serving their communities, an ethos that our united benefice agrees with. In 2015 our churches sent a short term mission team to Ibumu in Tanzania with Emmanuel International. The team helped to build classrooms at the secondary school and offered kids clubs in the afternoons.

The Children's Society

They are a national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people facing abuse, exploitation, and neglect. They support them through their most serious life challenges, and they campaign tirelessly for the big social changes that will improve the lives of those who need hope most. We have been doing this for 140 years and we will not stop until we have built a society where hope is alive in every child. As a church we forward our donations from the Christingle Service we hold in December.

Samaritans Purse

Samaritan’s Purse UK is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in need (in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia) across the world. At St Stephen`s every Christmas we fill shoe boxes for children living in one of the communities above. This is what one child said about receiving a shoe box.

Alex – A small candy cane brought a big smile to my face when I received a shoebox gift in an orphanage following the Rwandan genocide.

The Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion (RBL), sometimes called the British Legion, is a British charity offering financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants.

Our next fundraising event for The Royal British Legion is a Hog Roast in the North Mundham Village Hall

at 12pm on Sunday 14 November 2021

Everyone is most welcome

In exchange for a donation of just £10 to the Poppy Appeal, you can enjoy a “Hog Roast” with all the trimmings and a table laden with home made desserts.

All the profits will go directly to support the welfare needs of service men and women past and present.

Tickets can be obtained from David Maclean(265804) or Andy Forsyth (778191) or from Lynn Mears at St Stephens and Jo Williams at St Leodegars.

You can also apply by email to david@maclean.myzen.co.uk