Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s first Christmas Carol Service
11 December 2019

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust’s first Christmas Carol Service 

We are incredibly proud to share the news that the first Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) Christmas Carol Service was a runaway success. On Monday 9 December, over 300 SCFT staff and volunteers, along with their family and friends, joined us in the stunning Chichester Cathedral for a joyful and inclusive service.

The event was kindly organised by the Trust’s Spiritual Care Lead David Knight, along with our Religion and Belief Staff Network, and was open to everyone regardless of spiritual perspective. The uplifting service was led by the Very Reverend Stephen Waine, Dean of Chichester Cathedral, and included an eclectic mixture of hymns and readings. Our very own SCFT Choir led the congregational hymns, and also treated us to two new Christmas-themed songs. The full Order of Service can be downloaded here.

David Knight and Religion and Belief Network Co-Chair, Toni Hayes, invited everyone to pray together if that was their custom, or to contemplate and reflect upon the past year if they wished. There was a strong sense of unity and community, and it was wonderful to see so many diverse teams from across the Trust gathered together in celebration.

The service was followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Vicar’s Hall, and we would like to thank the Dean and Chapter of Chichester Cathedral for their gracious hospitality.

The SCFT Religion and Belief Staff Network offers an opportunity for colleagues to shape and develop the way the Trust engages with spirituality, both at work and within the communities we serve. If you would like to find out more, visit www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/the-hive/inclusion