Funtington Parish

 The benefice of Funtington incorporates the parish of West Stoke and covers the villages of East and West Ashling. Funtington itself, which lies some five miles to the west of Chichester, is a busy village with a church dating from the 12th Century. Unlike many larger West Sussex villages, it has a village store, a farm produce shop and a pub at its centre and there is a Primary School in West Ashling. The principal church, St. Mary’s, has become busier too, particularly among the young. There is an active choir. The building was extended in 2006 to provide a Church Room, toilet and improved disabled access all generously funded by local benefactors and parish money-raising events. It has proved a boon for an enhanced range of activities and a “magnet” drawing people to the church. The church is an active community with study groups and an increasing range of special services. Family Eucharist is supported by Lay Ministers of Communion and around 70 communicants each weekend and a smaller but regular number attend a mid-week Eucharist service and coffee morning thereafter. The chapel of ease of St. Mary Sennicotts lies about two miles east of Funtington, off the road to Chichester.

On 1st April 2015 by order of the Bishop of Chichester, the Benefice was changed to incorporate the West Stoke Church with the new name of                  “ The Parish of Funtington with West Stoke and Sennicotts”

At Funtington the modern language form of service is in use for the main Sunday Eucharist services. Those at Sennicotts and West Stoke continue in the form of the Book of Common Prayer for all services except the monthly Family Service.