Newsletter 14th August 2022



Ninth Sunday after Trinity

14th August 2022


'I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled.' Luke 12.49.

 Image by Revd Jess, see Bible Art below for commentary.

We welcome the Bishop of Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, Rt Rev Dr Keerthisiri Fernando, to our 10am service. He will be preaching for us and sharing news about the situation in Sri Lanka. You will have read in the news that Sri Lanka is currently in the grip of political and economic turmoil.  Bishop Keerthisiri visited our church about three years ago and it is good to be able to welcome him again. He has been in this country participating in the Lambeth Conference. We hope you will be able to join us.


Gracious Father, revive your Church in our day,

and make her holy, strong and faithful, for your glory’s sake in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Jeremiah 23.23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11.29 - 12.2, Luke 12.49-56

Pet Service We are really looking forward to starting the season of Creationtide with a pet service on Sunday 4th September at 3pm. It is followed by cakes (sold in support of the St Francis Fund) and refreshments in the hall. Please note that there is no all age service that morning, and families are warmly invited to attend the pet service instead that day. There will be a collection for the Dogs Trust, an animal welfare charity in our parish.


An Invitation to Revd Andrew’s licensing The churchwardens of the benefice invite you to the licensing of Revd Andrew Bennison as Vicar of New Shoreham and Shoreham Beach by Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner 

3rd October 7.30pm, at St Mary de Haura, New Shoreham. There will be refreshments afterwards. More details soon.

Choir Recess The choir is taking a break during August. The congregation will need to sing up this month and join in with the communion hymn. Church closed Please note that the church will be closed to the public whilst the holiday club is running on 22nd to 25th August, in the mornings.

Bob’s Card Sale Due to a change of plans, Bob has to postpone his card sale until Sunday 21st August. The card sale will be after the 10am Sunday service in the church hall.

Newcomer’s Afternoon Tea at the vicarage Sunday 21st August 3.30pm-5pm

There have been quite a few new people join the church in the past two years. We haven’t offered any newcomer social events to properly welcome you all because of the difficulties with covid. Revd Jane and John would love to catch-up by inviting any who have joined the church recently to an afternoon tea at the vicarage.  This includes newcomers to the Tuesday, Saturday and Taizé services, as well as Sunday mornings. It will be a chance to meet other new people and learn more about the Good Shepherd. Please let Revd Jane know if you would like to attend by emailing her:

Please indicate whether you have any dietary preferences (gluten free, vegan)

Prayer Ministry A reminder that our healing ministry team offer individual healing prayer every  Sunday after the 10am service (except the first Sunday of the month). This is in the side chapel. If you would like prayer, you are welcome to receive this personal support.

Children’s Holiday Club – run in partnership with St Mary de Haura 22nd August to 25th August 9.15am to 12.30am. Church of the Good Shepherd Hall. For children from year 1 to year 6. For more information email:

Shoreham and Southwick Churches Bereavement Support Saturday 10th September 9.30am-1pm Church of the Good Shepherd Hall Rev Stephen Gurr will be leading a workshop “Navigating the Journey of Grief”. Christian Care as we accompany people after the death of a loved one. COST £15 (to include coffee/tea and cake) Cheques made payable to “Church of the Good Shepherd” Places are limited – so please contact Sheila Powell as soon as possible to book your place.   01273 453709, 1, Rosemary Drive, Shoreham by Sea BN43 6HT

Sponsored cycle ride For the time being George’s sponsored cycle ride to raise money towards improvements in the sound system is on hold due to a change in circumstances. We will keep you posted on updates as the PCC continues to move its plans forwards for improved sound and audio-visual equipment. We are very grateful to George for his fundraising work.

Some changes to regular services

There will be no Tuesday morning service on 23rd August because of the holiday club taking place that day. There is no Celtic Evening Prayer on 24th August as Revd Jane is attending a training course.

Mini Pilgrimage to Chichester Cathedral Revd Jane, along with Glen and David Edey are leading a one-day summer pilgrimage to our cathedral. It will be on a Saturday 20th August. This is a route from Stoughton to Chichester on a very enjoyable and varied walk of 8 miles. On the way we will visit St Mary’s, Stoughton and St Andrew’s, West Stoke. We will travel on the train/taxi to Stoughton and then back to Shoreham by train from Chichester.  Bring a picnic lunch. There is the option to go to Evening Prayer at the cathedral. If you are interested in joining the pilgrimage, let Revd Jane, Glen or David know.

Autumn Lectures – What am I living for? Some of you might be interested in this excellent autumn season of lectures (available by livestream) offered by The Church Times and St Martin in the Fields. More details here:



And finally


Thanks to Daisy and members of the Durrant family for the family labyrinth walk this week. It was a lovely sunny afternoon for adults and children playing together. The pebble labyrinth is likely to stay in place for some time. You might look out for it at low tide, and even walk it, when you are next around the Pollinator Café.

Blessings and prayers for you all this week. I work half-time and the days I am usually available are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (morning).

 Revd Jane


Revd Jane Bartlett Email: Tel: 079355 38085.

Church wardens Kay Haffenden, Angela Tritton and  deputy warden Penny Humphrey email:

Safeguarding Officer Emma Purser 07786651886

Children’s Ministry Daisy Durrant email:

Parish centre and hall bookings Tel: 01273 440202

Prayer chain (for emergency prayer) Liz Beeston 01273 454685

Services this Week

Sunday 14th August

8am – Holy Communion with Revd Jane.

10am – Parish Communion with Revd Jane and Rt Rev Dr Keerthisiri Fernando.

This service will be live streamed onto our Facebook and You Tube channel.

You Tube page CLICK HERE

Church Facebook page CLICK HERE

Tuesday 16th August

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion with Revd Jane.

Wednesday 17th August

6pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom


Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274

Friday 19th August

8am – Meditation with Morning Prayer in the Good Shepherd vicarage garden (or in church if raining).

Saturday 20th August

8am – Morning Meditation at the Good Shepherd and also on Zoom

Meeting ID: 166073397 (no password needed) Click here LINK  

Evening Prayer This is said at 5.30pm at St Marys and via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday, at 5.30pm. If you want to attend online contact Revd Steve for the link. Email:

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