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Newsletter 28th April 2024


Fifth Sunday of Easter

28th April 2024



Christ is risen, alleluia! Our Eastertide season continues all the way to Pentecost.  Come and join us. A reminder that we have our Annual Parochial Church Meeting and Annual Meeting of Parishioners (at which the Churchwardens are elected). These meetings begin after the 10am service coffee time in the hall. Full details are posted in the porch.


Risen Christ,

your wounds declare your love for the world

and the wonder of your risen life:

give us compassion and courage

to risk ourselves for those we serve,

to the glory of God the Father.


(Baruch 3.9,32-4.4), Acts 8.26-40,
Psalm 22.25-31, 1 John 4.7-21, 
John 15.1-8 

Sea lights for children meets this week in the hall at 10am. New children welcome.

The Fellowship Catering Team would like to thank everyone for their enthusiastic reception to our humble offering at last Sunday’s Community Lunch and also for all the help with setting up and clearing away afterwards; thank you to one and all!

In May we’ll return to calmer waters and meet at 3, Kings Walk on Sunday 19th May when we look forward to welcoming Fellowship members to a quiet lunch followed by an afternoon of board games. Please speak to Chris if you would like to join us, as Joy will not be in church this week. Chris and Michael

Healing Prayer is offered most Sundays after the 10am in the side chapel.

Labyrinth walk in the hall at 7am on Sunday as a contemplative preparation for the 8am service.

Christian Aid Week runs 12th-18th May. Help is needed to deliver envelopes for donations on Shoreham Beach (no collection needed).  Help is also needed for the breakfast event. Sign-up sheets will be at the back of the church. Please contact Jill Charlish if you can help. Email:


Admission to Communion for children Revd Jane is planning to run an admission to communion course for children. This is for children aged 7 and over. If you would like your child to participate, please let her know.

APCM The Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place after the 10am service on 28th April. It is a time when we present the annual report and financial statements. We also elect church wardens and new PCC members. Please speak to Revd Jane if you are interested in standing and serving the church in this important way. A full notice with details of the meeting is displayed in the porch.

The Annual Report and Financial Statements of the PCC for the Year ended 31st December 2023, minutes from last year and the forthcoming agenda are sent out again by email with the newsletters this week. A small number of paper copies are also available at the back of church.

Rogationtide Sponsored Walk Dave Worrall our Stewardship Officer is walking round the parish boundary thirty times! Dave is clocking up almost 300 miles in the period between Easter Monday (1st April) and Rogation Sunday (5th May).  He is fundraising for three church projects that require over £30,000: repairing and waterproofing the eastern wall of the Church of the Good Shepherd and its Calvary War Memorial, replacing fragile mullion windows in the church, and updating the sound system.  Rogationtide is traditionally a time for “beating the bounds” when parishioners walk around the parish, praying for successful sowing of crops and the subsequent harvest. You can find out more details and sponsor Dave here:  Thank you, Dave, for doing this walk on behalf of the church.

Walk with Dave and Revd Jane for Rogationtide You are invited to join Dave on his final parish boundary walk and a Rogationtide prayer service en route led by Revd Jane. This will be Saturday 4th May, meeting at the Good Shepherd at 9.45am. The walk will last four hours or more, but you can join in for as much or as little as you wish. Bring water and a packed lunch. This will also mark the end of Dave’s sponsored walk. Rogation provides an opportunity for us to pray for the life of our parish. Let Revd Jane know if you’d like to come.


Children’s Society house boxes please bring them to church by the end of the month so that we can do the annual count. Thanks.

Bob’s Card Sale  On Sunday 5th May after 10am Sunday Service in the church hall during coffee time. A variety of cards for sale including ex-W H Smith cards, priced 80p, £1 and £1.50. All proceeds go to The Church of The Good Shepherd.(Any cards for recycling would be much appreciated, especially male birthday cards.) Many thanks for your kind support. Bob Caffyn

Ecumenical Pilgrimage Walk led by the Bishop of Chichester 11 May 1pm-5pm All are invited to join this ecumenical pilgrimage, walking from Hove to Kemptown, to learn about six unique places of worship and their role in our city's past and present. This walking pilgrimage will be led by the Bishop of Chichester, Rt Revd Dr Martin Warner, who will give a short reflection at each place of worship bringing together our historic urban journey, and our contemporary spiritual journey. The pilgrimage will begin at the ancient parish church of Hove, St Andrew, and progress along the seafront to Holland Road Baptist church, St Paul's on West Street, the Friends' Meeting House, and Dorset Gardens Methodist church. The walk will conclude at St John the Baptist Catholic church in Kemptown, with a celebration of ecumenical Vespers and refreshments. This event includes and celebrates the different traditions of Christianity present in our city. It is open to everyone: Christians and non-Christians; people exploring the meaning of faith or the spirituality of pilgrimage, or those who are fascinated by the history and culture, art and architecture of Brighton and Hove. We meet at 12.30pm at St Andrew's Hove for a 1pm start, and the day concludes with Vespers at 5pm at St John the Baptist, Kemptown. Water, snacks and comfortable shoes are advised, to sustain you on your journey. This is a free event: please book at Trybooking to indicate your attendance, and help our planning for the day

Fr Dominic Keech

And finally… It was wonderful to have Archdeacon Martin with us to celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday last week. Thank you to everyone who helped with the delicious community lunch in the hall. Archdeacon Martin soon begins a three-month sabbatical, a time of refreshment and renewal.  We wish him every blessing.

I work half-time and the days I am usually available are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday morning. I wish you all a blessed week,   Revd Jane

Services this week

Sunday 28th April

8am – Holy Communion with Revd Jane and Mtr Anne-Marie

10am – Parish Communion with Revd Jane and Mtr Anne-Marie. This service will be live streamed onto our Facebook and You Tube channel. You Tube page CLICK HERE  Church Facebook page CLICK HERE

Tuesday 30th  April

9.30am – Holy Communion with Revd Jane

Wednesday 1st May

6pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom


Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274

Friday 3rd May

8am – Meditation with Morning Prayer A benefice service at St Mary de Haura

Saturday 4th May

8am – Morning meditation – in the Good Shepherd and also on Zoom Meeting ID: 812 8647 0381

9.45am – Rogation Walk – begins in church

Evening Prayer is said on Saturday, 5.30pm at St Mary de Haura.

To donate to the Church of the Good Shepherd online CLICK HERE Thank you

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The deadline for notices to Revd Jane for the weekly newsletter is 1pm on Tuesday.


Revd Jane Bartlett Email: Tel: 079355 38085.

Church warden Kay Haffenden email:

Safeguarding Officer David Edey Tel: 07590764900 Email:

 Children’s Ministry  Fiona Hendry

Parish centre and hall bookings Tel: 01273 440202

Prayer chain (for emergency prayer) Liz Beeston 01273 454685

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