Third Sunday of Advent, 13th December 2020




The Third Sunday of Advent,

13th December, 2020


The third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday, which takes its name from the Latin word for rejoice.  Christmas is getting near! There is a special focus on John the Baptist, who acts like a bridge between the Old and New Testaments. The liturgical colours can be rose pink. This year we have pink fabrics in church, thanks to Chris Diebel.

We have our carol service at 6pm on Sunday. This is online and features a mix of traditional and modern carols. The story of Jesus’s birth is told in readings and film clips. I do hope you will be able to join us. The links are in this newsletter. There will be time to socialise afterwards on Zoom, so bring your mulled wine or winter hot chocolate. If you have one, you could wear a Christmas jumper to get us in a festive spirit. We also have our Christmas fayre on Sunday 11am- 1pm – thanks to the people who are working so hard to make this happen. Sunday promises to be a full and exciting day.



God for whom we watch and wait,

you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:

give us courage to speak the truth,

to hunger for justice,

and to suffer for the cause of right,

with Jesus Christ our Lord.



Isaiah 61.1-4,8-11, Psalm 126 or
Canticle: Magnificat,1 Thessalonians 5.16-24,John 1.6-8,19-28


Zoom Coffee Time!

For those joining us at home on Sunday, when the 10am live stream of the service finishes you have five minutes to make yourself a cuppa and join us for a Zoom coffee time.  Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 846 7654 6296, Passcode: 281524



The December issue is emailed out this week. Thank you to Adam and all who have contributed to this seasonal issue.


Outdoor Pop-up Christmas Fayre

Sunday 13th December, 11am-1pm

This year the church Christmas Fayre will be different due to the pandemic.

All stalls are outside and socially distanced. A raffle, mulled non-alcoholic drinks - and if we're lucky a special treat. 

Wrap up warm and come prepared to enjoy yourselves! Even if it rains or snows, the show will go on!

 The ‘Funraising’ Team.

Remember we can only socialise in groups of six outside, so please don’t gather in large numbers.


Congratulations to George

His sponsored walk has raised an amazing £3,000 for church hall repairs. Many thanks to George and all who donated. It’s a remarkable achievement.



 Sea Lights is in the hall this week. There will be preparations for the Beach Hut Christingle and the Crib Service. Please email Daisy if you would like your child to attend the session on 13th December.



Christmas Services


Sunday 13th December, 6pm

Shoreham Beach Carol Service – online


Sunday 19th December, 4pm-5pm

Beach Hut Christingle, Beach Green


Christmas Eve, 3.30pm and 4.30pm

Children’s Crib Services – in church, please book

Christmas Eve, 11.30pm

Midnight Mass – in church, please book

This service will be live streamed


Christmas Day 10am

Family Communion Service – in church,

 please book

This service will be live streamed


How to book for next week’s Parish Communion service in church, Sunday 20th December, 10am

  • This is the TryBooking link for booking places
  • Booking will be open from Monday to Friday for the following Sunday
  • You will only be able to book one week in advance. This is to prevent the same people booking every week, as it may be that more people than we can accommodate wish to come to the services.
  • If you are unable to book on-line, please phone the office (01273 440202) Monday, Tuesday or Friday during office hours, and Sue or Jenny will book you in.
  • 22 places will be offered. Once they are full, if you have been unsuccessful and would like to attend the following Sunday please tell the office immediately (email or phone) and you will be given a priority place ahead of the Monday to Friday booking times.

How to book for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services

Booking for these services is open between Friday 18th December to Tuesday 22nd December.  This is the booking link for all four services (Christmas Eve Crib services, Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Family Communion)

If you can’t book online, you can ring the office – details as before.

And finally…

I’ve been out and about on my bike this week recording Christmas greetings from the local community to be shown as part of the carol service. It’s been a pleasure to meet so many people in the parish - even if behind a mask and at a distance.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like a chat or ask for prayer. My hours as Associate Vicar are half time and my working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and also Sunday mornings. Blessings and prayers for you all this week. Revd Jane Email:

Tel: 079355 38085.

Church website:

Services this Week

Sunday, 13th December

8am – Holy Communion in church, no need to book.

10am – Parish Communion in church with Revd Jane and Sally.

You need to have booked to attend.


You can watch the service live streamed on our You Tube page CLICK HERE


Or our church Facebook page CLICK HERE


6pm - Shoreham Beach Christmas Carols on Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Click link HERE

Meeting ID: 883 4644 6820

Passcode: 675199

There is a second option to join by dialling in on a telephone, either landline or mobile. You won’t have video connection, but you will be able to hear the service and speak.  You dial 0203 4815240 and follow the prompts. The meeting ID and password are as above.

The following command can be entered using your phone's dial pad while in a Zoom meeting

( *6 - Toggle Mute/Unmute )

You can watch the service live streamed on our You Tube page CLICK HERE


Or our church Facebook page CLICK HERE



Tuesday, 15th December

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

In church with Revd Jane and Revd Steve. No need to book.

Thursday 17th December 7pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

Click here LINK

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953

Password: 589147

Friday 18th December  

8am – Meditation with Morning Prayer on Zoom

 (No password is needed for this one)  Click here LINK


Evening Prayer is at 5.30pm at St Marys on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, no need to book. It is via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday, at 5.30pm.  If you want to attend contact Canon Ann for the link. Email:





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