Notices for The Second Sunday of Easter, 19th April, 2020

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Welcome

We hope you are all keeping well and coping during these difficult times. Holy Week has finished and we now settle back into our regular pattern of worship, although this has to remain online during the immediate weeks. We do hope you are managing to access the services that we are putting both on our website and our Facebook page. 

You can also watch on our You Tube channel. These will be made available at the same times that we would normally worship and are likely to be a mixture of pre-recorded materials and Facebook live. If you are not a Facebook user it may be helpful for you to know that you can find the latest posts embedded into our church website home page. You don’t need a Facebook account to view them. It’s a very easy way to stay in touch.

And you may like to look at St Mary's website to see what is happening at our sister church. As a church we are all quickly learning how to be an online community. The choir is now even rehearsing on Zoom!

Those people who are not on the internet are being given paper copies of this newsletter each week (thank you to Jonathan Marshall for delivering them on his bike as part of his daily exercise). We have also included printed worship materials. If you are receiving this newsletter in paper form and are able to receive it by email instead, please let us know.

We were blessed with glorious weather over the Easter weekend. Here’s a photograph of sunrise over the church on Easter Sunday (taken by our friends at the local Baptist Church Geoff and Judy Adams). The sunshine can certainly help lift our spirits during lockdown and the opportunity to exercise outside is invaluable for our wellbeing.

Dawn over Shoreham Beach

The sun has also been shining on the planter outside the church hall which the 10 o’clock Rock children did for us. The tulips are now in full bloom and look beautiful.

Guidance about Communion on the Internet

Watching Holy Communion on the internet is a very new experience for us all! Priests have been given special permission at this time of crisis to celebrate the Eucharist alone. The Church of England on its website offers this clarification: 

Participants in a streamed service of Holy Communion should not be encouraged to place bread and wine before their screens. Joining together to share in the one bread and the one cup as those physically present to one another is integral to the service of Holy Communion; this is not possible under the current restrictions, and it is not helpful to suggest otherwise. Any idea of the ‘remote consecration’ of the bread and wine should be avoided. 

Bishop Martin has explained to priests that we are saying the Communion prayer for the people and on behalf of the people. 

Collect

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred: open the doors of ourhearts, that we may seek the good of others and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace, to the praise of God the Father.

Lectionary Readings for Sunday

Acts 2.14a, 22-32, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1.3-9, John 20.19-31

Ted Young, RIP

The funeral of our dear friend and brother, Ted Young, will take place on Thursday April 23rd at 10.30am. You may like to light a candle and say this prayer at that time, to be there in spirit with Chrystabell.

God our Father, we thank you that you have made each of us in your own image, and given us gifts and talents with which to serve you. We thank you for Ted, the years we shared with him, the good we saw in him, and the love we received from him. Now give us strength and courage to leave him in your care, confident in your promise of eternal life. Amen

There will be a service of thanksgiving for Ted at the Church of the Good Shepherd later in the year.

Fuel Vouchers

West Sussex County Council have informed us that some vulnerable people facing financial hardship may be entitled to extra support with a fuel voucher. If you would like more details about eligibility email Rev’d Jane.

Online Worship This Week

Sunday 19th April

A service in two parts (for technical reasons!). Rev’d Jane presides and preaches.

10am – listen to the readings, sermon and intercessions, all pre-recorded and on the church website and Facebook page, ready to watch at 10am.

10.30am – Holy Communion will be live streamed on the church Facebook Page. 

Tuesday 21st April

9.30am – Holy Communion with short sermon live streamed on the Facebook page. 

Thursday 23rd April

7pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom – email Rev’d Jane for details of how to join. Note the new time. A half hour reflective service which includes simple liturgy, a Bible reading and the ‘Ignatian Examen’, a spiritual review of your day.

Friday 24th April

8am – Morning Prayer with Meditation on Zoom – email Rev’d Jane for details of how to join. Lovely to see so many people from Cogs joining this group.

Attached to this newsletter

You will find an activity sheet for 10 o’clock Rock - thank you Daisy. There are also this week’s readings, and copy of our Sunday service for the Easter season if you want to print it out to follow the words and responses at home.

Do be in contact if you need any practical support, prayer or would just like to have a chat on the phone,

With blessings,

Rev’d Jane and Canon Ann

Contact Rev’d Jane on 079355 38085, email: bartlett.jane@ntlworld.com