Weekly Notices for the 10th Sunday after Trinity

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I hope you’ve found ways to keep cool during the hot weather this week. The beach has certainly been busy with visitors enjoying the sea. Please note that next week, 23rd August, we have a change to the pattern in our worship. The Zoom service will be at 8am and the church service is at 10am. Details about how to book into the church service are in the newsletter. As we find our way into the ‘new normal’ we will discern what pattern of worship works best for us, given the current limitations. 

This week’s services are 8am in church, and 10am on Zoom. I hope the changes of time don’t get too confusing!

Happily I can let you know that I will be licensed as your Associate Vicar by Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams on Wednesday 2nd September at 9.30am. This will be at the Good Shepherd, and more information will follow soon. It is a joy and privilege to be staying with you at the Good Shepherd and serving in such a wonderful community. Thank you for all the support you have shown me these past three years.

Collect

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,
be open to the prayers of your humble servants; 
and that they may obtain their petitions
make them to ask such things as shall please you; 
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Readings 

  • Isaiah 56.1,6-8
  • Psalm 67
  • Romans 11.1-2a,29-32
  • Matthew 15.10-2021-28

Easy Fundraising

We have managed to raise £100 during lockdown with Easy Fundraising because so many more people have been shopping online. Online shopping with Easy Fundraising is a very easy and painless way to contribute to our church funds. 

Head to their website and please register yourself against Church of the Good Shepherd Shoreham by Sea. Every time you go online browsing or shopping, retailers registered under the scheme are flagged up. The retailer donates the indicated percentage to our church if you buy online. There is no cost to you, it’s paid by the retailer. Thousands of pounds have been raised by other churches in this way.

Children’s Activity

Daisy has prepared a special 10 o’clock activity sheet that you can download.

Greenbelt Festival

Fancy going to a summer festival without the hassle and pain of camping? One of the opportunities from the pandemic is that the Greenbelt Festival is going digital this summer, and you can join in from the comfort and ease of your homes. 

For those who don’t know, Greenbelt is a festival rooted in the Christian tradition that is now in its 47th year. It describes itself as a ‘festival that’s inclusive, open minded, participatory and generous in spirit.’ It features talks, debates, music, comedy and worship. There will be a day of online offerings on Saturday 29th August, followed by a lunchtime Communion service on the Sunday 30th. 

A pass to attend the online festival is just £10 per household. If you would like to make the most of this opportunity to experience Greenbelt, let Revd Jane know, and we could attend as a Church of the Good Shepherd group, meeting up together on Zoom before the festival to discuss the programme, and after the festival to share our experiences. If you’d like to know more about Greenbelt and how to book your festival pass go to www.greenbelt.org.uk

Family Fun Activity Mornings and a Communion Service

In partnership with St Mary de Haura we are offering these fun mornings for families, all outside and socially distanced. The mornings at the Good Shepherd need to be booked as numbers are limited.

Additionally the Good Shepherd is holding an outdoor Communion service for families in the vicarage garden Sunday September 13th at 3pm (weather permitting). You will also need to book for this as numbers are limited. If you’d like to attend with your children contact Daisy by email.

It will be great to have some outdoor opportunities to gather together with our families whilst the weather is still warm.

Bible Art

Revd Jess depicts this week’s Gospel and writes: 

This verse has always seemed very powerful to me ... the mother fighting for her child, being driven to speak out boldly and with such faith, even though she comes from a group of people despised by the people surrounding her.

There is also the issue of why Jesus refused her to begin with, even though he could have healed her daughter when she first asked? Was it because he wanted this incident to stick in his followers' minds when it came to the time to decide whether the Gospel was for all people or just for Israel? Or was it because he wanted to show how great the faith of even people his followers despised could be… and that their faith was valid for healing and redemption?’

And finally... 

The regulars at the Friday Meditation with Morning Prayer group managed to have a socially distanced service in the vicarage garden last week, and simultaneously had people join the group by Zoom. The weather was warm and dry. 

We shall continue to meet in this way for the summer when not wet. 

Let me know if you’d like to attend in person, or you can just show up on Zoom.

Do drop me a line if you’d like to talk about anything. 

With blessings to all,

Revd Jane