News for 27th December and 3rd January services




 First Sunday of Christmas, 27th December, 2020 and

Epiphany, 3rd January, 2021



We have a double issue newsletter for you covering the services of 27th December and 3rd January.  I do hope you are able to celebrate and find comfort and joy in the Christmas season, even if it’s not in the way that you would normally.  This year has been tough for all of us, and we pray for a brighter future in 2021.



Collect for First Sunday of Christmas

God in Trinity,

eternal unity of perfect love:

gather the nations to be one family,

and draw us into your holy life

through the birth of Emmanuel,

our Lord Jesus Christ.



Isaiah 61.10 - 62.3
Psalm 148*
Galatians 4.4-7
Luke 2.15-21


Collect for Epiphany

Creator of the heavens,

who led the Magi by a star

to worship the Christ-child:

guide and sustain us,

that we may find our journey’s end

in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Isaiah 60.1-6, Psalm 72.[1-9]10-15,

Ephesians 3.1-12, Matthew 2.1-12


Zoom Coffee Time!

For those joining us at home on Sundays, 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



 There is no Sea Lights on December 27th, but do join us for the all age service for Epiphany, when we will be having some fun with stars and wise men.  We also have a Messy Church coming up Saturday 16th January, 4pm to 5pm. Our theme is Peace.

Please email Daisy if you would like your family to attend Messy Church which will be run in a Covid secure way.


New church fabrics

 We have some beautiful new church fabrics for Christmas. Many thanks to Chris Diebel for her artistic work which enhances our worship.


New Readings Sheet

Starting from Epiphany we have our own readings sheet each week, rather than the one produced by Redemptorist. This saves us money, and allows us to use our own logo and design. Thank you to Chris and Michael for taking the production of this on for us.



How to book for next week’s Parish Communion service in church, Sunday 27th 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) between Monday and 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 the all age service for 3rd January, 10am


And finally…

Thank you to everyone who has made the church

 look beautiful this Christmas. Remember the

 church is open every day (except Monday for

 cleaning) so do come and enjoy the space. I wish

 you all a very happy 2021.

Eternal Lord God, we give you thanks for

bringing us through the changes of time

to the beginning of another year. Amen.


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:




Service Details

Sunday, 27th December

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

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

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



Tuesday, 29th December

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

In church with Revd Jane. No need to book.

Thursday 31st December

7pm – Celtic Evening Prayer with prayers for the New Year on Zoom

Click here LINK

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953

Password: 589147

There is no Meditation with Morning Prayer on Friday

Sunday 3rd January

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

10am – All Age Communion in church with Revd Jane.

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



Tuesday, 5th January 9.30am - Informal Holy Communion In church with Revd Jane and Revd Steve. No need to book.

There is no Celtic Evening Prayer on Thursday

Friday 8th January

8am – Meditation with Morning Prayer on Zoom

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


Evening Prayer is said Monday to Friday via Zoom at 5.30pm. If you want to attend on Zoom contact Canon Ann for the link.


If you’d like to donate to the Church of the Good Shepherd online CLICK HERE Thank you!




If you have a notice for the newsletter please email Revd Jane by Wednesday at 12noon