Newsletter 11th July 201




 Sixth Sunday after Trinity, Sea Sunday

11th July 2021


We remember Sea Sunday this week and the role that sea farers play in our daily lives. There will be a retiring collection for the Mission to Sea Farers. We hope you can join us either in church or online. Weather permitting we will sing a hymn at the end of the service outside on the grass.

We are currently waiting for further guidance from the Church of England about how we are to respond to the lifting of Covid 19 restrictions.

The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, who chairs the Church of England’s Covid Recovery Group, said: “I welcome the Prime Minister’s presentation of the latest scientific data which underpins their decision in principle to lift most restrictions from July 19. 

The vaccination programme has been an answer to prayer but, while it has transformed the outlook of the pandemic, it has not eliminated all risk. So it is right, as the Prime Minister has said, that we all must exercise personal responsibility and carefully manage the risks from Covid-19. As Christians, called to love our neighbour as ourselves, we must also exercise collective responsibility and continue to take appropriate precautions to protect others. We will await the new Government advice for places of worship and adapt our guidance to churches accordingly.”


Creator God, you made us all in your image:

may we discern you in all that we see,

and serve you in all that we do;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Amos 7.7-15,Psalm 85.8-13,  Ephesians 1.3-14,
Mark 6.14-29

If you’d like your child to attend Sunday school this week please email

A notice of some advance dates for fun family activities in the summer holidays. More details to follow soon.

Craft Day - the church hall - 28th of July, 10-2.30pm

Labyrinth in the sand - Shoreham Beach - 20th of August - 2.30pm-5pm

Nature Trail - the river bank - 29th of August - 11am-3pm


Vivace Fundraiser

The Vivace outdoor concert raised £746.70 for the church, and a good time was had by all. A big thank you to Hilary for organising the event, and to everyone who helped and attended.


Zoom coffee


We have a Zoom coffee after the 10am Sunday service. Revd Jess hosts this for us. The coffee starts 10 minutes after the service ends.  Here is the link to join with your cuppa:



Meeting ID: 896 7053 4579

Passcode: 862014




Prayer Ministry

This is now being offered again in the side chapel after the 10am Sunday service. Please do come if you are in need of prayer support.



July’s issue is sent out this week by email. There are also some paper copies in the porch. Thanks to all who contributed.







Every Friday in church



Quiz Night

Martin is hosting a Zoom quiz Wednesday 28th July 7pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 6476 9879
Passcode: 028028









Bible Art Mark 6.14-29


 I was thinking about Herodias's daughter; she had been offered untold wealth and riches and wanted her mother's advice on what to ask for. How must she have felt when her mother said to ask for John the Baptist's head on a platter?  The Bible says that she rushed back to give the message to Herod. That she was obedient is (on the surface) surprising, but how did it affect the relationship between mother and daughter afterwards? When she thought about it, would she have resented that a dead head was nothing compared with what she had been offered? Did her mother's wrong-doing blight the daughter's life, or did she manage to deal with that and get on with her life?

It's clear that what her mother did was a sin, but what about the daughter? In being obedient to her mother, had she, in turn sinned? Does it depend on how old she was?   

Revd Jess

Email Rev'd Jess on if you would like to receive these pictures and thoughts directly from her by email.





Duck Race


Have you got your duck for the big race?  You can sponsor a duck after the services on 18th July and 25th July.  Come and watch the race. The ducks are released from the wooden toll bridge and swim towards the Norfolk Bridge, accompanied by Revd Steve and a kayak team. Don’t miss the excitement!


And finally…

Congratulations to Revd Steve who was ordained priest on Tuesday June 29th by Bishop Ruth at St Peter’s Henfield. We look forward to him celebrating the Eucharist, his first with us, at the 10am service this week.

Blessings and prayers for you all. Please get in contact if you’d like a chat about anything. I work half-time and my usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and also Sunday morning.

Revd Jane Email: Tel: 079355 38085.

Booking for Services

How to book for next week’s service,

18th July, 10am

This is the TryBooking link for booking places


  • Click on the link then follow the instructions. Booking will be open from Monday to Thursday for the following Sunday.
  • If you are not on the internet and cannot book on-line, please phone the office (01273 440202) between Monday and Thursday and Sue or Jenny will book you in.
  • You will only be able to book one Sunday at a time. 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

service. Once the service is 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 Thursday booking times

  • 23 places will be offered (additional places are reserved each week for our welcomer, reader, intercessor, musician, sacristan and livestream technician). It may be that there are still places left after the booking times of Monday to Thursday. In this case anyone can book a place on Friday/ Saturday.


Services this


Sunday, 11th July

8am – Holy Communion in church with Revd Jane and Derek.

10am – All Age Parish Communion in church with Revd Steve and Derek.

Please book for the 10am. This service will be live streamed onto our Facebook and You Tube channel.


You Tube page CLICK HERE

Church Facebook page CLICK HERE


Tuesday, 13th July

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

With Revd Pat (in church, no need to book).


Wednesday, 7th July

6pm Celtic Evening Prayer on  


CLICK HERE         

Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274

Friday 18th June

8am – Meditation with Morning

Prayer on Zoom

Meeting ID: 513293120

(No password is needed )  Click here LINK

Evening Prayer

This is said at 5.30pm from St Marys 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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