Newsletter 13th June 2021




 Second Sunday after Trinity

13th June 2021


‘The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head.’ Mark 4. 28.

We look forward to sharing one of Jesus’s earthy parables at our service this Sunday, all about seeds and the growth of the kingdom.

This week we also announce some exciting fundraising events – an open air concert and a summer fayre. See below for details. We will also be joining St Mary de Haura for a fun plastic duck race on the river 25th July (more details soon). There is much to look forward to this summer


Faithful Creator,

whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness to you

and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord.



Ezekiel 17.22-24, Psalm 92.1-4,12-15, 2 Corinthians 5.6-10 [11-13]14-17 
Mark 4.26-34



Sealights is back in the hall this Sunday. Please book your child in with Daisy



Bob’s Card Sales

A variety of cards for sale on Sunday 13th June, after the 10am Church Service, in the church hall car park. Sold from Bob’s car boot.

All cards £1 each.

Proceeds go to the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Zoom coffee is back!


We have reinstated the Zoom coffee after the 10am Sunday service. Revd Jess will be hosting 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


Celtic Evening Prayer

There is a new time for Celtic Evening Prayer – Wednesdays at 6pm on Zoom. This is a 20 minute service where there is shared prayer for the world. There is one Bible passage followed by a time of reflection. We also review our day using the Ignatian Examen practice. It’s a contemplative and deeply prayerful short service. All are welcome to join.


The ‘Funraising’ team are pleased to announce a socially distanced, pop up open air concert on Sat 26th June from 4.00-5.30.

The Sussex based choir, that Hilary is a member of, will be singing an eclectic mix of acapella songs, with others accompanied.

Bring your own seat, seating positions will be marked, to comply with Covid regulations.

More information and booking through Hilary Contact details will need to be given at booking for track and trace. No set price ticket, donations happily accepted.

There will be two sets with an interval, cold refreshments and a raffle

If wet, we'll be in church as usual with social distancing


Please come and support us and bring your friends



Summer Fayre Saturday 10th July

We need cake donations for the summer fayre. If you are able to help please contact Linda Caffyn either in church or by email

Thank you.


Bible Art Mark 4.26-34


I was thinking about Jesus's parable about a man sowing a seed, but not knowing how it grows and becomes a plant even as he is living his own life by night and by day; then the plant bears its stalk, and its head, and finally its ripening seed ... at this point the parable says that the man recognises when the seed is ripe and harvests it. It seems that the man is not actually concerned by how the seed turns into a new plant bearing seeds; the important thing being that he plants the seed in the first place? So what does this mean for us? What is the seed? 

It can be a seed we are totally unaware of planting which the Holy Spirit then uses ... when I first became aware that God existed, a local Christian house group allowed me to join them. I remember asking what they thought would happen when they died, and one young man said 'Then I will see Jesus face to face!' and his own face lit up with the anticipated joy. I was struggling to understand the position of Jesus in the understanding of God for the Christians, so his obvious depth of belief had a profound effect on me, and started my own seed of faith growing ... something he will have been completely unaware of. So my painting shows a person just sitting and contemplating the ripening grain, in the same way as we watch belief come alive in someone to the point where they can be asked if they believe in Jesus, and the answer will be 'Yes, I believe.' Revd Jess

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



The June issue of our monthly parish magazine is emailed out this week. There are also some paper copies available in the church porch. Thank you to all for contributing.

Revd Steve will be ordained priest on Tuesday June 29th at 7pm by Bishop Ruth at St Peter’s Henfield. Although we cannot all go to support him in person you can watch the service using the following link:


On Wednesday June 30th at 7pm he will preside at the Eucharist for the first time at St Mary’s, and his first Eucharist at the Good Shepherd will be July 11th. We hold Steve and his fellow deacons in our prayers as they prepare for this most significant step in their ministries.




And finally…

We look forward from this Sunday to having a small number of singers from the choir sing for us during Communion (all socially distanced and from the back).

My hours as Associate Vicar are half time and my working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and also Sunday mornings. Please do get in contact if you need any prayer or support. Blessings and prayers for you all.



Revd Jane Email: Tel: 079355 38085.



Booking for Services

How to book for next week’s service,

20th June, 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, 13th June

8am – Holy Communion in church with Cannon Tony and Sally.

10am – Parish Communion in church with Canon Tony and Sally.

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, 15th June

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

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


Wednesday, 16th June

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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