Newsletter 14th February 2021

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 Sunday next before Lent, 14th February 2021

 

This is our last Sunday before Lent begins on Wednesday.  Our Ash Wednesday service will be on Zoom this year (17th February 7.30pm).  This presents something of a challenge when it comes to the imposition of ashes! The ash for this service is usually made by burning the palm crosses from the previous year. If you have a palm cross at home you could burn it for yourself to use at the service. It can be burnt in a fireplace, or outside in a fire pit or a terracotta flower pot. Or you could simply burn a piece of paper and use the ash from this. You might want to write on the paper something that you want to confess or a burden that you are carrying. Such personal rituals can have a real power to them. Mix the ash with a drop of olive oil, ready to use in our online worship on Wednesday.  Alternatively (a tip from Canon Tony) you can get a wine bottle cork, hold it for a few moments over a flame to char it. The cork can then be rubbed on your forehead. If all of this is too much bother, you can simply make a mark of the cross without ash this year! The most important thing is to join in and begin together our Lenten journey.

 

 

Collect

Holy God,

you know the disorder of our sinful lives:

set straight our crooked hearts,

and bend our wills to love your goodness

and your glory

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

2 Kings 2.1-12, Psalm 50.1-6, 2 Corinthians 4.3-6, Mark 9.2-9

 

 

 

 

Tea and Fellowship at 4pm helps us stay in touch during these winter months. Thank you to Judy Short for hosting these gatherings – just what we need during lockdown! Make yourself a cuppa and join on this Zoom link.

Join Tea and Fellowship -   CLICK HERE

 

Meeting ID: 876 6771 6499

Passcode: 843226

 

Church Quiz Night

After the great success of Martin’s first online quiz night he is hosting another Tuesday 23rd Feb at 7pm.  More details to follow soon. Thanks Martin.

 

‘Bob’s Cards for Sale’

A variety of cards for sale. All cards £1 each. Sold safely from my car boot, at my address or your address (Locally only).

Please email: robertcaffyn1@gmail.com.

To make arrangements for purchase. All proceeds to the Good Shepherd.  Bob Caffyn.

 

World Day of Prayer 2021

Build on a Strong Foundation

www.wwdp.org.uk

Prepared by women of VANUATU

FRIDAY 5th MARCH, 2.00pm

SHOREHAM FREE CHURCH

Buckingham Road

It would be appreciated if those who are able make a donation to WDP via the website, even if unable to attend the service. There is also a great deal of interesting information on the website.

Covid secure guidelines will be followed at the service. Please wear a face mask. It is hoped that the service might be recorded for those unable to attend.

Pre booking is essential (numbers limited to 30.)

Either tel. 01273 463592           

or email:  sandy.scriven@sky.com

 

 

Sunday school activities have been posted to our children, including materials to make a special Lent garland or tree. The children’s sheet is attached to this email if you’d like to see what the children are doing.

 

 

LENT 2021

 

 

The Good Shepherd Lent Course

 

This year our Lent course will take place on Zoom. The five week course has been produced by the Diocese of Exeter and addresses questions like:

Where is God in the pandemic? How can I stay hopeful? Do I really love my neighbour? How can I worship when I can’t sing? There will be a time for prayer, for personal sharing and discussion. We read scripture, and watch filmed personal stories.  We think about our own stories, and how we will shape and tell them. There are three groups running over five weeks, all beginning the week of 22nd February. Your group leaders are Revd Jane, Canon Tony and Judy Short.

Mondays at 7.30pm (full)

Wednesdays at 3.30pm

Fridays at 3.30pm.

 If you’d like to sign up for one of the groups please email Revd Jane indicating your preferred group time. Email: bartlett.jane@ntlworld.com.

Each session lasts 75 minutes.  If you’d like to have a look at the excellent resources that have been produced visit:

Lent Course 2021 | Diocese of Exeter (anglican.org)

We do hope you will decide to join us for this important time of spiritual growth together during the season of Lent.

Other Lent Resources

A positive thing to have come out of the pandemic is the way that groups and churches have made their courses, talks and resources available to all on the internet.  Why not make the most of it this year? Here is a selection that might deepen your Lenten experience.

 

#LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story

This is the Church of England’s Lent campaign for 2021.

 

From Ash Wednesday (17 February) to Easter Sunday (4 April), there will six reflections for each week. Each reflection will include a short passage from the Bible, a brief exploration of the reading, and a prayer. Additionally, each week will have a unifying theme and an action to be taken during the week. You can sign up to receive reflections by email here #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story - our Lent reflections | The Church of England

 

Chichester Cathedral Lent Lectures 2021

Thursdays at 10am
Who do you say that I am? Christian Perspectives for Shaping the New Normal. We ask: What will life after Covid be like? What can we hope for? What values will shape the New Normal? Christian insights have much to offer in response to this deeper challenge, and they are explored in this series of Lent Lectures given by Canon Dr Peter Sills based on his book, Light in the Darkness: Exploring the Path of Christian Hope. You have to sign up for the Zoom by 15th February. Click here to join.

Meditatio Centre London

Several people from CoGs have been participating in the wonderful programme offered by the Meditatio Centre. There are online retreats, talks, workshops and regular opportunities to learn Christian meditation. The Centre is part of the World Community for Christian Meditation. You can see the programme here Book Online (meditatiocentrelondon.org)

Stations of the Cross – Shoreham Churches Together

During Lent join St Peter's ecumenical Stations of the Cross via zoom on Fridays, 7.30pm.   Email patsydaniels@gmail.com for the Zoom code and more information.  All welcome.

 

And finally…

Don’t forget that Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday. We are having a pancake breakfast together after the Tuesday morning Zoom service. Get your pancakes ready and come along.

 

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 this week.

Revd Jane Email: bartlett.jane@ntlworld.com. Tel: 079355 38085.

 

If you are reading this newsletter on a paper copy and would like to receive it each week through email please contact: cogsenews@gmail.com

 

Services this Week

Sunday, 14th February

10am – Holy Communion on Zoom with Revd Jane and Derek.

 

We ask you to join 15 minutes before the service if you’re

new to Zoom. You’ll need a laptop, desktop, tablet or

smartphone with built in camera and to be connected to

the internet. You don’t have to buy any new software or

register for Zoom services. You click on this link and then

follow the prompt. This is the same link each week.

 Click here LINK

 

Meeting ID: 839 0035 2820

Password: 057057

 

There is a second option to join by dialling in on a

telephone, either landline or mobile. You won’t have video

connection, but you will be able to hear the service and

speak. You dial 0203 4815240 and follow the prompts. The

meeting ID and password are as above.

 

Alternatively from 4pm you can watch parts of the service

later on Facebook or our You Tube page.

 

Our You Tube page CLICK HERE

 

Our church Facebook page CLICK HERE

 

 

Tuesday, 16th February

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

on Zoom with Revd Jane.

Click link here.

Meeting ID: 843 7389 6633

Passcode: 901329

 

Wednesday. 17th February

7.30pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion on Zoom with Revd Jane

Click link here

 

Meeting ID: 831 3810 8850

Passcode: 628983

 

Thursday 18th February

7pm Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

Click here LINK

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953

Password: 589147

 

Friday 19th February

8am – Meditation with Morning

Prayer on Zoom

(No password is needed for this one)  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: annwaizeneker@gmail.com

 

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