Newsletter 14th March 2021




 Mothering Sunday,

14th March 2021





f you have any spring daffodils, do bring them with you to the Zoom service this Sunday! We shall be using them to celebrate Mothering Sunday on this the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is also known as Refreshment Sunday, when traditionally some of the strict Lenten practices can be relaxed - so we might enjoy a flower or two this week. It’s also one of the two Sunday’s each year when the liturgical colours can be rose coloured.   Our All Age worship is a Service of the Word. We hope you will be able to join us on Zoom.

We’re looking forward to returning to church on Palm Sunday. The booking details for this and all our Easter services will be in next week’s newsletter.




God of love,

passionate and strong,

tender and careful:

watch over us and hold us

all the days of our life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Exodus 2.1-10 or 1 Samuel 1.20-28
Psalm 34.11-20 or Psalm 127.1-4
2 Corinthians 1.3-7 
John 19.25-27


 We hope our families will join us online this Sunday for our family service. Daisy has also prepared a special Mothering Sunday activity sheet attached to this email.



Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The diocese is going to run the highly successful and highly popular Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme starting this summer. There will be four centres spread across the diocese each with seven places.

We have seven places available in Shoreham for anyone who is currently in school year 9, 10 or 11.

There will be a sign up cost of about £60 then there will some ongoing costs of equipment and camping trips. We hope to be able to help those in financial difficulty.

In the first place we would like to offer the places to families connected to the church even if the young person doesn't come to church.

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award begins in summer 2021 and is completed in summer 2022. There will be one team based in Shoreham with seven places available. Contact Revd Steve at to register interest and to receive more information.


Choir Rehearsals These are currently taking place on Zoom every Thursday 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 844 6064 8328

Passcode: 175913


Bible Art John 19.25-27


To Mary ... "Woman, here is your son." to John "Here is your mother." From that hour, the disciple took her into his home. To the best of our knowledge, Mary was a widow, and John is a non-relative; yet he takes her in. 

I have shown the cross as empty because I wanted it to be a symbol for us now, and to think about the implication of the things Jesus said from the cross to us now, especially in relation to the answer Jesus gave to the question 'Who is my neighbour?'

It seems to me that the logical conclusion is that every woman is - in Christ - a mother to every young man, and that every young man is - in Christ - a son to every woman. The extension to that being that each of us is - in Christ - a child to all adults-as-parents when young, and that every adult is - in Christ - parent to every child. I find this quite a challenging thought.

Revd Jess

 Jumping Grannie! Revd Jess is doing 100 jumps on the trampoline for 100 days to raise money for St  Barnabas Hospice, inspired by the care they have     continued to give throughout the Pandemic. She is  doing these on “Myrtle”, her houseboat, daily  between 12 and 12.15, which can be seen from the road. To support her go to


Easter Flowers

The flower team is appealing for donations towards fresh Easter flowers. If you would like to make a donation, you can either:

Put cash into the church wall safe in the porch, with a note.

Donate online using the link at the end of this newsletter.

Or contact our treasurer Barry to donate with a cheque or into our bank account. Email Barry Ward

Thank you.


This year the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place Tuesday 20th April, 7.30pm on Zoom. There is a notice in the church porch with further details.

Electoral Roll

The Annual Revision of the COGS Electoral Roll runs this year for the four weeks from TUE, 09-MAR until MON, 05-APR.


During this period, those already on the COGS electoral roll, can check their details and submit revisions where necessary - change of address, change of name, etc.

In addition, people not currently on the COGS electoral roll who wish to be and who qualify can fill in an application form and return it by MON, 05-APR at the latest. This will allow them to vote at the APCM.

After the end of the revision period there is a period of 14 days -- TUE, 05-APR to MON, 19 APR -- when any errors or omissions can be corrected, but no new applicants can be added to the electoral roll. Electoral Roll application forms can be picked up from the church porch or from Geoff Holme


The March issue is attached to this email. Thank you to Adam and all involved. Happy reading.

And finally…

There will be a Stations of the Cross on display in the  church for Holy Week. The stations have all been created by members of our church community. Here is one by Lynda Hargreaves. Thank you to Judy Short, Revd Jess and our artists for making this happen.  The church will be open for you to visit Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm.

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: Tel: 079355 38085.


Services this Week

Sunday, 14th March

10am – All Age Service of the Word on Zoom with Revd Jane and Revd Steve.


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 6pm 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 March

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

on Zoom with Revd Jane.

Click link here.


Meeting ID: 843 7389 6633

Passcode: 901329


Thursday 18th March

7pm Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

Click here LINK

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953

Password: 589147


Friday 19th March

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:














Easter Services

Booking details in next week’s newsletter.

Some of these services will be livestreamed for those at home.

Palm Sunday – 28th March, 8am and 10am – Holy Communion (please book for 10am)


Holy Week – 29th, 30th and 31st March, 7pm - Evening Reflections led by the Lent groups


Maundy Thursday – 1st April, 7pm – Holy Communion followed by the Watch (please book)


Good Friday – 2nd April, 10am – Vicarage garden children’s service (please book through Daisy),

2pm - Good Friday Reflections (please book)


Easter Day -  4th April,  8am – Holy Communion, 10am - Family Communion

(please book for 10am)



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