Newsletter 14th November 2021

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Remembrance Sunday

14th November 2021

 

 

This Sunday we remember with sorrow all those who have died in conflicts around the world. It is an opportunity to give thanks for the service and sacrifice of all those who have defended our freedoms and way of life. And we pray for the coming of God’s kingdom and peace on earth.

 

Collect

God, our refuge and strength,

bring near the day when wars shall cease

and poverty and pain shall end,

that earth may know the peace of heaven

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Readings

Daniel 12.1-3, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10.11-14
[15-18]19-25,Mark 13.1-8  

Our Sunday school meets in the hall this week. New children are always welcome.

 

Ruth Hitchcox RIP

We are sad to announce that Ruth Hitchcox has died after a time of illness. Ruth was a regular worshipper at our Tuesday morning service and we will miss her. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. Prayers for Judy in her loss.

 

 

Card and Gift Sale Saturday 13th November 2pm-4pm in the hall (not the time advertised in last week’s newsletter). Bob Caffyn, Angela Tritton and Sheila Powell's cards made for all occasions will be on display for your purchase. Chris Diebel will also be selling her exquisitely made Advent Calendars and other needlecraft gifts. The card reader will be on hand.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The fundraising team.

 

Saturday Morning Meditation

This is online only on Saturday 13th November. Sorry about having to re-arrange at short notice.

 

St Mary de Haura – Town Carol Service This year we will not be able to have the numbers in church on Christmas Eve that we usually do. We will have two “Carols at St Marys” services on the 23rd December at 3pm and 6.30 pm, and the Town Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 5pm as usual. Tickets will be restricted to 200 for each service, with a maximum of 4 tickets per household for the services on the 23rd and 2 tickets per household for the Town Carol Service. There is a sign-up sheet for the services at the back of church after the services.

At this time, we are asking people only book for one of the services.

 

Bible Art Mark 13.1-8  

 

Jesus said 'Many will come in my name and say "I am he!" and they will lead many astray.'

In this iPad painting, the green area is the Way, and the brown area is outside of the Kingdom of God. The people in the brown area are those Jesus was talking about who are either saying "I am he!" and leading others astray, or those who are being led astray. There is a fuzzy boundary between the two areas, but there is NO WALL. For those who have gone astray, and even for those who have led them, there is always the choice to acknowledge that they have gone wrong, to ask for forgiveness, and to be drawn back into the Way; for some of them, like St Paul, they might be entering the Way for the first time. 

The things which Saul did before his conversion will have had ramifications, and so will the actions of those whom Jesus was talking about; those things cannot be undone even if they repent, only the grace of God can redeem them.

I have put many more people in the green area because I believe that God does not want any to be lost, and will continuously pour out himself to help us to stay in the Way.

Revd Jess

Wreath making fundraiser

This is now full. Sorry if you weren’t able to book a place.

 

Morning Meditation

 

We have a new meditation group at the Good Shepherd Saturday mornings at 8am. This is run in partnership with the Brighton and Hove Centre for Spirituality, a group that explores contemplative Christianity. The guided meditation and lectio divina practice can also be joined on Zoom. This is online only on Saturday 13th November. Sorry about having to re-arrange this at short notice.

 

Messy Church – Saturday 20th November, 3pm

 

 

Advent Online Retreat

Rev'd Jess will be leading an online creative meditation retreat on Friday November 26th, repeated on Saturday 27th.

The theme of the retreat will be Advent Light.  There will be a morning session starting with a 10am Zoom meeting, followed by a meditation which participants will do in their own time. There will be a second Zoom session at 2pm, followed by a meditation. At 4.30pm there will be a final Zoom session, with a time of sharing and worship to finish the day. If you'd like to join in, email Rev'd Jess at j.aidley@gmail.com

 

Christmas Fayre – help needed

Christmas Fayre Saturday 4th December 11 am-3 pm. The Fundraising team request donations for the raffle: chocolates, wine, or any item suitable towards the construction of a Christmas hamper. Raffle tickets will be on sale each Sunday prior to and including Saturday the 4th December. We also need chocolates as prizes for the tombola. Cakes are also needed on the day - fruit cakes, drizzle cakes, Victoria sponges, cupcakes. Just let one of the team know what you'd like to make. Please remember - we need a list of the ingredients used in the cakes preparation. If you'd like to help run a stall or help in the kitchen we'd love your assistance. We would also like help on Friday 3rd, 6:30pm for an hour setting up, and again in the morning of the 4th, 9am, as there is always a lot to do. Many thanks in advance,

The Fundraising Team

 

Fellowship Lunch

The date of the next Fellowship Lunch is Sunday 21st November.  There is also a fellowship lunch at the Yacht Club on 19th December. Please let Joy know if you would like to come.
 

A visit from the new Bishop!

Rt Revd Will Hazlewood, the Bishop of Lewes will be leading our worship and preaching at our 10am service Sunday 19th December. This will be his first visit to our church and we look forward to welcoming him.

Tidying out the cupboards

We are having to create space in the cupboards at the back of church to enable better air flow. There is some old electrical equipment which has been put at the back of church. If anyone would like to claim any of this, please do so. Or let us know if it is still needed.

 

 

 

From Darkness to Light – Candlelit Labyrinth Walk and Sound Bath 

7pm-8.45pm, Sunday 21 November 2021

St Augustine’s Arts & Event Centre, Junction of Stanford Avenue & Florence Road, Brighton,  BN1 6EA

John Watters is running this event as a fundraiser for the Good Shepherd. Join him for an Advent candlelit labyrinth walk, meditation and sound bath, evoking in symbol, simple ritual, poetry, voice and music the movement from darkness to light.

Before we enter the busy time of December and preparation for Christmas take a couple of hours to pause, be quiet and reflect.

We will have a choice of two labyrinths to walk – a small 5 circuit labyrinth or a 7 circuit Chartres-style labyrinth. Labyrinths are circuitous spiral paths which lead us to a centre area; you walk the same path back out returning to the beginning. No prior experience of meditation, sounds baths or labyrinths is required.  More information and booking. Advanced booking required as numbers are limited. 

 

And finally…

A group from Friday meditation with morning prayer went on a trip to the moon last Saturday. Actually, it was a giant art installation by Luke Jerram in the nave of Chichester Cathedral. The touring exhibition Museum of the Moon is at the cathedral until Sunday 14th November, so there is just time to visit if you would like to see it for yourselves. For more details visit https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/events/museum-moon

I have gone down with covid and am in isolation for some of this week. Thanks to everyone who has stepped in to help in my absence at short notice. Blessings and prayers for you all.

Revd Jane

Contacts

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

Church wardens Emma Purser, Penny Humphrey and deputy warden Kay Haffenden email: cogswardens@gmail.com

Safeguarding Officer Emma Purser 07786651886

Parish centre and hall bookings Tel: 01273 440202

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

 

Notices for the newsletter should be emailed to Revd Jane by Wednesday at 12noon

 

Services this Week

 

Sunday, 14th November

8am – Holy Communion with Canon Tony.

10am – Parish Communion with Canon Tony and Sally.

This service will be live streamed onto our Facebook and You Tube channel.

You Tube page CLICK HERE

Church Facebook page CLICK HERE

 

Tuesday, 16th November

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion with Revd Peter.

 

Wednesday 17th November

6pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

 

CLICK HERE

Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274

 

Friday 19th November

8am – Meditation with Morning

Prayer at St Mary de Haura and on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 513293120

 (No password is needed )  Click here LINK

Saturday 20th November

8am – Meditation with Lectio Divina

At the Good Shepherd and on Zoom.

 Meeting ID: 166073397 (no password needed) Click here LINK

3pm – Messy Church (begins in the hall)

Evening Prayer

This is said at 5.30pm at St Marys and via Zoom on

Monday and Wednesday, at 5.30pm. If

you want to attend online contact Canon Ann for the link. Email: annwaizeneker@gmail.com

 

To donate to the Church of the Good Shepherd online CLICK HERE Thank you!