Newsletter 16th May 2021




 The Sunday after Ascension Day,

16th May, 2021


Last Thursday was Ascension Day when the church remembered the moment the risen Jesus was taken into the heavenly realms.  We now enter the days between Ascension and Pentecost, a time when over the centuries Christians have had a particular focus on prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit

Thy Kingdom Come is the global prayer movement that occurs at this time.  Eighty different Christian denominations around the world are involved. This year there are many online resources to support people of all ages in prayer. You can explore what is available by clicking here:

Thy Kingdom Come 2021 | The Church of England

Archbishop Justin Welby writes:  “In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities." 

During this special time we hope you can join us either in church or by watching our 10am service on Facebook or You Tube.

We all welcome the Government easing of lockdown restrictions. We are awaiting new guidance from the Church of England as to how we navigate the changing situation during our worship in the months ahead. Until then, it’s still masks and social distancing as before.


Risen, ascended Lord,

as we rejoice at your triumph,

fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,

that all who are estranged by sin

may find forgiveness and know your peace,

to the glory of God the Father.



Acts 1.15-17,21-26, Psalm 1, 1 John 5.9-13,
John 17.6-19 



Our Sunday school Sea Lights meets in the hall this Sunday at 10am. Please contact Daisy to book your child a place.

Please note there will be no Sunday school 30th May when we take a half-term break. On Sunday 6th June the Sea Lights families are meeting on Beach Green for a picnic and games after the all age service.



The May issue is sent to you by email this week. There are also some paper copies in the church porch. There is a great mix of articles, so thanks to all who have contributed.


Bob’s Cards

So far Bob has raised £250 this year from his sale of greeting cards. He needs more greeting cards to recycle, especially birthday cards. If you have any to give Bob, please leave them on the shelves in the church porch.  Thank you.


Good Shepherd Fundraising Banner



Chris Diebel has kindly offered to make us a new church banner, featuring the name of our church, a good shepherd and lots of sheep!   For a donation (small or large) to the church you can have embroidered onto a sheep your name, the name of family members, or someone who has died and was connected to the church.

The banner is green and can be hung regularly during part of the green Ordinary Time liturgical season and on Good Shepherd Sunday. The picture below shows a similar banner that Chris made for another church. Contact Chris if you would like to know more. Email:


Thank you Chris for doing this for us!

Pentecost Creative Meditation Day

Revd Jess is offering an Online Pentecost creative meditation day on the 21st May, repeated on Saturday 22nd May.

Participants will need some liquid colour like food colouring, coloured ink or liquid watercolour. They will also need a roll of white loo paper, and some home-made play dough (not coloured) for which there are lots of non-cooked recipes on YouTube (eg )

This day will involve a Zoom session in the morning, followed by a meditation which participants will do on their own after the Zoom session. There will be a similar kind of session in the afternoon, and a short Zoom service to finish the day.

If you are interested email Rev'd Jess ( to book a place on either day.


Christian Aid Week


Thank you to everyone who has ordered our ‘Take away tea to take away poverty ‘. Please collect from the Church of the Good shepherd hall between 2-3.30pm on Saturday 15th. 

Our Church is really hoping to support Christian Aid this year with our fundraising events especially after such a difficult year for all charities. The twin threats of covid 19 and the climate crisis will be the focus. Christian Aid partners in Kenya are empowering communities to access and build dams or rock catchments near their homes so women and  children are spared the long and often hazardous walk to collect water and families have an accessible water supply for their crops , livestock and hygiene needs , 

Thank you again for your support in the valuable work of Christian Aid.  Teas need to have been ordered by 3rd May. If you have not yet donated for your tea you can do so here:

Please put Christian Aid Tea as the reference.

Jill Charlish 07796932420 

Thank you.


Walking for Christian Aid

Glen and David Edey are walking with members of Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe  Churches in Surrey,  17th May – 21st May, in aid of Christian Aid.

Please donate, if you are able, through the link below, where you can also read more details about the group and the focus for Christian Aid this year. Thank you.


Bible Art John 17.6


The first verse of Sunday's Gospel Jesus says to God the Father 'I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world.'

So I have shown Jesus holding the word 'Abba' - I know this means a pop group to many people, and wondered whether to put Dad instead - but that would have put people in mind of their own parent, so I stuck to Abba.

From what we know of the things which Jesus taught, it seems that it was very important to him that the disciples (and others who listened to him) understood the real nature of God the Father, especially the real attitude of God the Father to those who loved him.

Here, in this passage, he starts by saying that he has done this ... he has told us that God is as Abba to us - not a tyrannical parent - but a loving heavenly father, a truly daddyish Daddy... Revd Jess

And finally…

Daisy and I want to thank everyone who has donated toys for the relaunch of Lamb’s Tales. We now have a good amount. We are in need of a large cafetière and mugs. If you have any you don’t use and would like to donate please let Daisy know. Email:

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.



How to book for next week’s service,

23rd May, 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, 16th May

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

10am – Parish Communion in church with Revd Jane 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, 18th May

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

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


Thursday, 20th May

7pm Celtic Evening Prayer on


Click here LINK  

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953 Password: 589147


Friday 21st May

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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