Newsletter 17th October 2021




 The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

17th October 2021


‘For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.’ Mark 10.45.

 Picture taken from detail of painting on altar in the side chapel.

It’s been a busy week behind the scenes at the church as the worship team starts to plan ahead for our Memorial Healing Service, Remembrance Sunday and then our Christmas services. Our church wardens and deputy warden are also working hard getting ready for our ‘quinquennial’ – a church buildings inspection we have to undertake every five years. We can be grateful that we have such an active team of people supporting all that goes on at the Good Shepherd.


God, our light and our salvation:

illuminate our lives,

that we may see your goodness in the land of the living, and looking on your beauty

may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.



Isaiah 53.4-12, Psalm 91.9-16,
Hebrews 5.1-10, Mark 10.35-45  

This week Sea Lights meets in our hall at 10am and joins us in the service during Communion. New children are always welcome.


Mission Action Planning

Every parish has been asked by the diocese to develop a new mission action plan. This is to enable us to identify opportunities and priorities for mission and our life together. As part of this process you are all invited to a special coffee time in the hall after the 10am service on Sunday 24th October. We will take time over cake and coffee to share thoughts and ideas in an enjoyable and fun way. Save the date and come along.

Lamb’s Tales is now back in church every Friday morning, 9.15am to 10.45am.

Cards for Sale

Sheila is selling her greeting cards (blank for your own message) in the hall after 10am service, also some crochet beanie hats ready for those chilly days! All for church funds.


Morning Meditation with Lectio Divina

We have a new meditation with lectio divina group at the Good Shepherd every Saturday morning 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 lasts for an hour and is followed by coffee, croissants and discussion for those who wish to stay. This group can also be joined on Zoom.


Harvest Collection

We raised £185.00 for Turning Tides at our Harvest Festival - much needed money for those who are homeless. Thank you to everyone who donated.


Memorial Healing Service

Our annual service when we remember and honour those we love but see no longer will take place Sunday 7th November at 6pm. A list is available at the back of church after the services for you to write down the names of loved ones you want remembered and read out.

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. Regular members of both congregations and Friends of St Mary’s may apply for tickets from Sunday 31st October and to the general public from Friday 19th November. Tickets will be available in St Mary de Haura or by post (please include a s.a.e) to 69 Hammy Lane, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 6BJ and allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis as in the past. 


New Email for Church Wardens

If you need to contact either Emma, Penny or our deputy church warden Kay please use the following new email:

This is for church warden matters only, rather than personal emails. The shared email will help us centralise communications. Many thanks to our wardens for setting this up.

Bible Art Mark 10.35-45  


In this passage Jesus is once again trying to get his disciples to understand that the Kingdom of God has totally different values to the society they live in, and that the usually accepted way of doing things is really upside down.  It was a challenge to work out how to portray this in a picture, that the people who serve are really those who have the greatest value in the Kingdom ... I had to resort to the same concept as the sculptor did with Jacob's dream of the angels going up and down to Heaven on Bath Abbey facade of turning them upside down!

When we look at our society at the moment ... it is still upside down with the nurses, and other carers being very low paid, and the bosses being paid astronomic salaries with huge bonuses.

What are we doing which keeps our society upside down? And what can we do to turn our society into one which reflects Jesus's teaching? Revd Jess


And finally…Do you recognise this man? It’s Papa Vito, the villain from our Murder Mystery Night last Saturday. A great time was had by all. Thanks must go to our actors for their comic performances and Martin for his hosting. We raised £396 for church funds. In case you haven’t guessed, it’s Canon Tony in disguise.

I work half-time and my usual days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday morning. Please get in contact if you want prayer support or just a chat! Blessings and prayers for you all.

Revd Jane


Revd Jane Bartlett Email: Tel: 079355 38085.

Church wardens Emma Purser, Penny Humphrey and deputy warden Kay Haffenden email:

Parish centre and hall bookings Tel: 01273 440202

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

Services this Week

Sunday, 17th October

8am – Holy Communion with Revd Jane and Revd Peter.

10am – Parish Communion with Revd Jane and Revd Peter.

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


You Tube page CLICK HERE

Church Facebook page CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 19th October

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion with Revd Jane.


Wednesday 20th October

6pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom



Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274


Friday 22nd October

8am – Meditation with Morning

Prayer at St Mary de Haura and on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 513293120

 (No password is needed )  Click here LINK

Saturday 23rd October

8am – Meditation with Lectio Divina

At the Good Shepherd and on Zoom. Meeting ID: 166073397 (no password 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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