Newsletter 18th July 2021




 Seventh Sunday after Trinity

18th July 2021


He said to them, 'Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while', Mark 6.31.

At the time of writing this we are still awaiting guidance from the Church of England about the lifting of Covid 19 restrictions. Our PCC (parochial church council) is meeting 21st July, which is very timely as it will enable us discuss how we manage the next phase in the pandemic. We will keep you informed as soon as we know more. It may take us a while to get new arrangements into place.  A big thank you to you all for bearing with the changes we’ve had to implement over these past 16 months. As far as we know there have been no Covid cases connected to our worship together, which is good news.

We are likely to have a wide range of thoughts and feelings about the ending of lockdown rules on July 19th. Some of us might welcome the new freedoms, whilst others might be anxious and concerned.  What is most important is to recognise that loving our neighbour is paramount, even if we find ourselves with different views about masks, or singing or social distancing. These are difficult times.

This Sunday we welcome back Canon Tony after his sabbatical. Tony will be preaching for us at both services. We hope you can join us either on line or in person.


Generous God,

you give us gifts and make them grow:

though our faith is small as mustard seed,

make it grow to your glory

and the flourishing of your kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Jeremiah 23.1-6, Psalm 23,
Ephesians 2.11-22, Mark 6.30-34,53-56 

If you’d like your child to attend Sunday school this week please email

A notice of some advance dates for fun family activities in the summer holidays. More details have been emailed out to our families by Daisy.

Craft Day - the church hall - 28th of July, 10-2.30pm

Labyrinth in the sand - Shoreham Beach - 20th of August - 2.30pm-5pm

Nature Trail - the river bank - 29th of August - 11am-3pm


Zoom coffee


We have a Zoom coffee after the 10am Sunday service. Revd Jess hosts this for us. The coffee starts 10 minutes after the service ends.  Here is the link to join with your cuppa:



Meeting ID: 896 7053 4579

Passcode: 862014


Prayer Ministry

This is being offered  in the side chapel after the 10am Sunday service. Please do come if you are in need of prayer support.


Sea Sunday

Thank you to everyone who donated to Sea Sunday. We raised £376.25 for the Mission to Sea Farers.


Summer Fayre

 Thank you to everyone who helped make this event such a success, despite the rain We are still counting the monies raised, but it is in the region of £1,300, which is a fantastic achievement.


Quiz Night Martin is hosting a Zoom quiz Wednesday 28th July 7pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 6476 9879
Passcode: 028028


Bible Art Mark 6.30-34,53-56 

The interesting thing about this Sunday's reading is that it seems to be a 'pick n mix' of instances showing Jesus's compassion, as well as the desperation of people trying to reach him for healing.  In the first part Jesus is concerned that the disciples are tired and hungry and need to rest, and encourages them to come away to a private place to rest. But there is no private place for him as the people urgently seek him out, and he responds to their faith by teaching and healing. Later, at Gennesaret, they come and bring the sick and lay them down so that Jesus can heal them. Still others come to try to touch the tassels on his cloak, just as the woman who had had bleeding for 12 years did. I couldn't work out how to show Jesus's compassion to the disciples, so I have shown him healing a desperate young person on a mat, while two hands are reaching out to touch the tassels. The tenderness and compassion that is in Jesus, and therefore an essential part of how God IS, seems to me to be very important; just like the end of the passage about the nut in Julian of Norwich's vision : -

'In this little thing I saw three properties. The first is that God made it. The second that God loves it. And the third, that God keeps it.'

For me, it is the compassion of Jesus which I have experienced above all.

Revd Jess

Congratulations to Fr Marcus

Many people will remember Fr Marcus Ronchetti from his time at the Good Shepherd between 1997-2007. He is to be made Canon of the Cathedral Chapter in Europe. He currently serves as Senior Chaplain of the Holy Spirit in Costa Blanca, Spain.

Meditation with Morning Prayer

Friday’s meditation with morning prayer will be held in the Good Shepherd vicarage garden this Friday, weather permitting (as well as on Zoom). Please bring a camping chair/rug and your own breakfast/drink. No need to book.

Duck Race

The ducks get their numbers ready for their big day

Have you got your duck for the big race?  You can sponsor a Good Shepherd duck after the services on 18th July and 25th July.  Come and watch the race. The ducks are released from the wooden toll bridge and swim towards the Norfolk Bridge, accompanied by Revd Steve and a kayak team. Don’t miss the excitement!


And finally…

It was lovely to have fresh flowers in church both for the wedding of Kayleigh and Oscar on Monday and also Revd Steve’s first Eucharist with us. Thanks to our talented flower arranging team for the displays. And come and take a look at the church garden – it’s looking wonderful and full of colour. Thanks to all our gardeners.

Blessings and prayers for you all. Please get in contact if you’d like a chat about anything. I work half-time and my usual working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and also Sunday morning.

Revd Jane Email: Tel: 079355 38085.


Booking for Services

How to book for next week’s service,

25th July, 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, 18th July

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

10am – Parish Communion in church with Revd Jane and Canon Tony.

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, 20th July

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

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


Wednesday, 21st July

6pm Celtic Evening Prayer on  


CLICK HERE         

Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274

Friday 23rd July

8am – Meditation with Morning

Prayer on Zoom and also in the vicarage garden.

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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