Newsletter 20th March 2022

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Third Sunday of Lent

20th March 2022

Collect

Eternal God,

give us insight

to discern your will for us,

to give up what harms us,

and to seek the perfection we are promised

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings

Isaiah 55.1-9,Psalm 63.1-9,1 Corinthians 10.1-13,Luke 13.1-9

 Sunday group meets in the hall at 10am.

 New children are always welcome.

Collection for Ukraine Our collection for the Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal raised an astonishing £2,436.00. Many thanks to all those who contributed. If anyone still wants to donate, Barry our treasurer suggests the following:

Online: dec.org.uk 

Phone: 0370 60 60 900 

SMS: To donate £10 text SUPPORT to 70150. Texts cost £10 plus the standard network charge and the whole £10 goes to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission. For full terms and conditions and more information go to www.dec.org.uk 

Or donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office or send a cheque by post to Post: DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, PO Box 999, London EC3A 3AA. 

Covid Guidelines – an update The PCC met last week and agreed to relax some of our covid guidance, given that all restrictions have now been lifted and we have moved from pandemic to endemic, yet mindful that we still need caution.

Face coverings – we encourage you to wear a covering during our crowded services, however it is not mandatory.

Sanitiser – this remains available at the door.

Singing – we will reintroduce the offertory hymn at the 10am, sung only by the choir. Otherwise, our congregational singing remains reduced to two hymns, the liturgy, and the choir during communion.

Ventilation – we continue to keep the main door open when the church is crowded.

The Peace – we continue to wave!

Kneeling at the altar for communion – please do this again if you wish.

The Common Cup – this will be available from Easter by request for any who would like to take the wine. There is no obligation to do so. Please do not intinct (dip) your wafer.

Please remember that our 8am on Sunday and 9.30am on Tuesday are quiet services with lots of space and no singing. We also continue to live- stream the 10am when possible, for those at home. Thank you to everyone for your graciousness in accommodating all the changes we have needed to make during these past two years. Let’s hope for future relaxations if the covid rate continues to fall.

Your Help Needed We urgently need volunteers to help with coffee on Sunday mornings. This is such an important part of our life together and if you feel you could help once a month, it would be much appreciated.

We also need extra help with cleaning the church. If you can spare an hour once a month to dust and vacuum, this would greatly spread the workload. Please contact Revd Jane if you would like to know more.

The Way of the Cross An exhibition of pictures showing the stations of the cross is now displayed in church for the season of Lent. The pictures have been created by members of the church community and local people. There is an exhibition guidebook on a table in front of the piano. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, especially Revd Jess.

Flowers for Mothering Sunday If you are able to make a donation for the flowers for Mothering Sunday please see Chris Thompson or leave money in the donation basket at the back of church. Thank you.

Helping Refugees from Ukraine Thanks to all those people who came forward on Sunday to offer support to refugees from Ukraine. We have now registered our church with the Sanctuary Foundation, an initiative supported by our bishops, to offer welcome and support locally. We are waiting to find out more from Sanctuary as to how this might progress. You can find out more about the scheme here:

www.sanctuaryfoundation.org.uk

Lent Talks

In the second of the Lent talks Colin McFarlin, Waste Prevention Adviser for West Sussex Council, will show us how to be better recyclers. He will also touch on the EcoChurch initiative.

After the talks there will be time not only for discussion and but also an opportunity to share what we as churches in Shoreham are already doing in this vitally important area. Come along and find out what we can do together to help safeguard the future of this wonderful planet.

Electoral Roll Revision We are currently revising our Electoral Roll. If you are not on it but would like to be, please complete an electoral roll form and hand it to either our electoral roll officer Jenny Marshall or Revd Jane by April 10th. 

The forms are available from the church porch or Jenny Marshall - jennymarshall42@gmail.com

This will allow you to vote at the APCM. A full notice is displayed on the church doors in the porch.

Spring Beach Labyrinth Walk

6am, Sun 20th March, Shoreham Beach

The Brighton and Hove Centre for Spirituality is celebrating the start of spring with a dawn walk on the beach at low tide. Meet at sunrise on the beach directly opposite the Good Shepherd. Sunrise is at 6am and the low tide is at 6.30am. Arrive anytime from 6am-7am, come early if you'd like to help build the pebble labyrinth. Walking a labyrinth is a simple meditative practice and an act of pilgrimage. The forecast is good but in the event of bad weather check the Events page  Join us for coffee and a croissant after the walk - £1.50 donation to cover costs.

Church hall and shed clear out We need to have a good tidy up of our storage in the hall. This is proposed to take place on 20th and 21th April.  Everything from the loft and sheds will be available to view in the church hall during the afternoon on 20th April and morning of 21st April and then anything not claimed or wanted will be put in the skip later. Could anyone wanting to help let Kay Haffenden know so that we can have a working party.  

Email :office@cogschurchwardens.co.uk

 

Shoeboxes needed We are collecting shoeboxes to use in the making of children’s Easter gardens on Good Friday. If you have a box to give, please leave it at the back of church. Thank you.

And finally…

It was inspiring to have Br Samuel Double SSF with us for the Shoreham Churches Together Lent talk. Br Sam offered a wonderful talk, sharing a Franciscan ecological vision about how we are here not to conquer the earth but to love it.

I work half-time and the usual days when I am available are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday mornings. Blessings and prayers for you all this week. Revd Jane

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

Contacts

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

Church wardens Emma Purser, Penny Humphrey and deputy warden Kay Haffenden email: office@cogschurchwardens.co.uk

Safeguarding Officer Emma Purser 07786651886

Children’s Ministry Daisy Durrant email: cogssundayschool10@gmail.com

Parish centre and hall bookings Tel: 01273 440202

Prayer chain (for emergency prayer) Liz Beeston 01273 454685

Services this Week

Sunday, 20th March

8am – Holy Communion with Revd Jane and Derek.

10am – Parish Communion with Revd Jane and Derek.

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

You Tube page CLICK HERE

Church Facebook page CLICK HERE

Tuesday 22nd March

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion with Revd Peter.

Wednesday 23rd March

6pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

CLICK HERE

Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274

Friday 25th March

8am – Meditation with Morning Prayer at St Mary de Haura and also on Zoom

Meeting ID: 513293120 (No password is needed ) 

Click here LINK  

Saturday 26th March

8am – Morning Meditation at the Good Shepherd and also on Zoom

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

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 Revd Steve for the link. Email: shorehamcurate@gmail.com

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