Newsletter 21st February, 2021




Heavenly Father,

your Son battled with the powers of darkness,

and grew closer to you in the desert:

help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer

that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Genesis 9.8-17, Psalm 25.1-9, 1 Peter 3.18-22, Mark 1.9-15





 First Sunday of Lent, 21st

 February 2021


We begin our Lenten journey this week.  The word ‘Lent’ comes from an old English word for spring. So the 40 day liturgical season is like a spring time for our spiritual life. The coldness of our hearts and the frozenness of our bad habits can be warmed by the love of Christ. Do make the most of this time, which comes as a gift and an opportunity to deepen our faith journeys.



Sunday school activities have been posted to our children – the materials to make a special Lent garland or tree. If you are making one of these, do share a photo with us for others to see.


Tea and Fellowship at 4pm helps us stay in touch during these winter months. Thank you to Judy Short for hosting these gatherings – just what we need during lockdown! Make yourself a cuppa and join on this Zoom link.

Join Tea and Fellowship -   CLICK HERE


Meeting ID: 876 6771 6499

Passcode: 843226



Online painting retreat with Revd Jess

I will be leading another Walking on Water online retreat next month. (There is no charge for the retreat)

The introductory day will be on Saturday 13th March, and the retreat itself will run daily from Monday 15th to Saturday 20th inclusive.

Each day will consist of a live Zoom session at 10am and 2pm GMT, plus night prayer at 5pm for those who would like it. After each Zoom session you can watch a demonstration of the meditation for the session on YouTube, before doing the meditation for yourself.

For those of you who might feel nervous about the word 'painting', I just want to reassure you that this retreat is not about painting pictures, and that everything you do will just be between you and God ... no-one else will see what you do. Here is a prayer painting ...


If you think you would like to join in, email me on Rev'd Jess.

‘Bob’s Cards for Sale’

A variety of cards for sale. All cards £1 each. Sold safely from my car boot, at my address or your address (Locally only).

Please email:

To make arrangements for purchase. All proceeds to the Good Shepherd.  Bob Caffyn.


World Day of Prayer 2021

Build on a Strong Foundation

Prepared by women of VANUATU, FRIDAY 5th MARCH, 2.00pm,SHOREHAM FREE CHURCH

Buckingham Road. Covid secure guidelines will be followed at the service. Please wear a face mask.

Pre booking is essential (numbers limited to 30.)

Either tel. 01273 463592  or email:  There will be a video of the service led by the WDP Vanuatu committee  posted on the WDPIC You Tube channel and social media.
There are suggestions for making donations if not attending the live service:

1. Send a cheque made payable to World Day of Prayer to World Day of Prayer,  Commercial Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2RR
2. Donate through the website
3. By text message: Text 2021WDP 5 (or whatever amount you want to give)  to 70085
4. Bank Transfer: phone for detais 01273--454608
5. Cash: Put in envelope and post through letterbox : 10 Mill Hill Gardens, BN43 5TN


Choir Rehearsals These are currently taking place on Zoom every Thursday 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 844 6064 8328

Passcode: 175913



Church Quiz Night

After the great success of Martin’s first online quiz night he is hosting another on Tuesday 23rd Feb at 7pm. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 6476 9879
Passcode: 028470

The Good Shepherd Lent Course

Thank you to all of you who have signed up for this course. The groups are now full. You leaders will be in contact with you with more information.


Daily Hope is the Church of England’s telephone line for those who can’t access the internet. It now additionally offers a ‘Sleep Well’ option to help you relax and get a good night’s sleep. There are also daily reflections, prayers and hymns, and a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury. The telephone line is free to call.


And finally…

The church building is all ready for the purple season of Lent. Come inside and see Chris Diebel’s striking Lent banner and also green foliage displays, thanks to the flower team.

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 this week.

Revd Jane Email: Tel: 079355 38085.





Services this Week

Sunday, 21st February

10am – Service of the Word on Zoom with Canon Tony and our authorised lay minister Judy Short.


We ask you to join 15 minutes before the service if you’re

new to Zoom. You’ll need a laptop, desktop, tablet or

smartphone with built in camera and to be connected to

the internet. You don’t have to buy any new software or

register for Zoom services. You click on this link and then

follow the prompt. This is the same link each week.

 Click here LINK


Meeting ID: 839 0035 2820

Password: 057057


There is a second option to join by dialling in on a

telephone, either landline or mobile. You won’t have video

connection, but you will be able to hear the service and

speak. You dial 0203 4815240 and follow the prompts. The

meeting ID and password are as above.


Alternatively from 4pm you can watch parts of the service

later on Facebook or our You Tube page.


Our You Tube page CLICK HERE


Our church Facebook page CLICK HERE



Tuesday, 23rd February

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

on Zoom with Revd Pat.

Click link here.


Meeting ID: 843 7389 6633

Passcode: 901329



Thursday 25th February

7pm Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

Click here LINK

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953

Password: 589147


Friday 26th February

8am – Meditation with Morning

Prayer on Zoom

(No password is needed for this one)  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:


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



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