Newsletter 21st March 2021




 Fifth Sunday of Lent,

21st March 2021



‘Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain.' John 12.24



Passiontide begins this Sunday when the readings and prayers focus on the ‘Passion of our Lord’. It’s a strange expression but ‘passion’ does not refer here to intense emotion. It is instead the historical events of Jesus’s suffering and death.  In the words of our Collect for this week: we ponder the mysteries of his passion.

It will be our last Sunday service on Zoom. Next week we return to church for both the 8am and 10am, with the latter service live streamed for those at home. The booking details for this and Easter are in the newsletter.



Gracious Father,

you gave up your Son

out of love for the world:

lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,

that we may know eternal peace

through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,

Jesus Christ our Lord.



Jeremiah 31.31-34, Psalm 51.1-13 or
Psalm 119.9-16, Hebrews 5.5-10,
John 12.20-33 


Good Friday Children’s Service

We have an informal family service in the vicarage garden on Good Friday at 10am (weather permitting). We will make miniature Easter gardens and eat hot cross buns. Booking your family place is essential because of Covid guidelines. Please email Daisy:






Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The diocese is going to run the highly successful and highly popular Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme starting this summer. There will be four centres spread across the diocese each with seven places.

We have seven places available in Shoreham for anyone who is currently in school year 9, 10 or 11.

There will be a sign up cost of about £60 then there will some ongoing costs of equipment and camping trips. We hope to be able to help those in financial difficulty.

In the first place we would like to offer the places to families connected to the church even if the young person doesn't come to church.

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award begins in summer 2021 and is completed in summer 2022. There will be one team based in Shoreham with seven places available. Contact Revd Steve at to register interest and to receive more information.


Bob’s Cards for Sale

On Sunday 28th March (Palm Sunday) and Sunday 4th April (Easter Sunday) in the church hall car park, after each 10am service.

I will be selling various cards from my car boot, socially distancing and masks to be worn.

All proceeds to The Church of the Good Shepherd.


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







Bible Art Jeremiah 31.31-34


The left hand side of this picture shows the Israelites rejecting God's hand which he had offered in 'marriage' like a husband to them ... they are breaking the covenant, and worshipping an idol of Baal ... the golden calf.

The right hand half shows the new covenant, with a knowledge of God and his laws in the hearts of each of them, and I have shown them surrounded by the love of God.

The two main things I took from this are the sense of how God must have grieved over the people who turn away from him; the second is the constant creativity of God, pouring himself out to redeem the mess that we make of what he offers us, and the sense of how God makes himself vulnerable to being snubbed again.

Revd Jess

 Jumping Grannie! Revd Jess is doing 100 jumps on the trampoline for 100 days to raise money for St  Barnabas Hospice, inspired by the care they have     continued to give throughout the Pandemic. She is  doing these on “Myrtle”, her houseboat, daily  between 12 and 12.15, which can be seen from the road. To support her go to





Easter Flowers

The flower team is appealing for donations towards fresh Easter flowers. If you would like to make a donation, you can either:

Put cash into the church wall safe in the porch, with a note.

Donate online using the link at the end of this newsletter.

Or contact our treasurer Barry to donate with a cheque or into our bank account. Email Barry Ward

Thank you.


Quiz Night

Martin’s next quiz night is Wednesday 24th March at 7pm.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 6476 9879
Passcode: 028028

Walking for Water

Kate Collier’s sisters are raising money for WaterAid by doing a sponsored walk during Lent – a virtual sponsored walk to Jerusalem. You can find out more and how to support them here:

St Augustine’s Virtual Walk to Jerusalem for WaterAid during Lent | St Augustine of Canterbury Church, North Springfield (


This year the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place Tuesday 20th April, 7.30pm on Zoom. There is a notice in the church porch with further details.

Electoral Roll

The Annual Revision of the COGS Electoral Roll runs this year for the four weeks from TUE, 09-MAR until MON, 05-APR.


During this period, those already on the COGS electoral roll, can check their details and submit revisions where necessary - change of address, change of name, etc.

In addition, people not currently on the COGS electoral roll who wish to be and who qualify can fill in an application form and return it by MON, 05-APR at the latest. This will allow them to vote at the APCM.

After the end of the revision period there is a period of 14 days -- TUE, 05-APR to MON, 19 APR -- when any errors or omissions can be corrected, but no new applicants can be added to the electoral roll. Electoral Roll application forms can be picked up from the church porch or from Geoff Holme



And finally…

Members of the congregation have made this lockdown inspired wall hanging. We look forward to seeing it exhibited in church after Easter.

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 March

10am – Parish Communion on Zoom with Canon Ann.


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 6pm 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 March

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

on Zoom with Revd Pat.

Click link here.


Meeting ID: 843 7389 6633

Passcode: 901329


Thursday 25th March

7pm Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom

Click here LINK

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953

Password: 589147


Friday 26th March

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:








How to book for next week’s service, Palm Sunday 28th March 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/



How to book for Easter Services

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday (10am). Details as above but booking opens



Easter Services

10am services, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday will be livestreamed for those at home.

Palm Sunday – 28th March, 8am and 10am – Holy Communion (please book for 10am)


Holy Week – 29th, 30th and 31st March, 7pm - Evening Reflections led by the Lent groups


Maundy Thursday – 1st April, 7pm – Holy Communion followed by the Watch (please book)


Good Friday – 2nd April, 10am – Vicarage garden children’s service (please book through Daisy),

2pm - Good Friday Reflections (please book)


Easter Day -  4th April,  8am – Holy Communion, 10am - Family Communion

(please book for 10am)



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