Newsletter 22nd August 2021




 The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

22nd August 2021


‘As for shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.’ Ephesians 6. 15.

It was wonderful to see so many people in church last Sunday at the 10am service and to sing outside accompanied by Canon Tony’s accordion. We hope you can join us either in person or online this Sunday. Don’t forget too that we have a midweek service on Tuesdays at 9.30am.


God of constant mercy,

who sent your Son to save us:

remind us of your goodness,

increase your grace within us,

that our thankfulness may grow,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.




Joshua 24.1-2a,14-18, Psalm 34.15-22,
Ephesians 6.10-20, John 6.56-69 

Sea Lights is on a summer break until 19th September. Lamb’s Tales is back 17th September. Children are welcome to attend our services and there is a children’s corner with lots of books and toys. Daisy has some dates for fun family activities in the summer holidays. More details have been emailed out to our families.

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


Messy Church is back!


Messy Church returns Saturday 18th September at 3pm. We will be celebrating the sea kelp restoration project and giving thanks for the sea.  Expect more focus on outdoor activities this term, hence the new logo – Messy Church Goes Wild.


Coffee Volunteers

Are you able to help make tea and coffee after the service on Sundays? We need just two more volunteers to get a new rota up and running.  Until this is in place, please bring your own hot drinks. Cold drinks are provided. If you’d like to help out once a month serving drinks please contact Revd Jane.

Ride and Stride is coming up soon on Saturday 11th September. Anyone wishing to participate can walk or cycle solo or join Jonathan Marshall leaving the church at 10am for a leisurely round trip visiting local churches and chapels up to Steyning and back on quiet country roads. E-bikes are welcome.

Participants may raise sponsorship. Proceeds go 50-50 the Good Shepherd and the Sussex Historic Churches Trust.

Please see Jonathan for sponsorship forms and further details. He will be at both services this Sunday with sponsorship forms. Or you can telephone him on 07889 171817.

Thanksgiving and Celebration for the Life of Ted Young

Now things are opening up and providing this does not radically change, we can look at a time when we can fully celebrate the life of Ted in church with people and singing!  Saturday 4th September at 11.00 with lunch time refreshments afterwards in the church hall.

In preparation for this event could you please consider something you may like to say as a tribute of what Ted meant to you, ready to write on a piece of paper that will be given to you on the day. These will be collected for Chrystabell to create a book of memories to keep. If you are not able to come but would like to contribute words for this please write them down and give to Chrystabell or any member of the choir.



Tribute to Val Steele – Saturday 18th  September at 11 a.m.

A celebration service as a tribute to our dear departed friend Valerie Steele is planned to take place on Saturday 18th September at 11 a.m.  This will be followed by a buffet lunch in the hall.  We would like some idea of numbers for both the church seating arrangements and for catering, so if you are able to be with us to share in some beautiful memories of Val, please let Kay know by Sunday 12 September either by ‘phone 01273 454187 or by email



Bible Art John 6.56-69 


'The one who eats this bread will live forever.'

I have been joining the Sunday communion service online which means that we see the people coming for communion from the side. I have been very struck by the way so many people hold the bread in a very reverent way, either in front of them in their cupped hands, or holding it over their heart.  It struck me that the time between being given the bread and 'taking and eating' it has been greatly extended compared with before the pandemic, and that this is a very precious time between us and the Lord. Before the pandemic it was a few seconds, but now we can now hold the bread, carry it, and sit with it, until we are ready to 'take and eat' ... a precious moment of communion with Jesus to give thanks for the precious gift that it represents to us. Revd Jess


Join in with the Sea Kelp Art Project


If you’d like to join in with our sea kelp community art project we have some cut out shapes of sea creatures available after the Sunday services at the back of church. Please take one home to decorate.

To celebrate the sea kelp restoration programme we are creating a community sea kelp art installation to be displayed during September. Revd Jess, Judy and Hilary are working together to decorate the walls of our church with images of kelp and marine creatures that inhabit these underwater forests.

The art installation has been planned to mark the church season of Creationtide between 1st September to 4th October.

You don’t have to be ‘good at art’, just willing to have a go! For more information about the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project visit the Sussex Wildlife Trust

Sussex Kelp Restoration Project | Sussex Wildlife Trust


Richard Durrant Fundraising Concert

Richard will be putting on a fundraising concert for the St Francis Fund. This will be in the church on the evening of Saturday 2nd October. More details to follow. Thank you to Richard for doing this for us.


Chichester and Lichfield Cathedrals Announce Cathedral Theology

A fantastic opportunity for those who would like to engage in theological learning. Chichester and Lichfield Cathedrals are launching the Cathedral Theology Network – a new platform for free, accessible online theological teaching, open to all.

The first academic year features courses on the life and practice of the early Church, the early Dominicans, the psychology of religion, and the history of the Church in England from the Middle Ages to the present. To explore the range of courses and to register for courses beginning October 2021, visit:  

Duck Race The new date for the duck race is Saturday 4th September at 4pm. The ducks will be released from the toll bridge. Don’t miss their big day!


Piano Repair

Some keys on our electric piano are not functioning. We are waiting for a repair on 26th August, and in the meanwhile apologies if we miss some notes during the music. It is not the fault of our very talented musicians.


The Children’s Society


Annual Coffee Morning

Thursday 9th September  

At Joy’s - 3, King’s Walk, Shoreham Beach

Finally an opportunity to have your box opened and contents counted!


And finally…

If you are passing by the church with your children, pop in and decorate a sea creature for the sea kelp project. The children’s area has been set up with all you need.  The church is open every day 9am to 5pm. 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.


Services this


Sunday, 22nd August

8am – Holy Communion with Revd Jane.

10am – Parish Communion with Revd Jane.

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


You Tube page CLICK HERE

Church Facebook page CLICK HERE


Tuesday, 24th August

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

With Revd Peter.


Wednesday, 25th August

6pm Celtic Evening Prayer on  


CLICK HERE         

Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274

Friday 27th August

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:



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