Newsletter 22nd May 2022



Sixth Sunday after Easter

22nd May 2022


‘The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul,’ Acts 16.14. Art by Revd Jess. See below for commentary.

This Sunday, the sixth after Easter, can be celebrated as Rogation Sunday, a lesser known agricultural festival within the church calendar, but one that seems to be making a come back, especially in rural areas.  Rogation invites people to ask for a blessing on a particular place and its inhabitants. Since medieval times there has been a tradition of processing around the parish ‘beating the bounds’, praying for God’s blessing on the crops and livestock, and for the well being of the community. We will end our service this Sunday with a special Rogationtide prayer. We hope you can join us.


Risen Christ,

by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:

help your Church to obey your command

and draw the nations to the fire of your love,

to the glory of God the Father.


Acts 16.9-15, Psalm 67, Revelation 21.10,22 - 22.5, John 14.23-29 or
John 5.1-9


Our Sunday group for children, Sea Lights meets in the hall this week at 10am. New children always welcome.


Bob’s Card Sale

A variety of cards for sale on Sunday 22nd May, after 10am Service in the church hall. Prices 80p and £1 each. Please come and support Bob as all profit raised goes to the Church of the Good Shepherd.

It would be much appreciated, if you have any cards you wish to recycle, please pass to Bob or leave on the shelving in the church porch.

Raising money for Christian Aid

David and Glen from our congregation are walking 75 miles during Christian Aid week with Pilgrims following part of the ancient pilgrim path from Chaldon, in Surrey to Winchester.

They will share stories of their concern for the world and meditate and pray for peace and compassion.

Please join them in prayer.

They aim to tread lightly on the earth and hope that those who cannot join them will support them by giving during Christian Aid week.

If you would like to donate to Christian Aid via the

Pilgrims’ Just Giving Page please use the link below. Thank you.

Ascension Day on Mill Hill

We celebrate Ascension Day with a short reflective service at Mill Hill Nature Reserve, followed by a bring-your-own picnic breakfast.  We meet at the upper car park on Mill Hill at 8am on Thursday 26th May. Bring a camping chair or rug. Please lift share, walk or cycle where possible. If the weather is wet we will meet in church – a message will be posted on the church website on Wednesday evening if we are to meet in church.


Our weekly parent/carer and toddler group Lamb’s Tales meets every Friday in the church at 9.15am to 10.45am.

Summer Fayre

Saturday June 11th, 11am-3pm

If you are able to help with the summer fayre please speak to the fundraising team.


Foodbank Collection

We are having a collection for the Shoreham and Adur Community Foodbank in church from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th May. This is in collaboration with the Shoreham Beach Resident’s Association. Food can also be dropped off with Joss Loader at the fort end of the beach - 25 Falcon Close.

The foodbank informs us that they especially need the following: marmalade, honey, Marmite, peanut butter, toilet rolls, tinned Fish, including pilchards, tinned ham, tinned chicken, small tins of potatoes and sweetcorn, tins of fruit, peas, tomatoes, mushrooms and carrots, long-life fruit juice, tea bags (40s and 80s), pulses, cereal.

Celtic Evening Prayer

Apologies but there is no Celtic Evening Prayer again this week.

Morning Meditation

We begin a new season in our weekly meditation group, exploring the Gospel parables during our lectio divina practice. Lectio divina is a contemplative way of reading a short passage of scripture, with the 'ears of the heart'. If you would like to engage more deeply with the profound teachings found in the parables, join us from June at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Shoreham Beach. The group meets in person and on Zoom.

And finally…

The Christian Aid Week Big Brekkie was a great success last Saturday. It brought together church people and those from the wider community, some of whom volunteered to help. Thank you to Jill Charlish and all the volunteers for such a great event. We are yet to get the final total raised for Christian Aid, but it is in the region of £1,100!


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 Eastertide. Revd Jane


Revd Jane Bartlett Email: Tel: 079355 38085.

Church wardens Kay Haffenden, Angela Tritton and  deputy warden Penny Humphrey email:

Safeguarding Officer Emma Purser 07786651886

Children’s Ministry Daisy Durrant email:

Parish centre and hall bookings Tel: 01273 440202

Prayer chain (for emergency prayer) Liz Beeston 01273 454685

Services this Week

Sunday, 22nd May

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 May

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion with Revd Steve.

Thursday 26th May

8am - Ascension Day service at Mill Hill Nature Reserve with Revd Jane

Friday 27th May

8am – Meditation with Morning Prayer at St Mary de Haura

Saturday 28th May

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:

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

If you are reading this newsletter on a paper copy and would like to receive it each week through email please contact:

All notice for the newsletter should be emailed to Revd Jane by Wednesday at 12noon.

Church website: