Newsletter 29th August 2021




 The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

29th August 2021


Summer skies above the Good Shepherd

We hope you enjoy the bank holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing you in church or online this Sunday and the coming the week.


Almighty God, you search us and know us: may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Deuteronomy 4.1-2,6-9,  Psalm 15, James 1.17-27, 
Mark 7.1-8,14,15,21-23

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.

Please email us if you’d like to attend so we know numbers:



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 Mark 7.1-8,14,15,21-23


Even before the pandemic this was a puzzling passage at first sight because we know about germs and bacteria, and have often been taught since we were very little to wash our hands before meals; now, with the pandemic impinging on us from all sides, the importance of washing our hands has assumed a greater importance than ever.

But the question seems to be 'why am I washing my hands, and why do I think others should be washing their hands', and the answer is that we want us all to save ourselves from disease of the body.

As I understand it, the answer to the question the Pharisees would have given was that the person's soul would be defiled (diseased?) if they didn't wash their hands.

That is why Jesus spells it out that our souls can only become defiled (diseased) through giving in to temptation and saying or doing something bad; so, dirty hands may give us Noro-virus, but they won't damage our souls.

Revd Jess


Celtic Evening Prayer

Please note there is no Celtic Evening Prayer this week. It will be back 15th September.


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.


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!



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!


Family Nature Trail this Sunday




And finally…




Thanks to Daisy for the beach labyrinth for families. It was a great afternoon for all ages and brought different people together.

I am taking some annual leave until 12th September. If you need to speak to anyone during that time please contact Canon Ann or telephone the parish office on 01273 440202. Blessings and prayers for you all.

Revd Jane Email: Tel: 079355 38085.


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Services this


Sunday, 29th August

8am – Holy Communion with Revd Peter and Derek.

10am – Parish Communion with Revd Peter 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, 31st August

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

With Revd Steve.


Friday 3rd September

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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