Newsletter 2nd May 2021




 Fifth Sunday of Easter,

2nd May, 2021


'I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.' John 15.1

Alleluia! Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Allelulia!

We have our all age service this Sunday at 10am. We look forward to seeing some of our children and families in church again. We hope you can join us either in church or by watching our 10am service on Facebook or You Tube.




Risen Christ,

your wounds declare your love for the world

and the wonder of your risen life:

give us compassion and courage

to risk ourselves for those we serve,

to the glory of God the Father.



Acts 8.26-40,Psalm 22.25-31,1 John 4.7-21, 
John 15.1-8 

Sunday Zoom Coffee Time!

This week will be our last Zoom coffee time after the 10am service. The numbers attending have been falling as lockdown has eased. Thanks go to Martin for hosting this for us. When the 10am live stream of the service finishes you have ten minutes to make yourself a cuppa and join us for a Zoom coffee time.  Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 846 7654 6296

Passcode: 281524





Bob’s Cards Sales

A variety of cards for sale on Sunday 2nd May and Sunday 9th May, after the 10am Church Services in the Church Hall car park. Sold from Bob’s car boot, socially distanced and masks worn.

All cards £1 each.

Proceeds go to the Church of the Good Shepherd.




Good Shepherd Fundraising Banner



Chris Diebel has kindly offered to make us a new church banner, featuring the name of our church, a good shepherd and lots of sheep!   For a donation (small or large) to the church you can have embroidered onto a sheep your name, the name of family members, or someone who has died and was connected to the church.

The banner is green and can be hung regularly during part of the green Ordinary Time liturgical season and on Good Shepherd Sunday. The picture below shows a similar banner that Chris made for another church. Contact Chris if you would like to know more. Email:


Thank you Chris for doing this for us!



Keep off the grass

Please keep off the grass in front of the church (not the car park). It has been reseeded.


Messy Church is back for Pentecost

We return to the hall for a simplified Messy Church Saturday 15th May 3pm to 5pm. The theme is Pentecost and we finish with an outdoor picnic in conjunction with the Christian Aid take-away teas. Numbers are limited so please book with Daisy.


Pentecost Creative Meditation Day

Revd Jess is offering an Online Pentecost creative meditation day on the 21st May, repeated on Saturday 22nd May.

Participants will need some liquid colour like food colouring, coloured ink or liquid watercolour. They will also need a roll of white loo paper, and some home-made play dough (not coloured) for which there are lots of non-cooked recipes on YouTube (eg )

This day will involve a Zoom session in the morning, followed by a meditation which participants will do on their own after the Zoom session. There will be a similar kind of session in the afternoon, and a short Zoom service to finish the day.

If you are interested email Rev'd Jess ( to book a place on either day.





Christian Aid Week


Saturday May 15th

Takeaway Afternoon Tea in aid of Christian Aid.


Christian aid week this year is the 10th to the 16th May.  The Church of the Good Shepherd will be organising a number of fundraising events to support the Charity.   This year the focus will be on helping the people in Kenya fight the drought that is causing hunger and thirst and providing aid to the communities to build much needed earth dams hence providing a reliable source of water. 

There will be the usual red envelopes being delivered across Shoreham Beach but this year they will not be collected. There will be 4 local addresses for people to take their donations to which include the Ferry Road Post office and The Vicarage.  If anyone who is enjoying their walks on Shoreham Beach would be able to help deliver some of these envelopes please contact Jill Charlish on 07796932420. 


The main fundraising event will be a delicious Takeaway Tea in a Box. These can be collected from The Church of the Good Shepherd from 2pm on Saturday May 15. See the flyer.  

Please reserve your teas by 3rd May. You can donate online for your Christian Aid tea by clicking here

Please put Christian Aid Tea as the reference. Thank you.


Bible Art John 15.1-8 

 (see picture at the top of newsletter)

This passage is such a familiar one, and yet, how familiar are we with vines if we live in this country? Very few of us have one (or more!) of our own, and hardly any of us are familiar with caring for, or pruning and grafting, vines other than watching it on television!

The great storm of 1987 brought a tree down on the vine we'd planted for the birds, and the stump wept copiously for days, and it seemed to me to mirror God weeping over us when we go astray.

In this iPad painting, as well as the dead branches which have been cut off from the life-giving fluid in the main stem, I have drawn a new young branch which has been grafted on so that it now receives that life-giving fluid and becomes truly part of the vine of Christ through the mercy of God.  As someone who grew up in an atheist family, I am profoundly grateful that God the Father not only prunes, but also grafts.

Revd Jess


Thank you

‘The Mission to Seafarers has written to thank knitters at the Church of the Good Shepherd for their generous contribution of hats, gloves and scarves, knitted during the winter months.

They are hoping to soon distribute these among seafarers as restrictions ease - they can go out to visit ships, will be able to open their Mission Centres again and ships are able to dock.

Toys needed

Can you help supply toys for the relaunch of Lamb’s Tales, our parent and toddler drop-in? We hope that Lambs Tales will soon be meeting every Friday morning in church. Before we start we need some toys and books suitable for babies and pre-school age. 

If you have any toys or books that you would like to donate or if you create toys please get in touch with Daisy by emailing

Please note that all toys must be in good condition and safe. Hand-made toys need to be washable.  Wooden toys are especially welcomed.

APCM – date, report and Zoom link

The APCM takes place Tuesday 4th May, 7.30pm on Zoom. Full notices are in the church porch.

The APCM report has been sent out by email. There are also a small number of paper copies available at the back of church for those unable to access the internet.

Here is the Zoom link for the APCM

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 846 3998 9220

Passcode: 855394


 Electoral Roll

Rescheduled Annual Revision of COGS Electoral Roll
Tuesday, 23rd March until Monday, 19th April

During this period, those already on the COGS electoral roll can check their details and submit revisions if necessary — change of address, change of name, etc. Email me ( if you wish to check your currently-held details.

People not currently on the COGS electoral roll who wish to be and who qualify should fill in an application form — available from the Vicarage or from me (16 Fowey Close) — and return it by Monday, 19th April 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 — Tuesday, 20th April to Monday, 3rd May — when any errors or omissions can be corrected, but no new applicants can be added until after the APCM.) Geoff Holme (COGS Electoral Roll Office)


Shoreham Food Bank

We will be collecting in church for Shoreham Food Bank between Friday 7th May to Sunday 9th May.  Urgently needed items are listed as tinned potatoes, peas, carrots, peaches, UHT milk, UHT orange/apple juice.

And finally…

A photograph of a ray of light over the church, taken this week by one of our builders, Richard. Building work is progressing well and we look forward to a completion very soon.  Followed by a spring clean! 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 Easter season.



Revd Jane Email: Tel: 079355 38085.



How to book for next week’s service,

9th May, 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/ Saturday.


Services this


Sunday, 2nd May

8am – Holy Communion in church with Revd Jane and Revd Steve

10am – All Age Service in church with Revd Jane and Revd Steve

Please book for the 10am. This service will be live streamed onto our Facebook and You Tube channel.


You Tube page CLICK HERE


Church Facebook page CLICK HERE


Tuesday, 4th May

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

With Revd Jane (in church, no need to book).


Thursday, 6th May

7pm Celtic Evening Prayer on


Click here LINK  

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953 Password: 589147


Friday 7th May

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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