Newsletter 3rd April 2022



Fifth Sunday of Lent

3rd April 2022


'Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus's feet, and wiped them with her hair.' John 12.3. Image by Revd Jess (see below).

Passiontide begins on Sunday. This is the name for the last two weeks of Lent, beginning on the Fifth Sunday of Lent and ending on Holy Saturday. It is a time when we deepen our preparations for Good Friday and Easter. We hope you can join us.


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.



Isaiah 43.16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3.4b-14, John 12.1-8


Easter Craft Sale Come and join us in the church hall after 10am service on Sunday 3rd April from 11.00-12.30pm. Come and buy Easter treats, Easter crafts and Bob's cards.

Cash or cards accepted.

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

Christian Aid Week 2022, May 15th to May 21st


Description automatically generated We need help with delivering the envelopes (no collection). There will be a Big Brekkie on Saturday May 14th. George Hickman will be booking and selling tickets for the Big Brekkie this Sunday and there will be a sign up list at the back of the Church for any who would like to help in anyway with CAW this year .



The Way of the Cross An exhibition of pictures showing the stations of the cross is now displayed in church for the season of Lent. The pictures have been created by members of the church community and local people. There is an exhibition guidebook on a table in front of the piano. Thank you to everyone who has contributed, especially Revd Jess.

Electoral Roll Revision We are currently revising our Electoral Roll. If you are not on it but would like to be, please complete an electoral roll form and hand it to either our electoral roll officer Jenny Marshall or Revd Jane by April 10th. 

The forms are available from the church porch or Jenny Marshall -

This will allow you to vote at the APCM. A full notice is displayed on the church doors in the porch.

Taizé for Healing Service Our next service is this Sunday 3rd April, 6pm.


Church hall and shed clear out We need to have a good tidy up of our storage in the hall. This is proposed to take place on 20th and 21th April.  Everything from the loft and sheds will be available to view in the church hall during the afternoon on 20th April and morning of 21st April and then anything not claimed or wanted will be put in the skip later. Could anyone wanting to help let Kay Haffenden know so that we can have a working party.  


Bible Art John 12.1-8 (see image at top of newsletter)

This is Mary, the sister of Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead pouring some precious perfume over Jesus's feet, and then wiping his feet with her own hair.

She and Martha must both have wondered how they could express to Jesus what they feel about him. Martha has chosen the practical way of giving him a meal; but that is something they would have done anyway as friends. So what was in Mary's mind as she took the precious perfume and poured it over his feet; was it that it had to be something very special and out of the ordinary? I have tried to show her pouring it with great care and deliberation, as something planned which she is carrying out. Her hair, her own hair, is what she uses to wipe Jesus's feet. She has taken something normally used for ceremonial purposes and is using it to anoint Jesus's dusty feet. The fact that she then wipes his feet with her hair might indicate that she was also using it to wash his feet instead of the usual water that would have been used to clean visitors' feet. The same kind of perfume would have been used to anoint Jesus's body after death, and Jesus himself alludes to that as he defends her action. Revd Jess

Shoeboxes needed We are collecting shoeboxes to use in the making of children’s Easter gardens on Good Friday. If you have a box to give, please leave it at the back of church. Thank you.

Easter Monday Taizé Singing Workshop Run by Daisy Durrant

18th of April 10am - 11am

A gentle, peaceful hour of Taizé chants.

Everyone welcome, no experience of singing or Taizé necessary.

Open to all ages, come alone or with friends and family.


Book your space for free at

For more information email


There will be an opportunity to leave a cash donation towards Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal


APCM Our annual parochial church meeting is scheduled for Sunday 1st May after the 10am service. This includes elections for Church Wardens and new PCC members. Full details are displayed in the porch.




Easter Services



Good Friday for families



Easy Fundraising

This is an easy way for us to raise money for the church. Every time your shop online with many major retailers a small donation can be made to the church. It takes only a few minutes to register and it’s very easy. Go to and search for the Church of the Good Shepherd Shoreham by Sea when looking for your ‘cause’. We currently have 33 people registered on behalf of the church. It would be fantastic to get more.


Update on incumbent vacancy

Many of you will have seen the advert for our new incumbent in the Church Times (which was shared on our Facebook page).

The closing date is the 28th April, and once firm applications have been received and considered by Bishop Martin, they will be sent straight to the Parish Representatives. Interviews have been pencilled in for 23rd May and applicants will be able to visit the Benefice beforehand.

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We hope all the women from our congregation are enjoying the flowers that were given out by the children on Mothering Sunday.

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 week. Revd Jane



Notices for the newsletter should be emailed to Revd Jane by Wednesday at 12noon


Revd Jane Bartlett Email: Tel: 079355 38085.

Church wardens Emma Purser, Penny Humphrey and deputy warden Kay Haffenden 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, 3rd April

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


6pm – Taizé for Healing


Tuesday 5th April

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion with Revd Jess.


Wednesday 6th April

6pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom


Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274



Friday 8th April

8am – Meditation with Morning Prayer at St Mary de Haura and also on Zoom

Meeting ID: 513293120 (No password is needed ) 

Click here LINK  

Saturday 9th April

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:



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