Newsletter 5th September 2021


The Fourteenth Sunday
after Trinity
5th September 2021

Detail from banners depicting the first Genesis Creation story.
Currently displayed in church and made by Chris Diebel.
This Sunday marks the beginning of Creationtide,
a church season that runs until 4th October. It is a
time in our church calendar when we might focus
on God as creator and sustainer of all life. This
year the Church England has the theme of ‘Home
for All’, renewing the oikos of God. Oikos means
‘home’ or ‘family’ and is the root of our words
starting with ‘eco’ like ‘ecology’. We urgently
need to restore our relationship with God’s
creation. The UN global climate change talks
taking place in November (COP26) are of critical
importance. Change is possible if we are willing to
act to protect the environment. One of the local
success stories is the sea kelp restoration along
the Sussex coastline. To celebrate this unique
rewilding conservation initiative we have installed
a Kelp Forest Community Art Project in the
church. The display of kelp and marine creatures
has been made by the craft group and others
from the church, including children and visitors.
Come and have a look. It hangs as a sign of hope
that we can live more lightly on the earth and
respect it as a home for all.

Merciful God,
your Son came to save us
and bore our sins on the cross:
may we trust in your mercy
and know your love,
rejoicing in the righteousness
that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Isaiah 35.4-7a, Psalm 146,
James 2.1-10[11-13] 14-17,
Mark 7.24-37

Sea Lights is on a
summer break until
19th September.
Lamb’s Tales is back
17th September. This week we have an all age
service at 10am. All welcome.

Harvest Flowers
This year there is an opportunity to sponsor some of
the flowers for Harvest Festival. If you would like to
remember someone special, there will be a list at the
back of the church, from next Sunday, for you to write
their name and reason for remembrance or
thanksgiving. These will either be printed out or read
at Harvest Festival.
Please put your sponsorship donation in one of the
yellow envelopes, mark it 'Harvest flowers', and post
it in the porch wall safe. If you prefer to pay by bank
transfer to the church account, please reference the
payment as Harvest. Chris Thompson

Sylvia Jeans RIP
We are sad to share the news that Sylvia Jeans, a
valued member of our congregation, has died
after a time of illness. Our thoughts and prayers
are with her family. May Sylvia rest in peace and
rise in glory. If you want information about
Sylvia’s funeral, please contact Trish Holme.
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

Bob’s Card Sale
On Sunday, 12th September after the 10.00 Church
Service, in the Church Hall. All cards £1 each.
Proceeds to the Church of the Good Shepherd.
Sussex Underwater talk in church
Thursday 30th September 7.30pm
Sussex Underwater is a social media group set up for
the public to share their videos, photos and
information about the sea off Sussex. Their aim is to
document the positive changes that are now
happening in the seas across our area thanks to the
kelp restoration. Representatives for Sussex
Underwater are hosting a talk in the church with
photos and videos to show us what is happening
underwater. They will also talk about the kelp project
and how important kelp is to the health of our seas
and the planet. No need to book - just come along.

Autumn Bible Study
We will have the opportunity to join with St Mary de
Haura for a season of autumn Bible study. There is the
option to attend either a Zoom course or in person.
More details to follow soon.


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. Ebikes
are welcome.
Participants may raise
sponsorship. Proceeds go
50-50 the Good Shepherd
and the Sussex Historic
Churches Trust.
Please telephone Jonathan for more details: 07889


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

Celtic Evening Prayer
Please note there is no Celtic Evening Prayer this
week. It will be back 15th September.
Recycling in church
We hope to soon resume our church recyling. For
those who are interested in helping, we have a
meeting over church coffee on Sunday 19th
September, after the service.
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.

The Children’s
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…
Come and enjoy looking at the Kelp Forest
Community Art Project. Thanks to everyone who
has made this installation possible, especially
Revd Jess, Judy, Jeff, Chris Diebel, Hilary and the
craft group. The church is open every day 9am to

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, 5th September
8am – Holy Communion with Revd
10am – All Age Communion with
Revd Steve.
This service will be live streamed onto our
Facebook and You Tube channel.
You Tube page CLICK HERE
Church Facebook page CLICK HERE
Tuesday, 7th September
9.30am - Informal Holy
With Revd Pat.
Friday 10th 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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