Newsletter 9th May 2021




 Sixth Sunday of Easter,

9th May, 2021


'This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.' John 15.12

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

This Sunday sees the start of Christian Aid week. We are delighted to welcome Mark Johnson from Christian Aid to our 10am service. Mark is the Church Engagement and Fundraising Officer for Sussex and Kent. He will be talking to us live during the service, but through a Zoom link projected into the church. This is a technological first for us!

We hope you can join us either in church or by watching our 10am service on Facebook or You Tube.


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 10.44-48, Psalm 98, 1 John 5.1-6, 
John 15.9-17



Our Sunday school Sea Lights meets in the hall this Sunday at 10am. Please contact Daisy to book your child a place.


Bob’s Cards Sales

A variety of cards for sale 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.

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.


APCM news

Thank you to all those who attended our APCM on Zoom Tuesday evening. We welcome Penny Humphrey as a new church warden. We also welcome onto the PCC new members George Hickman, Kate Collier and Angela Tritton. Jenny Marshall has become our new electoral roll officer.  We wish them well in their service to the church.  Emma Purser remains our second church warden. The other serving members of the PCC are Jonathan Marshall, Louise Durrant, Harriett Purser, Daisy Durrant, Lynda Hargreaves, Jenny Marshall, Kevin Thorpe, Lesley Ward, Sally Excell, Barry Ward, Kay Haffenden, also Canon Ann, Revd Jane and Revd Steve

Keep off the grass

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


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!





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.


Quiz Night


Martin’s next Zoom quiz night is Monday 10th May, 7pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 6476 9879
Passcode: 028028





Christian Aid Week


Thank you to everyone who has ordered our ‘Take away tea to take away poverty ‘. Please collect from the Church of the Good shepherd between 2-3.30pm on Saturday 15th. 

Thank you too for all the offers of help with covering the roads on Shoreham Beach with the little red envelopes. If you haven’t already got your smart red bag complete with envelopes and official collecting card then please contact Jill. Delivery can start on Monday the 10th May (if anyone else would like to help in the delivery we could lighten the load of some of our volunteers. So please get in touch.) 

Our Church is really hoping to support Christian Aid this year with our fundraising events especially after such a difficult year for all charities. The twin threats of covid 19 and the climate crisis will be the focus. Christian Aid partners in Kenya are empowering communities to access and build dams or rock catchments near their homes so women and  children are spared the long and often hazardous walk to collect water and families have an accessible water supply for their crops , livestock and hygiene needs , 

Thank you again for your support in the valuable work of Christian Aid.  Teas need to have been ordered by 3rd May. If you have not yet donated for your tea you can do so here:

Please put Christian Aid Tea as the reference.

Jill Charlish 07796932420 

Thank you.







Bible Art Acts 10.44-48, John 15.9-17



This week I have tried to fuse the Acts reading and the John reading. Peter is fired up as he talks with the Gentiles in Cornelius's house, as he comes to the end of a journey from his understanding of the dream he had been given, the instruction from God to agree to the request from Cornelius to come and speak to the very people God had given him the dream about. 

As Jesus promised in the John reading, Peter is in Jesus and held in the love of God the Father as he talks, and the Holy Spirit is in the words and the space between him and the Caesareans, and fills them ... I have put some of the fire in their heads as a sign of the Holy Spirit having come upon them. What a wonderful passage this is!

Revd Jess


Congratulations to Revd Jess who has raised over £1,000 for St Barnabas House with her trampoline jumping challenge. There’s a great article about it in the Shoreham Herald. You can read it by clicking here





And finally…


Thanks go to Lesley, Penny, Jo and Liz who spent the Bank Holiday Monday morning spring cleaning the church after the building works. Here they are enjoying a well earnt coffee break in the vicarage garden. The church is now gleaming.

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,

16th 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, 9th May

8am – Holy Communion in church with Revd Jane

10am – Parish Communion in church with Revd Jane and Mark Johnson from Christian Aid.

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, 11th May

9.30am - Informal Holy Communion

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


Thursday, 13th May

7pm Celtic Evening Prayer on


Click here LINK  

Meeting ID: 835 3982 3953 Password: 589147


Friday 14th 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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