Newsletter, Second Sunday of Advent, 6th December 2020

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The Second Sunday of Advent,

6th December, 2020

 

This Sunday we return to church for both our 8am and 10am services.  You need to book for the 10am. This service will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. Although it is the first Sunday of the month it will not be an all age service as the children are needed in the hall to rehearse for the Crib service.  The Tuesday 9.30am service also returns to church.  It will be good to see each other again in person, even if at a safe distance and behind a facemask!

 

Collect

Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as

judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God.

 

Readings

Isaiah 40.1-11, Psalm 85.1-2,8-13,
2 Peter 3.8-15a, Mark 1.1-8

 

 

Zoom Coffee Time!

For those joining us at home on Sunday, when the 10am live stream of the service finishes you have five minutes to make yourself a cuppa and join us for a Zoom coffee time.  Join Zoom Meeting

JOIN COFFEE TIME HERE

Meeting ID: 846 7654 6296, Passcode: 281524

Outdoor Pop-up Christmas Fayre

Sunday 13th December, 11am-1pm

This year the church Christmas Fayre will be different due to the epidemic.

All stalls are outside and socially distanced. A raffle, mulled non-alcoholic drinks - and if we're lucky a special treat. 

Wrap up warm and come prepared to enjoy yourselves! Even if it rains or snows, the show will go on!

 The ‘Funraising’ Team.

Remember we can only socialise in groups of six outside, so please don’t gather in large numbers.

 

The St Francis Fund

The fund is here to help anyone facing a financial crisis, leading up to Christmas.

The fund is able to help by gifting small grants to those in need, within the Good Shepherd.

Please contact Edgar Powell, in confidence, if you, or anyone you know, is in need. Edgar: 01273 453709

Children

Sea Lights is in the hall this week. There will be preparations for the Beach Hut Christingle and the Crib Service. Please email Daisy if you would like your child to attend the session on 6th December. cogssundayschool10@gmail.com

Daisy needs some battery operated fairy lights for the beach hut Christingle. If you can lend her any please email her.

Admission to Communion

Revd Steve will be running an admission to Communion course for children early next year. If you feel your child is ready to take this step, let Daisy know.

 

The Advent Angel Meditative Retreat

If you think you would like to try out the retreat for yourself, but are not joining us on Zoom, you will find the documents you need here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fky-vQOBUomMZyE5y97jzxeZdMTnAUDC?usp=sharing; it includes a document called YouTubeLinks which has all the links you need to the videos on You Tube. Or email me for details and I will send you the details in a simpler format. j.aidley@gmail.com Revd Jess

 

Christmas card delivery service

As part of our ongoing fundraising, we are offering a delivery service for Christmas cards. The cards are for delivery on Shoreham Beach only. Our collection service will operate on 6th, 13th, 16th and 20th December. We will collect from you home and deliver door to door. The cost will be £1 for 5 cards. Jill Charlish and Angela Tritton will collect your cards from your home. If you would like this service while also helping to raise money for our church please contact us via email at:

 jillcharlish@hotmail.com

tritton132@btinternet.com

We will collect your cards in the morning and aim to deliver the same day. Please state the preferred date.

 

International development aid: lobbying your MP

Bishop Martin is encouraging congregations to lobby their MP about the Government’s spending review.  There is a proposal to reduce our contribution to international development aid of 0.7% of Gross National Income. Bishop Martin writes: ‘The commitment to this aid was a landmark cross-party achievement and it represented a moral imperative to work for the eradication of poverty as a source of conflict, in which women and children are the first casualties, and the environment is often the second.

The present Government campaigned in the last election on the basis of commitment to this 0.7% contribution.  Honouring that commitment should withstand the economic challenges of the pandemic, since we remain one of the world’s wealthiest nations and have an important contribution to make to its peace, stability, and recovery of reverence for the earth, our common home.’ If you would like to write to our MP, Tim Loughton, you can do so here: https://www.timloughton.com/contact

Carol Service, Sunday 13th December, 2020, 6pm.

We hope you will join us for our online carol service. Zoom links will be sent out next week in the newsletter. Spread the word on social media by sharing our posts.

 

And finally…

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like a chat or ask for prayer. My hours as Associate Vicar are half time and my working days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and also Sunday mornings. Blessings and prayers for you all this week. Revd Jane Email: bartlett.jane@ntlworld.com.

Tel: 079355 38085.

Church website: www.goodshepherdshorehambeach.org.uk