2019 February 17 - Pew News


Sunday 17 February 2019 - Third Sunday before Lent
8.00am​    Holy Communion (BCP)  (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am​     Parish Communion  (Revd Matt Luff, from Southbourne)
Readings: Jeremiah 17: 5-10;  1 Corinthians 15: 12-20;  Luke 6: 17-26
Anthem:    My eyes for beauty pine     Herbert Howells
Voluntary:  Prelude and fugue in E minor     Nicolaus Bruhns

Collect for 3rd Sunday before Lent
Almighty God, who alone can bring order to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity: give your people grace so to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, among the many changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Morning Prayer, each weekday at St John the Baptist Church, from 8.30 to 9.00am. 
If you haven’t been part of this yet, do try to find a morning on which you could join us. Books provided and no prior knowledge needed. Just turn up, and be a part of our daily worship.

Sunday 24 February – Second Sunday before Lent
8.00am   ​​   Holy Communion (BCP)   (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am​      Parish Communion (celebrant - Revd Andrew Doye; preaching – Martin Brown)
Readings:  Genesis 2: 4b-9,15-end;  Revelation 4;  Psalm 65; Luke 8: 22-25
11.15am​     Holy Communion at Woodmancote (Revd Andrew Doye)
6.00pm​       Late-month Special: In the footsteps of Benny (Revd Andrew Doye)  -  be inspired, moved and challenged

This Week (in the Parish Church unless stated)
Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019
8.30am ​       Morning Prayer
11.30am​      Funeral

Wednesday 20 February 2019
10.30am​      Holy Communion (Revd Andrew Doye)

Monday 18 February and Thursday 21 February 2019
10.00am to 12noon​ Drop In for Coffee & Chat in the Parish Hall

The Rector is off duty on Thursday and Friday this week

News and Events

Open the Book is a charity affiliated to the Bible Society, aiming to bring stories from the bible before primary school children, in a lively and interactive way.  We shall be sending a team of story-tellers into Westbourne School, and possibly other venues, beginning in the summer term.  We need to hear from a few more people who’d like to be a part of this exciting new venture. Contact details on the pew sheet in church to find out more about volunteering.

Friday 8 March 2019 - Another superb Westbourne Supper Lecture. Tracy Borman, Palace Historian, will introduce her first novel “The King’s Witch: James 1 & the Gunpowder Plot” in the Parish Hall. Supper at 7.00 pm. Tickets £12.50  available from Susie D or Rona Musker.

Lent Groups for EVERYONE: Four House Groups have been arranged to meet during Lent. There is a choice of two Chichester Diocesan courses, "Hear the Word of the Lord", written for the Year of the Bible (2017) or "Living Christ" compiled for the current Year of Vocation. Groups will meet in the parish on Mondays, 2.00pm (from 11 March); Tuesdays, 10.00am (from 5 March); Tuesdays, 7.30pm (from 5 March, with a change of timing on 12 March); and Wednesdays, 7.30pm (from 13 March).  Please sign-up now in the Welcome Area at St John the Baptist Church or speak with The Rector.  

Retreat to Alton Abbey, near Alton  4.00pm Friday, 15 March to 2.00pm Sunday, 17 March 2019. Cost £85 - bring your own towels and toiletries. Lift sharing will be arranged. Only two places left. Sign-up sheet in Welcome Area at St John the Baptist Church. More information from Jane Stuttard

Marmalade time again. Would you try to provide 6 jars of marmalade to help us have another Marmalade Festival this year? Just get the fruit in the pan and stir up some tasty marmalade. In the Parish Hall on Saturday 2 March 2019 from 9.00am to 11.30am - marmalade in advance would be lovely. Andrew Turner

Time to be thinking:  places become available on the Church Council (‘PCC’) and the Deanery Synod from late April. If interested to stand for these, or to know more, speak with an existing member or the Rector.

Have you thought of becoming a Friend of Chichester Cathedral? The Friends are celebrating 80 years of supporting the Cathedral in many different ways – from restoring the Reredos in the Sailors’ Chapel to providing new chairs for the Cathedral.   Friends enjoy monthly coffee mornings, lunch talks and visits to places of interest at home and abroad.  Membership forms are available in the Welcome Area at St John’s, and I urge you to take one and consider becoming a Friend of our beautiful Cathedral. Rona Musker, Cathedral Link.

Year of Vocation cards available in the Churches for all: to use in compiling of a spiritual ‘Rule of Life’.  These are personal to the user, and build up during these six months.  In Advent we were invited to identify patterns by which to shape our Prayer and Penitence; and in the Christmas season, we are asked to consider how we can respond to those in need, nearby and further away. On reaching decisions prayerfully, we may commit them to these cards: our private ‘rule of life’.


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