2019 February 24 - Pew News


Sunday 24 February 2019 - Second before Lent

8.00am      â€‹â€‹ 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.

Anthem:       Prayer of St Richard of Chichester - Malcolm Archer

Voluntary:    Toccata   Eugène Gigout

11.15am​       Holy Communion at Woodmancote (Revd Andrew Doye)

6.00pm​         Late-month Special: In the footsteps of Benny (Revd Andrew Doye) 

Collect for 2nd Sunday before Lent

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son 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 3 March 2019  – The Sunday next before Lent

8.00am​          Holy Communion (BCP) - (Revd Andrew Doye)

9.30am​          Parish Communion (with Songs of Praise) - (Revd Andrew Doye)

Readings:      Exodus 34: 29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Psalm 99, Luke 9:28-36

6.00pm​​          Choral Evensong - (Revd Andrew Doye)

This Week (in the Parish Church unless stated)

Monday 25 February to Friday 1 March 2019

8.30am ​          Morning Prayer

Wednesday 27 February 2019

10.30am​         Holy Communion - (Revd Andrew Doye)

7.30pm​           PCC Meeting  (in Parish Hall)

Monday 25 February and Thursday 28 February 2019

10am to 12 noon - Drop In for Coffee & Chat in the Parish Hall

Friday 1 March 2019

12.30pm​          First Friday Lunch for Embrace the Middle East  (Parish Hall)

Saturday 2 March 2019

9am-12noon    Marmalade Festival (in the Parish Hall)

The Rector’s day off is Friday


News and events

Women's World Day of Prayer.  Friday 1 March 2019, 10am, Southbourne Church.

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 to be a part of this exciting new venture. Contacts on the printed version of the pew sheet available in the church.

Friday 8 March 2019  Another superb Westbourne Supper Lecture with Tracy Borman, Palace Historian. She 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 from Susie D or Rona Musker (contacts on printed pew sheet).

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. Two places left. Sign-up sheet in Welcome Area at St John the Baptist. More information from Jane Stuttard

New Electoral Roll - This year a new electoral roll has to be prepared. This means that everyone has to fill in an application form to be put on the new roll, even if your name is on the current one. Forms can be found on the right inside the north door at St John the Baptist Church. Completed forms need to be received no later than Sunday 31 March.  Please put them in the ‘B’ pigeon hole marked for my attention or send to Margaret Bristowe (contacts on form in church).

Marmalade … Saturday, 2 March 2019! In the Parish Hall from 9am to 11.30am - marmalade (6 jars per cook?) 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.

Why not become a Friend of Chichester Cathedral? The Friends are celebrating 80 years of support for this beautiful and sacred place.  In that time, for instance, they have restored the Reredos in the Sailors’ Chapel, and given 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 found in the Welcome Area at St John the Baptist Church. Rona Musker, Cathedral Link.


Thought for the week

How does my faith (however ‘strong’ or ‘weak’) act as a steer within the living of my life?  

Do I? … should I? ..  can I? … gain a sense of God’s calling within what I do?  

.. which may include a calling into new areas or endeavours?    

Is my time, my talent and my treasure, available in the service of God and the common good?

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