2019 January 6 - Pew News


Sunday 6 January 2019 - The Epiphany
8.00am    Holy Communion (BCP) (Revd Bill McCoubrey)
9.30am    Festival Communion (Revd David Hider)
Children will go to the Parish Hall for Sunday School
Anthem:   Wise men seeking Jesus     Jonathan Willcocks
Set Readings:  Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3: 1-12; Psalm 72; Matthew 2: 1-12
Voluntary: Carillon Sortie    Henri Mulet
6.00pm     Evening Prayer (said) (Martin Brown)

Collect for The Epiphany
O God, who by the leading of a star manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may at last behold your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Sunday 13 January 2019 – The Baptism of Christ 
(The Second Sunday of Epiphany)
8.00am    Holy Communion (BCP) (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am    Worship for Everyone (Revd Andrew Doye, preacher Martin Brown)
11.15am  Sung Communion at Woodmancote (Revd Andrew Doye)
6.00pm    Sung Communion (Revd David Nason)
Readings: Isaiah 43:1-7; Acts 8: 14-17; Psalm 29;  Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

This Week

Monday 7 January to Friday 11 January 2019
8.30am     Morning Prayer

Wednesday 9 January 2019
10.30am    Holy Communion (Revd Andrew Doye)

Monday 7 January and Thursday 10 January 2019
10.00am to 12 noon    Drop In for Coffee & Chat in the Parish Hall

The Rector is off duty until 9 January 

News and Events

Revd Andrew Doye and Karen Doye thank the many parishioners who have sent us Christmas greetings and good will. They wish you the blessings of a Happy New Year.

A ground-breaking web resource - the new Visual Commentary on the Bible matches three works of art with passages of scripture.  Each triptych is chosen by a theologian or an art historian, who also writes a short commentary on each picture, relating it to the Bible passage.  Presently there are 50 completed triptychs; and this will increase to 1,500 in the coming seven years, as copyright licences are obtained. Visit thevcs.org and save the site as a bookmark. Try the adoration of the shepherds’ Luke 2:8-16 maybe, as a starting place.

50/50 Draw - the winning numbers for December 2018 were 1st 40, 2nd 33 and 3rd 10.

A New Year’s Resolution - please consider giving an hour or two to the church to help with one or more of the following: Church Watch on the 2nd or 3rd Friday each month;  cleaning an area of the church each month; preparing and serving the coffee after the 9.30am service occasionally or taking on a role as Sidesperson or Server, please
speak to Jane Stuttard or be prepared when someone approaches you!

Annual Report on 2018
Now is the time of year when we can collect our thoughts on last year, and begin to prepare our annual report of church activities in 2018.  If you usually prepare a report, can you please do so before the end of January and send to the PCC Secretary or handwritten notes in the pigeonhole please.
Also, it would be good to receive comments or one-liners on anything that struck you as enjoyable, unusual or memorable during the year or the Advent and Christmas season.

Catering committee - seeks more members of its team to help at future events. If willing to join, do contact Margaret B or Angie L (contacts in pew sheet in church).

Giving - if you are able to make a regular contribution to the Church, the preferred method of giving is using the Parish Giving Scheme. Leaflets are at the back of our churches or contact a Churchwarden.

In December 2018, we passed £1/4M donated to our parish via the Parish Giving Scheme. This includes nearly £50k in Gift Aid and more than £15k in inflationary and voluntary increases in giving.  Thank you all. Jonathan Kipling, Churchwarden

Plastic Milk Bottle Tops ONLY please - we currently have a Charity outlet for clean, plastic milk bottle tops for recycling.  So please do not leave any other types of bottle tops as they are not recyclable in West Sussex.  Thank you.

Year of Vocation cards - available in the Churches for all: to use in compiling of a spiritual ‘Rule of Life’. These are private to the user, and build up during the coming six months.  In Advent we were invited to consider any patterns by which we wish to shape our Prayer and Penitence; and in the Christmas season, we have been invited to consider how we can respond to those in need, nearby and further away.  

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