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Sunday 29 August 2021 - Patronal Festival (13th Sunday after Trinity)

9.30am All-age Sung Parish Communion (Revd Andrew Doye)
The Patronal Service is a celebratory sung communion, to unite our worshipping communities from all parts of the parish. Do join us. Afterwards a return to shared refreshments in the Parish Hall.
- Hymns: O God, our help in ages past (746); Glory to God (Peruvian) (416); Great is thy faithfulness (650); O for a heart to praise my God (132); For all the saints (296, verses 1-4,7-8) Readings: Jeremiah 1: 4-10; Matthew 14: 1-12
- Voluntary: Festival Toccata Percy Fletcher
The Westbourne Magazine for September 2021 is available today.

6.00pm Evening Prayer – Iona Liturgy (Revd Andrew Doye)
- Songs from Iona: Oh, the life of the world; God to enfold you; Listen, Lord; Halle, halle, halle (Carribbean)

Services in our churches: for the present, please bring your face mask and be prepared to wear it - helping to protect you and your neighbours. Communion is presently in the form of bread alone. In the Parish Church, please enter by the North Door, and exit via the West Door.

Prayers and the Collect

Collect for 29 August 
Almighty God, who called your servant John the Baptist to be the forerunner of your Son in birth and death: strengthen us by your grace that, as he suffered for the truth, so we may boldly resist corruption and vice and receive with him the unfading crown of glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

For our prayers (please contact the Rector to add names):

• for Afghanistan; for all migrants forced to move from their home countries
• for the Paralympic Games
• for all affected by Covid-19, and the public response in UK and abroad

If there are causes or people that you wish to bring to the attention of the Church and its praying community, please contact the churchwardens. Contacts for the Rector and Churchwardens can be found in our church directory.

Private prayer - St John the Baptist Westbourne, the Parish Church, is open daily for private prayer between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Sunday 5 September 2021 – The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) (Revd Bill McCoubrey)

9.30am Sung Parish Communion (Presiding Canon Tim Schofield, preaching Martin Brown)
- Readings for 09.30am service: Isaiah 35: 4-7a; (Psalm 146); James 2:1-10,14-17; Mark 7: 24-end

6.00pm Deanery Evensong at The Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Singleton PO18 0EZ (Valley Parish) (All welcome)


This coming week

Morning Prayer

Wednesday 1 September 2021, 10.30am [CHANGED - DETAILS BELOW] Holy Communion (BCP) (Revd Andrew Doye) Monday to Friday - 8.30am - Morning Prayer on Wednesday this will take the form of choral matins. Please contact Marjorie Kipling if you want a Zoom invitation

UPDATE: Holy communion, 1st September, change of plan. Regrettably, I need to cancel the intended service this Wednesday whilst essential works are going on in the Parish Church. This service will instead resume from 8th September. Andrew Doye

Giving to the church

One of the changes in Summer 2020 was to introduce a contactless machine for occasional giving. Now, it is timely to remind everyone of the different ways to give to the Church, as cash becomes more difficult to bank and some methods incur fees. A separate sheet is available in our churches. Many thanks to all who give regularly to our churches and to those who have reviewed their giving recently.

Growing in faith

We are all encouraged to grow in the expression of our Christianity. Here are some opportunities to do that. To pursue any one of these, or enquire further, please contact the Rector soon.

Confirmation is offered for young persons (12+) and adults, involving preparation and conversation, before a gathered Service in the Cathedral or another local church. There is no upper age limit.

At our services: would you like to learn to be a robed Server at the Parish Communion? Would you like to offer to be an occasional welcomer and helper at baptisms after the 09.30am service? Might you like to know what is involved in leading our prayers from time to time at 0930? For each of these we maintain a small team. If interested, do contact the Rector soon to learn more. Admission to Communion is a course of preparation for children (7+) who are not yet confirmed, but would like to receive the bread and wine in our services. Parents need to be in accord, and should enquire on their child’s behalf. It is hoped to run a course this coming term.


Village tea - 28 August 2021

A very pleasant afternoon tea was enjoyed by Westbourne Parish residents on the Rectory Lawn. A chance to chat and catch up with those who had not met for some time, as well as the chance to make new acquaintances. The excellent Puppet shows, books stall and preserves were all popular, though the magnificent selection of scones and cakes was the highlight of the day for many people.

Many thanks to everyone who was involved. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the forthcoming services  or to coffee Drop-in at  the Parish Hall in the coming months. Churchwardens

Sussex Ride & Stride

11 September 2021. Our churches are registered for participants to visit. The event is organised by Sussex Historic Churches Trust. Ride & Stride encourages walkers and cyclists to get sponsored to visit Churches/Chapels across the county and Hampshire too. Memorial Exhibition and Sale of Cyril and Jane Shutler’s Art Work in the Parish Hall on 23 and 24 October in aid of the Westbourne Church Restoration Trust. More details nearer the date.

Events coming up in the next few months (PDF opens in new window)
This includes Jonah and the Whale on 12 September, Harvest Sunday on 10 October, Climate Sunday on 7 November and Parish Hall Drop-in coffee mornings restarting on Mondays from 6 September.

Iona Pilgrimage (very advanced notice)

Andrew and Karen Doye will lead a trip to the holy island of Iona from 15-22 April, 2023, staying at the Episcopal Church’s ‘Bishop’s House’. More details to follow, but mark the dates if you might like to come.

Churchyard Working Party

Spend a little time once again to make sure we maintain a tidy churchyard - please join us between 9.00am and 12 noon, next Saturday 4 September 2021. Please bring your own gardening tools. Coffee after the 09:30am Service resumes 29 August 2021 (more above)

Wednesday morning Holy Communion

This will resume on 8 September 2021 at 10.30am at St John the Baptist, Westbourne Parish Church (please note changed date).

Church Junior Church (‘Sunday School’)

This resumes 5 September 2021 - details from Katie Elliot-Smith (375409) Drop-In to open again from Monday 6 September 2021, 10.00am to 12 noon.

Parish Hall Drop-In events

These will re-open again from Monday 6 September 2021, 10.00am to 12 noon.

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