2021 January 9 - Pew News

New update due to the coronavirus pandemic (14 January 2021)

  • From 15 January 2021 - Westbourne Parish Church will be closed to visitors until further notice.
  • All gathered services in the Parish Church will cease until further notice. This affects immediately the act of Evening Prayer scheduled for 17 January, and all subsequent scheduled events.


Sunday 10 January 2021 - 1st Sunday of Epiphany

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE (which has changed from that in the Magazine)

At 09:30 worship in a Service of the Word (‘Worship for Everyone’) [Virtual via Zoom]

At 11:15 there will be no service.

At 18:00 we offer a service of said Evening Prayer (BCP) in the Parish Church.

Those of you ‘present’ at our Zoomed services are always invited to sing along with them during a live broadcast act of worship, taking care to ‘mute’ your device’s microphone as you do so.

Hymn tunes to be played in the 09:30 service are the following:

72 Joy to the world

263 Spirit of the living God

109 When Jesus comes to be baptised [tune: Herongate]

258 O thou who camest from above

The presiding minister at our 09:30 Service is the Revd Andrew Doye, with the assistance of the Reader Martin Brown and Amy Turner.

The 18:00 service is led by the Revd Andrew Doye.

The readings in our morning service are 1 Samuel 3: 1-10, 19-20 and Mark 1: 4-11.

Our music has been played and recorded by Stewart Taylor. The preacher at 09:30 is the Revd Andrew Doye, the Rector.

A Special Prayer for The First Sunday of Epiphany (for you to pray at home)

Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Words from the Rector

Epiphany really is the season of all seasons: a time of glory and joy at the coming of Christ, his beauty and his works; which leads at its end into the first forebodings of his later suffering and death. Amongst the events and miracle which tell forth his unveiling to the world, and his call upon all people, there are hints, too, of the mixed reception that is afforded the Christ. This is the season of the incarnation and its deep significance, both humanly and theologically. We can continue the Christmas dynamic of ‘delight’ amid a wide contemplation of the ‘divine light’. And the hymns and poetry of the season, together with its artworks, are delicious.

You might think from the title of the season, that this is but an extended mediation on one particular event - the coming of the Magi - but that would be wrong. We do better to look to the broader concept of Epiphany that is held in the Eastern Church, comprising at very least the three events: of wise men, waters and wine (depicted in our logo opposite the Collect, above). And, also, to take and weigh that word, ’epiphany’: which is much a part of current speech and depicts for all a change of heart; an unexpected realisation; a transformed perspective. This should be Epiphany for us who welcome the Christly light; as it was for the travellers in TS Eliot’s famous poem, The Journey of the Magi.

Worship for the week ahead

Monday to Friday 8.30am Morning Prayer (or Communion on Thursday).

Please contact the Rector or Marjorie Kipling if you would like a Zoom invitation

17 January 2021
09:30 Parish Communion (‘Zoom Service’) - 2nd Sunday of Epiphany.

18:00 Said Evening Prayer (BCP)

For our prayers (contact the Rector or Churchwardens to add names to be included in the service):

For the NHS, its staff, and all providers of care. For the United States at a time of national turmoil and heart-searching. For peace in the Middle East. For those we know who are ill, perplexed or distraught. For the families of those who have died in recent weeks.


Scavenger Hunt

Come and join our fundraising scavenger hunt on Saturday 23 January from 7pm. The idea of the game is that participants find the items commonly found in our homes. The rounds will be themed and each have a set time. Anyone who would like to have help to find items can involve others in their home. The game will last about an hour and a half with a short break between each round. It will be easy for everyone to take part. You can book your place by emailing the Rector at westbournechirector@outlook.com .

Donations for church funds can be made on our usual online donation link at CAFOD Donate [opens in a new window] or you can put an envelope with your donation, details and gift aid form through the rectory letterbox.

You can help us promote this by displaying a poster (PDF will open in a new window) or sending it on to those who may be interested in joining.

Everybody is welcome, near and far, so gladly spread the word.

Westbourne Magazine

The copy date for the first issue of 2021 is Tuesday 12 January 2021.

The annual subscription for 2021 of £6 is due (and for subscribers your distributor will be in contact later this month). In the current circumstances you may wish to have a Magazine delivered, if so please contact Marjorie as soon as possible (we currently make deliveries in Westbourne, Emsworth, Aldsworth and Woodmancote).

Pictures of the Christmas floral decorations

Services in the weeks ahead

Our churches’ plans for acts of worship for the period to the end of January are now revised from those set out in the current magazine, and in response to the increased concern regarding new variant Covid.

These are now as follows:

1) Those Sunday Services planned for 8am in the Parish Church and at 11:15 at Woodmancote are for the moment suspended. 

2) We will seek to hold a non-eucharistic service at 6pm in the Parish Church in the weeks that this can be sustained. The established expectations of face coverings, careful sanitising and social distancing, of course continue to apply.

3) There will be no ‘gathered’ Communion services in the parish for the time being.

4) Sadly, the planned Choral Evensong, set for 31 January 2021, is cancelled; and will be replaced by a said Evening Prayer at that same 6pm. We continue to await national directives to know what will be possible for us, looking further ahead; and we thank parishioners for their patient understanding.

Open Church

Our Parish Church presently remains open to visitors, but we are reducing those hours again to two occasions each week: from 10am-3pm on Thursday, and 12 noon-3pm on Sunday. ‘Zoom’ on weekday mornings.

Westbourne Church continues to offer worship at 08:30 (for half an hour) online via Zoom, Mondays to Fridays.

You can ‘attend’ with whatever frequency works for you, but to be added to the list of those invited please first contact The Rector who will be pleased to add you to the daily distribution list. Just send him an email.As restrictions on our movements increase presently, it is suggested this might be of interest to additional members of our congregations or village. 

Westbourne Help, which did such a good job locally in the earlier months of the pandemic has been called back into being by the Parish Council to help those who are isolating or have no other support over the winter because of Covid-19. Notices are posted around the village. If there are causes or people that you wish to bring to the attention of the Church and its praying community, please contact Rector or Churchwardens, whose details.

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