2022 March 19 - Pew News


Masks - The request to wear masks in church has been relaxed in accordance with national advice. Please continue to be considerate.


Sunday 20 March 2022 - The Third Sunday of Lent

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

9.30am  Parish Communion with Baptism  (Revd Andrew Doye)

Hymns:   Praise, my soul, the king of heaven (766); Take, my life, and let it be (787i); In Christ alone my hope is found (678); We sing the praise of him who died (156); Will you come and follow me (510)

Anthem:  And didst thou travel light  Richard Shephard

Voluntary:  Prelude in C Minor  BWV 546  J S Bach

Readings:  Isaiah 55: 1-9;  Luke 15: 1-3 and 11b-32

9.30am  Sunday School in the Parish Hall, but joining for the Baptisms

[6.00pm]  Evening Prayer  is CANCELLED  (apologies)


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

Peace for the land of Ukraine; safe refuge for those leaving their homes.

The people of Russia, including those in a war not of their choosing.

Those preparing in our parish for Confirmation (5 May) or Admission to Communion (17 April).


Sunday 27 March 2022 – Mothering Sunday (Fourth Sunday of Lent)

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

9.30am  All-age Service  (Martin Brown & Revd Andrew Doye)

Readings:  Exodus 2: 1-10; John 19: 25b-27

11.15am  Holy Communion at Woodmancote (Revd Andrew Doye)


This Coming Week

Monday to Friday  8.30am   Morning Prayer  (via Zoom)

Please contact Marjorie Kipling if you want a Zoom invitation

Monday 21 March     10.00am to 12 noon  DROP IN (in the Parish Hall)

Tuesday 22 March   2.00pm (Hall); no evening session.  Lent Lectures

Thursday 24 March  10.30am  Holy Communion (Revd Andrew Doye)

Friday  25 March         12.30pm  Lent Lunch (in the Parish Hall) supporting Bridge to Unity which offers help of many kinds to Afghan refugees.

Saturday 26 March  Posy making & Churchyard clearing 

The Rector is off duty on Friday this week


At our services we welcome retiring cash collections, in the marked box at church, for humanitarian efforts to support the people of Ukraine.   Proceeds will be given to the Disasters Emergency Committee, to whom you can also make direct payments at the website dec.org.uk  

A prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  Amen.


Monday Drop-in has resumed in the Parish Hall. Do join us on Mondays from 10am – 12 noon. Refreshments and chat for all. If you think you might be able to help by volunteering please contact Andrew Turner - 01243 373545 or email sjbwparishoffice@gmail.com. Thank you.

Worship during Lent

This is a special time of Christian devotion. Do perhaps join us for weekday morning prayer on-line 0830-0900 (all weeks); and/or for evening worship in Holy Week, 7.30pm from Mon 11 to Thur 14 April 2022. A candle burns in the North Chapel for Ukraine.

Posy Making, 9am Saturday 26th: gents and young people please join an hour’s joyous assembly line in preparation for Mothering Sunday.

Opportunities to help prepare for Easter from 9am, Sat 26th March - Church Yard clear up, please bring your own tools; & on 2nd April from 9am Church cleaning and polishing, please bring cloths and brasso.

Lent Lectures - Revd Barbara Watson-Hammond leads our parish Lent course on the Turning of the Bible into Modern English. The sessions run on three more Tuesdays 22 March to 5th April, at 2pm in the Hall, and again at 7.30pm at the Rectory (though evening session is cancelled this coming week). The sessions deepen our understanding of the Scriptures and their part in our Christian identity. Newcomers welcome.

The Octagon Parish offers its own series of lectures after compline, 7pm St Peter’s East Marden, running up to Holy Week.  The next two are:

24 March: The Revd Canon Tim Schofield: Formerly Precentor of Chichester Cathedral  The Church and Music

31 March: Mrs Fiona Mullett: Formerly Head Teacher, South Harting C E Primary School  The Church and Education

Revision of Electoral Roll April 2022 

The churches’ Electoral Roll will be revised ahead of the Annual Meeting on 1 May 2022.  To have your name added, please complete the blank form available at the North door of St John’s church by 10 April; and return the form to me or the Rector, or leave in the ‘B’ pigeon hole. Also let me know of any address changes since last year. Many thanks. Margaret

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