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Newsletter 21st April 2024


Good Shepherd Sunday

21st April 2024


Christ is risen, alleluia! Our Easter season continues this week with Good Shepherd Sunday.  We are delighted to have Archdeacon Martin Lloyd Williams with us to preside and preach at the 10am service.  Good Shepherd Sunday is often celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Easter. It is the time when we have Gospel readings about Christ being the good shepherd, and Psalm 23. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the life of our own little church on the beach. Come and join us. All are welcome.


Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock,

to the glory of God the Father.


(Genesis 7.1-5,11-18) Acts 4.5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3.16-24
John 10.11-18

Good Shepherd Sunday meal A reminder that if you have booked onto the community meal that begins after coffee time you will need to bring your own crockery, cutlery, and something to drink.

Sea lights has its first Godly Play session this week. It starts in the hall at 10am. New children welcome.


Christian Aid Week runs 12th-18th May. Help is needed to deliver envelopes for donations on Shoreham Beach (no collection needed).  Help is also needed for the breakfast event. Sign-up sheets will be at the back of the church. Please contact Jill Charlish if you can help. Email:


Healing Prayer is offered most Sundays after the 10am in the side chapel.

Labyrinth walk in the hall at 7am on Sunday as a contemplative preparation for the 8am service.

Admission to Communion for children Revd Jane is planning to run an admission to communion course for children. This is for children aged 7 and over. If you would like your child to participate, please let her know.

An invitation to Chichester Cathedral. Stephen Coke, member of both St Mary de Haura and the Good Shepherd, is being commissioned as an Authorised Lay Minister (ALM) for St Mary de Haura at the cathedral on Saturday 27th April, 2pm. All are welcome to attend. Many congratulations to Stephen. If you would like to know more about ALM training, go to:

Electoral Roll This is revised annually ahead of the APCM. Full details are displayed on the church door. The review ended 7th April, and the roll is available for inspection. Email:

APCM The Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place after the 10am service on 28th April. It is a time when we present the annual report and financial statements. We also elect church wardens and new PCC members. Please speak to Revd Jane if you are interested in standing and serving the church in this important way. A full notice with details of the meeting is displayed in the porch.

The Annual Report and Financial Statements of the PCC for the Year ended 31st December 2023, minutes from last year and the forthcoming agenda were sent out by email with the newsletters last week. A small number of paper copies are also available at the back of church.

Rogationtide Sponsored Walk Dave Worrall our Stewardship Officer is walking round the parish boundary thirty times! Dave is clocking up almost 300 miles in the period between Easter Monday (1st April) and Rogation Sunday (5th May).  He is fundraising for three church projects that require over £30,000: repairing and waterproofing the eastern wall of the Church of the Good Shepherd and its Calvary War Memorial, replacing fragile mullion windows in the church, and updating the sound system.  Rogationtide is traditionally a time for “beating the bounds” when parishioners walk around the parish, praying for successful sowing of crops and the subsequent harvest. You can find out more details and sponsor Dave here:  Thank you, Dave, for doing this walk on behalf of the church.

Walk with Dave and Revd Jane for Rogationtide You are invited to join Dave on his final parish boundary walk and a Rogationtide prayer service en route led by Revd Jane. This will be Saturday 4th May, meeting at the Good Shepherd at 9.45am. The walk will last four hours or more, but you can join in for as much or as little as you wish. Bring water and a packed lunch. This will also mark the end of Dave’s sponsored walk. Rogation provides an opportunity for us to pray for the life of our parish. Let Revd Jane know if you’d like to come.


Children’s Society house boxes please bring them to church by the end of the month so that we can do the annual count. Thanks.

The Good Shepherd banner beautifully made by Chris Diebel is displayed again in church in for Good Shepherd Sunday. If you would like to have your name, or the name of loved ones added to the banner, for a donation to the church (of any amount), please contact Chris. Email:

And finally… A big thank you to all who helped organise the Beetle Drive event. It raised £155 for the church. A fun social afternoon was had by all!


I work half-time and the days I am usually available are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday morning. I wish you all a blessed week,   Revd Jane

Services this week

Sunday 21st April

8am – Holy Communion with Fr Jerry

10am – Parish Communion with Archdeacon Martin. This service will be live streamed onto our Facebook and You Tube channel. You Tube page CLICK HERE  Church Facebook page CLICK HERE

Tuesday 23rd April

9.30am – Holy Communion with Revd Pat.

Wednesday 24th April

6pm – Celtic Evening Prayer on Zoom


Meeting ID: 868 1252 3106

Passcode: 960274

Friday 26th April

8am – Meditation with Morning Prayer A benefice service at St Mary de Haura

Saturday 27th April

8am – Morning meditation – in the Good Shepherd and also on Zoom Meeting ID: 812 8647 0381

Evening Prayer is said on Saturday, 5.30pm at St Mary de Haura.

To donate to the Church of the Good Shepherd online CLICK HERE Thank you

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The deadline for notices to Revd Jane for the weekly newsletter is 1pm on Tuesday.


Revd Jane Bartlett Email: Tel: 079355 38085.

Church warden Kay Haffenden email:

Safeguarding Officer David Edey Tel: 07590764900 Email:

 Children’s Ministry  Fiona Hendry

Parish centre and hall bookings Tel: 01273 440202

Prayer chain (for emergency prayer) Liz Beeston 01273 454685

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