Our Rector Writes

Dear Friends,

The photo above reminds me what a wonderful gift of creation we have all around us. Please pray for the outcomes and discussions from the COP26 conference. 

Caring for God’s planet

As a family we have been trying to work out how we can make small changes that make a big difference.

If you are interested in knowing more, do take a look at the a-Rocha website. https://arocha.org.uk/our-activities/living-lightly-take-action/

They have some wonderful practical ideas for home, church, community and planning Christmas.

 Harvest gifts

A huge thank you to everyone who donated goods and money to Crawley open House. I received a letter and certificate thanking us for the food. All gratefully received. We were able to give almost £900.00 as a Benefice. Thank you very much. 

Family Support Work. 
“A strong family for every child in Sussex”. This is the single aim of FSW. Every Christmas FSW relies on us to make sure that all children receive Christmas presents. I would very much like us to donate some gifts to support this work. Please would you consider purchasing a new gift for children ages 5 up to teenager.

Teenagers appreciate vouchers or toiletries. NO CUDDLY TOYS please.  

We will be having a special day when you can bring these to church in a carrier bag, unwrapped so they can match up the gifts with a child. I would ask you to bring your gift to church on Sunday 28th November please. This is our service with Bishop Will. 10am at St Mary’s.

Services and reviewing precautions

With the rise in Covid cases, we are prayerfully reviewing the situation.  Please do wear a mask to church if you feel more comfortable. ( there are boxes of masks at the door with handgel). we want to continue to do our best to care for each other during this time. We will continue to keep some spaces between us in the congregation. When we serve coffee, we would ask you to collect your coffee and them move out into the body of the church.

Thank you.

  Rev Julie

Sunday 7th November

St Mary’s 9.30am Holy Communion with Sunday Discoverers.

This will be followed by a Memorial Service for the life of Mr Mick Neale

Holy Trinity 11.00am Matins 

    6.30pm Choral Evensong. We will be celebrating the recent work carried out on the bells and      remembering David and Nancy Hill 

14th November

Remembrance Day at both churches. 10.45am.

At St Mary’s we will walk down to the War Memorial at the end of the service. I will be blessing the new bench on the Croft.

21st November

St Mary’s 9.30am Holy Communion with Sunday Discoverers.

Holy Trinity 11am Matins

Our guest preacher at both our services will be Rev Trevor Harrison. Trevor is an ordinand and I am his training Incumbent. 

28th November Joint service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s 10am. Bishop Will Hazlewood.

Please do put this date in your diary. I would really like us to gather today as ‘one’ to meet and hear our new Bishop.   

This month 16th November we have Deanery Synod Autumn Meeting for Rotherfield Deanery. Please pray for all who attend.

Diocesan Synod meets on Saturday 20th November.

Pray for wisdom and loving discussions. 

Please continue to pray for…

Doreen Jeffries who is recovering from surgery and currently in Crowborough Hospital.

Brenda Brunsdon and her family after losing her daughter Susan. May they know God’s comfort at this time.

For David Rosling family. Please pray for  Nanette, Kim, Pepé and Charlie. Funeral takes place at Holy Trinity on Wednesday 10th November at 2pm. The family invite those attending to join them afterwards at Sweetwoods golf club.

Pray for St Mary’s School with all the preparations for Advent and Christmas.

Finally, please keep in touch with each other in the coming weeks as the evening draw in and the weather becomes colder. It can be a lonely time for some and in some cases a worry as fuel prices and the cost of living is raised. If you know of anyone who is in need, please let me know.

 We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks at our Advent and Christmas Services.

With love and prayers,