PARISH CONTACTS Rector Assistant Curate Assistant Clergy
The Revd. Timothy Peskett Tel. 842522 The Revd. David Jarratt Tel. 583211 The Revd. Don Silcock The Revd. Brian Whitehead Tel. 866549 The Revd. Peter Walker O.G.S (Oratory of the Good Shepherd) Paul Godwin Tel. 829988
Margaret Treacy Dianne Embleton Deputy Churchwardens Derek Hale Steve Christie PCC Treasurer Roger Bennett PCC Secretary Maggie Hartley Flowers Doreen Brigden Bell Ringers Andrew Last Director of Music James Rushman Servers Denis Dunham Cathedral Link Maureen Williams Rectorâ€™s Secretary Wendy Morris
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8.00 a.m. Eucharist 9.30 a.m. Sung Eucharist 11.00 a.m. All age Sung Eucharist 6.00 p.m. Evening Prayer Junior Church is available during the 11.00 a.m. Service and the children join the congregation at the end of the Eucharist. WEEKDAY SERVICES Tuesday 10.00 a.m. Eucharist Wednesday 5.30 p.m. Eucharist Thursday 9.00 a.m. Eucharist Friday 9.00 a.m. Eucharist Healing and Laying on of Hands is on the first Tuesday of each month.
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated at 12.30 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month, with a reception and welcome at the 11a.m. Family Eucharist on the first Sunday of the following month. 3
The Rector writes... Dear Friends, Easter Day is very late this year, almost as late as it possibly can be. The date of Easter Day is on the first Sunday after the first full moon of the Spring Equinox apparently! More importantly however, how are we to make sense of the Resurrection of Jesus? Dead men don’t rise, so why does the Church in 2014 continue to confidently proclaim that Jesus did rise? At the end of St Luke’s Gospel we read that: “they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement” (Luke 24.4). This is highly significant. The Gospels do not show us a group of disciples who were in a receptive frame of mind. After the crucifixion, they were in hiding, frightened and scattered. Then suddenly, they came out of hiding and were totally different; excited, joyful. By Pentecost they were confident, with one firm message: “You crucified Jesus, but God raised him up!” How did they know this? Because of experience. Some of them had visited the tomb of Jesus: it was empty. Others claimed to have seen and touched the risen Lord. Were they hallucinating? People can hallucinate in groups – when taking drugs, for example. But of course each one will see a different hallucination. But the disciples all saw the same thing. Or rather, the same person. Jesus. Were they lying? Jesus had died a humiliating death as a criminal. Perhaps they wanted to rescue his good name. So did they pretend they had seen him? This theory has a big problem. Their preaching led them into trouble with the authorities. They were beaten and imprisoned and some of them killed. People will die for ideas and causes which they believe in passionately. But not for things they have made up. We might suffer for our convictions, we will not suffer for our inventions. 4
What about the ‘swoon’ theory? That Jesus didn’t die on the cross, despite terrible wounds. He recovered in the tomb, and escaped. The disciples nursed him back to health. But Roman soldiers were not known for their gentleness and they knew when a man was dead; and there was the guard on the tomb. Also, the events which followed simply don’t fit. If the disciples had been hiding Jesus, they would have kept very low-key, and out of the way, so that the authorities did not come after him again. Besides, to preach that God had raised Jesus from the dead – which is exactly what they did preach – would have been a lie. Beatings and threat of death would soon have loosened their tongues. Inventions crumble under pressure; convictions hold fast. Another reason for believing in the Resurrection is this: Jesus’ continuing impact. Millions and millions of people in every generation since have shared an inescapable sense of being ‘accompanied’ through life. Though unseen, they identify this presence as the Risen Lord. Sometimes this experience of meeting Jesus is gentle and fitful. Sometimes it is dramatic and life-changing. This reminds us that the resurrection of Jesus is not just an interesting historical puzzle. It is a vital present day reality. It brings wonderful comfort, assuring us of the central Christian truths: death is dead; Jesus is alive; God is love. Have a joyful – and a challenging Easter.
Love, joy and peace to you all Fr. Timothy Our front cover for this edition is a photograph of Bishop Martin taken during his recent visit to St Mary’s. 5
They say that Friday the 13th is unlucky if that’s the case Sunday the 23rd must be our luckiest day - why? It was the day we celebrated Bishop Martin Warners visit to us, it was a day of happiness and joy. A warm welcome to us from the Bishop, his special sermon, with amusing titbits and finally lunch. What a day - the music and singing was perfect. James played our beautiful organ (previously blessed by the Bishop) with joy. Then our lunch which was superb, thank you doesn’t seem enough, but we truly thank the Baker family and friends for all their hard work producing the delicious meal, making it all look so easy! A day that will live long in our memories. Thank you to everyone for making it so special. Have you taken a good look at the new altar frontals - quite amazing. Caroline’s embroidery is a work of art. I can only begin to imagine how many hours she spent on this, but it is truly exquisite. To Caroline, a very talented lady, a huge thank you from all at St Mary’s. Once again a number of us went to the Walberton Players latest production, the musical “Annie”. As always a superb performance. The children were delightful and the little girl who played Annie was amazing - wow what a talent. Good to see David and Jeanette Fido taking on many roles. A very happy evening with packed houses for each performance. Well done “Players” and we look forward to your next performance. It was good to see the JAM members helping and guiding the younger ones with the activities at the Pancake Party. I watched a little boy call Vinney expertly tossing pancakes - something I’m no expert at. Thank you to the leaders and their helpers for organising a very happy afternoon. I knew you would do it again Bish! A very interesting report of Barry Bishop’s journey through South Africa. The picture of that simple cross really moved me. Thank you Bish, waiting for the next journey.
So many contributions in last month’s magazine - thank you. Both Father Timothy and Father David’s articles really got me thinking. I think we are all a little competitive, but children have it off to a fine art at being “the best”. As Father David wrote we have a happy mix of worship at St Mary’s, which is appreciated by the parishoners. Peter Wright has been busy once more, as
always the history of the hymns we sing is very interesting. 6
The Lent lunches are under way, do please give them your support, each charity is special. We celebrated the start of Lent with two beautiful services, the sung eucharist was perfect, especially that special moment of the blessing with the ashes. Easter is a very busy time for the clergy, do try to attend some of the services, you will find them truly uplifting, then we can celebrate Easter day with joy. Fair Trade Easter Eggs will be on sale at the next Table Top sale on Saturday 5th April, a golden opportunity to support Fair Trade. Keep reading the Pew Sheet, all details of services etc are printed each week. Bunty Simmans
A New Service from St Mary’s
Are you unable to get to St Mary’s Church on Sunday morning?
Would you like to receive a CD recording of the Parish Eucharist once a month?
A recording is made once a month of the Parish Eucharist so that those who are unable to attend can still listen to and join in with the worship. The recording will be provided on audio CD (so will play on any CD player) and be delivered with your magazine. We will be charging £1 per CD for this service. Payment will be made when you make your annual payment for your magazine, so £10 per year or pro rata.. If you would like to make use of this service then contact either Fr David (583211) or the parish office (826886).
'The Peacemakers is dedicated to the memory of all those who lost their lives during armed conflict: in particular, innocent civilians. When I composed The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace for the millennium, it was with the hope of looking forward to a century of peace. Sadly, nothing much has changed.' Karl Jenkins CBE The Peacemakers is a work extolling peace. One line, from Rumi (the 13th century Persian mystic poet whose word have been used) sums up the ethos of the piece: 'All religions, all singing one song: Peace be with you'. Many of the 'contributors' are iconic figures that have shaped history, others are less well known. A handful of obvious figures came to mind, figures that have changed the world - Gandhi, Mandela & Martin Luther King, followed by such iconic & inspiring people as Mother Teresa & Anne Frank. There are words from Christ, The Qur'an, Judaism, & St. Seraphim of Sarov (a Russian Orthodox Monk), while St Francis of Assisi is included by association. English Poets, Shelley & Malory are heard, as are some wonderful words, especially written for The Peacemakers, by Terry Waite CBE. Extracts from the Preface to The Peacemakers, by Karl Jenkins, September 2011.
St Mary's Church Choir, together with Guests from the Edwin James Festival Choir will be performing this wonderful, thought provoking & exciting work on Palm Sunday, in the church at 6.00p.m., under the Musical Directorship of James Rushman. There is no admittance fee, but a retiring collection will be take for the Church Lenten Charities.
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St Maryâ€™s Choir &The Edwin James Festival Choir Perform
The Peacemakers By Karl Jenkins
Sunday 13th April at 6.00pm There will be a retiring collection in Aid of Church Lenten Charities 9
St Mary’s Church Pastoral Support Group Ann and Bob Webster (coordinators) 01243 828465 The pastoral support group is available to be a friendly ear to anyone in the community. If you know of someone who would appreciate a visit and a chance to talk then contact Ann or Bob and they will arrange for one of the dozen people in the group to visit. This could be someone who is bereaved, lonely, unwell, housebound or for some other reason, where a friendly chat would be welcomed.
You can also contact Ann and Bob if you notice that someone has been unable to make it to church for several weeks and we can check if there is anything that we can do.
‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’ A Voice from the Stalls (19) As a teenage chorister in Kent back in the 20th century, I sang this hymn (NEH 408) at countless weddings. It continues to be popular; at St. Mary’s we sing it several times a year at the 9.30 service. Such a well-known hymn tends to be taken for granted but researching it brought some surprises including some blatant borrowing and a ‘missing’ verse. Charles Wesley’s history is well-rehearsed; brother of John, the great Evangelist and author of over 6000 hymns-truly Methodism’s chief song-writer. John described his brother’s hymns as the best theological book available. Charles always wanted his hymns to teach some good doctrine to rich and poor. Hymn writers have often been shameless at building upon the works of others. Charles based ‘Love Divine’ on a popular ‘hit’ of the 1740s: ‘Fairest Isle, all Isles Excelling’. This had a good pedigree being part of an operetta about King Arthur by John Dryden with music by Purcell. Dryden’s verse ran as follows, with Charles’s modification to the right: ‘Fairest Isle, all Isles Excelling, Seat of Pleasures, and of Loves; Venus here will chuse her Dwelling, And forsake her Cyprian Groves’.
Love Divine, All Loves excelling, Joy of Heaven to Earth come down, Fix in us thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful Mercies crown.
The hymn is packed with scriptural references. Christians are ‘changed from glory into glory’, (2 Cor. 3:18) and crowns are cast before God’s throne (Rev.4:10). In its first form the verses were ordered to reflect the Trinity. Christ, the Holy Spirit, God the Father represented in verses 1 to 2 with the last verse bringing them together, three in One as the maker of the ‘New Creation’.
What then of the ‘missing’ second verse, included here in our transcript? This was dropped and other subtle changes were made in response to a debate about Wesleyan theology. This held a central belief that committed and sanctified Christians share the holiness of Christ. Charles’s way of thinking is called ‘Perfectionism’ which proposes that Christians are converted by a ‘First Blessing’ and subsequently cleansed of sin by a ‘Second Blessing’ conferred by the Holy Spirit. To those of more Puritan persuasion the second verse, with its plea to be relieved of the ‘bent to sin’ and the wish to find the ‘second rest’, or ‘Second Blessing’ was difficult to accept.
To them it smacked of presumption, if not blasphemy! They could not conceive of human beings without the ability to sin because this denied ‘free will’ and our responsibility for our own actions, central to Protestant theology. In the end the verse was omitted from most collections and it does not appear in our New English Hymnal. Reflecting on this, what a different cultural landscape it was when the nature of redemption and salvation were readily discussed, rather than the pre-occupations of the Church in the 21st century. 12
To draw the hymn to a close Charles turned to lines from Addison’s ‘Hymn on Gratitude to the Deity’; again Charles’s adaptation is on the right: When all thy mercies, O my God My rising soul surveys; Transported with the view, I’m lost In wonder, love and praise
Till we cast our Crowns before Thee, Lost in wonder, love and praise.
They are certainly memorable words from a much - loved hymn. It would be harsh to refer to this borrowing of earlier work as plagiarism. Charles Wesley saw himself as carrying out ‘Christianisation’ of secular material. It was also sound marketing practice to echo a popular song already familiar to the public. Peter Wright (April 2014) Acknowledgements: Ian Bradley, The Book of Hymns, London 2005; P. Dearmer, Songs of Praise Discussed, Oxford & London; J. Julian, A Dictionary of Hymnology, 2nd Ed. London & New York, 1907; J.R. Watson, An Annotated Anthology of Hymns, Oxford 2002 ; www. Wikipedia.org;www.hymnary.org
Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heav’n, to earth come down, Fix in us thy humble dwelling, All thy faithful mercies crown. Jesu, thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love thou art; Visit us with thy salvation, Enter every trembling heart.
Come Almighty to deliver, let us all thy life receive; Suddenly return and never, Never more thy temples leave. Thee we would be always blessing, Serve thee as thy hosts above, Pray and praise thee without ceasing, glory in thy perfect love.
Breathe, O breathe thy loving spirit Into every troubled breast! Let us all in thee inherit, Let us find that second rest. Take away our bent for sinning, Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its beginning, Set our hearts at liberty.
Finish then thy new creation, Pure and spotless let us be; Let us see thy great salvation, Perfectly restored in thee. Changed from glory into glory, Till in heaven we take our place, Till we cast our crowns before thee, Lost in wonder, love and praise.
Easter Biscuits Traditionally made at Easter and given as a gift, these lightly spiced, currant studded round biscuits have a delicious flavour and sugary crunch. Ingredients: 200g plain Flour, Pinch of salt 1 tsp mixed spice, 75g Caster sugar 100g butter, 1 medium egg (separated 50g currants, 2 Tbsp warm milk Pinch of saffron (optional, mixed with milk) Caster sugar to sprinkle. Method: 1. Preheat the oven to fan 180’C, conventional 200 ‘ C, Gas 6 2. Grease two baking trays 3. Sift the flour, salt and spice into a mall bowl and set aside 4. Use an electric whisk to cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk 5. Fold in flour, salt and spice, milk and saffron, to form a soft dough 6. Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out thinly. 7. Use a 7.5cm fluted round cutter to cut out biscuits. 8. Place onto baking trays and bake for 8 minutes 9. Remove from the oven, brush with egg white, sprinkle over sugar and bake for a further 3 minutes until golden brown. 10. Cool on a wire rack. (that’s if the kids don’t eat them first!)
BRAIN –RACKER 2, April 2014 Select the most appropriate meaning: Rufflette a) A female hooligan b) A ribbon used in curtain-making c) A neckerchief for lady choristers Padouk
a) Brick of Yak dung used in Mongolia b) A Polish game like carpet bowls c) A wood used for cabinet-making
a) A warm water mollusc b) A code turning letters into numbers c) A ganglion in the wrist
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Palm Sunday 13th April 8.00am Holy Communion 9.15am Palm Procession from 24 Limmer Lane & Sung Eucharist 11.00am Palm Procession from St. Mary’s Centre & All age Service 6.00pm The Peacemakers by Karl Jenkins Maundy Thursday 17th April 7.30pm Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper Good Friday 18th April 10am All Age Service 12 Noon – 1.30pm Devotional Addresses 2.00pm Good Friday Service Holy Saturday 19th April 8.30pm Easter Vigil
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Diary for April 2014 Sunday 30th March Fourth Sunday of Lent 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Sung Eucharist 11.00am Family Eucharist 6.00pm Evening Prayer
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FLASHBACK to October 6 1536. From our archives. TRANSLATOR TYNDALE EXECUTED FOR HIS BELIEFS!!!! th
Our Brussels correspondent writes: ‘King Henry of England’s agents finally tracked down the Biblical translator and scholar Will Tyndale in Antwerp, after a search extending all over Europe. Under the guise of friendship, under-cover agent Henry Phillips gained Tyndale’s trust and then betrayed him to the English state. Tyndale always claimed his belief in the Gospel meant his sins were forgiven and his salvation guaranteed. This ‘Justification by Faith’, as Christians call it, led to a charge of heresy. Tyndale was found guilty and on October 6th he was publically executed. Tied to a stake in the square in Vilvoorde, he was strangled with a garotte then, still conscious, his body was burned. At all times aware of his fate, he faced So another cruel murder is added to the list of crimes for which England’s wicked despot has been responsible. (Ed.) TYNDALE’S ‘CRIMES’ Tyndale wanted to translate the Bible into English so ordinary people could read it! A law in 1408 had banned such translation of the Bible and allowed the Church to keep its monopoly on Scripture which could only be read in Latin. Tyndale discovered that many priests did not know much about scripture themselves. He disclosed his intentions when he said to one of them: “I will cause a boy that drives the plough to know more of the scriptures than thou dost”. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 led to the Greek language being available to scholars for the first time and allowed Tyndale to produce the first book translated from Greek into English-his N.T. Using vernacular Middle English enriched with Greek syntax and idiom, he produced a readable version for English people. 20
FLIGHT TO EUROPE and IMPRISONMENT Cuthbert Tunstall, the Bishop of London, refused to support Tyndale in his translation and, supported by a group of English merchants, he fled to Germany. In Cologne he found a printer and despite being harried by the King’s agents, he sent 6000 printed copies of his New Testament translation back to his homeland. After arrest, Tyndale was imprisoned in miserable conditions at Vilvoorde where he continued to translate the Old Testament from the Hebrew and then was finally executed in 1536. ********* TYNDALE IN THE 21st Century. When Fr. Timothy spoke recently about ‘the salt of the earth’ he was using pure Tyndale, whose phrases have reached us via the ‘King James Bible’ (at least 85% based on Tyndale) and the later ‘Authorised Version’. There are many examples: ‘The signs of the times’; ‘A law unto themselves’; ‘The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak’; ‘Fight the good fight’; ‘Scales fell from his eyes’; ‘Filthy lucre’; ‘They made light of it’.
The difference between Greek and Latin as the source is shown by two examples. Translating Isiah, Tyndale says: ‘Hearken unto me, my people, turn your ears to me my folk’.
The R.C. Jerusalem Bible, from the Latin, says: ‘Pay attention to me you peoples, listen to me you nations.’ The latter is formal with its abstract idea of ‘paying attention’; the effect is authoritarian compared with Tyndale’s human voice. Where Tyndale says ‘the powers that be’, the Good News Bible says ‘the existing authorities’; such a different tone! Having been unacknowledged as the main source of so many other translations, Tyndale’s New Testament is available today, in modern spelling. When you next hear a scriptural phrase which is pleasingly familiar, the chances are that it is pure Tyndale! (PW April 2014) Acknowledgements: William Tyndale’s New Testament, ed. by David Daniell, Yale, 1999; www.christianity.com; www.wikipedia.org.
A letter from Charlotte. Hello, my name is Charlotte McCarthy and in the summer of 2014 I am travelling to Africa to do a Gap year of Mission work. I am going as a member of the organisation CMS (the Church Mission Society), I have already had to raise a total of £300 which has secured my placement and has covered the cost of my training. So far I have received very little information about the details of my trip, but I have been offered either a placement in Tanzania (which is my preferred choice) or one in Rwanda. There is a large cost that comes with this decision as I have to fund my living whilst I am out of the country; I have been given a suggested target of between £4000-£6000 (I don’t have to raise this all at once) for the entire year, which I am hoping to achieve by fundraising. I am planning a relaxed concert at the end of June, where professional and upcoming musicians in the area will be performing. This will be advertised and I will provide more details closer to the date. I have chosen to defer my University Studies as I have felt a strong desire to undertake missionary work since the summer of 2012 when I went on an expedition to Tanzania with my school. I am extremely excited to be taking this positive direction whilst also being able to develop and encourage my own faith as well as the people around me. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the people who have already given generous donations, as this trip would have been nonexistent without your support. I have been a member of St. Mary’s my whole life and its community still amazes me with its continuous and loving generosity.
I would also like to ask for your prayers not only for myself as this is the first time I will be traveling to a foreign country alone without a constant support network, but also for my family who have had the patience and strength to accept my decision and continue to support me. Charlotte McCarthy. 22
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Curateâ€™s Corner Each week either Fr Timothy or myself lead the worship in one of the Tufnell schools or at Downview School. There is always a bit of a challenge to come up with an idea that will fit in with the theme that has been set, to make it engaging and in some way convey the presence of God in the lives of the children. Recently I led the worship at Bishop Tufnell Infant School and the theme that week was on Bible stories being enjoyable. So the challenge was to share a Bible story that would have meaning for a five year old and be enjoyable. My choice: Zacchaeus. It is a story that I have always liked and has the added bonus of being rather easy to get children out the front to help to act it out.
The story is familiar to you I dare say, with the small chief tax collector wanting to see Jesus. A man despised in a town, Jericho, which was not considered the most God fearing. A bad man, in a bad town we might say. In other words, the most unlikely person to be saved. He climbs a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus. The tree is different from the sycamore we know; it is a large tree with low branches that are easy to climb and it was a common tree cultivated for both its useful wood and a fruit similar to a fig. To climb the tree would seem a practical approach by Zacchaeus. However, for a man in his position to be scrambling up a tree would have been considered most undignified. Yet he does so. Here is a man who knows he is hated by 24
everyone, yet such is his desire to see Jesus that he will do anything to see Him. He sacrificed his dignity to see Jesus. I think that this is a salient point for us all—to what lengths are we prepared to go to in order to get close to Jesus? As we have travelled on our Lenten journey to Easter, we have tried to put that straight. To go out of our way to be that bit closer to Jesus. Furthermore, would we allow Jesus to change our lives to the same extent that Zacchaeus found his life changed? Well in my telling of this story to the infants, we had some fun in children handing over some coins to Zacchaeus and then Zacchaeus putting half of them in his pocket and giving the rest over to the Romans. We then had the crowd waving their arms so that Zacchaeus had to climb his ‘tree’ to see over their heads and then being called down by Jesus. The message I gave to this group of young children was that this showed that Jesus wants to be friends with everyone in the world. Not just the very good— or those who think they are good– but with every person. We then had Zacchaeus giving back the money to those he had cheated. There are of course other meanings to be drawn out of this encounter, but the interesting thing is for you to read the story for yourself and see what parts of it stand out for you. You could also picture yourself in that street scene with yourself as one of the crowd. What is your reaction when Jesus calls Zacchaeus?
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What’s on The Rife Social Club Costa Rica will be the subject of Alan Martin's talk at the April meeting of the Rife Social Club. A fascinating country, small - its population about one-tenth of its near neighbour Mexico - but Costa Rica stretches from the Pacific in the West to the Caribbean in the East. Not many however would think of it as the new Garden of Eden but Alan will make this claim clear. It promises to be a very interesting evening! The meeting will be on Monday April 14th and visitors are always welcome, do come along. As usual the meeting will be in Felpham Memorial Village Hall in Vicarage Lane, starting at 7.30 pm. NOTE: The Rife Social Club meets on the second Monday of every month, with interesting speakers, free refreshments and time for a chat. Meetings are held in the Felpham Memorial Village Hall in Vicarage Lane, starting at 7.30 pm and visitors are always welcome.
The Good News Travelling comes to Aldwick Free Church on the first Monday of most months. The next visit is on Monday, 7th April, between 10a.m. and 12.00 noon. The library carries Christian books, cassettes, CDs, videos and DVDs to borrow, plus a good selection of greetings cards, many with scriptural texts. There is still time in December to purchase some excellent Christmas cards, calendars and diaries. You can also join in fellowship over a cup of tea or coffee with people from other churches. Why not give it a try? For more information, or if you would like a lift, please contact Elizabeth Godfrey on 01243-830308
Felpham and Middleton Horticultural Society Tuesday 22nd April, Mrs Doris Smallwood will talk about, “Growing for Showing”. It is being held at St. Mary’s Centre, commencing at 7:30pm. Refreshments will be served and visitors are very welcome. Enquiries: 584843 LENT LUNCH The Lent lunch on Saturday 5th April will be at 26 Davenport Road. Money raised will be for St Richard's Hospital much needed Radio Therapy Unit for treating both male and female cancers. 27
Glimpses of the World Church 105 : Rwanda/Uganda William Sempijja was a 10 year old boy living with his family in Rwanda. But this was in 1994, the year of Rwanda’s genocide. When the murderous gang arrived at his home, William hid, but watched as his parents and family were slaughtered. When the gang moved on, William fled from the area, taking with him his one surviving sister, baby Irene. Somehow they made their way to Kampala, the capital of neighbouring Uganda. In Kampala they survived by finding food in dustbins, or stealing it. ‘Home’ was under a tree, shared with other homeless children. He was known as ‘Yellow’ because of the yellow t-shirt that with his shorts was his only clothing. Rejected and despised by everyone, he tried to commit suicide several times. His repeated failure he now sees as part of God’s plan for him. William’s life started to turn round when he pestered a head teacher to let him attend classes, offering to work instead of paying fees. He swept classrooms and cleaned toilets after school each day. One day he heard a street preacher talking about the God of love. William wanted to know more. He went to a church, but they threw him out because they thought that he was only after stealing the collection money. Some time later he tried again, but was not convinced, so he asked God to prove that He was real. That year he got the highest mark in his year at school in the national exam, and one of the highest in the country. This brought him to the attention of the education authorities, who were amazed that a street child could achieve such success. Eventually he obtained a place at the university – while still living under the tree. A friend heard about this and took him in. This act of acceptance led to him going to church seriously, and in due course giving his life to Christ. Since that time, William has become a Christian minister. He came to England and worked in a local parish church in Warwickshire for two years before returning to Uganda. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel. Even while ill with malaria in hospital in Uganda he was instrumental in bringing others to faith, including one of the doctors and his whole family. He now leads a church in a tough area of Kampala, and his home is full of former street children. Joy and Bryan Wilson 28
LADIES GROUP 2014 2nd May at 7.30 at 33 Davenport Road Felpham P022 7JS. A talk by internationally acclaimed author Beryl Kingston entitled ‘Where stories come from’. We are so lucky that Beryl has agreed to talk to us. It will be a wonderful evening. Please do come even if you haven’t been to ladies group before. 6th June at 7.30 at St Marys Centre. Father David will give a talk entitled “Two years on…” This evening is open to all .Please come along for what promises to be a most interesting evening. 11th July. Pimms and canapés evening at 33 Davenport Rd Felpham PO22 7JS. Any lifts needed please contact Sue on 01243 828360.
Felpham Flower Club Felpham Memorial Village Hall Thursday 24th April 2014
“Flower + Glory” Floral demonstration by Gill Sadler
Doors open 1:30 for 2pm Do you enjoy flowers? Come to our floral demonstrations or workshops Win the arrangements and other prizes in the raffle View the competition entries and enjoy free refreshments. Flower arranging accessories for sale. Coach outing to The South of England Show at Ardingly now being planned for June. Visitors welcome Entrance fee £4.00 Annual subscription £22.00 Just come or contact Sandra Dean, Chairman for more details Tel: 01243 542684 29
‘Easter Extravaganza’ at Chichester Cathedral Everyone is welcome to come along to the Eastern Arm of the Cloisters and drop in on our next Family Activities Event: Easter Extravaganza! Baskets, Biscuits and Bunnies! Create a magnificent mobile, decorate a delicious Easter Bunny biscuit, weave a colourful basket and try your hand at making a unique Easter card! Follow our Easter Treasure Hunt around the Cathedral. This Family Activities Event takes place on Tuesday 8 th April between 10.30 am and 2.30pm and is suitable for children aged 3 -12 years, who must be accompanied by an adult. There is no need to book just drop in. The cost is £1.50 per child. There will also be a carpeted area available with soft toys for children under 3 years who come along with their older brothers and sisters. This event is the latest in our increasingly popular Family Activities programme. On Friday 21st February we had our most successful Family Activities ever with over 350 visitors who followed our Monster Mania Trail and spotted the ‘monsters’ inside and outside the Cathedral amongst the carvings, gargoyles, corbels and grotesques! The children created their own ‘Monster’ masks using a range of collage materials.
Future Family Activity Events: Brilliant Brasses Friday 25th July and Friday 29th August 2014 Come along and join in all the fun at our Easter Extravaganza on Tuesday 8 th April 2014! Sue Poil Education Assistant 30
‘Requiem’ Johannes Brahms.
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Parish Registers We pray for the couples who have been joined together in Holy Matrimony Aiden and Jessica Martin Mark and Kirsty Burstow
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We pray that they will know the presence of God with them as they start married life together. For those Recently Departed Joan Davis Frances Tabberrer Doris Waldron Stephen Roberts Barbara Tubby Roger Hearn Dorothy Cornell Clive Cox Phyllis Marner
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May they rest in peace.
From the Church Registers 2nd March 9th March 16th March 23rd March (Combined)
Communicants 201 208 207 170 33
Attendance 221 219 230 190
Parochial Church Council Members Robert Baker, David Bidwell, Stephen Christie, Sue Davison, Daniel Embleton, Rosemary Gregory, Derek Hale, Margaret Hartley, David Lowen Charlotte McCarthy, Bunty Simmans, Peter Wright. Diocesan Synod Representative: Wendy Barrett Deanery Synod Representatives: Carol Andrews, Pam Buckland, Keith Riley, Yvonne Hammill..
Bishop Tufnell Church of England Aided Schools Infant School Headteacher Rosemary Appleby 584412 Junior School Headteacher Shane Morton 582400
JaM (Jesus and Me) St Mary’s Youth Group The group meets every Sunday 5.30 p.m.—7.30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Centre. Cost £1 per person, including food. Contact: Di Embleton 586362
Pastoral Support Group The twelve strong Pastoral Support Group is there to help you, or anyone in the parish you know who needs help. If you know of someone who would appreciate a call then contact us and we will arrange for someone to visit. Ann and Bob Webster (coordinators) 828465
The Church Office St Mary’s Centre, Grassmere Close, Felpham, Bognor Regis, PO22 7NU This is St Mary’s Office to which all enquiries may be made about baptisms, weddings, preparation for confirmation, bible study groups and church events. Messages can be left on the answering machine:(01243) 826886. email: email@example.com
St Mary’s Centre Hall Bookings Enquiries for bookings for hire of halls should be made to Sue Davison 584033
Table Top Sale Bookings A table top sale is held on the first Saturday of the month, 10-12, in St Mary’s centre. To book a table call Roger Bennett 849358
St Mary’s Churchyard The churchyard is open for burials: both graves and cremation plots. Contributions towards their maintenance are gratefully received. Gifts should be sent to the church office.
Star of the Sea Magazine Editorial: Fr Timothy. Production: Parish Secretary 826886 Advertising: Peter Wright 863109 Distribution: Carol Andrews 828862 All articles for inclusion in the magazine can be handed in at St. Mary’s Centre marked ‘Star’, or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org MAY ISSUE OF ‘STAR’ Last date for Copy: Tuesday 22nd April Publication Date: Thursday 1st May 34