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Shepherd’s Watch The magazine for and by the people of the Good Shepherd www.goodshepherdbrighton.org.uk September 2013 60p

PASTORAL CARE UPDATE...4 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU… WHO IS MERIEL VINCENT?...6 VICTOR... ON CHURCH...14 TEA CLUB...22 FROM CHURCH MOUSE...23 “CHRISTMAS FAYRE” BY OUR NEW DEACON...26 THE LOVEY FOUNDATION….29 SINGING FOR PLEASURE...32 AUTUMN COURSES...34


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Vicar

Assistant Priest

Revd. Felix Mascarenhas The Vicarage, 272 Dyke Road Brighton BN1 5AE Tel (01273) 882987 vicar@goodshepherdbrighton. org.uk

Revd Christyan James 14 St Mary’s Square Brighton BN2 1FZ Tel 07595910443; 241753 Christyanj@yahoo.com

Reader

Deacon

Helen Rawlings 6 Beacon Hill Ovingdean, Brighton BN2 7BN Tel 07967695753

Michael Miller 68 Ainsworth Avenue, Ovingdean, Brighton BN2 7BG Tel (01273) 240287

Churchwardens James Baxter: 18 The Lynchetts,Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 5GZ Tel.(01273) 241653 Mob. 07584 255724 jwsb888@yahoo.co.uk David Stevens: 2 Shirley Road, Hove, BN3 6NN, Tel (01273) 555197; desandpms@yahoo.com

Parish Office The Parish Office is open on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9.30 to 10.30. The Parish Office telephone number is (01273) 553747


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Time to sow and be disciplined Don’t ask me why, but autumn for me is the time to be disciplined! It says to me: Make a plan, set targets, put it in writing and start working on it diligently”. The Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 is a wonderful reminder: "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted … A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance.…” With the summer gone by, children back to school and each to his work, it is a busy-bee world. I also believe this is the most important season when soon after the harvest, new seed for the grain is sown and produce then gathered. Spring, summer, autumn and winter, each making way for the next, all keep us on our toes with planning and looking for the future. As the young become aged and the new become old, the world of change challenges us to keep up with the changes to be persons of or for all seasons. For that reason, leaders, headteachers and all those who run any activity must have spent some time in planning innovative, challenging and even some risky plans. Many in our parish, with various responsibilities will be doing exactly that and with an added factor: To us believers, besides planning and discipline, it also means God is in control. After all, man proposes and God disposes! Fr Felix While every effort is made to ensure all information in Shepherd’s Watch is correct, neither the Parochial Church Council nor the individual contributors can be held responsible or accept liability for any errors and/or omissions. The PCC does not endorse the companies, products and services that appear in Shepherd’s Watch. Responsibility for any loss, damage or distress resulting from the use of or reliance on any information in Shepherd’s Watch, however caused, is disclaimed by the Parochial Church Council.


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Pastoral Care Group Update As we enter the autumn, it is good to be reminded of the ongoing work of the Pastoral Care Group in our church community. Since 2010 about eight of our members have been actively carrying on the pastoral visiting which previous groups had done effectively - visiting the housebound, those in residential care, in hospital or at home not well enough to attend the church services. In addition, we try to keep in touch with our more vulnerable friends by phone ,or by cards and letters. We work closely in conjunction with Felix , the clergy and communion rota. Recently we welcomed our new Deacon ,Helen, to our last meeting. She has shown a real interest in pastoral care. We are delighted! The group meets five times a year to share experiences and concerns. We are currently in touch with about twenty of our church family whom we remember in thought and prayer. Please feel free to contact us about any pastoral concerns. Whatever you share is treated confidentially. Perhaps you have suggestions as to how we could serve our church more effectively in the future. We feel there is more to be done to develop this ministry further ,so welcome your thoughts. We are also aware of the limits of our own resources and capabilities, and that some needs are beyond our abilities to address. Having described some of the pastoral work in which we are engaged, I would like to mention that pastoral care must not be confined to the duties of the clergy or even our group. Each one of us has a calling and responsibility to care for the wellbeing of others particularly in our church family. We are followers of Jesus, who gave his life for us all. It was his command that his disciples love one another with his love . We cannot do this in our own strength. Let us open our hearts to him, to be channels of his loving grace . In this way we can serve him as we serve others, and help to extend his kingdom . contact details. Margy Weir ,Coordinator. margaret.a.weir@hotmail.co.uk Also 01273 551454


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Prayer Support Chain Have you ever experienced a time of great need, or a crisis of some kind in your life or in the life of a relative or friend? Most of us have and as we grow older these experiences seem to happen more frequently. So where do we turn for support? Prayer often brings a sense that we are not alone, as our Lord understands, is attentive to our needs and can give us the inner resources to cope as we come humbly to him. Shared prayer helps us to realize that others care deeply about us and our needs. It is for the purpose of supporting one another through prayer that a few people have volunteered to pray quietly at home for urgent or ongoing needs of those in our church family. All requests are kept entirely confidential. Why "chain"? Because a request is passed down by emails or by phone so that all volunteers are notified quickly. If you would like to pass on a request, or possibly join our support group, please contact any of our clergy team or Margy Weir

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Knowing me … Knowing you ……….. Who is Meriel Vincent? Father Felix: “Meriel, please would you write an article for the magazine telling us about you and your background, your work & family life, your hobbies, your faith and how it influences you, the part you have played in ‘Time for God’ at the Good Shepherd, including some reflections on life here at the church? ” So here goes… Born of missionary parents, I returned permanently to the UK in 1964. Five years later, I began a three-and-a-half year course studying physiotherapy at King’s College Hospital, London, where I met a medical student called Richard Vincent who was nearing the end of his six-year course. In 1971 I was on a three-week camping holiday with my family in the south of France. We called in at the home of some friends in Vals in the Midi-Pyrenees and as the door opened, a young man leapt out and threw his arms around me. My father was somewhat alarmed but I was delighted to realise it was Richard! He had decided France was the place for a romantic proposal of marriage and had travelled by plane, bus and foot to find this very rural meeting point where he thought we might call. “Reader, I married him…” Seven years later, we moved from London with our children (three at that stage) in 1979 when he was appointed as Consultant Cardiologist at the Royal Sussex County group of hospitals. In those days the job was ‘one-in two’ with Dr Chamberlain: they would cover all days and nights between them, making an average of 75-80 hours a week present in the hospital plus all the on -call hours at home. (Not allowed any more with the European Working Time Directive.)


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With this sort of work pattern, someone needed to be the homemaker, child-rearer, wife, friend, nurse, caterer, personal assistant, social secretary, chauffeur, gardener, estate manager, seamstress, and that is mainly what I have spent my time doing for the past 41 years. After a couple of years I did however return to work part-time as a physiotherapist at Hove Hospital Stroke Ward - with our fourth child as a baby in a carrier on my back. The patients loved seeing her little face peering over my shoulder. Then I enjoyed working in private practice in Hove, and even more happily at Worthing & Southlands Hospitals, specialising in trauma & orthopaedics, and elective joint replacement. Richard & I and our four children worshipped together at Bishop Hannington Memorial Church in Hove for about fifteen years. This church provides excellent Bible teaching for all ages: from toddlers to its most mature and experienced members, including teens, young adults, working men & women and those who have retired. Partly as a result of this foundation, ours and our faithful parents’ prayers, and even more by God’s grace, all four of our offspring have continued in their walk with Christ even if the journey has sometimes been bumpy. After some years there, I felt I wanted to probe the Christian faith from a different viewpoint. To the family I became irritatingly impatient and critical about the ethos in the church; and after discussion with them, we decided I should leave and try to find somewhere else to worship. I tried a few other Anglican services and then came to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lent 1994 when Father Paul Collins was vicar. I breathed a sigh of relief at the sense of spiritual space both in the liturgy and in the welcome and openness of all whom I met. I was touched by the humility of the clergy and by the lack of selfconsciousness of the congregation as they came forward to kneel at the communion rail – all ages and sorts of believers coming to Christ to receive from him in humble obedience. I found the


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words of the liturgy uplifting and inspiring. I have enjoyed the sense of acceptance of a variety of nuances of belief in the Christian faith; the lack of fear of doubt and questions about quite fundamental tenets of the Christian faith. I appreciate the ‘village church’ feel and the sense of community among our members – even if that might usually be focussed in several separate groups. The opportunity to help Michael Miller, Pauline Grimstone and Hilary Morfitt with the new ‘Time for God’ services in 2008 was a happy one, even if all-consuming of my time. It has been a tremendous privilege to see the gradual emergence of a community of families and single people who worship together in the hall most Sundays in term time. Coming from a long line of clergy on both sides of my family it’s not surprising, though not inevitable, that the Bible has played an important part in my life. Of course, there have been times when I have stopped reading it because of all sorts of doubts about the faith, but as time has passed, I have found it probably my most valuable possession. In it I see God’s love, and his justice and mercy; Christ’s life and words that challenge, warn, comfort and encourage. I see myself in the characters of the Old and New Testaments – warts and all; I hear the words of St Paul and the other writers as the very first Christian churches struggled to survive in alien circumstances. Although often my daily reading doesn’t spark into wonderful revelation, there are many times when familiar words have become alive – often through the helpful comments of authors of Bible reading notes, sermons, books or conversations with others. These early morning times of daily readings combined with trying to listen to God’s promptings and praying for others has provided a steady rock for many years. I would wholeheartedly recommend it if family circumstances allow. Richard & I have enjoyed leading some group studies together – Christianity Explored, Discipleship Explored, Advent and Lent themes, and other subjects, mainly in Daisy Walpole’s large


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sitting room. We have discovered together some of the riches of scripture. It’s a delight to see people coming to understand, even in small way, God’s immense love for us all. This is a real encouragement to our own, often challenged, faith in God. In August 2008 Richard retired from the NHS, and from the now -established Brighton & Sussex Medical School, retaining an Emeritus Professorial Chair at Brighton University. He took on more responsibility in the Christian medical charity known as PRIME Partners in International Medical Education. This is in international network of professional healthcare educators. They seek to encourage healthcare professionals to practise and teach sound scientific knowledge and clinical skills while taking into account the effect of illness on the whole person - body, mind and spirit, and to provide care with integrity and generous compassion. The work covers over 30 countries worldwide with a strong presence in Baltic and Eastern European countries. This involves Richard travelling quite extensively and putting in many hours at the computer, on Skype and at the PRIME offices in Hastings. Late in 2011, after five years administering Time for God, it felt right to us for me to hand over to others, and to become more involved with PRIME as Richard & I were hardly seeing each other. Hilary, Sarah Christoforou and Julia Chantry have continued ably to run this regular and popular area of our worship at the Good Shepherd. Since then, things have moved on rapidly with PRIME and more paid staff have been taken on: so my role with the charity is now one of prayer support, listening, hospitality and general encouragement of Richard and the others in the executive team. I am also a volunteer support worker at Off The Fence charity’s women’s centre in Portslade, where I teach sewing skills. (Sewing being a hobby of mine along with gardening, drawing and painting.) In addition, I also help to mind our three Brighton grandsons while their parents are at work. This, combined with supporting


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our five other grandchildren and their parents in Shoreham and Surrey makes for well-filled time. Richard and I miss worshipping in church together and so we now each attend each other’s church quite regularly, but at the moment neither one of us wants to give up entirely our own church’s style of worship, or the friendship we have found in both over many years. I hope we can both remain open to the Holy Spirit’s prompting if we are to do something that’s not our own particular preference. Making the choice of a church akin to supermarket shopping is not to be recommended, though it’s one that’s all too easy here in Brighton with such a wide spectrum of churches. We benefit greatly from both places of worship, but are aware that what we gain is not what it’s about, more importantly it’s where we are best placed to serve at this stage of our lives - so we are continuing to pray… I do love the family of the Church of the Good Shepherd and Richard too feels warmly welcomed when he comes. My prayer for us as a church family is that we will each increasingly have a living and internal encounter with Christ. Like Zacchaeus who ‘wanted to see Jesus’ and whose life was turned round completely as a result, I pray that we will be fundamentally challenged and changed in our attitude to our values, our possessions, and our relationships; and that we dare to live our lives in ways that may be counter-cultural but more in tune with being citizens of Christ’s kingdom. Do people who visit our church ‘see Jesus’? Thank you all for your continuing friendship with Richard and me. Meriel .


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Grub Club It was a blazing hot day for the tea in the Hunters’ garden in July. Pat rather regretted not taking up her neighbour’s offer of a second sun umbrella but everyone managed to get into the shade and avoided the full sun on the patio to enjoy sandwiches, scones and cakes. The next event was supposed to be supper at the Devil’s Dyke, planned for August so that people could take advantage of the open-top bus. However, the timetable did not fit in with this idea so we switched it to lunch instead. The organisation didn’t altogether go to plan - the pub lost our booking and we were put at a table in a dark corner (luckily Robin had torches with him so we were able to read the menu!), our main courses were nearly an hour in preparation and a pudding order was missed but we had our drinks and were amongst friends so could catch up on the gossip. The food, when it came, was very nice and everyone indulged in a dessert too and proclaimed it a good lunch. Sorry, but we have to change the date of the September meeting too and it will now be on Monday 23 September at The Smugglers Rest (formerly Badgers’ Watch) at Peacehaven. There will not be a meeting in October as so many of us will be in Cyprus and the fish and chip supper and poems will be moved to November. Would anyone be willing to help Daisy and I to organise events for next year? When the Grub Club was founded – about 7 years ago now – there were 4 or 5 of us to share the work. Now it’s down to just 2 and we’re finding it increasingly hard to find things to do and new places to try. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you at The Smugglers Rest. Pat and Daisy


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VICTOR: A suggestion for our Church I once thought of joining the Citizens Advice Bureau but catching a glimpse of the Bureau’s training syllabus - the course takes fifteen months to complete - I knew that I would never get by and lamely told the manager of the local Bureau that I did not have the time. Of course she knew the truth, intellectually I was a no-hoper. Why are things in this modern world so damned complicated? Is that a swearword? If so, a thousand apologies and I am sure our esteemed editor will deal. But I know that almost all of you will agree that, despite the ease of modern communications, life is becoming more and more difficult. I have just renewed my car insurance: 14 pages of documents from Saga and a 5% price rise. Saga are no better or worse than the rest and within a few minutes of speaking to a nice and rather apologetic lady the new price had been reduced by 10%. Caveat Emptor; said the Romans and how right they were. Now all the Citizens Advice Bureaus throughout the land have more work than they can reasonably deal with. Debt is by far their biggest problem with major banks refusing to deal with the poorer section of our community. Nearly a third of people in our country do not have a bank account and many fall prey to loan sharks, pay day lenders or door step tally men. The Anglican Church has been described as the Tory Party at prayer and the truth is that both the Church faithful and the Tory faithful are in decline. I have always liked and enjoyed our Church and its music but not so long ago I went to a morning service of City Gate Church above Blockbuster Video in London Road Brighton. The church was full of young people, there was a band of five players with hymns and readings projected on a


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wall. Everyone joined in but as it was my very first visit I made myself as inconspicuous as possible and sat at the back. There I was alone, but soon I was approached by a very nice young lady who made me welcome and asked if I would like a cup of tea. ‘Thank you’ I told her. It seemed churlish to refuse. I enjoyed myself and was impressed with the spirit of the New Church and its dedication to charitable projects, one of which, is Fare Share. Now what about a project for The Church of the Good Shepherd? Change is in the air. Maybe we should follow our new Archbishop Welby’s advice and open a Credit Union at the back of our Church, there is plenty of room. Think of the advantages – the Church would be open throughout the week and be active instead of closed. Money would change hands, but to the right hands. What about it? It’s God’s work, helping the poor and there are many of them in our City. Tim Parker

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The Tea Club has had some very enjoyable meetings in the last few months. In June we had another visit from Brighton and Hove High, Junior School choir which once again amazed us with an extremely high standard of performance from both the soloists and the whole choir. The girls are so friendly and everyone enjoys the conversations between young and old while we have our tea or orange squash and cakes. This was followed by another of the years high spots, the visit to Ditchling Garden Centre and, yes, this time the minibus DID turn up and we managed to take two of the residents from the Chatsworth Victoria with us in their wheelchairs. We also had the Reverend Helen Rawlings, our new Deacon and Father Christyan amongst our drivers. August saw a new treat for us with two very talented musicians and singers: Kirstie and Ella gave us a selection of songs we all remembered and were invited to join in. They would like to come again and enjoyed the Strawberry Tea! In September we welcome back the Preston Trefoil Guild with their choir and poetry readings. In October we will have gentle exercises for everyone and in November we are off to the Garden Centre again to admire the Christmas lights and decorations and of course in December, we finish off the year with our annual Christmas party with Lancing Prep choir. Numbers continue to grow and anyone thinking of joining is very welcome. We meet at 1.30pm on the first Monday of each month except January Please contact Marguerite Harland, on 503040.


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Church Mouse Observations of a Church Mouse. The furniture was moved and the seats were nearer to the Altar. The wobbly bit of the pretty curved railing was gone. That was a pity but it had been a worry when some communicants had held on to it in order to stand up after kneeling. The children would miss having it to swing on but we still have the rails outside the hall door for them to swing on. I sensed that the first communion without the green carpet and the pretty rail was slightly confusing but now people can choose to take communion standing or go to the Altar rail. The Sidesmen have been helpful in making the change go so smoothly. How fortunate we are to have so many people trained to serve. The church mice are now used to the new arrangements and have more space to scamper at the back of the church. One of our much loved worshippers. Norman - that Panda! Once I slipped into the church on a Monday morning to find a Weekly Sheet from the previous day. I opened the door and saw the silhouetted figure with bowed head. I thought that someone was at prayer so closed the door and waited a few moments before trying again. Norman did not move and I went in feeling rather silly. How long has he been with us ? I remember that he assisted in the pulpit once and at one time he disappeared for a while causing consternation but came back looking very clean and smart.


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His courage in agreeing to jump off the tower on Teddy Bear Jump day – in spite of his obesity – was a lesson to all of us who hesitate to do something new. It is lovely to see him being towed to the front and being part of the childrens’ experience of a welcoming church. George thinks Norman should join the choir but I think he is better as assistant sidesperson. Small Mouse loves Large Panda. Afternoon Tea - and so many THINGS. As I am having a few jobs done on the house and trying to slim down the accumulation of forty five years at this address I keep finding reminders of past times. Matching cups, saucers, plates, cake stand, milk jugs and sugar basin - masses of items which were given and made a half dozen tea set into a cupboard full of pretty china. BUT - People do not want to wash dishes and dish washers are not recommended for any items with gold trimming. Now, after all that collecting it seems that even the charity shops are not keen to have it. Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth…….. ……. Odd thought. Did you know that if you are asked to tea in New Zealand they mean morning elevenses? Daisy.


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Songs of Praise at Holy Island . Many of us heard the Songs of Praise from Holy Island and were delighted to see Paul and Pauline Collins on the programme. I had a lovely short stay in that part of the world years ago and we stayed in Durham University accommodation for a few days. We went over to the Holy Island and it was ………..I just can’t tell you! Wonderful. It was a coach trip and we saw some lovely churches and spent some time in Durham Cathedral. Is there anyone who might form a group for a trip up there. I am sure it could be done through a coach company. Please! Think about it! Daisy. Hog Roast. It was difficult to find a suitable name for our latest summer celebration. Hymns and Pimms had a certain ring but Pig and Pimms did not go….is a pig a hog? Not sure because “hog” sounds masculine. Louise Hotchkis had sorted it and booked a professional to supply and serve a HOG ROAST. It is many years since our last one -I think it was Jonathan’s farewell celebration. The evening was superb and we sat in the vicarage garden with local friends and visitors and enjoyed a sing-song of the hymns we had already chosen. Some of the top notes wobbled a bit but after all, we were not the choir. The pig was rotating whilst we sang and then the serving began. Louise had chosen really yummy bread rolls – not those awful ones which collapse when you take the first bits. The meat was really delicious and there were crunchy fresh salads. It was a very enjoyable evening in every way. Thank you very much, Louise.


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The Website. Or me and my computer. I have had a computer for years but I still think in terms of telephones and letters for communication. However, I have realised that my grandchildren respond to Email but not to letters. They all use mobile phones which have numbers too long to remember.] Last winter I decided to try a grocery order “on line” and it was very successful but I still prefer to go to a shop and see things. If I stop driving this might change. I feel that I must work at using the blessing of the computer and this will involve using it more often. Last week I made myself look on the church website to check the readings for the Sunday service. There is so much about the church on our website and I would like to encourage everyone to keep in touch that way. The website address is on the back of this magazine. Go on….Try it. Otherwise you might miss things. Mouse.

Christmas Fayre & Silent Auction In Aid of The Samaritans This might seem a little early to be writing about Christmas but we wanted to give you plenty of notice, not only to put the date, Saturday 7th December, firmly in your diaries but also to give you a chance to think about ways you might be willing to contribute to help make it a success. For example, can you knit a scarf, a teddy bear or a T cosy? Or sew a Pinafore or a peg bag? Can you turn your hand to carpentry and create a bird table, a nest-box or even a wooden puppet? Perhaps you can make delicious cakes, sweets or preserves? In fact anything you can make we will gratefully sell in aid of the Samaritans.


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Your skills might be of the organisational kind, in which case could you co ordinate and run one of the stalls? Do you have space to collect and store (just until the day) contributions of books and other Items for sale? If your forte is in high finance can you help by organising the floats for the stalls? . We will also be grateful for raffle and tombola prizes, and any of your unwanted gifts but no bric-a-brac please. For the Silent Auction we are looking for contributions of time and talent rather than ‘things’. For example you might be able to baby-sit, or to offer a couple of hours of gardening, bake a cake for a special occasion, tuition on the computer, a chess or bridge lesson, or more generously host a dinner party, even offer a weekend break in that holiday home you have tucked away in San Moritz… The auction works by people placing their name and bid on the relevant paper and other people then placing their names with a higher bid and so on. We will have starting bids (reserves) placed on some of the items and intend having them all at the back of the church for a couple of weeks prior to the Fayre in order that bidding can start early. The Auction will continue and be concluded at 12.30 at the Fayre on the 7th December. The Fayre will be in the Church Hall from 10.30 until 1.00 o’clock Saturday 7th December. Father Christmas will be in attendance and refreshments will be available, including mulled wine and minced pies, so come along and take this wonderful opportunity to buy some unique hand made gifts, not forgetting scrumptious sweets cakes and preserves. If you can contribute or assist in any way or you would just like more information then please call me, Deacon Helen, on 306266.


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MU CALENDAR SEPTEMBER— DECEMBER Thurs 26 Sept 7.30 pm

Talk on Tinsley house by Elsie S.

21 Hazeldene. Meads -visitors welcome

Sat 5 Oct 9am

Corporate Communion

Good Shepherd

Thurs 10 Oct 2.45pm

Talk Time led by Meriel Vincent

Sue Bottani 58 Maldon Road (note change of address)

Sat 19 Oct

Diocesan Council

Haywards Heath

Sat 26 Oct

Tea

St Nicholas Saltdean

Sat 2 Nov 9am

Corporate Communion

Good Shepherd

Thurs 14 Nov 12.30pm

Talk Time led by C James-snack Lunch

22 Ranelagh Villas

Sat 16 Nov 10.30 am

District Lunch Event

St John the Divine Worthing

Thurs 28 Nov 7.30pm

Discussion

Venue T B A

Sat 7 Dec 9.00am

Corporation Communion

Good Shepherd

Thurs 12 Dec

Christmas party

Venue & time T B A


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The Lovey Foundation The Lovey Foundation was spectacularly launched outside the Kuloko Primary School in the Bawku region of Ghana on 20th July 2013. It was a big occasion, which the whole village turned out for in celebration. Local dignitaries and members of the Ghana Education Department gave out uniforms, sandals, schoolbags, exercise books and pencils to 10 children, enabling them to attend school for the first time next term. Previously these children were working in the fields as their families could not afford this equipment to send them to school. It is thanks to your generosity that these children will become literate and numerate. The Lovey Foundation Executive Committee extend their heartfelt thanks from Ghana to all those who sponsored Ray in his attempt at the three Peaks Challenge so making possible this joyous occasion. Stunning photos of the launch can be seen on the church website. There are many more children in the village who are still unable to attend school and we are looking forward to being able to support them by further fundraising so they too can reap the benefits of at least a basic education. Yaa Asare

Coffee Morning In aid of iZulu Orphan Projects (IOP) Saturday 14 September 2013 -10 am - 12 noon 77 Hove Park Road, Hove Book Stall : Cakes : Raffle : Coffee & Cake: ÂŁ2 For more information contact Janet Annis (700070) or Liz Hill (888607)


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OUR REGULAR SUNDAY SERVICES 8am, Holy Communion 10.15am, Parish Eucharist 10.15am, “Time for God”, informal worship for all, in the Church Hall, except on 3rd Sunday of the month, when all meet in the church. 6.30pm, Please check on the website or on the pew-sheet (Eucharist: Thurs. at 10.30am followed by Coffee and on Saturday at 9am) September 2013 14th : Sussex Historic Churches’ “Ride & Stride” Coffee Morning, 10am-12pm, 77 Hove Park Road Poetry Evening & Caribbean Dinner ... Lovey Foun., 7pm 15th : Blessing of Animals, during 8 and 10.15am Eucharist 16th : Blessing of a couple after their Civil Marriage, 11am : Altar Servers’ Guild, Sung Mass, 8pm 17th : Autumn courses begin. Details in the magazine. :B&H Council’s Consultation Meeting, 1 – 4pm 18th :B&H Council’s Consultation Meeting, 4 – 8pm 21st : Wedding, Abigail Weighill & Michael Grainger, 1pm October 2013 5th : Harvest Charity Dinner and Barn Dance 7pm 6th : Harvest Festival 10.15am 8th : Harvest Service, Lancing Prep School 9.15am 26th : Autumn Gardening 9.30am -12pm, followed by lunch. 27th – 29th: Retreat, at Alton Abbey November 2013 1st : All Souls, “Requiem” Eucharist at 7.30pm 2rd : All Saints, Eucharist at 10.30am 8th : Bonfire, Fireworks & Jacket potatoes, 6pm 10th : Remembrance Sunday, Eucharist at 10am 24th : Christ the King, Eucharist at 8 and 10.15am Dec 1st: ADVENT 1, Advent Reflections, 5pm


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Singing for Pleasure I am pleased to report that efforts to let the church building are continuing. By now you will probably be aware that it is intended to start a Saturday morning singing club in September which is open to any children aged 7-11– please see enclosed flyer. In this connection we were approached by an organisation called ‘Singing for Pleasure’ which was the brainchild of Robert Blass and Simon Gray who have been producing Musical Spectaculars to raise money for the Martlets Hospice over the last ten years, shows playing to packed audiences at the Dome, the Corn Exchange, the Theatre Royal and the Hove Centre. The aspirations of the organisers are to fill a gap in the market and provide an opportunity for people of all ages to sing for pleasure and for the benefit of their health. In the latter respect, singing is recommended and accepted by the medical profession as producing health benefits: it also provides invaluable opportunities for social interaction with others. You may be interested to know that Zena and I are members of one of the clubs. Attendances have always been in the order of 50-60 men and women – the majority of whom return week after week for a pleasurable afternoon singing songs from the shows and other popular music. No auditions are required; there is no need to read music and song sheets are provided. I am hopeful that we may be able to offer a similar arrangement at COGS early next year; in the meantime, as advised, a singing club for children – which is open to all – will start in September. In the circumstances if you have children of 7-11 or know others in this age group you may find the offered ‘taster session’ to your liking. However, if you require further information, I would


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suggest that you telephone 01273 555089 and speak to Robert or his wife Corinne. Interestingly I showed the flyer to my 11 year old grandson – who considers himself ‘cool’. He thought this was a great idea and but for the fact that he does not live in the area would liked to have joined. He was impressed by the fact that no auditions or knowledge of music are required and considered the selection of songs as ‘wicked’. Who am I to argue with someone in the know? Neil Kelly

The Bells The summer holidays have brought mixed blessings to the bell tower. The down side is that all our new ringers have taken time off – the up side is that the rest of us have been able to master a new method. So if you listen carefully one Sunday soon you may hear us ringing Bastow Little Bob Minimus! We’ve been boosted by those who run the Brownies during term-time, some visitors from Oxford and Northampton and by our 2 graduates. Alison is now off to Heidelberg for 3 or 4 years to gain her PhD and Charlotte is job-hunting so we may not see either of them very frequently in the future. We’ve only gained one new ringer this summer – Helen, our Deacon. Hopefully one or two others may join us when the new school term starts – other 10 or 11-year-olds would be particularly welcome. Pat, 555954 or pandrhunter@gmail.com


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Autumn Courses Faith in the Fire Do come and join us for some interesting and challenging discussions! These are for everyone; just come as often as you are able. There are five sessions, spread over the Autumn , covering: 1. Faith facing Facts 2. Faith facing Doubt 3. Faith facing Disaster 4. Faith fuelling Prayer 5. Faith fuelling Action

There can't be many people whose faith hasn't been tested at some time in their lives. When things are going well our faith may remain untroubled, but what about when doubt or disaster strike? How does our faith stand up to that? These are questions every Christian has to face at some time or another. Faith in the Fire takes these challenges seriously, examines the basis of our faith in the face of them, and makes some suggestions as to how we might prepare ourselves to withstand these onslaughts. There's a great deal of encouragement to be found in this course as the facts are honestly faced. And for those who struggle, they'll find they are not alone. We will meet: On Mondays at 10.30am, hosted and led by Margy Weir at 15 Surrenden Park, Brighton, Tel: 551454


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On Tuesdays at 7.45pm, hosted by Daisy Walpole, 21 Hazeldene Meads, Brighton, Tel: 508600, led by Christyan James and David Nissen On Wednesdays at 7.45pm, hosted by Marguerite Harland, 7 The Paddock, Hove, Tel: 503040, led by Deacon Helen On Thursdays at 10.30am, following the Eucharist, hosted and led by Fr Felix at The Vicarage, Tel: 882987 The groups will meet in weeks commencing 16th and 23rd September, 7th and 28th October and 4th November. Please sign the list at the back of the church to confirm your attendance and so we know how many course booklets are needed.

Now is also your opportunity to join the Diocesan ‘Following Jesus’ course. I know that those of us who have already completed this will be happy to share how worthwhile this can be. It’s split into three terms, broadly following the liturgical seasons concentrating on Old Testament themes and personalities before Christmas, reflecting on Jesus life, death and burial up to Easter and then rejoicing in the resurrection exploring our calling to share with all God’s people in the life of the Holy Trinity. All of this will help us to gain a deeper knowledge of Scripture and the rich variety of Christian experience, more awareness of sharing in the life of the Church, confidence to live out faith in daily life and to share it with others and a greater ability to discern the particular gifts by which God equips us to fulfil our lives. The course commences on Thursday 12th September at 7.30pm at Church House, New Church Road and will be led by Michael Miller and Rev Mathew Philip. Booking forms are available at the back of the Church and need to be completed by early September so that material can be prepared. Please let Michael know if you are sending a form.


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Our Service Times Sunday Worship 8am Holy Communion 10:15 Sung Eucharist* 10:15 Time for God** 6.30pm: check on the web *On the 3rd Sunday of each month this will be a Family Eucharist to which children are particularly welcome. ** Time for God” Services are held in the Church Hall. Weekday Eucharist Thursday:10:30am Saturday: 9am =====================

Magazine Contributions to the magazine are welcome. Please leave copy at the back of Church by 15th of every Feb., May, Aug. and Nov. or e-mail daisy.walpole@btinternet. com or hefydd@yahoo.co.uk ————————————-

Tea Club: Meets on the first Monday of the month at 1.30pm. We welcome all who are 50 years plus, and would like some company. Just come along. Tel. Marguerite Harland 503040; hughharland325@ btinternet.com

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Hall Bookings: Please call 882987 or email: vicar@goodshepherdbrighton.org.uk

Grub Club Meets on third Monday of the month. All welcome. Please contact Daisy Walpole at (508600) or Pat Hunter at (555954)

Choir Choir practice: Sunday morning at 9. All are welcome. Please contact: Derek Froud (681007)

Flowers If you would like to donate an arrangement in memory of someone or help with the flower arranging, please contact church office 882987.

Stewardship Secretary David Nissen 1 Shirley Road, Hove, BN3 6NN Tel (01273) 554183 dnissen@btinternet.com

Bell Ringing Ringing practice every Tuesday evening in the Tower. New ringers are always welcome. Please contact Pat Hunter (555954)

Notice-boards Information (lists and posters) for the notice boards may be placed in the tray in the church porch windowsill or contact Gloria Cruttenden (505225).

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The Parish Magazine of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Brighton

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