Message from Kathryn:
Dear friends, I am pleased to be able to let you know that the church will be open for a service of Holy Communion on Sunday at 10am. Church will be a bit different as we will all have to keep to the health and safety measures of hand sanitising on entry, keeping a 2m distance and so having to sit where designated, and no singing or after church coffee. Also you may wish to wear a mask as we are indoors. It will be great to see you in reality, rather than on the screen!
With love and prayers, Kathryn
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Please note that telephone numbers should be prefixed with 01903.
FOLLOWING LAST SUNDAY we are again going 'live' with the Online Parish Communion and are inviting you to join us next Sunday.
Click here for more information and click Online Sunday Service for the Service Sheet.
NEW: Here is a link to Simon Emerson's 'Reflections on our Zoom Services'
FOR YOUR PRAYERS:
Those in need in body, mind and spirit: Jeannie Watten, Gabriella, Trevor Taylor, Bob Minter, Sara Harden, Bill Mason (Ada Ball’s brother), Mollie and Colin Williams, Roger Powell.
Those who have died recently: Bob Madison (Jeannie Watten’s son), Patricia Davis, Christine Weston, Eric Wakeham.
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.
Thursday 13 August – Church open for private prayer 9 am–12.30 pm.
16 August, 11 am, there will be a short service at the War Memorial to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.
8 am Holy Communion will resume on 16 August. If you regularly attend this service and are willing to clean afterwards ready for the 10 am then please let Kathryn or Viv know.
Appointments: The Revd Christine Spencer, former curate here at St Mary’s, has been appointed as Rector of the benefice of Ifield, and the Revd Stephen Mills, currently curate at Steyning, has been appointed as Rector of Moulsecoomb. No date as yet for their licensings. Congratulations to both of them.
The Church of England has a free phone line of comforting hymns, reflections and daily prayers, entitled ‘Daily Hope’. Just ring 0800 804 8044.
Kathryn would like all the congregation to spend some time in prayer at 10am on a Sunday morning, so that we are all praying together even though we are apart.
Please note the new links on the left hand side of this page beneath the 3 Heralds cover.
There are several links to streamed Sunday services at Chichester Cathedral, Radio 4, the BBC “Daily Service”, BBC1 Songs of praise.
Please note also that we now have a new 'History' page, written by Martyn Freeman.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Monday, 10th August 2020
THANKS TO GOD
I called tonight To talk a little while I need a friend who'll listen To my anxiety and trial.
You see, I can't quite make it Through a day just on my own... I need your love to guide me,
So I'll never feel alone.
I want to ask you please to keep My family safe and sound.
Come and fill their lives with confidence For whatever fate they're bound.
Give me faith, dear God, to face Each hour throughout the day,
And not to worry over things I can't change in any way.
I thank you God for being home And listening to my call,
For giving me such good advice When I stumble and fall.
Your number, God, is the only one That answers every time.
I never get a busy signal, Never had to pay a dime.
So thank you, God, for listening To my troubles and my sorrow.
Good night, God, I love You too, And I'll call again tomorrow!
Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress,
and He hears my voice.
Here is a prayer suggested by Stephen Bloxham:
We break this bread for the great green earth,
For the forests, fields and seas,
For the species of plant and animal life that we are destroying,
And pray that one day, God’s original blessing will be restored.
We break this bread for those who have no bread,
For the hungry, the homeless,
And all who are refugees,
And pray that one day this world may be a home to all. Amen.
Revd Donald Reeves MBE
If you would like to help populate this page with brief but uplifting contributions, please send suggestions to Charles Hadley.It could be a proverb, a Bible text, an anecdote, a snippet of good news…Max length 75 words.
The parish church of St Mary, Storrington, exists to serve the whole community. There has been a church here for more than a thousand years. The building is, in parts, ancient and historic, but its purpose to provide a spiritual centre for Storrington and a place set apart for worship, is timeless. It is a place where people are enabled to draw nearer to God and experience the grace of Jesus Christ in their lives.
It is here that so many members of our community over the centuries have celebrated their marriages and the arrival of children; here they have shared their sense of loss while celebrating the lives of the departed; and here, week by week, the ministry of Word and Sacrament is offered. We cherish the best of the Church's tradition whilst incorporating that which is fresh and new. Whilst the dignity of worship is important there is also a time for light-heartedness and informality. We aim to be outward-looking, friendly and welcoming, and to proclaim a balanced Christian faith based firmly on the three Anglican foundations of Scripture, tradition and reason and are glad to collaborate with our sister churches in Storrington in the vital task of promoting the Christian gospel.
The church is open every day from about 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Clergy team lead our support network offering pastoral care, comfort and guidance and a listening ear.
St Mary's has a broad range of activities, courses and home groups, some serious in purpose, others entertaining; but all with enjoyment and fellowship along the way.
The Parish of St Mary, Storrington, is in the Deanery of Storrington, the Archdeaconry of Horsham and the Diocese of Chichester. The clergy appreciate the opportunity of meeting new residents in the parish. Please get in touch soon after your arrival to arrange a convenient time for a visit.
We aim to keep in contact with as many people as possible through the Three Heralds Parish Magazine: for more information please click as shown on the left hand side of this page.