For your prayers:
Maxwell Smith; Annette Cole; Jim Wells; Ron Ham; Sue and John Taylor; Cathy McAllister; Peter Buchanan; Rachel Martin; Caroline Anne; Betty Moss; Anna Burt, Nancy Parsons; Val Cafferkey; Jack Stone; Harry Gee; Monica Walter; Sheila Ward; Hilda Holt; Elsie Winning; Dorothy Gill; Pam Tunnell; Victoria Fox and family (Bradbury Court), Hugh Francis.
Remember with thanksgiving: Rex Perkins; Evelyn Neale.
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.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Wednesday 1st April 2020
Therefore, do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”. For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matt 6.31-33
QUOTATION FROM JOHN DONNE (from ‘Devotions upon emergent occasions’ 1623-24)
The Church is Catholic, universal, so are all her Actions; All that she does, belongs to All. When she baptises a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that Head which is my Head too, and engrafted into that body, whereof I am a member. And when she buries a Man, that action concerns me; All mankind is of one Author, and is one volume; when one Man dies, one Chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every Chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by Age, some by sickness, some by war some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation; and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again, for that Library where every book shall lie open to one another…
No Man is an Island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a Clod* be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a Promontory were, as well as if a Manor of thy friend’s, or of thine own were; Any Man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
*Clod – a piece of soil or ground
John Donne’s feast day was yesterday, March 31st.
And as it April Fools Day:
Definition of Miracles:
a) when God does what the Vicar prays for
b) when the Vicar does what God asks him/her to do
It was a quiet Monday morning in September 2053 when John awoke with a need to go to the bathroom. To John this wasn’t just any ordinary day! This was the day he would open the last package of toilet paper his parents had bought in the year 2020.
It could be a proverb, a Bible text, an anecdote, a snippet of good news…Max length 75 words.
Following the announcement on Monday 23rd March by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chichester Cathedral has closed until further notice.
In direct response to the Government’s instructions all Church of England churches have closed in order to support the national effort to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).Dean of Chichester, The Very Reverend Stephen Waine has issued the following statement:
“The Cathedral’s witness to the love of God for his people has endured for 900 years, and today, despite being closed, Chichester Cathedral remains a strong symbol of God’s presence alongside us.In these unprecedented times, we will continue to offer prayer individually away from the Cathedral. Reiterating the message released by Archbishops and Bishops on Monday (23rd March 2020), all churches, including Chichester Cathedral, will ‘continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable’.We are already developing new ways to continue in our duty. We encourage you to visit our website www.chichestercathedral.org.uk to see the many resources we are developing for worship, and soon for learning and pilgrimage.We urge you to stay at home, and know that God is with you there.”
Message from the 3 Heralds Editor, Amanda Hislop.
Firstly, I hope you are well and surviving at home under these very trying and unprecedented times.
Although the April edition of 3 Heralds has been printed, due to the government restrictions announced yesterday, we are unable to deliver at this time. The magazines will be kept in the Church office and we will hopefully be able to deliver at some time in the near future.
The magazine will be put live on the Church web site from 1 April: https://www.storringtonparishchurch.org.uk/
I am also sorry to say the magazine will not be published from May issue until further notice. This is due to the fact we will have no content and will not have anyone to make the deliveries.
Subscriptions will be adjusted next year to compensate for the missed issues.
I truly hope you understand the situation and am sorry to have to make this decision as I know many of you really enjoy the magazine, as much as I love putting it together.
In the meantime, whilst you are all at home, you may like to take the opportunity to write an article, on a subject of your choice, for future publication!
With God’s blessings, and stay safe
Editor 3 Heralds
Parish Magazine for Storrington, Sullington and Thakeham
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.