Letter from Our Rector

Just a brief reminder that tomorrow is Ascension Day and we have a service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s 10.30am.
 

 It is also the start of Thy Kingdom Come, the eleven day prayer initiative between Ascension and Pentecost when we pray to deepen our own relationship with Jesus and particularly for five people to come to faith. As I’m sure you’re aware, the initiative has seen an amazing growth across the entire world since its small beginnings in 2016. 

It would be great if we could make this the focus of our prayers and reflections over the coming week and a half and if you’re interested in joining in, there are various prayer resources and ideas on the Thy Kingdom Come website. The link is
https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/new-2021

I will be using  the Novena Praying the Psalms from Ascension to Pentecost . The Psalms are a great inspiration for all of us as we pray and as we gather together. I hope you will join me as we join Christians across the world.

SUNDAY WORSHIP
Thank you to everyone who took part and helped with our Rogation Sunday Services last Sunday. We were so blessed with the weather.
 
We have been asked to continue with booking each Sunday and to wear masks and socially distance. I will let you know if the guidelines change.
Here is the booking email. Please try and book before Friday.   

Smvandhtchurchbookings@gmail.com

HOPE
Many of you will know we had some very large letters in the churchyard at St Mary’s that spelled out the word HOPE. They lit up at night and each week the children and members of the community attached prayers of hope for others to read.  I wrote an article which you can find in the link below.
 
Faith in Sussex | Issue 30 | Summer 2021 
https://online.fliphtml5.com/qmzrd/rppf/
 
SMALL GROUP TEACHING AND FELLOWSHIP
 
Finally, we are commencing a sermon series on the book of Nehemiah on May 30th. This will be our joint service at Holy Trinity 11am.
As a follow up to the weekly sermons, there will be sessions in June and July to go deeper with the teaching and to pray together.
 
 
Here are the dates: Monday 21st June 1.30pm to 3pm in church. 
If you need to leave earlier because of school pick up, that is fine.
Tuesday 22nd June 7.30pm -9pm in Church
 
Monday 19th July 1.30pm in church
Tuesday 20th July 7.30pm – 9pm in church
 
One these days we will take a look at Nehemiah and what God is saying to us as individuals and our churches.
Please come and be part of this exciting adventure of faith together.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

 
Please keep in touch and let me know if you are in any kind of need or a visit.
Please pray for the families of Dennis Potter; Nancy Hill and Mr Weeding.
 
Please also consider opening up your garden and inviting someone to coffee or lunch in the coming weeks. Many of our older generation haven’t been out very much over the past year.
 
With love and prayers,
 

Julie