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COVID-19 guidance

Stop Press 10/1/2021

All services during January are now suspended until further notice.

You can donate to the Church using our Bank, which is Nat West, Horsham. The Account Name is PCC St Andrew’s Nuthurst, the
Sort Code is 60-11-17, and the Account Number is 62148915. Thank you.

 

 

 

  

There will be an organist and a small choir but unfortunately no congregational singing will be permitted at this service. Please remember to wear a mask at all times in Church.

There will be hand sanitiser on your way in by the South Door, and on your way out by the West Door, please  maintain a distance of 2 m from others  inside as well outside.

There will  now be collection plate, or you can donate to the Church using our Bank, which is Nat West, Horsham. The Account Name is PCC St Andrew’s Nuthurst, the
Sort Code is 60-11-17, and the Account Number is 62148915. Thank you.

The Toilet and the Vestry in the Church will not be available for use whilst the Church is open.

CoGS Stop Press 27/12/2020

The next service in the Church of The Good Shepherd  will be on 6 th January 2021 @ 10.15am  but with limited numbers please contact Sue, 01403 711871 to reserved your place.

passed sevices 

We are very pleased indeed and honoured that  the  service on the 25th of December is at 10.30 am will be taken by the The Bishop of  Horsham  Ruth Bushyager there will be a small choir and an organist but unfortunately no congregational singing will be permitted at this service. Please remember to wear a mask at all times

To reserve your place please contact Jackie Swift on 01403 732099 as seating will be limited.

The service on the 20th of December at 10 am and will be taken by the Acting Archdeacon of Horsham, the

Revd Canon Julia Peaty.

To reserved your place contact Jackie Swift on 01403 732099 as seating will be limited

There will be a small choir and an organist but unfortunately no congregational singing will be permitted at this service. Please remember to wear a mask at all times in Church.

The Church of The Good Shepherd  will  open on 9 th December @ 10.15am  but with limited numbers please contact Sue, it will remain closed for all services until further notice after the 9 th.

The service on the 6th December will be conducted by Bishop John at 10 am, it will be our first in Advent and will include the collection of toys for FSW.(see note from Bernice below) As always during these strange times  places will be limited, so please ensure that you have reserved your place by contacting Jackie Swift on 01403 732099, in keeping with the latest guidelines. Hand sanitation will be available on entry and exit to the church and you will need a  face mask.

Note from Bernice

Our parish normally collects a large number of toys and other gifts for Family Support Work at our annual Toy Service.  Unfortunately we have been unable to organise a Toy Service, as such, this year, but of course FSW needs these items for families in Sussex more than ever this year.   Geoff will be conducting a service at the school next week, which will include collecting items for FSW.  If anyone from the church wishes to give gifts, please bring them to the service on 6th December.  Below is a reminder of suitable gifts:

Toys and games for children of all ages, remembering that, because of COVID, all must be NEW please.   Items for older children are especially welcome e.g. gift vouchers, jewellery, hair decorations, toiletries.  Nothing should be wrapped; this is so that FSW can distribute appropriately.  However, please do add some Christmas paper, if you would like to do so.  FSW also make up Christmas hampers, so non-perishable goodies such as chocolates and sweets, biscuits, nuts and raisins (etc), Christmas puddings would also be very welcome.

  • We are using and developing our own Parish website http://nuthurst.org as much as we can, to incorporate relevant information, and to provide our own useful content for you. 

Please let us know if you have any further suggestions or additions to this. We will continue to expand it as time goes by, and we are updating it on a very regular basis. Please let Pete Swift know of any improvements, additions or corrections at sedgwickswifts@gmail.com

 From  Bishop Horsham

Greetings from Bishop’s House Horsham, on this Sunday of Christ The King.
I am very sorry not to be joining you in person as we had planned – it would have been a great joy to be with you and to preside and preach. Since the new lockdown measures were introduced and all our churches were once more closed for public worship services, I felt that the least I could do was make contact by email, and I am very grateful to Peter Swift your new Warden for his assistance.
 
I hope that many of you will access some kind of online act of worship or service of prayer to help sustain and grow your faith at this very testing time. I know that St Mary’s Horsham, for example, are posting a video of their Sunday services here on their website
https://www.stmaryshorsham.org.uk/. and also that our Cathedral in Chichester is live-streaming Choral Evensong at 3pm this Sunday from their website here
 
I would also like to encourage each one of you personally to take some time today in your favourite armchair, with your bible in hand, to look up our New Testament readings for the day and spend some time reflecting and praying about them. The readings are
 

Ephesians 1.15-23
Matthew 25.31-46

 
and I have copied the text of them below my email here for ease of reference.
Our reading from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus is such a beautiful outpouring of prayer for them and is perfect for us as we contemplate the Kingly rule of Christ this Sunday. I echo Paul’s prayer as I pray for all of you – v17 – that you and I would have God’s Spirit of wisdom and we would know the hope of our sure and certain eternal inheritance as we seek to trust and follow Jesus. Please spend some time in quiet reflection, praying this prayer for yourself and your church (and your bishops too!)
 
Our Gospel reading is the challenging message of Jesus that he will stand in judgement and separate out people according to those who have blessed members of his family and those who have not. The early disciples were often times thrown in prison, beaten naked, hungry and thirsty as they travelled through strange towns and lands seeking to make the good news of Jesus known. They were often horribly persecuted, even to death. Jesus is clear that his disciples should expect to suffer for his name, and also that those who love and care for his disciples will be blessed in his name. As well as Christ the King Sunday, this is the Sunday in which we have a particular focus on the persecuted church worldwide, as there are very many countries and regions to this day where the followers of Jesus are imprisoned, have their churches closed down or destroyed, are stripped of their livelihoods, and are sadly executed for their faith. As you reflect on our reading, let’s ask ourselves the challenging question – how do I help to meet the needs of suffering Christians? And let’s spend time in earnest prayer for those who are persecuted across the world — you can find out more to inform your prayers at the Barnabas Fund website https://barnabasfund.org/news/
 
 
With every blessing,
+Ruth
Bishop of Horsham
 
 
Ephesians 1.15-23
 

15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

 
Matthew 25.31-46
31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” 44Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” 45Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’

 

+Ruth

Rt Rev’d Ruth Bushyager, Bishop of Horsham

01403 218501 | www.chichester.anglican.org | Bishop’s House, 21 Guildford Road, Horsham, RH12 1LU.

V4 updated 20/12/ 2020 PRS

 

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