A letter from the Rector…
Throughout this coming month of May, I would like to invite you to reflect prayerfully on the process of renewal we are committing to. Sunday by Sunday, the renewal of our life together will be a particular focus for our worship, but it would be wonderful to know that we are all committed personally to praying that the renewal we are embarking on is gifted in the Spirit and will lead to our growth numerically and spiritually.
This coming Friday 10th May and the following Friday 17th May, I will be available, along with other members of the PCCs, Ministry Team and Leadership Team, to discuss in more detail the vision we have for a flourishing church family in each village. We’ll meet in the new St James Centre – what a gift of the Spirit – 6-7pm with drinks and nibbles. The open evenings will be relaxed but purposeful – do come if you can.
In this Diocesan Year of Vocation, we are also keen to encourage you to explore how you can share your existing giftedness – or discover new giftings! To that end we are asking all those who presently lead our intercessions, welcome and readings as well as those who think they may want to explore a God given calling to these important elements of a flourishing church. All are welcome to come to any of the following equipping sessions:
‘Renewing Intercessions’ : Saturday 18th May 9.30am – 11.30am @ SJC
‘Renewing Welcome’ : Saturday 25th May 9.30am – 11.30am @ SJC
‘Renewing God’s Word’ : Saturday 1st June 9.30am – 11.30am @ SJC
Of course, we’re very excited to be welcoming Bishop Martin to the Church of St James to preside and preach at the Parish Communion on Sunday 19th May. He will also Dedicate our new centre – a facility for all our churches and communities. It’s great too that the St James congregation will be joined by the congregation of St Nicholas. No doubt the refreshments after the service will be extra special! All are welcome to come and share in worship with the Bishop.
Bishop Martin has challenged us to ask with what degree of confidence we can say to family, friends and neighbours “Come to church, it’s amazing. You’ll love it”.
Well, let’s also pray for Bishop Martin and all those who are called to plan, prepare and lead worship. May they be so gifted in the Spirit that our life together in prayer, praise and service may indeed be amazing and fill us with new life in Christ.
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope: strengthen us also to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace, to the glory of God the Father. Amen
We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Michael Palmer, Ellen Chapman and Kris Tippen
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Ceri Lakeman, Michael Watts and John Fursse
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Should you wish to contact the Rector his mobile number is 07538 011579.
Services for this weekend
8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be “The God of the second chance”. At West Wittering (10.00) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be. At Itchenor (9.00) Susan Monks’ theme for Little Nicks will be “The tree of Life”
Sunday 5th May
Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 9. 1-6 (7-20); Revelations 5. 11-14; John 21. 1-19
1 Peter 2. 19-end; John 10. 11-16
Isaiah 38. 9-20; John 11. (17-26) 27-44
Sunday 12th May
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 9. 36-end; Revelations 7. 9-end; John 10. 22-30
1 Peter 2. 11-17; John 16. 16-22