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.
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 and on Radio 4, also a link to BBC1 Songs of praise.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Thursday 2nd April 2020
When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked at heart,
I was stupid and ignorant; I was like a brute beast towards you.
Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold my right hand
You guide me with your counsel, and afterwards you will receive me with honour.
Whom have l in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that l desire other than you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
Those haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut throats and thieves
They are not
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These people are just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid as to think that
The world can be looked at another way.
read from the top down as a poem of fear - or - from the bottom up as a poem of love.
(from Society of St Francis: Little Portion March 2020)
There are two types of people; those who enter a room and say, “Well, here I am,” and those who enter and say, “Ah, there you are!”
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.