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VICAR’S MESSAGES

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SATURDAY 4th NOVEMBER – WINTER FAIR.

Kirsty is organising the Winter Fair and would appreciate your help and support!  There is a sign-up sheet for running stalls.  Please start bringing tombola and raffle prizes, books and DVDs, Children’s toys etc.  Also please leave time to bake a cake!

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SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER – ‘STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY’

Natalie will be writing to you in due course to fill you in on our church’s current financial position and include some paperwork for you to consider and return on or after this date. We haven’t had a Stewardship Sunday at St. Leonard’s for about 5 years, so it’s a bit overdue. (Many churches have one every year!)

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HORSHAM CHURCHES TOGETHER CHRISTMAS EVENT

SATURDAY, 16th DECEMBER 2017 11am-4pm

11am -11.45am Children’s Musical Nativity with Little Notes (Carfax Bandstand)

12noon-3.15pm Christmas Concert (Carfax Bandstand) Would you like to make a musical contribution?

12noon-3.15pm Family Nativity Trail (Horsham Town Centre locations) Would your Church members like to form one of the Nativity scenes?

3.30-4pm Horsham Churches Together Carol Service (Carfax Bandstand) Would you like to Steward at the event?

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HORSHAM CHURCHES TOGETHER NIGHT SHELTER

The night shelter training will begin soon. If you would like to be involved or find out more about this (or the event above) contact Rosemary Couchman.

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FELLOWSHIP AFTERNOONS

The winter season began with Rachel Ellis talking about her visit to Uganda; she complemented her talk with music and there was tea and cake afterwards. Many thanks to Rosemary for her magnificent accompaniment. £255.36 was raised to help send more musicians there in 2018. The next Fellowship Sunday meeting will be on 15th October.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

There is an old Christian tradition
with a special message to deliver,with a special song to sing for others,
with a special act of love to bestow.

No one else can speak my message,
or sing my song,
or offer my act of love.
They are entrusted only to me.

(John Powell, Jesuit priest & author)

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THIRD SUNDAY CHILDREN’S TEACHING

For a trial period, on each third Sunday of the month, the children will be given age-appropriate teaching in the Peter Apted room during the sermon and intercessions. We will ask one parent/carer each month to stay in with the leader of the group to assist. Otherwise parents/carers are invited to leave their children or stay if they wish.

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VACANCIES

Due to Clare Muir’s move there is now a vacancy on the DCC.

We also need a new Health and Safety Officer (all paperwork is done for this.)

We are also looking for a new Church Treasurer to come alongside Lyn for a handover period before elections in April 2018.

A temporary vacancy has also arisen for a Horsham Churches Together Representative in Sandra’s absence.

Please speak to Natalie if you would like to have an informal discussion about any of these roles, or if you have an idea of someone who could be approached.

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MEN’S BREAKFAST

St Leonard’s menfolk – would you be interested in having breakfast at the Beefeater one morning? Date to be arranged. Please speak to Natalie or sign the list if you are interested.

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HYMN REQUESTS

Members of the congregation are very welcome to request hymns for the Sunday service. Please speak to Natalie if you would like your favourite one day.

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Would anyone like to volunteer to help with coffee on Sundays?

All Sundays are covered but a bit of extra help would be appreciated.

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HORSHAM REPAIR CAFÉ

Held on the 1st Saturday of every month at the Friends Meeting House in Worthing Road from 10.00am – 12.30. See the notice for more details.

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WINTERSHALL NATIVITY PLAY

Benedict is organising a trip to this for Friday 15th December. The performance starts at 7.00pm and is a very worthwhile event. Adults £18, Children £9, family (2 adults, 2 children) £50. Transport will be by car and Benedict will put a sign-up sheet out for people attending and lifts. The deadline for booking was 20th August and if more than 15 people go there may be a discount on the tickets. For more information about the performance check the web site https://www.wintershall-estate.com/events/wintershall-nativity-play/

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HORSHAM CHURCHES TOGETHER – HORSHAM MATTERS

Whilst there are many aspects of our work that continue to be an outstanding success, we recorded a substantial loss in the last financial year as our costs were higher than anticipated whilst the income from our shops was much lower than forecasted.  It is also worth noting that as things stand and despite our best efforts, it’s looking increasingly likely that the current trading year will also result in a further significant loss.

We have also faced a number of challenges relating to staffing as well as no less than 3 separate break-ins to our stores & warehouse in the last 4 months, all of which contributes to a very difficult situation for Horsham Matters at the present time.

Prayer

Please pray for us as we undertake the necessary actions to restructure the organisation and return our retail operation to a profitable position so that we can continue to support our wide-ranging social action initiatives.

Volunteers

We are particularly looking for volunteers for the afternoons and on Wednesdays and Saturdays to

  • receive and sort donations as they come into the warehouse
  • shift and tidy furniture in the warehouse
  • sort and price linen and bedding

If you have a few hours or more free each week and would like to get involved in this action to show God’s love for your local community, meet people and have fun at the same time, please contact Ruth on 0300 124 0204, or email ruth.hodgson@horsham-matters.org.uk for an application form.

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