News

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VICAR’S MESSAGES

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ADVENT CALENDARS

Advent calendars are ready to collect for those who ordered them – please leave £3.99 per calendar in the box or drop into the Vicarage.

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Monday 19th November at 7pm – Family Support Work

Details on the Diary page.

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ST LEONARD’S WINTER FAIR

Saturday 24th November – see the Diary Dates page.

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LOOKING FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS

Sunday 16th December at 4.00 pm – Carol Service

Monday 24th December at 4.00pm – Crib Service with Christingle

Christmas day at 9.30am – Celebration Communion

Sunday 30th December – No service at St Leonard’s – joint Horsham team Service at 11.00am at St Mary’s

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FAMILY AFTERNOONS

Flyers are now available with dates for 2018-9. Please take one and if you don’t need it, pass it on to a family you know!

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LINK

There are also new flyers for LINK – it’s easy to remember the first Wednesday in the month (except January) but take a flyer if you need to be reminded!

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KEYHOLDERS

If you have a key to the Clarence Road door, would you please sign the list as we need to update our record of keyholders.

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PRAYER CHAIN

We had prayer requests circulated by email for a while but it was never formalised and many people weren’t involved. We would now like to do this properly, so if you would like to be involved in a prayer chain, praying for members of our congregation and others in emergencies, illness etc.  sign the list in the Hall, indicating whether you would like to be contacted by email or phone. Needless to say all information given to those on the prayer chain will be confidential and only passed to others on the chain. Joan Denne is organising the Prayer Chain so if you need more information please speak to her.

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SCHOOL GOVERNORS NEEDED

Heron Way Primary School has a vacancy for a non-parent Governor and Holy Trinity C. of E. Secondary Crawley for a Foundation Governor. If anyone is interested please speak to Natalie.

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CLERGY TRAINING

As you are aware, Guy’s last Sunday in the Parish is 28th October. I am very pleased to be able to announce that I have become the Training Incumbent for Deacon Rebecca Tuck who is St. Mary’s Curate. This (and the vacancies in two of the Team Churches) will mean some considerable flexibility is required. I will be doing many more services at St. Mary’s, but we will also be able to welcome Rebecca here which is such a joy. Alan Mayer will be covering St. Leonard’s from time to time when I need to take the 9.30am at St. Mary’s. This will probably be once a month. Please remember that church doesn’t just happen on a Sunday, and there are plenty of other opportunities during the week where we can see one another, and do not hesitate to make contact by phone or email if I’m absent on Sunday and you need to speak to me.

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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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GUY’S LICENSING AT BATH ABBEY – Monday 26th November

We hope to book a coach and plan to leave at 1.30pm from Normandy for Bath Abbey; stopping at service station/cafés in Bath or similar for food; returning after the service (leaving Bath approx 10pm).  If we can fill a 53 seater coach it will cost £12.50 each for the transport – the cost of the coach will be shared between those on board so this is a guide cost at this stage and will be dependent on numbers.  Please book your coach seat via the St Mary’s Church Office (01403 264647 or email office@stmaryshorsham.org.uk).

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NIGHT SHELTER

The Night Shelter will run from 1 December 2018 until 15 March 2019

There are not enough volunteers to make the Night Shelter viable for 7 nights.  Please consider helping if you possibly can.  There are application forms by the door and more information can be gained by emailing emma.elnaugh@horsham-matters.org.uk or give Natalie a call.

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 CLEANING ROTA

 We are in the fortunate position of having a lovely Church building which can be used by our community, and as you know, due to the heavy usage of the hall we pay a cleaner to come in and keep things under control! However, because of rising costs, the DCC has decided that we will need to start cleaning the church and the Peter Apted room ourselves (keeping the cleaner for the Hall, toilets and kitchen only.) This will not be an arduous job, and if we have enough people no one will have to do it very often. It’ll be just having a tidy, hoovering the sanctuary and Peter Apted room, and dusting around. Please sign the list by the door if you can help. Many thanks.

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CHICHESTER DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING WEBSITE

Please have a look at this – it gives a lot of useful information

www.Safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org

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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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GREETINGS CARDS FOR BEATS

A friend of Sandra’s, Sheila Whibley, has kindly said she will continue to make cards which we can sell for BEATS so please look out for birthday and Easter cards on the table as usual. She is also happy to collect your old cards for recycling –  just leave them on the table.

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