…to join us as we celebrate the
Induction and Collation of our new Vicar and Rector
The Rev’d Paul Doick
On Thursday. 17th July at 7.30pm
At St Peter’s Church, Henfield
…at our annual church fete.
Saturday, 28th June at 2pm
In the Vicarage Gardens, Church Lane, Henfield BN5 9NY
Ice creams, tombola, cakes, bouncy castle, teas, bric-a-brac and much, much more
The Little Fishes gathered this week to hear about Deborah. So we settled down under our imaginary palm tree and sang a couple of our favourite songs. Then we were ready for the story.
But we found that we needed two armies so the Little Fishes became the People of God and the grown ups became the Enemies. The Enemies were on the move and The People of God were not safe any more.
‘We need a leader,’ they said, ‘someone clever and brave. Who will help us?’
The People of God knew of someone clever and brave. It was Deborah.
She was a prophet who received messages from God and when she was working she sat under a Palm tree.
Deborah knew that God’s people were in trouble and God told her what to do. She sent for a soldier called Barak.
Deborah said, ‘God wants you to lead our other soldiers and get rid of our enemies.’
Barak thought about it. He knew how clever and brave Deborah was so he said, ‘I won’t go unless you come too!’
And Deborah said, ‘I will.’
Together they got ready to fight. The Enemies were coming! Deborah told Barak, ‘Remember God will be with us’. When the Enemies saw Deborah, Barak and the People of God they were so scared they turned and ran away! The People of God were safe once more.
The Little Fishes then gathered round the table to create their own palm tree.
Join the Little Fishes next Friday at 2pm for more songs, crafts, biscuits and a story about St Peter. All babies, toddlers, preschool children and their carers are very welcome.
Last Sunday we celebrated the festival of Pentecost – the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It falls 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek pentekoste, “fiftieth”) and is the culmination of the season of Easter.
It is often regarded as the birthday of the Christian church, and the start of the church’s mission to the world. But how did we celebrate it at St Peter’s?
Painted by In2mission (with their feet)
Painted by Little Fishes (with their hands)
The Little Fishes heard the story of Pentecost on Friday afternoon. We learned that Jesus needed to go back into heaven so that the Holy Spirit could come and bring us gifts of power and comfort when we need them. We heard how the Holy Spirit came to the disciples like tongues of fire so we just had to make some fiery art.
We put on our aprons, rolled up our sleeves…and got out the salad spinners?!
Plenty of orange, red, yellow and gold paint was required…
…and much enthusiastic spinning!
On Sunday morning, we came together agin to celebrate the feast of Pentecost itself. At 9am there was a service of Parish communion and then at 10.30am it was time for Celebrate! and In2mission (our Sunday Club for children). We began by taking the story right back to Old Testament times and the Tower of Babel.
The story told us how the people were so proud of their tall tower that they thought they were better builders than God and how God confused their language to stop them…and how the languages of the world became broken and splintered and how the tower fell down.
Then thousands of years later Jesus died on the cross, rose again and ascended into heaven. But before he left he promised the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit which came to them on the day of Pentecost with the sound of a rushing wind and in tongues of fire. They were filled to the brim with the power of the Spirit and rushed out into the speaking in so many different languages.
Over in Church House, we moved the hand round on our Church clock so that it pointed to the only red square in the circle. We recreated the story in play dough…
…and painted our own Pentecost dove with our finger prints.
Come along and join us next week as we enter the ‘great, green growing’ season of the Church’s year.
Little Fishes meets every Friday in church from 2pm for songs, stories, craft and play. All babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome.
Parish Communion is at 9am every Sunday.
Celebrate! (Our family friendly service) meets each Sunday at 10.30am and includes In2mission on the 2nd and 4th Sundays for all children aged 3+.
This Saturday, churches across Chichester Diocese will be hosting a day of prayer for the renewal of our vision and the future of our life togather.
The nearest event to Henfield will be at at St. Peter’s Church, Cowfold. The church will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and all are welcome throughout the day.
A group from Henfield will be leading an extended Service of Morning Prayer from 9-10 a.m., and representatives of other churches in the area will be organising prayer activities as the day progresses.
Please come along and support this important event, in which we be seeking God’s blessing and guidance for the major long-term planning phase on which the Diocesan family is about to embark.
- John B.
Venue: St. Peter’s Church, Cowfold, RH13 8BT
Date: Saturday, 7th June, 2014
Time: Come and go freely from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (commencing with Morning Prayer service)
Background Information from the Diocese
WEEKEND OF PRAYER FOR DISCERNING THE VISION
At a recent national consultation on formulating Diocesan strategies prayer was identified alongside ownership, as a key element for a successful outcome. This was a theme that emerged from a number of Dioceses.
We would love to engage the whole Diocesan family in prayer as we seek to discern God’s will for our life together. The Diocesan strategy for 2015-2020 will be launched on Pentecost weekend 2015 and we want to begin our time of consultation and reflection with a weekend of prayer on Pentecost weekend 2014.
We have identified June 7th as a day of prayer at various venues around the Diocese and liturgical resources will be provided for every Church to include prayer for the strategy as part of their intercessions on Pentecost Sunday, June 8th.
Most venues will be open for prayer from 9am – 6pm. The day will be divided into one hour slots and we will be encouraging local churches to take responsibility for leading one of the hour slots. Bishop Martin will be joining the people of Rotherfield Deanery for part of their day during his visitation. Other members of the senior staff will be dropping in to other venues during the day.
Please join in prayer at a venue near you, either as part of a local Church or on an individual visit.
Questions? Contact the Diocese here
Come along to St. Peter’s for a time of modern praise, prayer and a chance to think about the meaning of Jesus’ ascension to Heaven at the end of his time on earth.
Sunday, 1st June 2014, 6.30 – 7.40pm (coffee available from 6.00)
– John B.
The last time we met for In2mission we looked at how Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. This week we looked at how the Good Shepherd calls us to gather round his table to share bread and wine.
First we gathered the sheep into the sheepfold and reminded ourselves that the Good Shepherd knows each of his sheep by name and that the sheep know his voice so that when he calls them from the sheepfold they follow him.
We also remembered that the Good Shepherd walks in front of his sheep and leads them to the good, green grass.
Then it was time to gather round the table.
We placed the bread and the wine on the table of the Good Shepherd and called the grown ups…and the children…and the babies to join our celebration.
Over in Church House, we looked a little more at Holy Communion. Rev’d Christina had kindly lent us her very old home Communion set which was just the right size so we laid the table, learnt that the cup is a chalice and the plate a paten, tasted some wafers and found out that Jesus said the bread was his body and the wine his blood.
Then it was time to ‘write’ our prayers using slices of bread and cookie cutters. Jo was in charge as we toasted our prayers for our great grandmas, our friends, for peace in Syria and starving children.
All children, aged three and over, are welcome to join us the next time we meet at 10.30am on 8th June when we will be celebrating the great festival of Pentecost.
The Little Fishes are loving that it is still Easter as they get to start every session with the words ‘Alleluia. Christ is risen…He is risen indeed. Alleluia’ and to sing all of our ‘Alleluia’ songs.
This week we joined Jesus and the disciples for a barbecue on the beach.
We heard the story…
…and collected up the fishes in the disciples’ net.
What a surprise when the disciples realised it was Jesus standing on the shore waiting to cook breakfast for them. We also heard a very special bit of the story where Jesus tells Peter to look after his lambs and we learned that that means us!
Then it was time to make our own picture of the Sea of Galilee and the disciples’ fishing net scooping the fishes out of the water.
Join the Little Fishes every Friday at 2pm to find out what happens next to Jesus and the disciples.
In2mission is our Sunday club for children aged 3 years and over and we meet during the 10.30am Celebrate! service on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
This morning, we heard again how Jesus said, ‘I am the Good Shepherd.’
We began our story with a beautiful field full of soft, green grass.
We added a stream of cool, fresh water to our field with pools shallow enough to splash and play in.
But we also learned that there were other pools which were deep and dark and dangerous..ones that you shouldn’t go near…and prickly brambles that scratch and tear.
Then we met the Good Shepherd who knows every part of the field and stream and also knows the places where it is dangerous to go.
The Good Shepherd carefully built a sheepfold…
…to keep his sheep safe.
At night the shepherd gathered his sheep into the fold…and his heart was filled with joy.
After we moved over to Church House our 3, 4 and 5 year olds decided that the Good Shepherd must be called Jesus and that perhaps the sheep were not called Flossie, Froo-Froo and Finbar but Alex, Amelia and Gracie. We thought that Jesus wants to look after us and keep us safe and that we should follow him. Just like the shepherd looks after his sheep.
Then it was time for cutting and sticking!
Join us on 25th May when we meet next. All children aged 3+ are welcome to come along.
(Our story this morning was taken from ‘Bible Storybags’ by Margaret Cooling)
This evening we gathered to mark Maundy Thursday.
We shared an evening meal as we heard the story of Jesus’ last Passover, prayed and washed each other’s feet.
We heard how Jesus …said the words of the feast in a way the disciples had never heard before. How he took the bread…blessed it…and broke it…and gave it to them, saying…”Take. Eat. This is my body, broken for you.”…Then how Jesus took the cup…and said, “Drink this, all of you. This is my blood which is shed for you.”
After the meal, Jesus washed his friends’feet…so we did too.
Then the disciples sang a hymn and went out to a garden to pray…so we shared our prayers for people, places and situations that were on our hearts.
And we heard what happened next…
…People who didn’t like Jesus took him. They wouldn’t let him go. Later they nailed him to a cross to kill him…Jesus died. It was very sad…
But three days later God did an amazing thing. God made Jesus alive again.
So every time we eat this bread…and drink this cup…we remember that Jesus died, and that God made him alive again.
Join us at 10am on Good Friday for All Age Worship and then on Easter Day at 10.30am when we will celebrate the Resurrection and admit three of our children to Holy Communion. Everyone is welcome to worship with us.
(With thanks to ‘Flame: Children’s Creative Ministry for the play dough mats)