Join us this Christmas to worship the new born King. St Peter’s Henfield
Sun 21st Dec
6.30pm Carol service followed by drinks and mince pies
Christmas Eve Wed 24th Dec
4pm Crib Service
11.30pm Midnight Communion
Christmas Day Thurs 25th Dec
10am Christmas Communion St Peter’s, Woodmancote Sun 21st Dec 11am Carol Service Christmas Eve Wed 24th Dec 10pm Christmas Eve Communion Christmas Day Thurs 25th Dec 9.45am Christmas Communion St Giles’, Shermanbury Sun 14th Dec 11.15am Carol Service Christmas Eve Wed 24th Dec 11.30pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day Thurs 25th Dec 11.15am Christmas Communion ALL ARE WELCOME!
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.
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.
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
Background Information from the Diocese
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)
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