Previously at Little Fishes we had been hearing the story of Moses and it had been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Firstly, we had found him as a baby in a basket in the bulrushes; then he had been confronted by a burning bush and when the people of a God had finally escaped from bad old Pharaoh they had been trapped by the Red Sea and had to rescued by God rolling back the waters. After a break and some stories of Jesus we were back, last Friday, with Moses and the people of God in the desert.
As the Little Fishes were gathering we played Kim’s game and thanked God for the things that we have
Then it was time to share our story. We heard that even though the people of God had been rescued from bad old Pharaoh they were STILL moaning and groaning that they didn’t have enough to eat and that God sent sweet tasting flakes of manna. (We shared a bowl of cornflakes and honey to help us get in the mood of the story)
First we did some colouring…
…then we did some sticking.
….and our pictures were finished!
Little Fishes is our ‘mums and tots’ group which meets every Friday in church from 2pm. There is no charge and all babies, toddlers and pre-school children are very welcome to come along with their carers.
What will Moses be getting up to next week? Why not join us next Friday to find out?
When parish churches are looking for a new “Incumbent” (i.e. Vicar or Rector), one of the first steps they undertake is to compose a carefully researched profile covering all aspects of their history, life and ministry.
This profile serves two purposes: it helps the churches themselves to reflect on their needs, and it provides invaluable information to prospective candidates as well as the Bishops and their advisers.
As we in Henfield, Shermanbury and Woodmancote continue our search for a successor to Revd. Alastair (now the Venerable Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich), we have pleasure in making our Benefice Profile freely available.
Click here to go to download page –> Benefice Profile
Two weeks ago in In2mission, our group of 3 to 9 year olds learnt that Jesus called himself the Good Shepherd. This morning we continued with this theme and shared the Parable of the Lost Sheep.
Heather reads the story to us in church.
When we moved to Church House, Karen helped us remember what we had learned last time.
Some of us just had to show just how much we remembered of the story.
Then it was time to make our very own lost sheep.
Liberal amounts of PVA glue were spread over the sheep and ourselves and Cheerios were carefully stuck down. Mums and leaders helped out. Some Cheerios just had to be consumed in order to keep our strength up and eventually we had created a very happy, curly fleeced, found sheep.
Our Cheerio sheep
In2mission will take a break for the next few weeks as we make way for All Age Worship on 3rd November, Remembrance Sunday on 10th and Xplore on 17th but we will be back on 24th November to draw the Church’s year to a close.
All children over 3 are very welcome to join us.
Our new Alpha Course begins with a welcome meal at 7.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 10th September.
For more details, please ring St. Peter’s Church Office on 01273 495532, or email email@example.com.
What is Alpha all about? See below for a personal viewpoint.
You’ve probably already heard of the Alpha Course. Not so long ago, doing Alpha was a fashionable rite of passage for those trying to make sense of our changing world. Captains of industry and celebrities signed up in droves, alongside tens of thousands of others from all walks of life. Some of them found it a life-changing experience. There was even a reality TV show about it.
Alpha is still going strong, still enriching lives, still helping people resolve their questions about God and faith and life. A course will be running at St. Peter’s Church, Henfield over several Tuesday evenings commencing on 10th September. It’s a chance to learn – and above all to experience – what Christianity is about in a friendly, enjoyable setting.
I attended last year’s course and really enjoyed it. I wish something like that could have been available at an earlier point in my life. I dithered on the fringes of Christian life for years before finally taking the plunge. An event like Alpha would have done so much to clear up my confusion and doubts, and to make me feel part of the community.
What can you expect at an Alpha evening? A relaxed social setting, an informal meal, a brief talk, a time of discussion. A time to laugh, to think, to make new friends. No one will follow you up afterwards (unless you invite them to). And if you’re already a regular churchgoer, why not come along and bring a friend?
If you are interested, please ring St. Peter’s Church Office on 01273 495532.
The Keys present “Frankenstein”
at St. Peter’s Church, Henfield
Thursday, 19th September, 7 p.m.
Tickets on sale at Henfield Furnishings.
The sun shone on the Vicarage Garden for St Peter’s Fete held on St Peter’s Day.
There were lots of stalls and competitions which were enjoyed by the many people who came along.
The bells in our Church Tower were recast and rehung 100 years ago.
To celebrate this centenary our theme for the Fete was “Bells”
learning to ring bells
At the Bell Meadow Belfry people could try their hand at bellringing.
And St Peter’s Handbell Ringers demonstrated a different kind of ringing.
And a competition – every answer includes ‘bel’, bell’ or ‘bells’.
How many do you know?
listening to the band: Brass Fusion
Bishop Mark with those who were confirmed:
Sarah, Sally, Britt, Anna and Richard
The Bishop Horsham The Right Reverend Mark Sowerby came to St Peter’s to confirm Sarah, Sally and Britt from Henfield and Anna and Richard from Edburton.
After the very moving Service we enjoyed refreshments and cake!
This morning (15th June) The Reverend Peter O’Connell shaved his beard. The event took place in Budgens on the High Street. Peter was sponsored to raise money towards the new Scout Hut in Henfield. Henfield’s Scout group was founded in 1907, and is believed to be the oldest in the world in continuous existence.
This morning, Sunday 2nd June, Peter presided at the Eucharist for the first time.
The preacher was The Reverend Prior Andrew
from the Benedictine Community of Our Lady and St John, Alton Hants.
Peter O’Connell with his family, Prior Andrew, Alastair Cutting and Christina Bennett
On Saturday 29th June at St Peter’s Church, Henfield, we are hosting our annual Fete from 2pm until 4.30pm in the Vicarage Garden, Church Lane.
This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the re-casting of the bells in St Peter’s Church tower. There will be the opportunity to have a go at bell-ringing; and for the younger ones the chance to make and decorate their own bell and enter a competition.
Having fun at last year’s Fete
Entertainment will be provided by Brass Fusion. There will also be bell ringing, a magician, face painting, games and a raffle; and the usual plant stall, bottle stall, cakes stall, jams and preserves; ice-creams, teas and refreshments. Entry £1 adults, children free.