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Faith in Sussex

Faith in Sussex, the diocesan magazine, is now available to read online.   

You will find it packed as always with news, views, features, and pictures - sharing YOUR stories from around the diocese and the wider Church. Its pages aim to serve the goal of bringing us together as a diocesan family around a commitment to mission and growth.

 

Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund
Successful application for St John’s

In December 2014 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the first round of funding for historic UK places of worship to benefit from the Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund. Hundreds of places of worship across all four corners of the UK will now be made weather-tight, safe and open for use.

A total of 502 places of worship received between £10,000 to £100,000 to meet the costs of urgent repairs to roofs and rainwater disposal systems. Money is also being provided for structural investigations, specialist reports and bat surveys. The Fund is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

St John’s Parochial Church Council applied for £29,000 to fund the reroofing of the vestry. The flat roof system was last replaced in 1983 and after 33 years was long past its life expectancy and causing internal damp. The original roof light leaked water and was a major source of heat loss to the room.

We were extremely pleased and grateful when we were awarded the full grant of £29,000. The work, including roof insulation and a completely new double glazed roof light has now been completed.


The Ministry of Healing

There has been a
ministry of healing with prayer and laying on of hands at St John’s for over twenty years. It happens once a month at the 10am Eucharist, usually on the first Sunday of the month. Anyone can ask for prayer by going to the right hand side of the altar rail while people are receiving the bread and wine of Communion.

 

 

Messy Church is every 2nd Sunday of the month at 4 pm. Future 2017 dates are:
10 September, 8 October, 12 November

Whether you usually go to church, whether you always meant to but never quite made it, whether you can’t see what all the fuss is about or whether you are an honest doubter. All are welcome to come and meet other families like yours in your community.

Here at St John’s we would like to welcome you to join us for family afternoons full of games, stories, songs, messy crafts and things to make and do.

At the end of the afternoon we will invite you to join us for a simple supper to round the session off.

You don’t need to plan… just drop in. We would love to see you!

Familes of all shapes and sizes are very welcome on 10 September 2017 for our next Messy Church

See our Photo Gallery for pictures of past Messy Church events

PASTORATES: WHAT WILL THEY DO FOR ME?

We have now assembled our congregation at St John’s into four groups of 30-40 people, which we are calling “Pastorates”. Each Pastorate has a team of three Co-ordinators whose role is to find out how each person would like to be involved in the Pastorate, to pray for everyone in the group, get to know them, co-ordinate any help needed (such as lifts to church or home communion) and to organise social events and activities.

The whole idea of having Pastorates is to enable smaller groups of people to get to know one another and care for one another together. The Co-ordinators are not the only people who will be active in the group. Many people are already active in these ways. The hope is that anyone who is interested will get involved in the activities of the Pastorate, whether getting to know and praying for one another, organising social events or keeping in touch with people who are away for any reason. There is no limit to what these groups might do – involvement in charities, worship, local community issues, church projects are all possible.

For people who are already active and well known within the church community, Pastorates might not seem anything new, but for those who have more recently joined, they will be a way of getting to know a smaller group of people, which may be less daunting, and finding out how to be involved in ways that fit them. The most important hope is that Pastorates will be places where people can help one another to grow in their life as Christians, through friendship and shared activities.

So the question is not so much “What will they do for me?” The real question, which will only be answered in time as Pastorates develop is,

“WHAT WILL WE DO TOGETHER?”

Please find here the Pastorate leaflet giving further information

 

 
       
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