The Church Wardens write….

 

We would like to record our appreciation to all the clergy and Readers who have helped us by officiating at services over the last six months; we have all very much enjoyed the varied styles of worship and preaching, culminating in Archdeacon Fiona presiding at our Christmas ‘midnight’ service. As we wait for a new vicar to be appointed we look forward to everyone’s continuing support in 2018.

During the season of Epiphany the church focuses on the revealing of Christ’s mission. Epiphany begins with the Wise Men bringing their gifts as they worship the Christ-child and ends with the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, when Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms and announced that the child would be a Light to reveal God’s word to everyone. This celebration is also known as Candlemas, harking back to a time when all the candles to be used in church during the year were blessed. Do join us at the 10am service on 4th February as we Worship Together for Candlemas.

Every Wednesday during Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, there will be a soup and cheese lunch at Noon in the Hub following the 10.30 am Communion service. Donations are invited in support of Heather Johnstone’s work at the Rehema Project, Tanzania.

Looking forward to Easter, we are so pleased that the Bishop of Horsham will be of ciating at all our Easter services, from Palm Sunday until Easter Day.

Monica and Sue

Arson Attacks

St. John’s apologises that there will be no service times displayed in the notice board by the lychgate for the foreseeable future. The board, and nearby property, have been set on re several times recently. The police are informed every time the church suffers criminal damage and will divert their evening patrols, when they can, through Copthorne.

Monica and Sue