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St Mary's & St Michael's
Parish of Shalford & Peasmarsh
Week beginning 5th July
St Mary's Worship
Short Services in The Next Two Weeks

In Person & Online:

This Sunday 5th July:  see special notice below. A chance this Sunday to simply reflect on +Andrew's sermon, plus a hymn from Liz (below)

Wednesday 8th:  Midweek Holy Communion, 12 noon,
All welcome to come to join together in St Mary's Church, & on St Mary's Youtube channel Live

Sunday 12th:  Wild Worship 10.30am, younger church gathering outside in St Mary's churchyard 'Woodland Chapel', & for all on St Mary's Youtube channel Live

Wednesday 15th:  Midweek Holy Communion, 12 noon,
All welcome to come to join together in St Mary's Church, & on St Mary's Youtube channel Live

Sunday 19th:  Thanksgiving Eucharist back in St Mary's, 9.30am
First Sunday back in church & for all on St Mary's Youtube channel Live

Online only:

Mondays to Fridays:  Prayer to Go: Daily Morning Prayer.
Join Live 8.30/9am on St Mary's Facebook (or join later recorded)

Tuesdays & Thursdays:  Compline: Night Prayer
Join Live 9pm on St Mary's Facebook (or join later recorded)
Next Sunday 12th July - 'Wild Worship Outside'
10.30am socially distanced in the new churchyard 'woodland chapel' at St Mary's, come and meet others as we trial a new monthly service especially for younger families and all young at heart. All ages of children and young people particularly welcome at this no-shhhh gathering. Ideas of how to participate if any would like to, will follow soon - or get in touch to suggest your own ideas. Seeds or Kites will probably feature!  
Dear friends,

Welcome to St Mary’s Shalford e-news in changing times.  Through all the uncertainties and flux, the peaceful sanctuary of St Mary's church building reminds us of our firm foundations, held in the sanctuary of God's care. St Mary's church is now open again every day for you and all to dwell for as long as, and whenever, you like.

Please see above and below some important updates regarding worship together, live physically and virtually, on Wednesdays & Sundays (though not sadly in time for tomorrow 5th July as hoped); news of sanctuary in St Mary's wild churchyard; small group course opportunities in mental health, in the arts, in exploring faith; many opportunities to connect, participate, lead or be involved in anyway - your hopes, ideas, needs are always so valuable to hear and give space and prayer to in our church and community life together, please get in touch anytime.

As we pilgrim on together in faith, hope, love and joy, a psalm 28 poem here from Malcolm Guite to carry us through the week ahead, amidst all change & flux to turn to hear the music of Heaven, and let go into the sanctuary of grace.....

To dare each moment’s death, that I might live
Means both repentence and a plenitude
Of grace. Means letting go to let him give.

So Christ I beg for that beatitude
The grace to simply let go and receive
From your unsparing hand the amplitude

Of your beneficence, to have a heart
That dances to the measure of your music
Even here where evil seeks to part

Us from each promised good, and where the sick
And sickening cacophony of hate
Might deafen us or wound us to the quick

And break us down. May it not be too late
To turn to you again and start to live
Call us oh Christ, and open up the gate.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart danceth for joy, and in my song will I praise him. (psalm 28)

with love and prayers,
Rev'd Sarah 

St Mary's Opens for Live Worship Together again
Wednesdays & Sundays - online and off! 

With all the government and national church guidelines issued and updated throughout this last week, and despite much effort to do so, this Sunday has proved too soon to be ready to safely and inclusively open for worship together again in person in St Mary's church Shalford. There are still technology arrangements to update to enable those worshipping at home or on the move to be able to fully participate; volunteer cleaning and stewarding teams to put in place; and other arrangements to complete to be sure we can keep everybody cared for, included, and as safe as we possibly can. So this Sunday (5th July), please find below a hymn from Liz and the opportunity to simply reflect on Bishop Andrew's sermon as we seek to unburden all that weighs us down.

Wednesday is the new Sunday this week!   Wednesday 8th at 12 noon St Mary's church doors will be open again for worship together for any who are able to come in person, as well as those able to join online via Youtube Live.  Do join for our simple, reflective, Holy Communion together as we receive, give thanks, and find hope in God's provision. 

Bishop Andrew's Sermon for today - ‘Come to Me’ 

Broken for Me, Broken for You
Today's Hymn led by Liz, Director of Music, St Mary's Church Shalford.

Sanctuary Mental Health Course.. & others..
Click picture above to watch introductory video. If people are interested, we have the opportunity to offer this course as one of our St Mary's small group courses starting in September.  This 8 week course is designed for anyone who wants to explore more personally issues around faith & mental health. Each week the small group (it works well either via zoom or meeting together depending on what our group chooses), watches a film, and engages in conversation, reflection, and prayer. Topics explored from a psychological, social, and theological perspective include: Understanding mental health and illness; Challenging stigma; The recovery journey; Companionship; Self-care; The role of community in mental health.
If you are interested in joining, promoting to all in the village, or helping to lead this course from September, please chat to Rev Sarah

Other potential St Mary's small group fellowship & courses coming soon: 1. Imaging the Story Faith & Arts course;  Alpha Online potentially with Guildford ecumenical churches group or Wonersh church; Diddy Disciples for tiddly toddlers. Interested in helping or attending?  Got other ideas?  Please get in touch.

Shalford & Peasmarsh Community Support Update hoping to develop into a permanent network of local volunteers, supported by St Mary's Pastoral Community Support Fund, to support anybody in Shalford or Peasmarsh in need of help with collecting prescriptions, shopping, lifts to health/other appointments, regular chats and general neighbourly care. If you haven't already and would like to volunteer or help co-ordinate, please contact Mel or Sarah. 
St Mary's Wild Churchyard & Woodland Chapel Sanctuary

Continued thanks to Marion and Shalford Guides, and to wonderful Barry, for all their care & oversight in helping develop our eco wild area in St Mary's churchyard.  Thanks especially this week to Liz, Jamie and Luke for giving their strength & time to start shape the woodland chapel. If you'd like to join the working party to either care for the wild churchyard area, or the garden of remembrance, do get in touch. St Mary's churchyard is a haven of peace for all - 0, 2, 4, 8, + more legged - to enjoy.
Watch the updated visiting video!
St Mary's Church Shalford is once again open for all for private prayer, peace and reflection, from Monday 22nd June, roughly 10am-4pm every day.  Watch this little guide to visiting video for your, and everybody's, safety and care.  Please come and visit as much as you like, and may you find peace and comfort in God's presence. 
Please just click on the big blue button below (or the one on St Mary's website) if you would like to donate an offering to St Mary's church - life, ministry, serving community. The buttons will take you directly to our Shalford Parish church Justgiving site for one-off or regular online donations, where we can also receive gift aid. If you would like to discuss setting up regular giving through direct debit and the Parish Giving Scheme, please contact Ann Thomas. Thank you so much for your support at this difficult time.
GIVING TO ST MARY'S ........ click here if you would like to make an online offering to Shalford Parish churches - life, ministry, serving community.


all welcome, just click below on time to come in!

St Mary's Zoom Cafe on Sundays 11am
click on this link….
(Meeting ID: 743 1050 2764)

St Mary's Zoom Cafe on Wednesdays 11am
click on this link….
Meeting ID: 755 5457 4598

St Mary's Shalford Parish 
Daily Morning Prayer and Night Prayer

Please join in short St Mary's at Home parish prayers
- 10-15 mins prayer & reflection -
join any time you wish live (or record
ed if you view later)
via Facebook Live 

St Mary's Morning Prayer 9am live every weekday
(led by Sarah on Mon, Tues & Thurs; by Katrina on Weds; by Angela on Fri)
St Mary's Night Prayer or Compline every Tuesday & Thursday 9pm.

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St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church Contacts:
Vicar: Rev Sarah  – 01483 565012
Parish Administrator - Ellen (Office Mon, Wed & Fri morn): 01483 571646
Churchwarden: Sally - 
Acting second Churchwarden: Ann Thomas
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