Next week, (Sunday 14th August) there will be no 09.45 service at St Nicholas’ and we will all join together at 10am at St Barnabas’ for a Parish Eucharist together.
Come along and celebrate with Steve at his last Eucharist in the parish!
The more the merrier. Contributions of cake welcome.
Those parishioners who were at the Special Parochial Church Meeting last night will have heard me announce that I shall be moving to a new role in September. That role is as the Canon Steward at Westminster Abbey and the announcements can be found by following these links:
It has been a wonderfully rich time being a parish priest here in Crawley and I am deeply grateful to all of you who have supported my family and me in so many ways in the past five years. There will be time over the coming months for me to express that gratitude in person – and I do hope you will be able to come to the ‘farewell’ on 4th September. That farewell is likely to be for both the Burston and Ball families as, following my departure, Steve will be assigned a new training incumbent. For 4th September, we are planning a Parish Eucharist at St Nicholas at 10.00 a.m. followed by lunch on the Rectory lawn.
Our move comes at an exciting time for the parish as we work to deliver the vision expressed in our Parish Plan, Growing Through 2016 and 2017. The energy and commitment that so many of you have already displayed to taking forward that vision of growth in Christ, re-imagining ministry and serving the common good is a huge encouragement to both Steve and me as we focus our efforts on supporting and enabling you to flourish during this time of change and, of course, some uncertainty .
The decisions taken yesterday about seeking an early appointment to the Associate Vicar post, exploring the appointment of a families and children’s worker and the possible revision of parish structures in response to the Crawley Review are all elements that should help to enhance the mission of the church in this time and place – but it is your contribution, individually and collectively, using your God-given gifts, that will be decisive for the future.
Wishing each of you every blessing in that shared endeavour,
To get a sneak peak, here is our crib service sheet for tomorrow’s service (24/12/15 at 4pm). There are crib services at each church, so take your pick !
Click here to see this week’s pewsheet.
This September, there are lots of opportunities for you to exercise your voice with us with varying levels of commitment.
- You could simply turn up at 11am on Saturday September 19th and enjoy being part of a choir for the day at our “Come and Sing Musicals” workshop and informal concert.
- You might want to become part of the Worth Festival Choir, a choir that only forms for 2 events a year. Our rehearsals start this Sunday 6th September, 2-4pm and continue each Sunday at this time until November 1st, when we will be performing extracts from Mozart’s Requiem as part of an All Souls Memorial Service. We’d be delighted to have you !
- Finally, you, or someone you know, might want to join Worth Choir. Currently, this choir is a mixed group of fifteen singers who work hard to maintain the remarkable choral tradition which St Nicholas’ has supported since the 15th century. No specific musical experience is required to join the choir. More important is the enthusiasm and willingness to commit and to learn. To see what sort of things we sing, you can view our September music list here. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all those who have bought advanced tickets for our concert tomorrow night at St Nicholas’ Church, Worth, thus helping us work out the amounts for catering and drinks.
Feel free to still come along on the night though, as there will be something for everyone (musically and culinary !). Adult tickets are £8 including canapés and Pimms, children can come free (sweets and juice provided). You can phone 07044 326819
Here is the Music for a Summer’s Evening Programme so you can see in advance what is being performed and print it for yourself (although copies are available free of charge on the door).
On Wednesday 3rd June, five candidates including our Steve were priested in a moving service by the Bishop of Lewes at St Mary, Horsham. Steve says thank you very much to those who went to support him and who have sent him cards.
Here are some of the photos taken by the Diocese of Chichester:
Click here to see the hymns and anthems that we will be singing at St Nicholas’ church services throughout March and the first week of April (Holy Week). Hope to see you at some of our services.
On Monday 4th August from 5pm to 11pm at St Barnabas, Pound Hill and St Nicholas, Worth there will be a series of readings, musical tributes, prayers and spaces for reflection as we mark the Centenary Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. As War still impacts humanity in different areas of the world today this will be a space to note the devastating impact that First World War had upon a generation. Please do join us at anytime throughout the evening – to light a candle or to share your stories or just to come, sit, listen and be. We will close at 11pm as we blow out the last candle to echo the famous phrase of that night in 1914 that ‘the lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time’.