Prayer Hub

St Stephen’s Church and St Leodegar’s Church, as a Benefice, is running a prayer support ministry in our churches, called the Prayer Hub. We believe in the power of prayer and want to be able to pray for one another.

If you have a prayer request and would like people to intercede for you, please contact me so that I can initiate the prayer hub. To ensure accuracy in passing on your prayer requests, it is preferable that concise requests are submitted in writing (email to editor.churches@hotmail.co.uk and text messages to 07886873690 will be acceptable). If you are submitting a request on behalf of someone else, please ensure that you have their permission to do so. First names or initials can be used for sensitive issues. If you have asked for prayer, when appropriate, please send updates so we can keep praying specifically or give thanks when prayers are answered.

Prayer requests will be treated confidentially. Only the intercessors on the prayer hub will know about needs and will never discuss it with anyone. The church leadership team is part of the group. You don’t have to be part of our churches to submit a prayer request.

We are also looking for more people to join our prayer chain as intercessors (people who pray). If you are interested in becoming an intercessor, please contact me,Linda Fitzmaurice

Your Experiences During Lockdown

The Leadership Team of our two churches would love you to share your experiences of lockdown, please. In particular along the lines of how your faith has been affected by / has affected those experiences. We might use it as a montage in a service if people do an audio/video recording or if you prefer to write something, then we publish it in the next ‘connect’ magazine.

Please send your stories to editor.churches@hotmail.co.uk. Joint Benefice Leadership Team

Church Services

Church Services

Morning Praise
The church leadership plan to have an online service available every second Sunday.

All Age Worship Service
Alistair Ghinn is putting together an All Age Worship style online service via YouTube every alternate Sunday.

It would be nice if we watch the services together at 9:30 am on Sunday, when our usual church meeting would have happened, so that we are worshipping together while being apart!
(You are welcome to watch it any time that suits you!)

Churches Open for Private Prayer

Our Prayers are being answered.

It is with great joy that we have now had permission to open our churches albeit only for private prayer.

We will of course have to stick to the Government Guidelines, as they stand at the moment. Keeping to the 2m distancing Using sanitizer Please note the following opening times, starting on Saturday 20 June.
St Leodegar’s Saturdays 1-4pm
St Stephen’s Wednesdays 1-4pm and Sundays 1-4pm

There will be a member of the parish to greet you and direct you to a pew.

We look forward to seeing you.

God Bless The Leadership Team: Robert, Lynn, Joan, Peter, Katrina and Stephen

The Rectory Needs You!!

We are looking for some volunteers to join us on the 11th July from 10am –12 noon.

During our interregnum, we as a benefice are responsible for the upkeep of the premises. If you feel you would like to be part of this team please contact me.

I must point out however that following the governments guidelines we have to stick to the 2m rule where possible (you can wear a mask).

We must also stick to the number of volunteers allowed together. Therefore, we will only allow 2 persons from each family.

If you have been part of one of our workforce groups at St Stephen`s you will appreciate the fun that can be had.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Lynn Mears

Churchwarden St Stephen`s

01243 537190 or 07796402169 Email: mearslynn55@gmail.com

ALL AGE Service & Supports playlist ++

Dear Friends, Parents and Carers
It’s the weekend again!!
Here’s the YouTube link for our 12th All Age Service and Supports playlist .
Starting from now these emailed releases and playlists are now to be fortnightly.
Our 2011 REDLANDS yr 9+ camp video is on the playlist , plus some ‘Cyberbullying Advice’ from ‘Internet Matters’
 
I regularly sift through resources being shared on the internet, and this week I’ve attached 4 listed below.
  1. Childrens worksheet based on the week’s lectionary theme: including a word search, crossword, maze and a picture for colouring.
  2. 4 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be Anti-Racists
  3. How to Help Your Children Develop Their God-Given Gift
  4. 5 Things Never to Say to Your Grandchildren 
In previous  weeks I’ve supplied these articles below… do let me know if you’d like any sent to you.
Summary of Parenting articles available to date

1.       How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus without Instilling Fear

2.       5 Fun Activities to Keep Kids Busy During Quarantine

3.       5 Dos and Don’ts of Home schooling Your Older Student During COVID-19

4.       6 Expert Tips for Homeschooling During Quarantine

5.       5 Steps to Fearless Parenting in the Wake of Coronavirus

6.       6 Tips to Make Quarantine Home-schooling Easier and More Rewarding

7.       3 Things Kids Need Right Now during COVID-19

8.       3 Ways to Have a Grumble-Free Quarantine

9.       6 Ways COVID-19 Can Bring Families Together if We Let It

10.   4 Ways to Have Less Conflict When Co-Parenting with Grandparents

11.   How to Quit Trying to Be a Perfect Parent

12.   5 Things Your Young Adult Children Still Need from You

13.   How to Help Your Children Process Their Emotions in a Meaningful Way

14.   7 Ways to Respond When Your Teen Son Pushes You Away

15.  6 Unpopular Truths Daughters Need to Learn from Their Fathers

16.  10 Most Dangerous Apps That Parents Need to Know

Other articles

1.       10 Comforting Bible verses to memorize during the coronavirus quarantine:

2.       9 Steps to Care for Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus

3.       10 Powerful Prayers for Everyone Affected by the COVID-19 Crisis

4.       5 Powerful Prayers for Peace amidst Pandemic Fear

5.       Why Everyone Is Emotionally on Edge Right Now, and Why That’s Okay

6.       10 Ways Coronavirus Can Change Your Life for the Better

7.       Do we really want to revert back to ‘Normal’ after  Quarantine

8.       7 Gifts Grandparents Can Give Their Grandchildren That No One Else Can

9.       4 Surprising Gifts of Quarantine We Can Keep even When It’s Over

10.   3 Ways to Stop Yourself from Going Back to “Too Busy” after Quarantine

11.   50+ Child friendly Jokes and riddles

12.   5 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

13.  7 Biblical Grandparents and the Amazing Lessons They Teach Us

14.   What is the Holy Spirit & 10 Supernatural Ways He Empowers you

Do get in touch with any feedback or suggestions for future offerings.
If your child would like to video themselves doing a reading or other script etc do get in touch, I’d love to include them in the service.
 
My plan is to send a fresh emailed offering each fortnight up to the end of July, do let me know if you’d like to be removed from this mailing. 

Best wishes

Alistair

Vacancies

St Stephen’s Church urgently require the following:

North Mundham PCC Treasurer
Job description
1. Maintain the records of all receipts and payments (in Xero)
2. Maintain the bank accounts and online banking facility
3. Make payments
4. Ensure all receipts are banked correctly
5. Calculate the monthly wages for the organist and report to HMRC
6. Prepare reports, payments and fund balances for the PCC
7. Prepare the annual financial statements for the PCC
8. Arrange for the independent examination of the annual financial statements
9. Arrange annual insurance and utility contracts

North Mundham PCC Stewardship Officer
Job description
1. Maintain the Parish Giving Scheme
2. Consider the needs of the church activities financially and encourage all members of the congregation to give
3. Maintain the gift aid registers and submit gift aid claims
4. Raise funds from other sources by applying for grants from trusts, foundations and other sources where required.

Please contact the church wardens if you are interested in this position.

  • Lynn Mears and Robert Leeder