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Notices

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Churchyard Conservation Work Party on Saturday 6 May: Please do join us for this enjoyable event - any time you can spare between 9.00 and 15.00, even if it’s just an hour. A light lunch available around 12.30; any ‘bring and share’ much appreciated too. Please keep the following Saturday (13th) free if possible, in case of bad weather on 6th. Contact Sally or Freddie, or via the church website.

Posted: 27.04.2017

Church Projector - We are unexpectedly having to replace the church projector as it is rapidly failing and is beyond economic repair. The replacement was to be stage two of our AV improvements. However, we have had to move quickly to secure a suitable replacement. A new one has been found at a special manufacturers price to the church of £1200. If anyone would like to make a donation towards the cost it would be greatly appreciated. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of church - Thank you.

Posted: 09.04.2017

Children's Church for Nursery and Primary school aged children

Children's Church is for Nursery and Primary school aged children, and runs each week in term time, except for the Family Service. The children gather with their parents then go off to their own activities in the Gage Chapel during the Sermon and prayers, then they return during the offertory hymn.
Activities centre around a bible reading. We will be looking at -

23rd April - Walk to Emmaus- Luke 24:13-35..

Posted: 09.04.2017

Church Flowers - Help! There are quite a few gaps in this year's flower rota and we could really do with some "new blood". Sarah Diplock is prepared to be in charge of flowers but she can't be in sole charge. No special skills are needed. Is there anybody out there who could help Sarah organise the flowers or are willing to go on the rota? For further information, please contact Sarah on 01825 890824 or sarah@framfield.net

Posted: 13.03.2017

A bright future starts when we ask God to heal the past.

Life on the whole is not always straightforward. We go through difficulties and challenges; some are due to our own folly, some are forced upon us. Negative situations or coping with loss can leave us feeling that we are on an emotional treadmill with no way out. The Good News is that God understands our situation better than we do and longs to restore us and help us move forward. If you would like a confidential listening ear and the opportunity to be prayed for so that God can bless you and put your life back on track then please get in touch.

Contact details above - Rev Chris Lawrence.

jesus heals

Posted: 13.03.2017

There is no Messy Church in April, next one is on Sunday 21th May 2017 - 4.00 pm -

'Messy Church' fun all the family
(Please gather and register in the Church)
Songs, Craft activities, followed by afternoon tea.
Everyone Welcome; invite your friends and neighbours.

Contributions of sandwiches, savouries and cakes etc from the church family gratefully received - Signup sheet on the notice board - Thank you.

Posted: 05.04.2017

Milk Bottle Tops

A BIG thank you to all who have collected the green milk bottle tops for me over the last year. I had hoped to collect 5,000 but the total to date is 8472!! This year I can collect all colours. Please leave them by the table at the door.

Posted: 01.01.2017

Church Rotas - Update

Post Service Coffee - Many thanks to Margaret Smith who has volunteered to help out with coffee on the 4th Sunday in the month. However, Margaret would appreciate a helper; any volunteers?
Church Cleaning - November 2017 - Filled by Peter Tomsett - Thank you.
Brass Cleaning - June 2017 - Filled by Anita Smith - Thank you.
December 2017 - Vacant; any volunteers?
Please have a think and a pray whether you could help out with any of the above. It needn't be a perpetual commitment but rather for a limited time, say 1 year. If you feel a 'nudge' to help please have a word with Revd Chris or a member of the PCC. Thank you.

Posted: 01.01.2017

Prayer Partners:

Prayer slips for APRIL are now available in "The Tin" on the table adjacent to the church doors. New members of the partnership are always welcome - please contact Sally Clifton.

Posted: 05.04.2017

Celebrating - Year of the Bible 2017 across the Diocese.

Advent Sunday 2016 marked the beginning of the 'Year of the Bible', which is a Diocesan initiative to help us engage with the Scriptures, both individually and within our worshipping communities.

The Year was launched on Sunday 4th December (Second Sunday of Advent) when clergy ask all those attending worship that day to bring to church the Bible they use at home. Before the final blessing, there will be an opportunity to pray for the coming year of the bible and or personal bibles to be blessed. Please take a copy of the year's programme home with you.

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and forever hold fast the hope of eternal life which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Posted: 01.01..2017

Church Hall Roof Appeal - update. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the cost of getting the hall back to an operational state. To date £8850.00 has been raised, which is fantastic! Ideally we would like to raise the remaining £1750.00 to complete the repairs and pay for the additional items. If anyone feels a 'nudge' to make an offering to help with the costs we would be extremely appreciative. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of church; alternatively please have a word with, the Vicar, Norman Jones (Treasurer), Peter Tomsett or John Mordaunt. Thank You.

Posted: 03.12.2016

St Thomas a Becket - Welcome for families - Faith for all ages

Young children can find church services a struggle, and understandably this may discourage families from coming. In view of this, we are making changes to the 10 o'clock format starting after the school's summer break. The new pattern will begin with a short time with all the family together, after which children may go to the Gage Chapel area in the church where they can enjoy their own supervised activities. On the second Sunday of the month we have a Family Service which is designed to suit all ages. Please see the poster on the notice board for further details or the church website.

Posted: 17.07.2016

Church Prayer Meeting - Saturday 15th April. Each fortnight starting promptly at 10am (finish by 11am) in the Gage Chapel - followed by coffee and biscuits/ cakes. All welcome. Please think about attending or giving it a go! All welcome.

Posted: 09.04.2017

Church Membership - If you have been coming to Framfield Church for a while do please consider becoming a member of the church. We value new members joining and sharing their gifts and talents but also having an influence on how the church is shaped for the future. Application forms are at the back of church; please return to Peter Tomsett our Electoral Roll Officer.

Posted: 17.07.2016

St Thomas a Becket - Welcome for families - Faith for all ages

Young children can find church services a struggle, and understandably this may discourage families from coming. In view of this, we are making changes to the 10 o'clock format starting after the school's summer break. The new pattern will begin with a short time with all the family together, after which children may go to the Gage Chapel area in the church where they can enjoy their own supervised activities. On the second Sunday of the month we have a Family Service which is designed to suit all ages. Please see the poster on the notice board for further details or the church website.

Posted: 17.07.2016

THE PRAYER CORNER - Many thanks to Robin and Pam for setting up the Prayer Corner which is now open and available for everyone. A book has been provided in which prayers for people and situations may be written each week and at the main Sunday service, the book will be offered as part of the prayers of the Church, although individual entries will not be read out. In this way, the needs of the whole community will be brought to God as part of the Church's weekly intercessions. There is also some literature available which can be used to assist with praying, or taken away. In due course there will be a bowl and some tea-light candles. We trust this resource will be of value as a place of quiet prayer and meditation for everybody.

Posted: 14.03.2016

Fund Raising Events.

As a parish we are very fortunate to have a full-time Minister of our own, but the Church needs to raise more money to cover the cost. Currently we only pay about 50% of the actual cost, so we need to do all we can to say thank to the Diocese for allowing us this privilege. To do this the PCC propose to hold a number of Fund Raising Events each year and require someone to take on a Co-ordinator role to oversee the planning and execution of such events. If you feel able to assist in this important work please speak to Revd Chris Lawrence or our Treasurer, Norman Jones.

Posted: 22.07.2014

Outward Giving.

As part of our Christian responsibility the PCC agreed to welcome suggestions from the congregation of the names of Christian Ministries/Charities for consideration for the Church's outward giving. In order to raise the necessary funds a Mission Gift Day is planned for later in the year. Please give any suggestions to Chris Lawrence or the church Treasurer Norman Jones.

Posted: 22.07.2014

Regular Offerings - It is great to be back in the church after the refurbishment programme and enjoy being in God's house. We are very grateful the 'Friends of Framfield Church' for orchestrating the fundraising and completing the project. However, the day to day expenditure for running the church and paying our contribution to the diocese falls to the congregation and general fundraising activities. At the moment we only pay about 50% of the costs; the balance is met by other churches in the deanery that support us directly. If you are new to the church or haven't prayerfully reviewed your contribution for some time would you consider increasing your contribution and switching to a monthly standing order? On the magazine rack adjacent to the font our Treasurer, Norman Jones has written a letter to each one of us explaining the situation. Would you please collect your letter after the service. Thank you.

Posted: 06.07.2014

Easy Fundraising - Seedtime to Harvest Bags - This was an initiative started by Rod Trickey where we individually collected any loose change between Rogation Sunday and Harvest Thanksgiving in one of the purpose made bags available at the back of church. If you would like to participate please collect a bag and return it at the Harvest Thanksgiving Service - Thank you.

Posted: 22.11.2015

The Power of Christ

The power of Christ is available to those who genuinely want a better future.
Life on the whole is not always straightforward. We go through difficulties and challenges; some are due to our own folly, some are forced upon us. Negative situations or coping with loss can leave us feeling that we are on an emotional treadmill with no way out. The Good News is that God understands our situation better than we do and longs to restore us and help us move forward. If you would like a confidential listening ear and the opportunity to be prayed for so that God can bless you and put your life back on track then please get in touch. Contact details above - Rev Chris Lawrence.

'Reigning in life' - Life on the whole is not always straightforward. We go through difficulties and challenges; some are due to our own folly, some are forced upon us. The bottom line is, that we can end up feeling emotionally damaged, living in a place of joyless turmoil and perhaps regret. The Good News is that God understands our situation better than we do and longs to help us and bring us into a new place so that we can look forward with hope and joy. If you would like a confidential listening ear and the opportunity to be prayed for so that God can bless you and put your life back together then please get in touch. Contact details above - Rev Chris Lawrence.

Posted: 20.11.2016

Legalisation of Same-Sex Marriage

Just in case you were wondering? I have been asked by several church members whether or not I approved of same sex marriage or whether same - sex ceremonies would be held at Framfield Church in the future. The short answer is an emphatic 'No'. Personally, I get quite cross that the word 'Marriage' is being used for a same-sex partnership; Marriage is the exclusive relationship between a man and a woman and is and will remain foundational to the building of sound families and the children that are born into them. Despite what Parliament thinks and what pressure groups would have us believe this is the natural order of the world we live in. If you wish to follow the political debate have a look at the Coalition for Marriage website (www.c4m.org.uk). If you would like to check your MP's record of voting on Christian interests in Parliament see www.christian.org.uk/mpvotes.php

Revd Chris Lawrence.

Posted: 30.03.2014

Giving - If you have joined us recently, you may be interested in the various ways we financially support the Church and the Ministry in Framfield. The weekly envelope scheme is very convenient and they are available from the stewards or by Standing Order (mandates available from the stewards). If you pay Income Tax please complete the Gift Aid section because the value is then increased by 20% as we can reclaim part of the Tax you pay. How much to give? Ask God prayerfully what is right for you, then smile. He isn't interested in money that you feel has been prized from your hand. If you have been a member for some time and can't remember when you last revised your commitment, how about it? Thank you.

Posted: 16.02.2014

Sunday BCP Communion Service

Please note the service time change from 8.30 back to 8.00 am on Sundays, this will be effective until October 2017:

The next service will be at 8.00 am on 16th April.

Posted: 05.04.2017

Notices for inclusion in the fortnightly notice sheet.

If you have a relevant notice that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the Church Notice Sheet would you please e.mail to the editor - Antonia Wright. Thank you.

Posted: 04.02.2014

Prayers of Intercession & Reading the Lesson at Sunday Services.

May I politely ask everyone on the Rotas to please make a note of when they are due to read the lesson or pray etc, as per the three monthly schedules. At present we have a good number within the church family who regularly read the lesson or pray which is valued by all and brings variety and richness to our services. If for any reason a date cannot be kept please arrange to swap with someone further down the list and let Barry Richardson, Graham Sheldon or myself know so that the website can be updated. If it is a last minute or unexpected reason please leave a message on the vicarage telephone line 01825 890365. With thanks Rev Chris.

Posted: 05.01.2014

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Posted: 31.05.2013

Prayer Partners - Prayer Partner slips for each month are usually available on the first Sunday of each month in 'The Tin' on the table adjacent to the church doors. New members of the partnership are always welcome - please contact Sally Clifton

Posted: 22.08.2011

Parking at the Church Hall / Vicarage. To whom it may concern. Parking at the rear of the church hall is restricted to the family and friends of the resident clergyman and those who are visiting the Church Office or Vicarage on official business. The only exceptions are for disabled drivers displaying disabled badges (there are two Weaiden District Council (WDC) approved disabled places outside the hall) and anyone who is dropping off/collecting items for functions in the church/church hall. Vehicles must then be moved to the highway. The parking area adjacent to the Church Office/Barn is Not a Public Car Park. In the interests of the church and in the maintenance of keeping good relations with the local residents please observe the notice at the top of the drive.

Thank You - Rev Chris Lawrence 

Posted: 22.08.2011

Churchyard Management Plan:

bd06412_            The Draft Plan may be read in full here                          

bd06412_            For more information contact Sally Clifton

Posted: 26.03.2012

Praying for our Government. It is a command of scripture to pray for our government (they need all the help they can get!). To this end Jean Holloway has printed out two sets of the 23 members of the Cabinet, so that the church family can choose a member to pray for. Cards at back of church.

Posted: 29.08.2010

Couldn't get to church last Sunday?

Sunday 10am sermons and talks are now being recorded and uploaded to the church website. If you miss the Sunday morning service in future you can now go to:

http://www.framfieldchurch.org.uk/flashmp3player/playmp3

to listen to the talk given by Chris or whoever else is giving the talk on that Sunday - or just click the link on the home page.

Posted: 29.08.2010

Web site for St Thomas a Becket - Our church website has now been running for over nine years. The site aims to be a useful resource to church members, and also to reach out to potential new members. We hope you will take a look and find it useful. We try very hard to keep it up to date and relevant. Any questions, comments or suggestions, e.mail us here

Posted: 12.01..2014

Regular at St Thomas à Becket? Then why not become a voting member - Electoral Roll forms are at the back of the church.

Posted: 28.03.2010

UCB (United Christian Broadcasters) Tune in on DAB Radio. Excellent, teaching, music & encouragement throughout the day and night - Programme schedule flyer at back of church and here.

Posted: 04.04.2010

Christian Radio broadcasting

We can praise God that 2 Christian Radio stations have been given a national digital licence to broadcast.
These stations are Premier Christian Radio and UCB (United Christian Broadcasting), and they provide a good digital signal in our area, so if you have a DAB radio receiver, get tuned in, and if you don't then it's a good reason to put one on your Christmas present list.
These 2 stations provide a range of topics including news, music, talks, Bible studies and interesting interviews.

Schedules can be seen at:

http://www.premierradio.org.uk/schedule.aspx and

http://ucbmedia.co.uk/home/templates/ucbmedia_main/files/pdfs/ucbuksched.pdf

Posted: 13.12.2009 - Updated: 14.08.2011

Mid-week communion services:

We are no longer conducting the mid-week communion services which used to take place on the third Wednesday of each month. Obviously we will keep this under review but, as matters stand with so few attending, it does not seem viable.

Posted: 01.10.2013