Latest news from the Parish of Goring by Sea. 10 th. June 2020.
The opening of church buildings for private prayer
You will have heard on the news that from Monday 15th. June places of worship can be open for
individual prayer. We have today (Weds 10th. June) received detailed guidance and instruction
from the Diocese of Chichester, which we will now pray about and consider our Parish response to
this relaxation of the rules. We will need time to carry out risk assessments and prepare the
churches for opening if we believe and are guided to this as the right decision. Bishop Martin has
written to say
“I was glad when they said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.”
We should welcome the decision, announced on 7 June by the Communities Secretary,
Robert Jenrick that allows church buildings to be open for individual prayer from Monday
However, this announcement will also cause anxiety to some people, clergy and
laity alike. It is essential that access to our church buildings is a joyful
experience, not the source of fear. We will approach this in different ways and we
must respect the differences we bring.”
Please pray with us for guidance on this matter. We hope to give further details and our response
to this in next week’s newsletter.
Worship this week
Details of all services can be found on our Website and Facebook Page (see Events page)
Thursday Morning Prayer will be held every Thursday at 10.00am via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 955 2642 8233
Evening Prayer on Tuesday 6.00 pm and Sunday Eucharist on Sunday 10.00 are live streamed
on our Facebook page.
Goring Parish News
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News, please ring the Parish Office (01903 709163) and leave your name and address, and we will
arrange for a copy to be sent to you.
Lent boxes for Turning Tides
Now that restrictions have been relaxed a little we are able to collect in your
boxes and get these donations to Turning Tides. To arrange for your box to
be collected from your home, following social distancing guidelines, please
call Ruth Jepson on 507469 or email [email protected] Turning Tides
currently have an emergency appeal in place so our contribution is much
needed and will be much appreciated. If you do not have a collection box but
would like to make a donation please contact Ruth to arrange. Thank you.
Some time ago Janice wrote in an edition of Goring
Parish News about Traidcraft’s desire to reduce its
use of plastics. In this Summer’s edition of the
Traidcraft catalogue they tell us that they have
replaced the air-filled plastic “pillows” with paper
void-filler in their parcels, paper tape instead of
plastic tape (these two replacements save 2.410
tonnes of plastic), and all 15000 DPD staff, the
company that make the deliveries to Traidcraft
customers, are given a refillable water bottle saving
an estimated 3.75 million plastic bottles from being
Until the end of June, if you buy two packs of either Double Chocolate chunk cookies or half coated
chocolate shortbread fingers, Traidcraft will donate two packs of the same to Fareshare, a charity
that takes good quality surplus food from across the food industry and redistributes it to almost
11000 frontline charities and community groups nationally. I am sure Kate will be only too pleased
to take your order.
Please contact Kate on 07818691922 or email [email protected]
The gardening team is back in action.
As we explained last week the team is back in action and will be working again next week. Thank
you to those of you who have already offered and donated plants. We still need more so remember
if you have been splitting and or thinning shrubs and perennials (particularly drought resistant
plants) in your garden we would love any spare ones. Please e-mail the parish office
Don’t forget to send in your news
Do you have something that you would like to share, especially to encourage us all? It could be a
favourite or special prayer? Something you are reading or have seen that has interested you
helped or made you think recently? Please share it with us. Send to Gill Keevill
([email protected]) or mobile number: 07715120841.
Please let Fr. Keith or the Wardens know if you have a personal pastoral concern or may know of
somebody in need.
Blessings as always, Gill, Janice, Ruth and Geoff.