Notices for 17th June 2018


The Parish:  Manorfields, Masefield Road, Mercury Close and Meridian Close, Lavant Close and Lea Close 

The Sick: Michael R, Danny, John Romaine, Rosamund, Fran Beckinsale, Arthur Hoare, Alistair Young, Ruby, Barbara Britt, June, James, Brian, Ann, Robert, Eslin, Melissa, Jean, Geoff, Liam, Charlotte, Imogen, Matilda Rose, Martin, Debby and Family

The Departed: 

Year’s Mind: Phillip Reason, Pansy Kirby and Melanie Meeten


Church Flowers Donation List.  Any person who would like to donate towards the cost of church flowers in memory of a loved one or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday, please put the relevant details on the list provided at the back of the church.  Please give your donation to Sue Richardson (Treasurer) or Revd. Ann in a Flower Donation envelope.



CMS have sent me the Link Letter from Dr Ruth Hulser who was our Mission Partner out in Tabora Diocese, Tanzania. We gave up being her partner when we became our own parish as I felt I couldn’t organise all the fund raising needed.  It was a shock when Ruth says that this would be her last letter as she believes from God it is the time to leave. She has done so much to alleviate the health of many people, especially women and children who otherwise would have had no health care at all.  Now with 2 Doctors in place, funded by the government and an administrator found by the Bishop, and government funded nurses, working alongside Mama Ndugu, she believes God has told her it is time for her to move back home to the UK. Ruth actually comes from Germany, her parents still living there. She wishes to visit them more often, especially now that Brexit is coming about, wondering how this will affect her, also deal with her own health, pension, and personal things that have been left over the years. She will still keep in touch with Juma and Geni, her foster children, whose mother died from aids and the grandmother is too frail to care for them.  Her departure came as a shock and surprise but we realise it is the right time for her to hand the next phase of the work to others.  There are several copies of her Link Letter on the mission table for you to read.  We wish her God’s provision for the next phase in her own life. If anyone would like to join me in sending her a small gift of money as a thank you for all her work, do let me know. Merle


Computer Group.  Why not come along to our friendly computer group in the Church Hall – Tuesdays from 10 am, Wednesdays from 10.30 am.  Please drop in with your occasional computer queries or if you want to start from scratch. Everyone is welcome.


Traidcraft– Please note that Traidcraft will now be available on the second Sundays of the month.


In this Year of Prayer, and in celebration of our first year as a parish, I thought it would be a lovely St Alban’s memento to create a book of prayers contributed by you! Please would everyone give a contribution for the book? It could be your favourite prayer, or something you have written, or a drawing or poem to express your prayer.  Hopefully we will have enough contributions to have a beautiful prayer resource which can be made into a book.


We have a new Prayer List for June. Please would you include names that you would like prayer for. We will try to have a new list each month so we can be up to date.


Following our recent Fun and Fundraising committee meeting here are some dates for your diaries:

24th June Patronal Service – Cafe Church picnic, all welcome.

7th July 11 am – 2 pm Summer Fair with Grand Summer Draw

5th August Cream tea 3 pm £5.

8th September Bingo night 7.00 pm £3 adults £1 children nibbles provided, bring your own drink.

October 6th Harvest Supper – ideas needed? Dance? Singalong?

November/December Christmas Fair date tbc.

Please make a note of these dates and look out for notices about events as they come up. We always need lots of helpers to make our events a success so do please offer if you feel you can help in any way. Many thanks.


Patronal Festival picnic: On Sunday 24th June, our Patronal Festival, Elevenses Cafe Church is going for a picnic and would love anyone from the church family and their friends to join us.  It will be a sociable time for all ages, with games and songs for those who’d like to join in.  Please bring your own picnic and a chair/rug if possible. If fine we will head for Goffs Park, aiming to meet there (lower car park) at 11.30. If weather is uncertain the picnic will go ahead but based at church – this will be confirmed on the day at church and via Facebook.


14th July – Pilgrimage to Chichester Cathedral led by Bishop Mark and Archdeacon Fiona. Meeting at Hunston at 10.30 am. If you would like to take part please let Mave in the office know (01293 537578). We will be joining with people from St Margaret’s Ifield.


Save the date! The St Alban’s Buildings Development Group is holding a consultation morning on 21st July to gather your ideas and suggestions for our proposed new hall. Drop into the hall between 10 am and 12 noon.


Gospel Choir Workshop, at St. Alban’s on the 22nd of September, from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm. The workshop will be led by Ms Karen Gibson, an internationally acclaimed Gospel Choir Leader. It is a hugely uplifting and enjoyable experience. The workshop is for all levels of ability – no prior experience is expected or required. Tickets are on sale now. There are a limited number of early bird tickets available on a first come first served basis, priced at £13.00 and £15.00 respectively. General Admission Tickets are £20.00 per person. See our website and FaceBook pages for more details:


St. Alban’s Gospel Choir Workshop Update.  It has just been announced that Karen Gibson who is Conducting our Gospel Choir Workshop on September the 22nd at St. Alban’s, has been invited along with her Gospel Choir to sing at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the 19th of May; what a lovely and richly deserved honour.  Getting Your Tickets.  Some people have been finding it a little difficult to get through to the ticket booking page. This is because in order for the booking site to work properly, it needs to place ‘temporary cookies’ in the web browser of the computer being used to buy tickets. These are necessary for the ticket website to process ticket purchases. They are only temporary and do not compromise the users computer security in any way. They can easily be removed after the tickets have been purchased by clearing the computer web browser’s history or ‘cache’, there is a command in the settings of all web browsers to enable this.  It’s really easy to buy tickets for the Gospel Choir Workshop. If when you try to purchase tickets you get a pop up message asking you to accept cookies, please allow this and you should then be able to proceed with your purchase.  Here is a link to our website.  If you are still experiencing difficulties please drop me an email here: and I will do my best to help you.  Thank you and best wishes Pat.