Weekly Notices

Notices for 9th December 2018


The Parish:  Ellman Road, Erskine Close and Filey Close, Dunsfold Close and Eden Road 

Prayers forAlistair and Marcia, Sophie Baker, Judith Aldridge, Emma Perry, Freddie, Eslin, Fran, Austin, Jimmy Gilman, Linda Ballard, John Romaine, Graham, Pam, Brian, Jan, Mike, Debs, Michael, Mary Sweetman and Peter Hill

The Departed:  Annie Cooke and John West

Year’s Mind: Rose Harrild, John Finch, Les Adams, Albert Sanmogan, Margaret Johnson and Elizabeth Phillips



New Curate For St Alban’s.  Hello!  I’m Lizzi, and I’m incredibly excited to be coming to St Alban’s in June to take up the role of assistant curate!  I’ve been training at Westcott House in Cambridge and I’m originally from London, via Hastings and a few other places!  I’m married to Sam, who is originally from Ardingly, and is studying towards a career change and keeping track of our two children, Isaac, who’s 7, and Ariella, 18 months.  We’re really excited about the chance to be part of the church and community, and can’t wait to meet everyone!


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.


Computer Group. Why not come along to our friendly computer group in the Church Hall – Tuesdays from 10 am, Wednesdays from 10.30 am.  We need more helpers with this group. You don’t need to be an expert, just prepared to be a friendly support. Could you help by sharing your computer skills?  Please speak to Ann.


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


House Group. This friendly group now meets at St Alban’s on Friday mornings at 10 am for a time of sharing, prayer and study.  New members are welcome: more details from Madeleine.


Future Café Church:  Please also do think about becoming part of the new Café Church next year – a different way of church, a different way of Café Church and having fresh, new people on the team would be great. The more people we have, less time required during the year to help organise what has become a well-established and enjoyable extension to our community worship of St Alban’s. – Please speak to Bev or Rev Ann.  Help Our Church Grow and be part of our church Vision.  Bev and the Café Church Team.


Traidcraft – Please return your Christmas catalogues with orders as soon as possible.  We have limited numbers of catalogues so this will allow others to place their orders too.  Last day for orders 2nd December to allow us to receive purchases in time. Sarah and Alan Magrath.


YMCA chaplaincy:  Could you make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable young people (16-25) in Crawley?  YMCA Crawley are currently looking for volunteer chaplains to help run an informal weekly chaplaincy evening, centred on a simple meal, to support the residents of Crawley Foyer. This project houses 45 young people at any one time, aged 16-25, most of whom stay around 2 years.   Volunteer chaplains come alongside the young people to care, listen and support. The food facilitates a good atmosphere and provides a service that our young people really value as they very rarely have access to a home cooked meal. We are looking for people of faith who are kind, good listeners, non-judgemental, with a sense of humour and a love of young people. You will be part of a small team, and have some training and support.  Chaplaincy will take place on Tuesday evenings from approximately 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm, based around a meal. We would ask for a commitment of one evening every 2-3 weeks. We will fit our rotas around your availability.  Interested?  Please contact Sue Anson (YMCA Chaplain for North Sussex) for more details, on: 07557855779 or sue.anson@ymcadlg.org or speak to Rev. Ann Alexander or Helen Ford for more information.


Do you love to sing? Why not join the church choir for our Carol Service on 16th December? Everyone is welcome – all ages, all levels of experience! Rehearsals will be on Friday 7th and 14th December 7 pm and Sunday 16th December 3 pm – 5 pm with the service beginning at 6 pm. 


Christmas Flowers – Donations toward Christmas flowers, please leave your money in the basket at the back of Church.  Thank you.


Living Faith Course in 2019.  In January 2019 the Living Faith course will begin again at 6 venues across the diocese. Living Faith is for lay Christians who want to find and develop their gifts and explore what discipleship and calling means for them. Living Faith is also part one of authorised lay ministry training in the diocese and candidates who wish to train as authorised lay ministers (ALM’s) need first to complete Living Faith. The closing date for applications to the Living Faith course is 17th December 2018.  Please email jayne.prestwood@chichester.anglican.org for application forms, further details and information about venues.