Hassocks United Reformed Church Bulletin.
March 2024

 

Sunday services at 10.30am:  3 March, Mrs Annette Squire. 10 March, Mothering Sunday, the Revd David Cumbers. 17 March, Communion, the Revd David Cumbers. 24 March, Palm Sunday, Family service led by members of the congregation. 30 March, Easter Day. Communion,the Revd Peter Scotland.

 

Thursday services: 7 March, Mrs Claire Levin.14 March, the Revd David Cumbers.  21 March, Communion, Mrs Heather McNiven.  28 March, Maundy Thursday, Communion,  Mrs Heather McNiven. 

 

Refreshments are served after Sunday and Thursday services.

 

Maundy Thursday 28 March. A Communion Service at 7pm led by Mr Stuart Dew.

 

Good Friday 29 March. A service at 10am (note time) led by the Revd David Cumbers. 

 

Lent Studies continue on Tuesday mornings throughout March beginning at 10.30am. Each session includes a video talk, Bible study, and discussion, led by David Cumbers. The study follows a course called 'He chose the Nails', based on a book by Max Lucado. If you can't make the session at our church, there will be parallel sessions, as follows:

 

 

Hassocks at 10.30am

Burgess Hill at 10am

Haywards Heath at 10.30am

Session 1

27th February

21st February

23rd  February

Session 2

5th March

28th February

1st March

Session 3

12th March

13th March

8th March

Session 4

19th March

20th March

15th March

Session 5

26th March

27th March

22nd March

 

There will be no Monday Bible study in March. The next will be on Monday 8 April.  

 

Transform Trade and Messy Church  are on Saturday 9 March.

 

A Murder Mystery event! Coming soon on a date to be decided. Watch for details.

There will be a Mid-Sussex Pastorate All Age service at Burgess Hill
at 10.30am on Sunday 14 April. There will be no service at our church that day. Burgess Hill church (All Saints) is at the top of Junction Road, three minutes walk from Burgess Hill railway station. Parking is available in front of the church and in nearby streets.  Those needing transport should contact Helen Abel. Communion at Hassocks in April will be on 21 April.

 

Church Meeting dates for 2024: 21 April, 21 July (AGM) and 20 October.

 

The Flower list for 2024 is available on the vestibule notice board if you would like to choose a date to remember a loved one. The normal arrangement is that you give Heather McNiven or Wendy Quantrill a donation for the flowers, and they buy and arrange them.

 

Contacting the minister: midsussexminister@gmail.com or 07732 759529.

 


 

Hassocks United Reformed Church Bulletin.
February 2024

 

Sunday services at 10.30am:  4 February, Dr Graham Campling. 11 February, The Revd David Cumbers, Communion. 18 February, the Revd David Cumbers. 25 February, a Family Service led by members of the congregation.

 

Thursday services: 1 February, Mrs Heather McNiven. 8 February, Mrs Heather McNiven. 5 February, the Revd Peter Scotland, Communion. 22 February, Mrs Annette Squire. 29 February, Mr Stuart Dew. 

 

Refreshments are served after Sunday and Thursday services.

 

Transform Trade and Messy Church. Saturday 10 February.  Thanks to all who have continued to support the fairtrade stall and coffee morning since the demise of Traidcraft. This has enabled the stall to break even, the church to maintain its fairtrade status, and £224.25 to be contributed to Transform Trade. This is now the custodian of the Traidcraft brand and signifies that workers and producers are treated and paid fairly for products.

 

Bible Study. Monday 12 February. 11am. Small hall.

 

This year’s Lent Study will follow a course called 'He chose the Nails', based on a book by Max Lucado. Each session will include a video talk, Bible study, and discussion. It will be led by David Cumbers and will be held at the church on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am starting on 27 February and lasting for five weeks.

 

Crisis at Christmas. The sum donated from church Christmas offerings was £457.90. This was bolstered by 120 people attending the Candlelit service on Christmas Eve.

 

Suzanne Glossop. A New Year message is on the church noticeboard from Suzanne's son, Bernard. Suzanne has been visited by a representative from the local United Reformed Church at Hale, and Bernard and his wife take her out regularly.

 

Seven Deadly Sins. The congregation on 31 December considered what might rank as today's 'deadly sins' and were invited to consider them when framing New Year resolutions. They included:

Anger. Brutality. Violence.
Greed. Materialism. Wastefulness.  
Self-centredness. Indifference to disadvantage and hardship. Boasting
Exploitation. Modern Slavery. Bullying.
Jealousy, Envy, Coveting.
Dishonesty. Fraud. Lack of integrity.
Unkindness. Rudeness. Bad manners. 

 

Advance notice. There will be a Mid-Sussex Pastorate Communion service at Burgess Hill at 10.30am on Sunday 14 April. Burgess Hill church (All Saints) is at the top of Junction Road, three minutes walk from Burgess Hill railway station. Parking is available in front of the church and in nearby streets. There will be no service at our church that day. Those needing transport should contact Helen Abel.

 

Minister: The Revd David Cumbers. midsussexminister@gmail.com or 07732 759529.

 


 

Hassocks United Reformed Church Bulletin.
January 2024


'You are never too old to set another goal'.  CS Lewis

 

Sunday services at 10.30am:  Note that Communion moves to the second Sunday of the month.7 January, Mr Stuart Dew. 14 January, the Revd David Cumbers, Communion. 21 January, Mr Stuart Dew. 28 January, Major Andrew Stone of the Salvation Army. 

 

Church Meeting follows the service on Sunday 21 January.

 

Thursday services at 10.30: 4 January, Mrs Heather McNiven.11 January, Mr Stuart Dew. 18 January The Revd David Cumbers, Communion. 25 January. Dr Graham Campling.

 

Refreshments are served after both Sunday and Thursday services.

 

Pastorate services. During 2024 there will be three joint pastorate services. The first will be at Burgess Hill church on Sunday 14 April. Other dates are yet to be finalised.   

 

Messy Breakfast, Messy Church, Transform Trade and Church Coffee are moving to the second Saturday of the month to avoid a clash with the Village Market and Repair Cafe. Trial dates will be 13 January and 10 February.

 

Talents and Gifts Day. The December Bulletin reported that this raised more than £1600. In fact it was a lot more: the final total was £1954!

 

Bible study. Monday 8 January 11am - 12 noon in the small hall.

 

Knight Support has thanked the church for its support, which has included financial donations, clothing and toiletries, plus hats, scarves and gloves made by the church knitting group. The Knight Support outreach service operates every Sunday evening from the Peace Statue on Hove seafront. Read more at https://knightsupport.org.uk

 

A new church directory is being prepared. Please email updated contact details to Helen Abel on helen.donnelly76@gmail.com

 

Contacting the minister: midsussexminister@gmail.com or 07732 759529.

 

Bulletin circulation. If you know of anyone who would like to be added to the Bulletin email circulation contact Stuart Dew on stuartdew46@gmail.com A few paper copies are also distributed.

 

Refugee by Malcolm Guite
We think of him as safe beneath the steeple, or cosy in a crib beside the font,
But he is with a million displaced people, on the long road of weariness and want.
For even as we sing our final carol, his family is up and on that road,
Fleeing the wrath of someone else’s quarrel, glancing behind and shouldering their load.
Whilst Herod rages still from his dark tower, Christ clings to Mary, fingers tightly curled,
The lambs are slaughtered by the men of power
And death squads spread their curse across the world.
But every Herod dies, and comes alone, to stand before the Lamb upon the throne.

 


 

 

Hassocks United Reformed Church Bulletin.
December 2023

For to us a child is born ... and he will be called ... Mighty God

 

 

December services, at 10.30am unless stated: 
Sunday 3 December. Advent Sunday. The Revd Peter Scotland. Gift Service. Gifts will go to the Family Support Work Centre in Brighton.
Thursday 7 December. No service. (The Infant School are using the church for Christmas performances on 5,6 and 7 December)
Sunday 10 December. The Revd David Cumbers.
Thursday 14 December. Mrs Claire Levin
Sunday 17 December. A Christmas Family Service led by members of the church family.
Sunday 17 December.  At 3pm. Churches Together carol service at Adastra Hall.
Thursday 21 December. Communion. The Revd Peter Scotland.
Sunday 24 December. The Revd Peter Scotland.
Sunday 24 December. At 6pm. Candlelit carol service led by Mrs Heather McNiven.
Christmas Day. Monday 25 December. At 10am (Note time). The Revd David Cumbers.
Thursday 28 December. No service.
Sunday 31 December. Mr. Stuart Dew.

 

Light Up Hassocks is on Friday 1 December. Volunteers are needed for the live forecourt nativity from 5pm - 7pm. No acting experience is required!  Costumes will be provided - but wear something warm.  Please tell Annette Squire or any elder if you are able to help.

 

The Gifts and Talents Day Raised more than £1600 and revealed some amazing talents.

 

Bible study. Monday 11 December 11am - 12 noon in the small hall.

 

Messy Church is on Saturday 16 December. Coffee and fairly-traded goods available.

 

Churches Together Party at Age Concern. Tuesday 26 December. 2.30pm - 4.30pm.

 

The next Church Meeting will be after Sunday worship on 21 January 2024.

 

A new church directory is being prepared. Please email updated contact details to Helen Abel on helen.donnelly76@gmail.com

 

Norma Charlton is no longer able to get to church but sends her love to all.

 

Sign outside a church in July: Beat the Christmas rush. Come to church this Sunday.