Name: Beetle Drive
Host: Alison Edwards
Time: during Early Bird Café, Wednesday mornings
Location: church hall
Come along to the Early Bird Café and join in with the fun.
Name: Bible Study: A Different Way to Study
Host: Jon Ogan
Time: Sunday evenings from 7:30pm
On the six Sundays of Lent, starting on the 6th of March and ending on the 10th of April: a chance for those who enjoy or who want to start studying the Bible to learn from one another, bounce ideas off one another and to seek discernment from the One who inspired the scriptures. There will be a bit of reading homework each week so that we can hit the ground running at each session. Sessions will be informal and participatory. Numbers restricted to twelve so first come first served.
Name: Children & Families Lent Connect Opportunities
Tuesday 1st March: Pancake Party after school (exact time tbc ~4pm) for Primary age children
Sunday 20th March: Children and Families Pizza/Pasta Lunch in the Hall after the 10.30am service.
Sunday 13th, 20th, 27th March, 10-10.30am: Children’s ‘coffee’ corner in the hall (parent/carer supervision required – drinks, snacks, activities, games for children)
Name: Climbing Group
Host: Fiona Kennard
Time: Suggested dates (pick one or more) – Tuesday 8th March/Tuesday 22nd March/Tuesday 5th April at 8pm to 9pm, Wednesday 13th April 10.30 to 11.30
Location: Volume One, Felbridge
Less of a group more of a one off. Try climbing at Volume One a modern Bouldering centre near Felbridge. For more info see their website https://www.volume1climbing.co.uk/
Bouldering is climbing without ropes on short routes it is close to the ground with crash matting for protection. Cost £20 This includes entry, shoe hire and 1hr coaching.
Name: Decorate the church for Easter group
Host: Annie Silver
Time: 1:30pm Tuesdays
A craft group to make some form of Easter ‘hanging’ for church; Might be able to morph it into a ‘let’s decorate the church for Christmas/Harvest’ group afterwards; Good chance to chat
Name: Dinner Club
Host: Joyce & Sean Mooney
Time: 18th March
Location: Joyce & Sean’s home
Maximum of 10 covers, teams of 2. Joyce will send out the theme of the week and each ‘team’ can pre-prepare and bring their dishes on the chosen evening. The categories will be Appetisers, Mains, Salads & sides, Desserts, Wine/Drinks. All costs shared.
Name: Growing vegetables and flowers from seed group
Host: Annie Silver
Time: 10am Mondays
Location: Annie & Bob’s garden/conservatory
Share packets of seeds/compost; Share growing tips; Share growing space if other people have greenhouses/windowsills for seedlings; Positive for Eco church/sustainability
Name: “Hard talk”
Hosts: Hazel Lamb/David Mellor
Hazel says: A forum for airing hot topics respectfully! As an incurable talker, with strong views on many things, I’m offering to keep my views to myself and organise 6 weeks of zoom sessions, facilitated by David Mellor, in which we practice listening to each other’s positions on matters such as politics, sexuality, world religions, Covid precautions and others, as voted for by the group.
There will be a time of quiet at the beginning and end of each hour-long session. The format will include set times for two (different) people each week to explain something important to them, followed by questions from each to the other. Then the rest of the group, followed by the protagonists, will be encouraged to reflect on feelings arising and learning gained, either about the individuals or their topic, including what they hold in common.
The purpose of this group is to practice getting out of our “echo chambers” and to be ready for more encounters and deeper relationships with others outside the church.
Name: Indoor Bowls
Host: Tony Male
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm Friday evenings
Location: The Bridge, BBH
Indoor bowls coaching and playing at H D I BC Broadbridge Heath. Adults and children over 10 years of age accompanied by a parent or someone responsible. Bar would be open if there is enough interest and the cost per bowler would be £5 00 per session. Bowls are available for use and participants can bowl in socks.
Name: KINTSUGI Group
Host: Vivien, Audrey, Heather
Contact: Please speak to Mark or Brian in the first instant if this group could be of interest to you and one of us will be in touch with further details.
Time: Wednesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.00pm
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with golden glue – thus what was damaged becomes a feature, beautiful and strong.
Kintsugi Hope is a 12-week course focussing on emotional well-being. It is a space where painful and life changing experiences can be spoken about in a safe and supportive environment. St John’s has already run two groups last year and participants reactions were very positive. (If you wish to speak directly to one of the participants, please let me know so we can arrange this).
Whilst this is a 12-week course, for the Connect groups of Lent we are offering the first six weeks with an option to continue after Lent if the group would like to. ‘We’ are Audrey Lee, Heather Nye and Vivien Herbert. We have been trained and approved by Kintsugi Hope and St John’s, however we are not ‘leaders’ but ‘facilitators’ and offer a safe space and structured approach to discuss such topics as honesty, anxiety, depression, shame, anger, disappointment and loss.
Name: Lent Course
Host: Kirsten McCorkell
Time: evenings tba
A Lent Course created by Rev Andrew Dotchin published every day on his blog and also sent out every day by email. www.suffolkvicar.org He is the Vicar of Felixstowe, and is a Franciscan. I was introduced to his course by a friend who is also a member of the Order. The format will be a weekly ‘catch up’ zoom at a time that suits the people who are interested, probably an evening including a chat about whatever has come up while reading the blog, share chit chat, and finish with a prayer. Length one hour. It is as much about encouraging each other during Lent as anything else.
Name: Mid-week Communion
Time: 10:15am Wednesday mornings
Common worship communion service including a short talk and prayers.
Name: Morning Prayer
Host: Mark Lavender
Time: 9am Mondays, starting 7th March
A chance to start the week in prayer and in the Word using the Common Worship daily prayer cycle. This is a simple series of prayers and readings using common worship lasting around half an hour. You can either follow the readings using the published books in church or by downloading the app: https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer . For those not able to join us in person in church you may want to still follow the readings and prayers using the website: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer .
Name: Muddy walking group
Host: Annie Silver
Time: 10am Thursdays
Location: Horsham countryside
Walks around Horsham district; 3-4 miles but occasional longer walk a possibility if people are keen; about 2 – 2.5 hrs; coffee stop at a cafe in middle or at the end, where possible; Likely to be muddy, off-road walking so boots or wellies required; Quite likely to get wet so waterproofs recommended; Dogs welcome; A good chance to chat; Would need to arrange transport for non-drivers
Name: National Trust Group
Hosts: Julia Forbes, Charlotte Ogan
Time: 5th/6th, 12th/13th, 19th, 26thMarch, 3rd, 9th/10th April
A group for those who want to make use of their National Trust membership. Open to all, probably cap it at about 12 people so we get to chat to everyone. Visit some local and try a few a little further away, maybe take a picnic or enjoy tea and cake in the cafe. We hope you can join us 😊
Name: Relaxation Group
Host: Mandy West
Time: Thursday evenings 7.30pm until 9pm
Location: Mandy’s home
Fun, social, sensory based breathing space.
Covering ideas and techniques for relaxing and engaging your senses. Be prepared to channel your inner child – laughter guaranteed.
Name: Running Club
Host: Nicky Hayes
Time: Wednesday or Thursday evening.
Location: Around BBH
Aimed at existing runners, a minimum run distance of 3 miles each session.
Name: Sunday Sermons
Host: Peter & Jane Busby
Time: Tuesday evenings
Miss Sunday’s Sermon? Puzzled about bits of it? Got a lot from it? Inspired?
Whatever your reaction to Sunday’s talk, join with others to listen to it on the Church website at your leisure before and then take time to go over it, and perhaps listen to what God might be saying to you, and what God might want you to say to others.
Name: Tuesday@Ten (T@T)
Host: Julia Robertson
Time: Tuesdays at 10:30am!
Location: Church Hall
Ladies group following a Lent course tba.
Name: Way of the Spirit
Host: Gillian Martlew
Time: Thursday mornings – 10:15am on 17th March, 31st March and 14th April
Location: Gillian’s home or in BBH depending where is more convenient for those wanting to attend
Three week course – ‘WATER to WINE.’ Reading The bible for Revelation and fellowship. 10.15 for tea and coffee start at 10.30 – 12.15 – 3 week course with a week between dates to read a few scriptures in preparation for meetings.
Name: Wine Club
Host: Joyce & Sean Mooney
Time: 11th March
Location: Joyce & Sean’s home
Maximum of 10 people. Wines with tasting notes and basic information on looking at the wines. All the wine bottles will be wrapped up so only the host is aware of the wine selected for the evening, the wines will be scored and discussed to create enjoyment on the evening. Nibbles will be included. Cost per person £15.00