Market reminder: Tomorrow (Saturday) is the first Church Market of the year so do come along and enjoy some wintry company over coffee and tea. Always open between 10.30am and noon in St Thomas’ Church and with home produce for sale. Also on sale will be a range of good quality books.

Morning Worship: This Sunday January 4th St Thomas’ Church will be reflecting upon Epiphany or Three Kings day on January 6th. A Christian feast day, Epiphany celebrates the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. There will be a Holy Communion service at 8am which will be followed by a Sung Eucharist at 10.30am.

New term: St Thomas’ Primary School children will be starting Term 3 on the morning of Tuesday January 6th. The new theme to their lessons is Space and there are plans for the hall ceiling to be transformed into a scale model of the solar system. On Thursday January 8th the Director of Children’s Services for East Sussex, Stuart Gallimore will be visiting the school. He is responsible for school improvement, funding, safeguarding and ensuring that standards in schools are maintained. Following a letter to congratulate the school on its recent excellent Ofsted result he is coming to see how well they are progressing.

Food Bank: The Rye Food Bank has been established under the auspices of Churches Together in Rye and is based in the Baptist Church on Cinque Port Street. Unfortunately there continues to be a great deal of deprivation locally and particularly at this time of the year. The idea of food banks is seen as an emergency situation whereby households are given three days worth of food per crisis but often food banks have little choice but to support families for longer. A crisis can be anything from losing a job, working zero hours, domestic violence and delays, cuts and sanctions to benefits. The food bank is seeking breakfast cereals, UHT milk, bottles of juice, tea, coffee, sugar, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, pastas, rice and biscuits. If you would like to donate there is a basket at the back of St Thomas’ Church and similar in the Co-op and Jempsons.

Evening Prayer: This Sunday January 4th is the monthly Evening Prayer service which will be followed by light refreshments. This service will be at 3 for 3.15pm in St Richard’s Church, Winchelsea Beach.

Coastal Walk: On Sunday January 4th there is an opportunity to observe waders, waterfowl and birds of prey that stay at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve during the winter. The walk is approximately two miles and donations would be appreciated. No need to book and please meet at Rye Harbour car park for 10.30am to be finished by 1.30pm.

Fellowship Lunch: Booking is essential by contacting Joan on 01797 227394 as numbers need to be known in advance for the Winchelsea Beach Fellowship Lunch. This popular event which includes a 3-course meal and talk will take place on Friday January 30th at 12 for 12.30pm in the Community Hall.

Best Wishes: May you enjoy Christian blessings throughout 2015!

Cindi Cogswell

31 Highfords, Icklesham