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The First Sunday of Advent



Almighty God,

give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness

and put upon us the armour of light,

now in the time of this mortal life,

in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;

that in the last day

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

Isaiah 64: 1-9.


64 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

  • As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
  • When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
  • For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
  • Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.


  • But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
  • And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
  • But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
  • Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.

Romans 10: 12-18.


  • For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
  • For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  • How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
  • And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
  • But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
  • So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
  • But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.


Matthew 4: 18-22.


  • And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
  • And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
  • And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
  • And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
  • And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.


St. Bartholomew’s will be open for private prayer on Wednesday 9.00 am - 3.00pm

A service of Parish Communion with blessing of the crib will be held on Sunday 6th December at 10.00am.

If you would like to donate a gift of Toys or gift card to support FSW please bring them to this service or you can leave in the church porch between Thursday and Saturday. Your gifts will be gratefully received.



St. Bartholomew’s will be open for private prayer on Sunday and Wednesday 9.00 am - 3.00pm


Due to the current lockdown, we have been directed by the Government and the Church of England that the Church may not open for Sunday Worship.

St. Bartholomew’s will be able to open for private prayer between 9.00 am - 3.00 pm starting on Wednesday 11th November and then every Sunday and Wednesday until the Lockdown has been lifted.

If you have any queries please contact the Churchwardens Vicky Patterson 01435 884135 or Richard Harden on 01435 882556

Issued 5th Nov 2020


Christmas Gifts and Food for FSW: November and December 2020

I have received this message from Garton House (FSW’s Headquarters)

“Christmas is not far away and FSW know that many of you will be wondering about our plans for collection and delivery of hampers and toys to our families. As usual, we will be distributing toys and food hampers (including fresh turkeys) to our families as we normally do on the last working day before the Christmas break.

Our main needs prior to Christmas are for Christmas specific food items such as sharing boxes of chocolates or biscuits; family packs of crisps or snacks; Christmas puddings; stuffing; gravy; cranberry and bread sauce.

FSW would also welcome donations of gift vouchers that can be given to older children, please place in an envelope clearly marked GIFT VOUCHERS, new toys for children aged 5 and over (but please no soft toys this year) or financial donations that can be directed at supporting the families most in need over the Christmas period.”

So far as the Deanery is concerned, our planned collection dates are 18 November for food, and Christmas gifts during the week beginning 7 December: if you have any late food donations for either Christmas, or the usual items, these will also go to FSW in the December run.

Food donations should be taken to the Food Bank at Church and the other donations to the Toy and Crib Service – if we are allowed to hold it on 6 December – otherwise they can be brought to me ,Lesley Woodburn, at Oak House, Heathfield Road, Burwash. Telephone 883196



From the Churchwardens


We now embark on a long period – perhaps between one and two years – while a new Rector is found and appointed. It is a complicated process which has to follow a strict legal pathway and which has to satisfy not just Burwash but also Burwash Weald and Etchingham, as nowadays we are all together in a united benefice.

During the vacancy, a number of priests and a lay reader have kindly agreed to look after us week by week, for which we are truly grateful. There are arrangements (listed in the village magazine each month and on this website) for giving pastoral care and dealing with weddings and baptisms.

We want to try to keep things going as near to normal as possible, but the Covid restrictions do make that difficult. We are only able at present to hold one service a week, with limited numbers. We still ask you to continue to email us each week that you would like to attend. Special services like Remembrance Sunday and Christmas regrettably look very likely to be far from normal. We will try to keep everyone informed of developments via this website, the magazine, and the e-bulletins.

During this vacancy, we particularly ask for your whole-hearted help and support, and please do contact one of us if you think things are going wrong. We really need to know.

Vicky Patterson ( thymeplace@gmail.com )

Richard Harden ( rh@richardharden.co.uk )



United Benefice of Burwash,  Burwash Weald & Etchingham  

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