Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 17th Dec 6.30pm

A wonderful celebration of the “Joy of Christ’s Coming”: we begin in darkness as the procession of the St. Mary’s Church Choir and Clergy travels from west to east as we would journey to where Christ was born – bringing light into the world.

 

Advent Carol Service 3rd Dec 5pm

Sunday 3rd Dec 5pm

ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

Do bring a friend to this beautiful & reflective service, that uses readings, hymns & choral music to introduce the Advent season of prayerful expectation of Christ’s coming to His people.

St Mary’s Christmas Services 2017

Service of Commemoration & Evensong for All Souls 5th Nov 5pm

We would like to invite you to the annual Service of Commemoration on Sunday 5th November.  This is a special service of Choral Evensong (held at All Souls tide) when we remember all our loved ones who are no longer with us.

During this quiet service of reflection and thanksgiving there will be an opportunity to light a candle if you would like to do so, and also to have your loved one’s name read out by the minister during the prayers.

The Service of Commemoration will begin at 5.00 p.m. and light refreshments will be served afterwards. It would be lovely if you were able to join us and we look forward to welcoming you, together with any friends or family you might like to bring with you.

If you have any questions about the service please do not hesitate to telephone the Church Office on 01403-253762.  Please be assured of our continued prayers, that all who grieve may know themselves held in God’s love and peace.

Youth Alpha Course Year 6-13

Starting on 2nd Sundays every month

LAUNCHING WITH AN INTRODUCTION EVENING TO AT LEAST FIND OUT MORE ON

Sunday 12th November

@7pm Holy Trinity Church Hall,

Rushams Road, Horsham.

PIZZA. DRINKS. FUN. OTHERS YOUR AGE

EXPLORE CHRISTIAN FAITH WITH NO PRESSURE, AND NO QUESTION TOO SILLY.

This first evening, is to set out what Youth Alpha is all about…..

To give an example/bite size version of what Youth Alpha will include!

Come find out more on Sunday 12th Nov with young people from all across the town and area!

More info: Judi Cox. 01403-210207. judi@youthworker.plus.com or Your Church Youth Leader.

 

LIGHTHOUSE Flash fundraiser for World Vision

The old, round £1 coins will no longer be accepted in shops after October 15th. However donated coins in large quantities can be banked at certain banks after this date.

Please could you child bring in any of your old, round £1 coins for our collection on the 15th, 22nd and 29th October? All money raised will be given to the world vision project.

Collections will be in the Lighthouse (at the welcome tables) and by the font after the service; thank you!

Mediaeval Baebes Concert Friday 8th Dec 7.30pm

Friday 8th Dec 7.30pm Mediaeval Baebes Concert tickets (£25) now available from the church office and online from www.mediaevalbaebes.com

Healing Service 8th Oct 5pm

Ride and Stride 9th September 2017

Ride and Stride 2017 – 9th September

Ride and Stride is fast approaching; and St Mary’s has recently received a grant of £10,000 from the Sussex Historic Churches Trust, so it would be great to have a big turnout for this fun event…There are lots of options, including: participating as a (sponsored) walker or rider; manning the church; or simply sponsoring one of our riders/walkers or those manning the church.  Please do sign up on the sheets at the back of church and pick up the information leaflets there.  For more information please contact Simon Briggs via the church office.

 

Riding or striding…This year, you can join Simon for either a short tour of the participating churches in Horsham, and for the more active, a wider ranging route taking in Nuthurst, Partridge Green, Shipley, Coolhurst and Billingshurst; or make up your own route…

 

…or toddling 2017 also brings another exciting and innovative option – a sponsored toddle for our younger members (and Guy, apparently).  We’ve devised a short 30min circuit that takes in 6 churches around Horsham town centre.  Contact Jo Parry via the church office.

 

Manning St Mary’s

Volunteers are needed please to man the church on the day of the Ride and Stride event.  There’s a rota at the back of the church, split into one hour slots.  Please try to find an hour to support this valuable endeavour and sign up on the sheet.  The requirements are very straightforward – just logging riders/striders in.  if you can help for an hour, please add your name and contact number in the appropriate time slot

 

The money

Notwithstanding the great recent fund raising efforts, and the SHCT grant, we still face a huge challenge maintaining our lovely buildings, and every penny raised really helps – don’t forget, the money raised by our members is split 50/50 between St Mary’s and SHCT, so we benefit twice – first from the funds raised; and secondly, by supporting SHCT, we hope to access their grants; and the recent grant was made to us, acknowledging our support over the years for the Ride and Stride event

 

Please look out for participants’ sponsor forms, or go here:  https://www.justgiving.com/stmaryshorshamrideandstride2017

 

St Mary’s Birthday Party 10th Sept 9.30am & 11.30am

Dear friends

We are celebrating our Church “Birthday Party” at St Mary’s on Sunday, September 10th and do hope you are able to come to the special anniversary 9.30am All Age Service or our 11.30am Kairos service (informal service for young children and their families).  All young families are most welcome to join us and we are especially inviting everyone who has been baptised at St. Mary’s in the past few years.

 

The 45 minute informal Kairos service will include a short interactive talk by special guest speaker Ishmael for the children and a presentation about the activities for young families (including the new term beginning at “THE LIGHTHOUSE”, our exciting St. Mary’s Sunday Clubs for children and young people).  All who have been baptised, their parents & godparents will be prayed for.

 

Birthday Cake will be served before the service – from 10.45am.  Do phone the church office if you have any queries (01403 253762) – but there’s no need to RSVP … we just look forward to seeing you!

 

With love and prayers on behalf of all at St. Mary’s

Guy

Guy Bridgewater

Vicar of St. Mary’s, Horsham