Family Support Work – Teddy Bear Sunday – 20th July

Sunday 20th July is TEDDY BEAR SUNDAY for Family Support Work  – The Lighthouse are having a special teddy bear Sunday on July 20th (starting 9.30am) to raise money for Family Support Work. Please bring your teddy to church to join in the fun. We will be having a teddy-bear’s picnic in the vicarage garden during Lighthouse, then selling teddy biscuits and cakes after the service and a chance for your teddy to ride a teddy zip wire in church. Every penny raised will go to FSW; please support us by either bringing or buying cakes! Contact Fiona or the church office for further details.

St Mary’s Landlubber’s Holiday Club!

St Mary’s Summer Landlubbers Holiday Club Week is Monday 28th July – Friday 1st August 2014 held from 9.30am-12noon each day in the Church Centre.  Application forms to book your children (5-11) in for this fun club, run by the Lighthouse to help them follow Jesus, are now available from the church office.

70 Pringles tubes and more helpers needed for the club! Please bring them into the church office/call the office to say you can help H. 253762. Thankyou!

“Toilet-Twinning Julia” is West Sussex County Times Youth Award Winner

Well done to Julia for winning the West Sussex County Times Youth Award 2014 for Fundraising for “Toilet Twinning”

Toilet Twinning is a project which is raising funds for founder charities Cord and Tearfund to enable people living in poor communities in developing countries to have clean water and a decent toilet, and to learn about hygiene. This helps to prevent the spread of disease, reduces the number of deaths among children, and protects women from the risk of attack. Donors are asked to raise £60 for each toilet, and they are then sent a photograph of the toilet built by the charities. Read more

We say goodbye to Natalie

Revd Natalie Loveless has been appointed Team Vicar of St. Leonard’s, Horsham and Parish Missioner. In this newly designed role Natalie will spend two thirds of her time ministering to the people of the St. Leonard’s area of Horsham Parish, and one third as Missioner to those moving into areas of New Housing – initially working with the congregation of St. John’s, Broadbridge Heath. Read more

Flower Festival

The annual flower festival once again showcased a wonderful display of flowers – we raised £3368 towards maintaining the beautiful St Mary’s Church.   A very big THANKYOU to all involved – flower arrangers, sponsors, visitors, and especially the organisers Val, Lucy and Keith.

To view the photos click the link below.

View a virtual tour of St Mary's Church

Sussex Historical Churches Trust – “Ride and Stride” raised £453 for St Mary’s

Sussex Historical Churches Trust – “Ride and Stride” – we recently received the splendid sum of £453 for St Mary’s church fabric fund– being our share of the money raised by our church members  through this sponsored event (cycling or walking between local parish churches) over the last two years.  The next date for Ride and Stride is Saturday 13th September so please make a note in your diaries to take part in this social & fundraising event, either by being sponsored to cycle or walk with your friends … or else by sponsoring or serving  refreshments to those who do. We face a huge challenge maintaining our lovely building, and every penny raised really helps – for more details please speak to the church office.

Welcome to Jimmy and Debs – our new Curate and his wife

Today we warmly welcome our new curate, Jimmy Young and his wife Debs, who moved into Horsham this week. Together with Martin Mills and 16 others, Jimmy will be ordained deacon in Chichester Cathedral at 4pm on Saturday 28th June, and will preach his first sermon at St. Mary’s the next day.  Please remember him in your prayers together with all those being ordained deacon or priest this Petertide.

Christian Aid Collections

Christian Aid collections have reached £1082 so far from St Mary’s collectors. Thankyou so much to all who helped with the envelopes and to those who donated.

Please Pray for Sam Lickiss

Please Pray for Sam Lickiss as he prepares to leave India and has a safe journey home. Also prayers for guidance as he seeks the next step in his career.

Revd. Jo Elvidge

We say goodbye to Jo

Subject to DBS clearance, Jo Elvidge will be moving to the Benefice of Hythe in Hampshire as Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s and St. Anne’s Churches. The parish is in the Diocese of Winchester. Jo’s last Sunday at St. Mary’s will be Sunday 27th July and you are all warmly invited to her final service at St. Mary’s at 6:30pm, which will be followed by refreshments. Jo has worshipped at St. Mary’s for the last 22 years and has been part of the Horsham clergy team for the last 8 years. Read more