Night Shelter Coordinators – paid job vacancy

These roles are for up to five months (November to March) and can be flexibly divided to ensure seven day cover.  For full details of the role and an application form, please contact Ruth Hodgson on

Parenting Teenagers Course

Starting Wed October 8th 7.45pm: A 6 week group for parents and carers of teenagers. Sharing ideas, supporting each other and having fun in a friendly group as we explore the skills which help us connect with our teenagers, improve communication, and encourage responsibility. Wednesday evenings in the Church Centre starting at 7.45pm; cost £8 to cover the cost of a handbook. Please contact the Church Office for more information.

Courses: Pilgrim Course and Adult Confirmation

Pilgrim Course “The Lord’s Prayer” – if you are interested in attending this course please contact the church office. For more information please see The Thursday morning course is starting 18th Sept (in the Leslie Room 9.30-10.30am 18,25 Sept; 2,9,16,23 Oct). The evening group will start on Tuesday 30th Sept in the vicarage 7.30pm.

Adult Confirmation Classes – if anyone would like to explore the possibility of being confirmed please give your name and contact details to the church office. (The confirmation service itself is on 28th September at 6.30pm St Michael’s, Partridge Green.)

Home Group Eucharist now MOVED to Summer 2015

We’ve decided to move the Annual Home Group Eucharist Service to the end of the summer term 2015 (as an end of year celebration & recruitment drive for following autumn).

Natalie Loveless Leaving Present and Card

Rev Natalie Loveless Leaving Present and Card:  There is a card and collection for a leaving present for Natalie (which can be given in a sealed envelope to Morag Davies or via the church office) and a card is available to sign at the back of church.  Her Licensing service for her new post of Vicar of St. Leonard’s and Parish Missioner will be on Monday 6th October, 7.30pm at St. Leonard’s, Horsham. All are most warmly invited to be present.

EMERGENCY APPEAL – Christian Aid – Gaza Crisis Appeal

EMERGENCY APPEAL – Christian Aid – Gaza Crisis Appeal: 1.8 million people in Gaza are directly affected by the violence between Israel and Hamas.  Help us reach those in desperate need by donating via the envelopes on the pews or available at the back of church. Following a 72-hour ceasefire, Christian Aid’s partners on the ground are accessing areas previously cut off from any kind of humanitarian assistance. They aim to reach 20,000 people with safe water, and provide essential healthcare and treatment. As of 5 August, at least 1,312 Palestinian civilians, including 408 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip during Israel’s month-long offensive. An estimated 273,000 people have been forced from their homes and are sheltering in UN-run compounds.


J.S.Bach’s Preludio from the E major Partita performed on the 1696 Stradivarius and played by Andrew Bernardi at the High Sheriff’s Service in St Mary’s Horsham on Sunday 6th July 2014

It is a great privilege to play J.S.Bach’s Preludio from the E major Partita and on the 1696 Stradivarius violin which brings together the County through the High Sheriff Jonathan Lucas.   Bach was a man of exceptional faith, who said that he could not write music without his belief which is supremely expressed through music.  Bach’s music expresses a faith that overcame all obstacles.  It is our celebration that brought the E major Preludio to Horsham on such a fine instrument.    Yehudi Menuhin regularly performed the Preludio and other pieces which were accompanied by Benjamin Britten on his tours to liberate the troops though music in WW2.  It is this freedom and liberation which we all celebrated at Her Majesty’s High Sheriff’s and Judges Service, and the dedication to service which we hear in Bach’s music.  I hope you enjoy hearing this live unedited performance.    Andrew Bernardi 12th July 2014

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Sussex Bellringers Honour Fallen Colleagues

Two bands of eight bellringers from across Sussex met in Horsham and Warnham on Monday evening 4th August to mark the outbreak of the First World War and remember the three Warnham bellringers who died during the conflict.

The three were:

John Edward Charman.  Killed in action 21st August 1915 aged 25.

James William Miles.  Killed in action 6th November 1917 aged 25.

Alfred Charles Comper Yates.  Killed in action 6th November 1917 aged 28.

Their names are recorded in the ‘The Central Council Memorial Book of Church Bell-Ringers who fell in the Great War 1914-1918’ which is held in St Paul’s cathedral and are recorded on the Warnham war memorial.

The bells were rung half-muffled for peals of 5040 changes of Stedman triples at St Mary’s Horsham and at St Margaret’s Warnham.  The peal at Warnham was completed in just over three hours but unfortunately the peal at Horsham failed after two and a half hours. The two bands met after the peals for a photograph in front of the Warnham War Memorial as a mark of their continued fellowship and then retired to the Sussex Oak for much need refreshment.

It is sad to note that both James Miles and Alfred Comper Yates died together on the same day fighting in the Third Battle of Gaza and are buried together in Beersheba War Cemetery.  They had almost certainly volunteered together, joining the 4th Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment on the same day, in Park Street Horsham, with Army numbers only one apart.  Together they rang our church bells: together they volunteered and trained: together they fought and died.

Full details of all the Warnham residents who died during the conflict are included in a new book ‘Warnham and the Great War’ published by the Warnham Society and available from the Horsham Museum for £10.

We will remember them.

More information: St Mary’s Bellringers 

St. Mary's Bell Ringers

St. Mary’s Bell Ringers

Evensong Remembering the Outbreak of the Great War

Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Church there will be a service of Evensong Remembering the Outbreak of the Great War.  100 years ago the Church reflecting the community thoughts actively encouraged people to serve, arguing that the war was a righteous one against evil.  Today a more reflective tone is taken and the service will remember the tragedy of that war, thinking also of those who seek to bring peace in today’s world.

Programme for 3rd Aug

Poster for 3rd Aug

Landlubbers’ Holiday Club Started Today

There was a super atmosphere today and the building was full of happy children having fun together and learning about Jesus!