Riding Lights Theatre Company Performing “Simeon’s Watch” 7.30pm Fri 9th Dec

 

Riding Lights Theatre Company presents
SIMEON’S WATCH
A family adventure before Christmas
by Bridget Foreman

Simeon’s Watch is an engaging new play for a family audience about… family.
A delightful story about what growing old might mean, about being surprised, remembering love and discovering hope.

About the Show
Riding Lights has an outstanding reputation for creating wonderfully entertaining shows that at their heart address important issues. Simeon’s Watch is no exception.  It tells an inspiring story of family life that embraces three generations of shepherds – grandparent, parent and teenager. Their story links with the familiar story of the anticipation of the birth of Christ.   At the same time, it gently, amusingly, movingly explores the demands of growing old.
It shows the transformation that can come when both young and old bring acceptance to what is becoming a normal part of the adventure of family life.
By offering hope and joy, the play helps us all in our understanding of relationships that will always remain precious, however they may change.
Responding to the increasing challenge that declining mental health causes to families and indeed churches, Riding Lights has spent time with various groups exploring ways in which particular communication skills can transform these relationships.  Some of the insights we have discovered together are woven into the narrative of Simeon’s Watch.
“Simeon’s Watch will appeal to a wide age-range but still remain captivating for older children (10 yrs and above).  It will certainly deliver a performance to bring great delight to any church community in the build-up to the Advent and Christmas season.”

7.30pm Friday 9th December 2016

Tickets £12 full / £10 concession available from St Mary’s Church Office or via the Riding Lights website ridinglights/simeon or ring their box office 01904 613000.

 

All Soul’s Service of Commemoration Sunday 30th Oct 6.30pm

All are welcome to this special service of Evensong – when we remember and give thanks for the lives of those whom we have known and loved, who have died.

No Christian is solitary. Through baptism we become members of one another in Christ, members of a company of saints whose mutual belonging transcends death:

One family, we dwell in him,

one Church, above, beneath;

though now divided by the stream,

the narrow stream of death. (Charles Wesley)

All Saints’ Day and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed on All Souls’ Day both celebrate this mutual belonging. The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed celebrates the saints in a local and intimate key, as we remember our own loved ones with thanksgiving before God.

You will be given a commemorative card (as you arrive for the service) on which you are invited to write the names of those who you would like to be remembered.  If you would like these to be read out during our prayers of intercession please hand this to one of the sides-people during the service.  If you would like a name read out and are not able to be present at the service please contact the church office in advance.

During the Choir Anthem there will also be an opportunity for you to come forward to light a candle in loving remembrance and thanksgiving.

You are warmly invited to join us for refreshments after the service, which will be served in Church.

If you would like to have a loved one’s name permanently inscribed in our Book of Remembrance, which is free of charge, please speak to one of the clergy at the end of the service, or contact the Church Office.

We hope that this service brings you comfort and peace and may God bless you.

Conservation and Renewal Project – update June 2016

Conservation – As you may be aware St. Mary’s needs to undertake major work to repair and conserve our fine building, especially our roof.  This kind of work is very expensive to carry out and following discussions with our Church Architect we have decided to carry out the work in a series of phases.  We have begun fund raising and are in the process of making applications to grant awarding bodies to help us on our way.  We recently made a bid for funding to the ‘Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund’ to carry out some urgent repair work to our Church roof, we await a decision.  Even if we are successful we will still need to raise a significant amount of money, something in the region of £500,000, to carry out all that needs to be done.

Renewal – Our plan is that one of the phases of work will also include improving our facilities inside the church.  Thank you to all those people who completed the questionnaire earlier this year, looking at our current church facilities.  We are now looking forward to our ‘Vision Day’, on Sunday 3rd July, when, as a congregation, we will explore how St. Mary’s Church can best prepare for our future ministry in Horsham.  We must then look to discern how our church buildings and facilities can most suitably meet our future ministry needs.

All of these phases of work require money to carry out both the necessary (Conservation) and our vision ministry (Renewal) works.  If you would like to donate to our Conservation and Renewal Project you can do so via our on-line giving page – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stmarysconservationandrenewal

Or donations can also be sent to:

Conservation and Renewal Project
c/o Treasurer
St. Mary’s Church Centre Office
Causeway
Horsham
RH12 1HE

Cheques made out please to – ‘PCC Horsham No 1 Account’

Please write on the back of the cheque – ‘Conservation and Renewal Project’

If for any unforeseen reason we are unable to proceed with the planned works, or there are surplus funds left over, we will use the donations to help with our day to day running expenses of the church. Many thanks for your support!
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St Mary’s Vision Day – 3rd July 9.30am-3.30pm

As we prepare for St. Mary’s Vision Day on Sunday July 3rd, let us pray for God’s loving
wisdom and power, to serve and transform our growing church and town for His glory:
“Heavenly Father, we ask you to guide us each step of the way, as we seek your will
for St. Mary’s together – that we may be more and more truly “a church inspired by God’s
passion for the world”.  As we listen for your voice, may we recognise your promptings,
and respond to your will alone through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”
Monday 27th June 7.45pm – 9.00pm Prayers for Vision Day at St Mary’s
All welcome for all or part of this evening of prayer.
Sunday 3rd July 9.30am – 3.30pm St Mary’s Vision Day
All welcome to a prayerful process of listening and sharing (through worship, presentations
and small group discussion) that begins to discern what God’s priorities are for mission and
ministry through St. Mary’s during the next 5 years.
Bring and share lunch, special children’s and young people’s groups.

Pentecost Prayer “Thy Kingdom Come” – Wednesday 11th May 7pm-9pm at St Mark’s Church

“Thy Kingdom Come”
Wednesday 11th May 7-9pm
St. Mark’s Horsham
An evening of prayer for the reinvigoration of the spiritual lives of Christians and our churches, and for the communities we serve.
Part of Chichester Diocese’ Week of Prayer before Pentecost

(For more information about this event see www.chichester.anglican.org or thykingdom.co.uk)Pentecost Prayer

Mission: Thrive – Sat 14th May 2.30-5.30pm

Sat 14th May 2.30-5.30pm “Mission: Thrive” Want to thrive in our faith –  not just survive? Come along to an interactive event to help us deepen our discipleship – with a treasure hunt and refreshments. It’s like an “away day for everyone” but at home in the barn!

St Mary’s AGM Reports 2016

St Mary’s AGM Reports are now available on this website (here) and in paper form at the back of church. All are welcome at the AGM which follows on from the 9.30am service on 13th March in church.