The Egg Party 3-5pm 1st April

6.30pm Sunday 9th April: The Easter Story – for Symphony Orchestra and Narrator Chris Aldridge – Performed by Dove English Orchestra

The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7.30pm Wed 8th March at St Mary’s

The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7.30pm Wed 8th March at St Mary’s

During Lent (1st March – 14th April 2017) Dillon will be giving 20 performances in churches in Brighton, London and the South East.  Tickets are just £10 (£5 concs) and will be available on the door or in advance from the church office or online from ticketsource.co.uk/dillon (0333 666 3366). For details visit: www.georgedillon.com/matthew

Acclaimed by critics and audiences throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon is presenting an unforgettable vision of Jesus in churches across Brighton, London and the South East during Lent this year as he performs a highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous solo staging of his own translation of the first Gospel, by candlelight, with 25% of the ticket sales going to support local homeless charities.

Experience a stunning, virtuoso delivery
of the greatest story ever told…
as Jesus’s followers first heard it…
in a darkness illuminated purely by candlelight and the Word!!

Inspired by an encounter with Bob Geldof at Euston Station, created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and short-listed for The Stage’s ‘Best Actor’ Award in Edinburgh, Dillon’s epic, impassioned performance portrays Jesus not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God.

Since the première at the Brighton Festival in 2002, Dillon has performed The Gospel of Matthew nearly 150 times in theatres and churches in the UK, including three runs in Edinburgh and appearances at the Greenbelt, Soul in the City and Pentecost festivals as well as in Canada, Poland and Bermuda.

A mesmerising one-man show of sheer brilliance! The Argus

Has a visceral, biting, colloquial power that is quite stunning. The Stage

The radical message has never sounded so revolutionary, straight-forward, obvious and utterly sensible! The Scotsman

The Church of England News has also approved the show, declaring that Dillon brings out levels of meaning rarely heard in pulpits and it has been filmed for Scottish TV and featured on Songs of Praise and on the cover of Salvation Army newspaper The War Cry.

LINKS:

Website:         www.georgedillon.com/matthew

Facebook:     www.facebook.com/thegospelofmatthewsolo

Youtube:        www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuO3AgQrzIQ

 

Christmas Services 2016

Christmas 2016

Advent Wreaths

At our recent Advent wreath–making several people were not sure of the symbolism of the wreath or how it can be a really useful way of bringing us back to the real focus of this season. So here are a few thoughts but please look online for more; there are lots of children’s and families’ activities for Advent.

http://www.going4growth.com/growth_through_the_year/advent/advent_wreaths

 Also, Fiona Prentice has provided this guide: Advent-wreath

Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box Appeal – a BIG thankyou!

November’s Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Box Appeal – A Thankyou Message from Lauren: “I would just to like to say a very big thank-you, to all of you, for your wonderful support of the Christmas Shoe Box appeal. The response has been amazing!  We have collected approximately 150 filled boxes which will soon be sent to children around the world in time for Christmas.  I would also like to say a very big thank-you to those of you who made a donation. We were able to fill six shoe-boxes with exciting gifts for both boys and girls across the different age groups.  It has been fantastic to see and hear how much you have all enjoyed filling your boxes.  I had lots of fun filling mine!  So, thank you all once again for taking part and for sharing the Good News of Jesus with children all around the world.”

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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