St Mary’s Christmas Cards

We have two new designs with our selection of cards. These are on sale in packs of 10 for £3.50 at the back of the Church and in the Church Office. The proceeds will be shared equally between St Mary’s Choir and St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund. We hope you will support us as before, thank you.

Little Footprints: Thank You

Little Footprints: Thank you to everyone who baked and came along to enjoy some cake at the Little Footprints ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on Friday 26th September.  Together we raised a fantastic £205 for MacMillan!  Little Footprints is St Mary’s Baby and Toddler group – we run during term-time on Fridays, 10 – 11.30am at the Barn (£1.50 per family) – all pre-school children and their carers are very welcome!

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Red Kneelers for Sale

Red kneelers that are in the pews at the back of church are available for a donation to church.  Please speak to Jane Gorrie or the assistant verger in church for more information.

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.


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.

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St. Mary's Bell Ringers

St. Mary’s Bell Ringers

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!

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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.