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Ride and Stride 9th September 2017

Ride and Stride 2017 – 9th September

Ride and Stride is fast approaching; and St Mary’s has recently received a grant of £10,000 from the Sussex Historic Churches Trust, so it would be great to have a big turnout for this fun event…There are lots of options, including: participating as a (sponsored) walker or rider; manning the church; or simply sponsoring one of our riders/walkers or those manning the church.  Please do sign up on the sheets at the back of church and pick up the information leaflets there.  For more information please contact Simon Briggs via the church office.

 

Riding or striding…This year, you can join Simon for either a short tour of the participating churches in Horsham, and for the more active, a wider ranging route taking in Nuthurst, Partridge Green, Shipley, Coolhurst and Billingshurst; or make up your own route…

 

…or toddling 2017 also brings another exciting and innovative option – a sponsored toddle for our younger members (and Guy, apparently).  We’ve devised a short 30min circuit that takes in 6 churches around Horsham town centre.  Contact Jo Parry via the church office.

 

Manning St Mary’s

Volunteers are needed please to man the church on the day of the Ride and Stride event.  There’s a rota at the back of the church, split into one hour slots.  Please try to find an hour to support this valuable endeavour and sign up on the sheet.  The requirements are very straightforward – just logging riders/striders in.  if you can help for an hour, please add your name and contact number in the appropriate time slot

 

The money

Notwithstanding the great recent fund raising efforts, and the SHCT grant, we still face a huge challenge maintaining our lovely buildings, and every penny raised really helps – don’t forget, the money raised by our members is split 50/50 between St Mary’s and SHCT, so we benefit twice – first from the funds raised; and secondly, by supporting SHCT, we hope to access their grants; and the recent grant was made to us, acknowledging our support over the years for the Ride and Stride event

 

Please look out for participants’ sponsor forms, or go here:  https://www.justgiving.com/stmaryshorshamrideandstride2017

 

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.”

DEC Ebola Appeal – we have raised £1085 for this appeal – thankyou to all who donated.

DEC Ebola Appeal – we have raised £1085 for this appeal – thankyou to all who donated – through lent lunches, pillar boxes and in other ways to support those in need.Lent Lunches 2015

Disaster Emergency Committee – Ebola Appeal

DEC member agencies are heavily involved in the response to this crisis. Those with the relevant specialist medical expertise, notably the Red Cross and Save the Children, have set up or are seeking to establish Ebola isolation and treatment centres. We are collecting via our emergency appeal envelopes available in the pews in church. Please give generously – and pray for all those affected.  Appeal closes 30th Nov –  but we will be collecting again for this crisis via the Christian Aid envelopes at all the Christmas Services.

8th November 7.30pm : “Unforgettable…” Horsham Concert to Celebrate Unforgettable Wartime Heroes – Tickets Now On Sale

“Unforgettable…”

Horsham Concert to Celebrate Unforgettable Wartime Heroes 

St Mary’s Church, Horsham is hosting a unique, fundraising concert to remember the heroes of the first and second world wars. The concert entitled “Unforgettable” will be an uplifting and entertaining evening of music and verse from the time, inspired by wartime fortitude, heroism and sacrifice. It will feature students from the Performing Arts Department at Collyers, Berkshire Brass Ensemble and St Mary’s Church Choir.

The concert will be held at St Mary’s Church, Causeway, Horsham, on remembrance weekend, Saturday 8th November at 7.30pm.  All money raised from ticket sales will go towards fundraising efforts for ‘Help for Heroes’, the national charity for wounded members of the Armed Forces, and for ‘Friends of St Mary’s’, for the upkeep of the Historic Church Building.  Tickets cost £10 and are available from the Church Office (on 01403 253762), Waterstones in Horsham and from Horsham Museum.

The audience can look forward to dramatic recitals of some of the best known poetry and readings of the times, as well as memorable music, including Vaughan William’s ‘Agincourt Song’ and wartime favourites ‘A long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’.  There will also be a display in the Church kindly provided by Horsham Museum, showcasing memorabilia from the Great Wars.

Mark Watts, Chair of Friends of St Mary’s commented; “We are thrilled to be able to bring this concert to St Mary’s Church in Horsham. The concert, which takes place on the eve of Remembrance Sunday, promises to be a memorable evening which celebrates the courage and self-sacrifice of the heroes who fought in the Great Wars. It will also be an opportunity to raise much needed funds for our own modern day heroes in the armed forces, through charity ‘Help for Heroes’, as well as supporting the work of ‘Friends of St Mary’s’ to help maintain our wonderful Church building.

Diocesan Harvest Appeal

Diocesan Harvest Appeal – Thankyou to all: we have raised £126 including donations from the Harvest Supper to send on to the Diocesan Harvest Appeal – and had a fun evening of fellowship too.

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!

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.  www.christianaid.org.uk

 

Horsham Churches Together Foodbank – Tesco Collection

A whopping 1885 kg of food were collected and 70 people from churches across Horsham took part in manning the tables for the food collection done at Tesco’s in early July.

Donations of meat and fish i.e. main meal items,  tinned sponge pudding and long life milk are also items that are very welcome – or anything really! There is a collection box at the back of church.

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.