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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

 

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

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.

 

Horsham Churches Together – Christmas in the News

Horsham Churches Together are in the news – joining together for the biggest ADVENT’ure’ – Christmas comes to Horsham

For more information see www.horshamct.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.