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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.

All Soul’s Evensong and Service of Commemoration 1st Nov 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.

 

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.

St John’s Broadbridge Heath Remembrance Weekend Events

St John’s Broadbridge Heath is putting on a superb set of Remembrance Weekend Events – please see their website for more information.

J.S.Bach’s Preludio from the E major Partita performed on the 1696 Stradivarius and played by Andrew Bernardi at the High Sheriff’s Service in St Mary’s Horsham on Sunday 6th July 2014

It is a great privilege to play J.S.Bach’s Preludio from the E major Partita and on the 1696 Stradivarius violin which brings together the County through the High Sheriff Jonathan Lucas.   Bach was a man of exceptional faith, who said that he could not write music without his belief which is supremely expressed through music.  Bach’s music expresses a faith that overcame all obstacles.  It is our celebration that brought the E major Preludio to Horsham on such a fine instrument.    Yehudi Menuhin regularly performed the Preludio and other pieces which were accompanied by Benjamin Britten on his tours to liberate the troops though music in WW2.  It is this freedom and liberation which we all celebrated at Her Majesty’s High Sheriff’s and Judges Service, and the dedication to service which we hear in Bach’s music.  I hope you enjoy hearing this live unedited performance.    Andrew Bernardi 12th July 2014

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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.

More information: St Mary’s Bellringers 

St. Mary's Bell Ringers

St. Mary’s Bell Ringers

Evensong Remembering the Outbreak of the Great War

Sunday 3rd August at 6.30pm at St Mary’s Parish Church there will be a service of Evensong Remembering the Outbreak of the Great War.  100 years ago the Church reflecting the community thoughts actively encouraged people to serve, arguing that the war was a righteous one against evil.  Today a more reflective tone is taken and the service will remember the tragedy of that war, thinking also of those who seek to bring peace in today’s world.

Programme for 3rd Aug

Poster for 3rd Aug