LIGHTHOUSE Flash fundraiser for World Vision

The old, round £1 coins will no longer be accepted in shops after October 15th. However donated coins in large quantities can be banked at certain banks after this date.

Please could you child bring in any of your old, round £1 coins for our collection on the 15th, 22nd and 29th October? All money raised will be given to the world vision project.

Collections will be in the Lighthouse (at the welcome tables) and by the font after the service; thank you!

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:


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.”

Talk about Alzheimers – Dementia Friends Session – Tuesday 7th July 7.45pm in the church centre

Dementia Friends SessionTuesday 7th July 7.45pm Talk about Alzheimers by Tim Wilkins from the Alzheimers Society in the Church Centre.  All are welcome.


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

Horsham Parish Youth Community Outreach Opportunity

Horsham Parish Youth Community Outreach Opportunity:

Do you have a real heart to reach out to the Young People in our Community and Support and help them?

Do you have experience in working with, and an understanding of, the issues that affect young people.

Are you approachable, reliable and a team player with a ‘must have’ sense of humour?

If you can say yes…….


The Horsham Support Team, headed up by Judi Cox, Helen Sare and Angie Choat, are looking for people:

  • To work alongside the young people in their ‘space’  (Schools or Park/Town centre.)
  • To provide support, advice and ‘signposting’ towards other support services available for young people that are seeking help
  • To help the young people feel safe(r)
  • To promote socially acceptable behaviour, and be a link to local services when required


The ‘YST’ team is a Multi-agency partnership between Horsham District Council, Horsham Parish, Horsham Matters, and the Youth Service.

Each agency brings their own strengths to the team, and we all work together. We believe this is one of the teams’ biggest strengths!


There are two main opportunities to join our Horsham Youth Support Team:

1) In Tanbridge House School on Wednesday or Friday lunch times during term times. (1.15-2.15 pm)

2) Park/Town Summer Project, which runs from ~ May to September on Friday Nights. 6.45 to 9.15 pm.


If you would like to know more, or to arrange to have an informal chat,

Please contact:

Judi Cox.

Horsham ‘YST’ Team Leader.




Fostering – Give a Local Child a Family

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