What’s On

St Mary’s House: Flat available. St Mary’s Hospital Charities is a registered charity and currently has a flat available in St Mary’s House (the Almshouses) which offers affordable accommodation to those of limited means. The Almshouses flats are designed with the needs of older people in mind who are encouraged to lead an independent lifestyle. If you would like to know more, please ask a member of the clergy, a churchwarden or alternatively apply in writing to the Chairman of the Trustees via the Church Office.

St Mary’s Pre-School Social Committee raised over £2000 for the Thanks a Million project last year and they hope to double that it this year with many exciting events, the big one being the 5k Fun Run in May, welcoming all Horsham runners to take part (more information coming soon).

Wednesday 14th February 7:45pm ASH WEDNESDAY : Lent begins with this special Service of Holy Communion with the first of the “Inspiring Vision” Diocesan Lent Course sessions “Inspiring Vision, Prayer and the Trinity” (this service will include the traditional ashing ceremony, which will  also be available at the regular Wednesday midweek Eucharist at 10.00am).

LENT COLLECTION BOXES: Lent Collection “Pillar Boxes” are available in church to help us collect small change to go to World Vision and the St. Mary’s “Thanks a Million” Project.
Further ideas for Lent – “40acts” is a daily generosity challenge that runs throughout the period of Lent.  Different people observe Lent in different ways – often people give up something for Lent; 40acts encourages people to do something generous during Lent, too. For more info see www.40ACTS.ORG.UK.

LENT ANGELS – Scheme starts Friday Feb 23rd through to Easter:
Being an Angel – If you would like to join St. Mary’s “Lent Angel” team of volunteers, please phone the office on 01403 253762  (until 23rd Feb); or Veronica James on 01403 261848 (23rd Feb onwards) and sign up to help!  Simple jobs will be matched to volunteer skills (& physical strength), and times fixed with “hirers” to suit all parties – aiming to complete tasks during Lent.
Welcoming Angels  – Do you have any  simple practical jobs around the home (up to about 2 hours max duration) that you just can’t manage or get around to? Just phone Veronica James on 01403 261848 (23rd Feb onwards) – and for a small donation to the St. Mary’s “Thanks a Million” fund, we‘ll fix up angelic church members to do that job, to the best of our ability!
All funds raised will go to the St. Mary’s “Thanks a Million” Project, conserving and renewing our Church & Church Centre for serving Horsham in the 21st Century.
THANK-YOU : for being an Angel!

Thursday 22nd Feb 10.30 am: The Informal coffee morning will take place in the church centre.  These coffee mornings follow on from a simple Eucharist (in St Peter’s Chapel in the church centre) at 10.00am to which all are welcome and are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the month: next date is 8th Mar.

Thursday 22nd Feb from 8:30pm: What’s the Pint? A number of us from the Parish meet on the last Thursday of each month for a social evening.  Please feel free to join us at the Foresters Arms, St Leonard’s Road, Horsham – contact Martin Dexter 01403 268859.

Friday 23rd Feb 1.30-3pm St Mary’s Pre-School Disco – Come and Join the Fun!  Face-painting, bubbles, cakes and more… £3 per family all proceeds to the Pre-School: all pre-schoolers and toddlers welcome.

Sat 24th Feb Lent Lunch 12 to 1.30 pm in St Mary’s Church Centre Barn organized by Horsham Branch of the Mothers’ Union for the Church family to raise funds for ‘Thanks a Million’ and AFIA (caravan holidays for families who need a break away from it all).

Saturday 24th February at 2.00pm in the URC Hall, Springfield Road. Revd Alan Mayer, from St Mary’s Horsham, will be talking about his study of Buddhism, particularly his latest book, The Empty Circle and the Cross: Thoughts about the Parables of The Ten Bulls and The Sower, and places where Zen and Christian Faith touch, and he will be sharing some of his thoughts and insights with us. This meeting is hosted by the Horsham Interfaith Forum; admittance is free and refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome – do come and join us.

Afternoon Tea Party Sat 3rd Mar 3-4pm The children of the Lighthouse invite you to afternoon tea party in the Barn as our fundraiser for World Vision.   We are hoping this event will be a real mixture of ages with the children serving the cakes and sandwiches to godparents, grandparents
and all church family.  Please book in with the church office and if you can make some little sandwiches or some home baking, please let Liz Lobb know via the church office.

Sunday Lunch 2018 :  4th Mar. For those people (young and old alike) living by themselves, who would usually be having Sunday lunch on their own.  It’s not limited to congregation members only – it is open to anyone “church family and beyond”.  Tickets will go on sale on the second Thursday in the month after the 10am Thursday morning Holy Communion service in St Peter’s Chapel (in the church centre) and then from the church office (on the 2nd Thursday of the month).  Note that the cost of the lunches will be £6 for 2018.

Monday 5th Mar – Monthly Parish Prayer Meeting at St John’s, Broadbridge Heath: All the St. Mary’s church family are encouraged to join with members of our 3 sister churches in Horsham Parish, in making this monthly prayer meeting a priority in our diaries.  Please do come – 7.30-9pm on the first Monday of the month.

Tuesday 6th Mar 2.15pm M&M’s (Mary and Martha’s) service for very young children; in the Leslie Room – all welcome.

Saturday 10th March 7.45pm: St Mary’s Jazz night (with fish and chip supper, in the barn)tickets are now on sale from the Church Office and Waterstones.

Sunday 11th Mar 8am Breakfast – all welcome in the Leslie room for free continental breakfast after the service.

Saturday 24th March 10:00am to 12 noon: Please come and help make Palm Crosses in the Church Centre – no experience necessary – just bring a pair of scissors!  Contact Val Burgess for details (H. 268077). 

The Walk of Witness will be taking place as usual and anyone can join the processions as they make their way along East Street and West Street towards the Carfax. 10.30am for 10.45am Walk of Witness – assemble at Brighton Road Baptist Church (New Street Entrance) or St. John the Evangelist RC Church. Participants are encouraged to carry a cross eg a Palm Cross, a Holding Cross as they walk along quietly together. Hot Cross buns will be distributed to the general public, along with Good Friday serviettes printed with ‘Why a cross on a Hot Cross bun?’.
11.10-11.50am Good Friday Joint Service takes place on the Carfax Bandstand. Do come along!  Volunteer stewards are needed for the event – if you are available to help from 10.30am-12 noon, please contact Rosemary Couchman, Horsham Churches Together Development Co-ordinator (rosemary.couchman@horshamct.org.uk or 07566 202741).

Horsham Churches Together will be organising Messy Easter craft activities in Swan Walk (shop unit opposite Wilko inside Swan Walk) from 10am-4pm.
The Bible Society’s Easter book for children will also be given out. If you would like to help then please contact Rosemary Couchman, Horsham Churches Together Development Co-ordinator (rosemary.couchman@horshamct.org.uk or 07566 202741).

NEW WINE: A group from St. John’s are heading off to the Royal Bath & West Showground at Shepton Mallet for this year’s New Wine, from 28th July until 3rd August.   It’s all about Camping, Community, Caring and lots of things not beginning with C.   We’d love it if more Horsham folks would like to join us in one big group at this splendid event.   This link takes you to the latest New Wine United promotional video!  https://www.youtube.com/user/newwinetube   If you want to find out more, then contact Rev’d. Kate Bailey!   01403 276736 or kabailey@me.com

Thanks a Million Campaign information:

  • Donate via : Virgin Money Giving  (or search Virgin Money Giving  for “St Mary’s Church” in the box ‘What’s your friend’s name?’ Please make sure the page is headed ‘Thanks a Million – St Mary’s Church Horsham’
  • Shop via : Easyfundraising which is a free service that allows charities and good causes to raise money whenever their supporters shop online with over 2,700 retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, Next and Argos

“Thanks a Million” – Conservation and Renewal Project – Roof Building Work Phase 1 As you may already know, we have a Church roof that leaks. You will be pleased to know that over the coming months work will be undertaken to carry out some urgent roof repairs and to carry out some much needed maintenance. The work is due to start in March and finish in late June. Part of this work is being funded by a ‘Listed Places of Worship’ grant and the rest from our Fabric fund and from loans we have had to take out. The roofing work will be carried out by DBR Ltd (a leading stone conservation company, who have carried out work on places such as Chichester Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace and Nelson’s Column). If you would like to make a donation to the “Thanks a Million” Conservation and Building project, please speak to one of the Churchwardens or visit see the links above for more information.

Do you or a relative work for a large company or corporation that supports staff through charity activity match funding?  As part of our Thanks A Million campaign St Mary’s wants to explore how businesses can support our efforts.  We are asking members of the congregation to find out whether their companies have a policy of supporting staff in charitable fundraising activities (some may even offer match-funding for example).  Please let the Vicar Guy or the church office know details and he will collate the information.

Conservation – As you may be aware St. Mary’s needs to undertake major work to repair and conserve our fine building, especially our roof.  This kind of work is very expensive to carry out and following discussions with our Church Architect we have decided to carry out the work in a series of phases.  We have begun fund raising and are in the process of making applications to grant awarding bodies to help us on our way.  We recently made a bid for funding to the ‘Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund’ to carry out some urgent repair work to our Church roof, we await a decision.  Even if we are successful we will still need to raise a significant amount of money, something in the region of £500,000, to carry out all that needs to be done.

Renewal – Our plan is that one of the phases of work will also include improving our facilities inside the church.  Thank you to all those people who completed the questionnaire earlier this year, looking at our current church facilities.  We are now looking forward to our ‘Vision Day’, on Sunday 3rd July, when, as a congregation, we will explore how St. Mary’s Church can best prepare for our future ministry in Horsham.  We must then look to discern how our church buildings and facilities can most suitably meet our future ministry needs.

All of these phases of work require money to carry out both the necessary (Conservation) and our vision ministry (Renewal) works.  If you would like to donate to our Conservation and Renewal Project you can do so via our on-line giving page – http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stmarysconservationandrenewal

Or donations can also be sent to:

Conservation and Renewal Project
c/o Treasurer
St. Mary’s Church Centre Office
RH12 1HE

Cheques made out please to – ‘PCC Horsham No 1 Account’

Please write on the back of the cheque – ‘Conservation and Renewal Project’

If for any unforeseen reason we are unable to proceed with the planned works, or there are surplus funds left over, we will use the donations to help with our day to day running expenses of the church. Many thanks for your support!

We are also raising money via http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmarysconservation.  Thankyou.


Some Service Books will now be available in cream. Due to an increased awareness of people living with additional needs, St Mary’s are introducing cream service books.  Cream paper can be easier to read from than standard white for those living with dyslexia or visual impairment. Please don’t hesitate to ask one of the welcome team when you arrive at church.  Please do also let the church office know if we can support you in other ways if you have different types of additional needs.

The foodbank is generously supported by food collections from the churches, for which we are extremely grateful. However there are always food items we run short of and at present we have completely run out of sugar, instant mash, tinned Foodbankpotatoes and long life fruit juice, long life milk, tinned corned beef, tuna, also pasta and pasta sauces. All donations of these items over the next few weeks would be particularly appreciated!  Donations can be brought to our Donation Centre at Blatchford Road, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday and also left in the box at the back of our church.
Last year Horsham District Foodbank fed over 1400 people, of which nearly 500 were children.   Without the kind and thoughtful help of many, including Tesco, it would not be possible to provide this vital service.   St Mary’s supports this HCT project and last year we provided 18k of food which is equivalent to 44 meals for those in need.   If you would like to help, there is a box at the back of church for donations of tinned goods, pasta, cartons of milk and fruit juice etc – anything non- perishable and within “best before” dates.

About Pilgrim Courses: These short courses of 6 weeks, are for all those who want to learn more about the Christian faith – eg: those who have recently started coming to Church; those who want the chance to think about Christian faith; those preparing for baptism or confirmation; those who have been Christians for many years and want to visit the roots of their faith again.  There is a group that is meeting on Monday evenings and some groups also meet on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.  If you’d be interested in coming along to one of these please speak to Jimmy Young, Fiona Prentice or the Church Office for more details. Other home groups also meet throughout the week to share in bible study/ prayer/ fellowship etc, and details of these can be found on the notice boards in church.

FairTrade: St Marys is a Fair-trade Church.  Part of this involves us committing to using Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which we have responsibility. So if you’re responsible for purchasing tea/coffee/biscuits/fruit/sugar etc for a church-related group or event, the Serving and Transforming MAP (Mission Action Plan) Team would like to remind you to buy Fair Trade products wherever possible!

Church Welcomers: appeal for volunteers – please contact Terry Brinkworth on H. 249334 if you can help – if you can’t commit to a regular spot, would you be prepared to go on a standby list for occasional cover?

TGIF – “Thank God it’s Friday” continues: This is our popular St. Mary’s Youth Club for young people in year 7 & over. TGIF meets for crazy games, sports competitions, Wii tournaments and arts & crafts.  Where and When?  7.30 to 9.00pm in the Church Centre, every Friday evening in term-time, 50p entry. FIRST WEEK FREE!  More Info? Contact Matt Lee (Youth Worker) on 07597 702394 or youthwork@stmaryshorsham.org.uk.

Church Warden’s Request: Car Parking near Church…  Please could drivers consider leaving spaces nearer our building available for our less able bodied members of our congregation who come to our church services?  There is plenty of parking available at the Barn and further up on the Causeway for the Sunday Services.  Could everyone also take care not to block entrances/driveways both on the Causeway and Normandy (especially for the Alms Houses and the School as access is needed at all times).

Home Groups: there is a noticeboard at the back of church (facing inwards towards the pews) – it’s got photos of the groups and details of when and where the groups meet.  Please have a look and see whether joining a homegroup would be something you are interested in.

Sidespeople for 9.30am Services are needed A group of 5-6 people are needed each Sunday morning and at the moment each team does 1 in 4 weeks.  You are needed to be at church just after 9am.  Duties include greeting folk and handing out service sheets, collecting the offering, guiding people up to communion, tidying up after the service.  Please ask any sidesperson for more information and contact Lawrence Windwood on 01403 268325 if you would like to join a team.

Bellringing: Have you thought about asking the bell ringers to ring a sponsored quarter peal to mark your own special occasion?  All monies raised will go to restoring this beautiful church building.  Minimum sponsorship payment requested is £25 – but anything more than that would be gratefully received.  Please contact Val Burgess on H. 268077 for more information.

St Mary’s Souvenir Tea Towels – are on sale at the back of church – please support us by buying one in 2016!

USB Memory Sticks – If you have any of the St Mary’s orange coloured USB Memory Sticks used for the Sunday services, please return them to the Church Office. Thank you, Steve Benson.
Have you any spare fruit in your freezer or your garden that you might donate for us to make some more preserves? Please contact Sheila Pilkington on 268644 or Margaret on 250742.  Jam Jars can also be left at the back of church (in the cupboard in the bell tower) or at the Church Office.

The Sudan Church Association, have a box in the cupboard at the back of church, into which people may place stamps and postcards which the Association can sell to raise funds, they can also take coins ( pre-decimal UK ) and cigarette cards.  Contact Richard Symonds via the church office for more information….so as the holiday season continues please do donate any postcards you receive!

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