What’s On

A message from Sheila Pilkington: Cakes and Preserves – after over 25 years and due to a change in my circumstances, I have decided to discontinue making cakes and preserves on a regular basis and feel as we have a change when Guy and Jebs move on to Bath Abbey that would be a natural break.  However, if anyone would like to take over then please let Alison know in the church office, should you decide to take over I will give you my full help and advice if required.  I’ve usually made about 100 jars a month.  Sheila.

Monday 24th Sept 8pm: St Mary’s Tapestry Group:…..are holding a working party at the Vicarage.  It is a lovely social gathering when we make up the new kneelers and repair older ones.  No experience needed.

Mothers’ Union: 25th September 10am (in the Barn) social to include MUe, bring & buy, second hand books, jam/pickles/other produce.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED OUR YOUTH CLUB, TGIF, urgently needs some first aid trained volunteers on a rota basis as well as additional volunteers to join the team to help run fun activities (baking/sports/craft etc) for young people aged 10-18 on a Friday evening. Great opportunity to share your life stories/hobbies with young people as well as teaching life skills. All volunteers are part of rota to fit their time commitments. Full training will be given. All applicants must complete compulsory DBS check & attend safeguarding training.


Thursday 27th Sept 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.

A seven week group for parents & carers of teenagers will be starting on Thursday September 27th.at 8pm. We will share experiences and explore the skills which help us connect with teenagers, improve communication, manage conflict, and build strong families. £9 cost, which includes a handbook to keep.  For more information speak to Hennie Sleeman, Fiona Prentice or Lynne Keeble in church, or leave your contact details with the church office.

The Riding Lights Theatre Company present “Gospel Street” at St Mary’s Church on 29th September 2018 at 7.30pm  For more information see: https://ridinglights.org/gospel-street/

Monday 1st Oct 7.30-9pm – Monthly Parish Prayer Meeting at St Mary’s: We 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

Horsham Parish Job Opportunity:  Parish Youth Work Enabler: We are looking for an experienced Youth Worker to join us in our ministry across our four churches and in the town of Horsham.  Closing date: 3rd October for an information pack and application email:  vicar@stleonardshorsham.org.uk

WCHP – WORTHING CHURCHES HOMELESS PROJECT Quiz Night In aid of WCHP, helping to end local homelessness Friday, 5th October at St John the Evangelist RC Church Hall from 7pm-10pm.  Teams of 6 or join as an individual. £10 per per person, includes meal.  Refreshments and raffle available.  Team captains or individuals please contact amyreeves1998@outlook.com.  Booking advised as spaces limited.    WCHP Flag Date Invite can you help with a street collection in Horsham Town Centre from 9am-5pm on Saturday 13th October? Please sign up via https://doodle.com/poll/4n9u43bt92x7sr9a if you can help.

Dates for the 2018-2019 Night Shelter: The Night Shelter will run from 1 December 2018 until 15 March 2019.  Volunteer recruitment will start in mid-September.  Night Shelter Sunday is 7 October.  Training will be in the first half of November.  All enquiries via nightshelter@horsham-matters.org.uk

Decorating the Church for Harvest: Sat 6th Oct from 9.30am-11am – please would you bring into church any donations of foliage/flowers/non-perishable goods to decorate the church ready for the Harvest Services on Sunday – all help gratefully received.

Sunday 7th Oct 8am Breakfast – all welcome in the Leslie room for free continental breakfast after the service.  Next date is 4th Nov.

Sunday 7th Oct 18s to 30s Brunch: First Sunday of Every Month at 11.15am.  Monthly Brunch at Bill’s Restaurant after the 9.30am service. Next date is 4th Nov.

Harvest Celebration Lunch 7th Oct 12.45pm – with entertainment by Guy Bridgewater. Tickets £7 on sale from the church office.  Bring your own drink (glasses provided).

Harvest Celebration Sunday 7th Oct at all services – please bring donations of non-perishable foods as we will be collecting for the Salvation Army “Hope Inn” this year.  They would appreciate tinned and dried goods – all gratefully received.  If anyone can offer to help deliver the donations to the Salvation Army afterwards please let the church office know.

Sunday 7th Oct 3.30pm: Special Evensong at Chichester Cathedral in Celebration of the Cathedral/Parish Links Network.  Refreshments will be served after the service in the South Transept.  All are welcome – please do let Chichester know if you are planning to attend by ringing them on 01243 782595 or email reception@chichestercathedral.org.uk

Saturday 13th Oct 9-11am: Who Let the Dads Out? in the Barn/ Church Centre.  Breakfast, games and fun for Dads (any male carer) and their children.  This time the theme is “Let’s Create!”  All welcome (except Mums!), donation asked to cover food costs. Ask the office or Fiona via families@stmaryshorsham.org.uk for further details.

HORSHAM CHURCHES TOGETHER LIGHT TENT – THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 10AM-4PM: Horsham Churches Together will be running a children and families activity tent in the Carfax, partnering with Horsham District Council, the Rotary Club, FoodRocks and others.  Activities will have a LIGHT theme and invitations to Light Parties at churches will also be handed out. Please let HCT know if you would like to volunteer at the event email rosemary.couchman@horshamct.org.uk or phone 07566 202741. Thank you.

Sun 28th Oct 10.30am – All are welcome to a special farewell service for Guy and Jebs in church.  The service will be a special Celebration Service for the whole Church family communion with Bible readings, hymns, a sermon and prayers.  During the service there will be a team providing children’s activities from 10.15-11.15 a.m.
– Under twos are welcome in the baby-friendly, volunteer-manned creche at all times.
– There will be supervised play activities for 3-5 year olds (pre-schoolers) in the Leslie room.  You are welcome to stay if your child needs you or you can register them with a Lighthouse leader and pop back up and collect them at the start of communion.
– All 5-11 year olds are welcome at the Barn where there will be fun and games from 10.15am.  Again, you can choose to stay or register your child and they will be walked back down to the church by the Lighthouse team at 11.15 a.m. to join the rest of the service in church.
After the service there will be presentations to Guy and a ‘bring & share’ lunch for all.

St Mary’s Book club – Our next meeting is on Thursday 8th November at 7.30pm in the Leslie Room.  We are reading “Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine” by Gail Honeyman.  All Welcome – just let the Church Office know office@stmaryshorsham.org.uk or 01403 253762

Saturday 24th Nov 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.

Light Party 31st October 4.30-6.30pm at the Barn/Church centre: a great opportunity to illuminate October 31st. The biggest and brightest light party ever, aimed at primary school aged children with tons of games (and a hot tea) in a fun packed evening. Go home glowing! “The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out”. John 1:5 (The Message)  We will celebrate the light that pushes away the darkness.  Please book with the church office or online via

.  Suggested donation £2 per child. Contact Rebecca or Fiona for further details.

Saturday 24th Nov 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.

Monday 26th Nov: Travelling to Guy’s licensing at Bath Abbey – we have booked a coach and plan to leave at 1.30pm from Hop Oast for Bath Abbey; stopping at service station/cafés in Bath or similar for food; returning after the service (leaving Bath approx 10pm).  Those that want a lift to Hop Oast please let Frank King know and he will arrange that with those who are going to use the free parking at Hop Oast for the trip.  If we can fill a 53 seater coach it will cost £12.50 each for the transport – the cost of the coach will be shared between those on board so this is a guide cost at this stage and will be dependent on numbers.  Please book your coach seat via the church office or see Frank King in church.

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.

The Chaplaincy Service at Horsham Hospital – LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! The role involves helping with the spiritual well being of the patients.   The sessions are 2-3 hours per week alternating between visiting patients on Horizon ward, and taking part in the weekly communion service held in the Hospital chapel each Friday.  A full NHS training course is provided.  For further information please contact the chaplain; Rev John Du Bois on 07708257149 or by email: johndubois@nhs.net

NCT Bumps and Babies:  We meet in the Leslie Room every Monday 11am-1pm £3.50 per family (includes unlimited refreshments).  Breastfeeding support plus a hot cuppa (or two) and a warm welcome.  All pregnant women & parents of non-mobile babies welcome.  No need to be an NCT member.  Just drop in.  For more info contact horshamnctbumpsandbabies@outlook.com

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – TGIF is looking to recruit 2 volunteers to join the team to help run fun activities (baking/sports/craft etc) for young people aged 10-18.  Great opportunity to share your life stories/hobbies with young people as well as teaching life skills.  All volunteers are part of rota to fit their time commitments. Full training will be given.  All applicants must complete compulsory DBS check & attend safeguarding training.

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!

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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Guy’s Blog

As many of you know Guy and Jebs returned from Canada after a three month sabbatical in the Autumn of 2016.

You can see what they did on their exciting journey by reading their blog here. It’s easy to subscribe to the blog in order to be notified of new posts.

We welcome them home after their fulfilling trip – “may the Lord inspire all of us afresh to seek after the Beauty of his Holiness”.