What’s On

Thankyou so much to everyone who responded with their time and talents forms from our stewardship campaign – your offers of help both new and ongoing are very much appreciated.

Data “Amnesty” This notice is likely to be particularly relevant to people who currently lead or have led Church groups in the past.  Do you have any emails, phone contacts, computer files or old printed lists containing personal data relating to members of St. Mary’s Church?  If you do, then please read on.  We would have expected you to have either returned such confidential data to the Church office for safe keeping or to have destroyed it.  If you have not and are wondering what to do before the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in May 2018 then we hope to be able to help you.   Deleting computer files (including e-mails) that contain Church related personal data is relatively easy.  Destroying paper copies of personal data, in a secure way, is not so easy.   We are happy to help dispose of any documents that contain Church related personal data, if you bring them into the St Mary’s Church Office we will ensure that they are suitably stored or destroyed, if appropriate, in a secure way.  Please remember that not all old personal data should be destroyed.  We are instructed to keep hold of certain information for a number of years.  Please contact the Church Office (01403 253762 or office@stmaryshorsham.org.uk) by the end of April or see Nigel Stalley or Ali Carre if you need any further help or advice.

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Prayer Area: A dedicated prayer area has been created in a corner of St. Peter’s Chapel in the Barn. This will allow a private & undisturbed prayer space for our use during the ‘Year of Prayer’, either as individuals, or for the prayer vigils to be arranged. Please come and use this area any time during office hours (Mon-Fri 10am-2pm) EXCEPT Tue 1-2pm and Wed 11am-12.30pm.  Please also come to the 10am Holy Communion services there held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in the month.  If anyone has a little (nest-style) table they can donate (or give on long-term loan) to this area, that would be wonderful! Thank you.

St Mary’s Pre-School Cleaner : Job Vacancy for Tuesdays to Fridays for 1 hour 6.30am-7.30am. For details please contact stmaryspreschool20@gmail.com or speak to the staff.

CONFIRMATION COURSE – The Vicar, helped by our lovely new Curate Rebecca, will be running a course of preparation for adults wishing to explore Confirmation (or Baptism) – on 6 Thursday evenings between July and September (leading to Confirmation by the Bishop on Sunday 16th September).  Please contact the Church Office to book your place, and to ask any questions you may have.

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

Diocesan Safeguarding Training Event in the Barn on Monday 18th June from 7pm to 9.30pm. Please can anybody who has not attended training in the last 3 years sign up to this via the diocesan website or by calling Kim Nash at Church House direct. There are only 30 places available.  kim.nash@chichester.anglican.org / 01273 425680 – please  state your full name, town/parish and role in the parish.  Please let Caroline Crook know when you have done this. Carolinerh135bg@btinternet.com  01403 256789

Kairos picnic, 24th June in the vicarage garden.  You are all welcome to Kairos in the vicarage garden; refreshments from 11am, service starts at 11.30, bring your own rug & lunch and drinks, games & paddling pools provided.

Monday 25th June 2.15pm M&M’s (Mary and Martha’s) service for very young children; in the Leslie Room – all welcome.

St Mary’s Book Club: The book club is now up and running with 11 members already and growing.  Our first meeting will be on Thursday 28 June at 7.30pm, kindly hosted by Jebs at The Vicarage.  We will be exploring Christian books, books of the Bible and secular books from a Christian point of view.  If you would like to join us, please give your details to the church office or email Katherine Potter (katherine@kpbusinessdevelopment.com).  The first book we will be looking at is “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers which is based on the book of Hosea from the Bible which we can read alongside it.  You can order a copy from Eden Books or Amazon online or they will order it for you from Waterstones.  Please do join us on 28th June even if you don’t have time to finish the book, as we will also be discussing what future books  we want to read. Do bring your suggestions with you, and let Katherine know your ideas even if you can’t attend this time.

Sunday 1st July 8am Breakfast – all welcome in the Leslie room for free continental breakfast after the service.

Who Let The Dads Out? July 7th 9am Come and have some fun in the woods! Gary from Woods for Learning will offer sawing, making things, shelter building, fire cooking & rope activities.  For all dads/male carers and their children; all welcome except mums!  Meet 9am PROMPT at Leechpool Woods car park picnic site (Harwood Road RH13 6AW )  Booking is essential due to limited numbers.  Please contact the church office and pay on booking (SUGGESTED DONATION £3 per family). Queries to Fiona or Calvin in church

HORSHAM ARCHDEACONRY PILGRIMAGE July 14th:  We are invited to join with our Bishop and surrounding parishes in walking to our Cathedral.  We begin the pilgrimage in the village of Hunston at 10.30 a.m. and to share in the walk to Chichester for the Eucharist at 12.00 noon.  Fuller details about the pilgrimage and about parking or dropping off points are all available via the website and at the back of church.

Sunday 22nd July 4 – 6pm –All welcome to St Mary’s Church Picnic Tea: You are warmly invited to bring a picnic tea to the Vicarage garden for an informal opportunity to get to know each other better.  Newcomers to St Mary’s are especially welcome.  Tea and Coffee will be provided and there will be more details nearer the time.

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!

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”.