What’s On

During the current interregnum at St Mary’s, Bishop Martin has asked Revd Bernard Sinton to act as Interim Rector during the vacancy. Bernard has worked in the Parish since 1990 and was our first SSM (Self Supporting Minister).  He is based at Holy Trinity Church.  Since retiring from a full time secular job, he has acted as Interim Minister during vacancies in Warnham, West Grinstead and Partridge Green and has just finished at Sullington and Thakeham with Warminghurst.  Bernard’s wife is the vicar of Shipley.

St Mary’s Christmas Card Delivery – please would you take a bundle or two and deliver our church Christmas cards to all the homes in the streets in our part of the parish? They are laid out at the back of church, along with map showing where the roads are. Thankyou so much for your help in this outreach to our town.

SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal death charity) will hold their Christmas remembrance service for all affected by the death of a baby on the 14th December from 6pm, service starts at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Church. If you would like your child’s name to be read out during the service, we will invite you to write their name when you enter the church before you take your seat. Contact Horsham@sands.org.uk for general queries or if you would like to reach out to us for support , email support.Horsham@sands.org.uk

Sat 15th Dec Horsham Churches Together Nativity Trail and Carols.  Children’s Musical nativity with Little Notes, Nativity Trail, Christmas Concert and Carols Service.  Please contact Rosemary Couchman, HCT Development Co-ordinator, on 07566 202741 or rosemary.couchman@horshamct.org.uk  if you can help.

YMCA Community Christmas Fayre – Saturday, 15th December  11am-4pm, Y Centre, Albion Way, Horsham – Craft Stalls, Hot Food & Refreshments, Home-made Produce, Kids Craft Corner, Tombola, Face Painting and More.  Stalls available at £10 per table.  Contact Melinda.haynes@ymcadlg.org or call 01403 213 413 for details.

Chichester Diocese are running a ‘Living Faith’ course to help people find and grow in the discipleship to which God is calling them.  It is a part time course run over three terms at Holy Trinity Church, Tilgate, Crawley on Wednesday’s at 7pm on the following dates: Jan 16th, 23rd,30th; Feb 6th, 13th, 20th; March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; April 3rd, 10th; May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and June 5th. Further details can be found here: http://www.chichester.anglican.org/LivingFaithdiscipleship/.  Please speak to Rebecca Tuck if you are interested (the deadline for signing up is 17th Dec).

Decorating the Church for Christmas:  The flower arranging team will be grateful for any help and donations of foliage to decorate the church from 9.30am on Saturday morning 22nd Dec.  No experience is needed and all are welcome, women, children and men.  Hope to see you there and thank you.

Sat 22nd Dec 7pm Christmas Concert for Kafusi High School, Zimbabwe in St Mary’s Church: Tickets £5 (on the door or from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-concert-at-st-marys-tickets-53222942253)  Programme to include Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and Vivaldi’s Winter, performed by Jacob Keet (Violin), Alex Hodgkinson (Piano) and the newly-formed  Horsham Sinfonia.  Kafusi High School in Zimbabwe aims to build a new boarding house for vulnerable girl pupils.  All proceeds from the concert will go towards this project.

Wintershall Nativity Play – Bethany Lickiss, a member of our church family, is playing Mary again this year.  Tickets are available via www.wintershall.org.uk

The Church Office will close for Christmas at 12noon Friday Dec 21st Dec and will reopen 10am on Wednesday 2nd January.

URGENTLY NEEDED : Have you any SPARE JAM JARS? … that you might donate for us to make some more preserves so that we can produce more ready for the Christmas period?  Jars can be left at the back of church (in the cupboard in the bell tower) or at the Church Office.

HORSHAM CHURCHES NIGHT SHELTER – 1st Dec 2018 TO 15th Mar 2019: Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at the night shelters – we are now in a position to open on four nights.   Please email emma.elnaugh@horsham-matters.org.uk if you can offer  further help. Thank you.

Horsham Matters has set up a “GoFund” page to raise money for a new van to be used to transport furniture to needy families within the Horsham District.  Please go to www.gofundme.com/new-van-for-horsham-matters if you are able to donate.  Thank you.

Evening Prayer: It has been agreed that for the time being, whilst we have no Vicar, our weekday Evening Prayer services at 5.30pm will be suspended.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  We hope that you will continue to pray at home for the well-being of the parish and the future of its ministry.  The church will be locked by the Church Welcome Team every afternoon at the end of our general public opening times (which are 11am-2pm Mon-Sat during the winter season). Nigel, Steve and Liz  (Churchwardens)

Wintershall Nativity Play – Bethany Lickiss, a member of our church family, is playing Mary again this year.  Tickets are available via www.wintershall.org.uk

Sunday 30th Dec at 11.00am here at St Mary’s:  NEW YEAR’S EVE UNITED SERVICE.  Come and join together with members of all our Churches in Horsham Team Parish, in one joint service for all ages – as we share Communion and covenant to serve God together during 2019, our “Year of Vocation”. (NB No other services at St Mary’s that Sunday)

Accommodation request: A team Wycliffe Bible Translators from Asia and the US is coming to visit Horsham in early January for a meeting and a visit. We have one couple and two ladies who are in need of a place to stay for about a week or so. If there is anyone who would be willing to consider hosting them, please contact the church office.

Sunday 6th January 2019 5.00 pm Epiphany Carol Service with readings, poems and thanksgivings which are reflections on the visit of the magi.

H.O.P.E. Parish Prayer Evening 7.30-9pm Jan 7th at St John’s, Broadbridge Heath (Horsham Open Prayer Evening)  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.

St Mary’s Book Club are reading two books this month: “Phoebe” by Paula Gooder, an imaginative narrative about Phoebe mentioned in Romans 16: 1-2 who delivers Paul’s letter to the Romans, and “Have a little Faith” by Mitch Albon. Next meeting Thursday 10th January, St Peter’s Chapel.  All welcome.  Just let the Church Office know.

Taster session  for Godly Play is open to all on Saturday, 19th January, 10-12.30 in Lewes. Godly play is a way of telling Bible stories and exploring the connection with our own lives. You are welcome into Southover Church’s Godly play room to hear some stories and experience the technique. All welcome, contact Fiona or the office for further details.

Visit to Austria for the Oberammergau Passion  Play 2020: Wed 24th June –  Wed 1st July 2020:  Rev’d Guy Bridgewater and The Friends of Bath Abbey warmly invite you to register an interest in the above McCabe Pilgrimages holiday to Austria for summer 2020, places are open to all. The half – board accommodation will be at the Inntalerhof Hotel, Mosern, in the Tyrol, except for one night in Oberammergau following attending the Passion Play. The basic cost is £1625 per person, and a few single rooms will be available at a supplement of £115. If you are interested in joining this visit, please inform Diana Wade tel. 01225 462807, email – dianawade@hotmail.co.uk, who will send you full details, including the booking form.  Flyers available at the back of church or from the church office.


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
Causeway
Horsham
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.

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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”.