What’s On

2017 is the “Year of the Bible”
Please see the special programme for details of your personal Bible reading challenge and much more!

Reading the Bible:
http://www.verseoftheday.com/  (verse & thought for the day)
http://e100.scriptureunion.org.uk/ (key passages of the Bible)
https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/bioy (guide to reading the whole Bible in one year)

and Without reading the Bible!

https://thebibleproject.com/  (animated Bible stories)
https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/ (audio Bible)
https://www.eden.co.uk/blog/fiction-and-life-stories/10-of-the-best-biblical-fiction-p11776  (novels based on Bible characters)
http://www.thebrickbible.com/  (The Bible illustrated in Lego)

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.

Thankyou for Jimmy Young : Jimmy and Debs Young are leaving us on Sunday 7th January 2018, as Jimmy completes his curacy at St. Mary’s and moves to his new Parish in Crawley.  A special farewell will be held for them after the 9.30am service on 7th Jan, during which a gift will be presented as a token of our warm thanks for Jimmy’s ministry among us these last 4 years.  If you would like to contribute to this leaving gift please make your contribution through the church office, clearly marked “Jimmy’s Leaving Gift”.  There is a card (booklet) for everyone to sign a farewell message – available at the back of church.  Thankyou.

St Mary’s Christmas cards: These are on sale in packs of 10 for £3.50 at the back of the Church and in the Church Office.  The proceeds will be shared equally between St Mary’s Choir and St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund.  We hope you will support us as before, thank you.  Contact Jo Benson . Phone: 01403 255477. Email: jobenson@btinternet.com

FOODBANK:  Donations of Christmas biscuits, chocolates and seasonal non-perishable food items and also toiletries would be much appreciated.  Donations can be left in the box provided in the cupboard at the back of church. Thankyou.

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.

ADVENT CANDLES are for sale at the back of the Church in aid of Thanks a Million £2.50 each.

There will shortly be a vacancy for a PCC foundation governor for St Mary’s C of E (Aided) Primary School. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. They appoint the headteacher and deputy headteacher. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.  In addition foundation governors have a particular responsibility to uphold the Christian foundation of the school.  For further information about the role please contact the PCC Secretary brendalarge@btinternet.com, who will be able to put you in touch with the Joint Chairs of Governors Claire Swarbrick and Celia Hurren.

Saturday 25th November Fairtrade Christmas Market at St. John’s RC Church Hall Horsham between 10am – 4pm.  Come and buy for your Fairtrade Christmas presents, choosing from a wide variety of different Fairly Traded crafts from across the world.

St Mary’s Choir Cake Stall – St Cecilia’s Day: To celebrate St Cecilia’s day and raise funds for our Choir, we are holding a cake stall after the 9:30am service on Sunday 26th November at the back of the church. Please support us!

Sun 26th Nov 12.15-2.30pm St Mary’s Pre-School Christmas Fair at the Barn: Come for a Christmas BBQ with New St Butcher’s sausages, Weston Farm Pumpkin Soup and Mulled Wine.  Christmas Market stalls including personalized gifts, Santa’s Grotto, Bouncy Castle, Raffle, Face Painting & Winter Woodland Crafts with the new accredited Forest School…All proceeds go to Thanks a million for the Pre-School so Bring your CASH!

Mothers’ Union – non members welcome in the Barn, refreshments served at 10am for 10.30 start Tuesday 28th November Rev’d Canon Ian Hutchinson-Cervantes, World Mission Officer Diocese of Chichester talk on ‘Companion Links: Sharing the One Bread and Journey’.
Thursday 30th Nov 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

Vicar’s Recommendation for Reading during Advent: “Consumer Detox” by Mark Powley… Consumer Detox – is a three-part journey from a lifestyle dominated by consumerism to a richer, simpler more generous life.  Two copies available on the font for you to browse.  Copies available to buy from Amazon from 1p! …..and for prayer he suggests the World Vision Advent Prayer Guide available here.

Horsham Matters Charity Superstore: if you’re starting to think of buying Christmas Presents now’s the time to come and have a look around the Horsham Matters Superstore on Redkiln Close (next to Brewers and opposite Tesco’s Express) to find lovely bargain gifts while saving the planet and supporting the social care of the Church in our town. For more information click here

St Mary’s School Christmas Fair: Friday Dec 1st 5-8pm. All are welcome to attend this community event, run by the HSA, with the aim of raising much needed funds for the school.  Father Christmas will be in residence and there will be plenty to eat and drink along with the usual wide array of stalls and games and, of course, there will be our grand draw.

The traditional installation of the two St Mary’s Christmas trees with lights & tinsel AND ALSO the construction of the CRIB will take place on Sat 2nd Dec from 09.30.  Please do come and help – no previous experience necessary.  The more the merrier!  Refreshments (incl. Bacon Butties) will be provided!  Contact Steve Benson (H. 255477) for more details.

Saturday 2nd Dec 4 for 4.30pm start – 6.30pm Horsham Chamber Choir Concert in Church: Monteverdi: A Christmas Vespers; Elgar: The Snow; Taverner: The Lamb; Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium; Tickets on the door or call 07730 983314: £13, under 18’s: £6.

Sunday 3rd Dec 8am Breakfast – all welcome in the Leslie room for free continental breakfast after the service.

Sunday 3rd Dec: 18s to 30s Brunch: Calling all young adults to enjoy brunch together after All Age Worship.  A chance to hang out and enjoy good food together on the First Sunday of every Month at 11:15am at Bills, Market Square.  For more information contact Matt Lee on youthwork@stmaryshorsham.org.uk or 07597 702394

Sunday 3rd Dec 3.00pm-4.30pm Welcome Tea in the Vicarage – A chance for all newcomers to St. Mary’s Church to meet church leaders, ask any questions and hear about our vision as “a Church inspired by God’s passion for the world”.  Please RSVP to the church office 01403 253762 or office@stmaryshorsham.org.uk

Sunday 3rd Dec 5pm ADVENT CAROL SERVICE – Do bring a friend to this beautiful & reflective service, that uses readings, hymns & choral music to introduce the Advent season of prayerful expectation of Christ’s coming to His people.

Mon 4th Dec 7.30pm – Monthly Parish Prayer Meeting at St Mary’s: 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.

Friday 8th Dec 7.30pm Mediaeval Baebes Concert tickets now SOLD OUT www.mediaevalbaebes.com

Sunday Lunch 2017 dates:  10th Dec. 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).

Sunday 10th Dec – Cafe Connect happens every 2nd Sunday of the month (term time only!) 7 – 8:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Rushams Road.  For year 7+.  A chance to explore faith, ask questions and hang out with your mates & eat pizza!  For more information please call our Youth Worker Matt Lee on 07597 702394    Youth Alpha Course Year 6-13 – On 2nd Sundays every month (at Cafe Connect)  PIZZA. DRINKS. FUN. OTHERS YOUR AGE…EXPLORE CHRISTIAN FAITH WITH NO PRESSURE, AND NO QUESTION TOO SILLY.
More info: Judi Cox. 01403-210207. judi@youthworker.plus.com or Your Church Youth Leader, Matt Lee.

Christingle Social, 10th Dec between the 9.30 service and 11.30 Kairos Christingle service: Please join in the celebration with hot chocolate & Christmas biscuits, mulled wine and mince pies. A wonderful opportunity to meet new folk and be church family! This will be followed at 11.30am by the Christingle service where we can make a Christingle to take home to remind us of the wonderful message of Christmas. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday 14th Dec 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 11th Jan.

Horsham Churches Nativity Trail in Horsham Carfax & Forum, Sat 16th Dec 11am-3.30pm: A trail of 4 photo stops with sheep, wise men, angels, Romans and of course Mary & Joseph; balloons, books, treats and a trail passport. Starting at 11am with Little Notes, finishing at 3.30pm with a carol concert with Jimmy Young speaking. St Mary’s folk are ‘manning’ the shepherds and angels stand in the Forum (between Sainsbury’s and TKMAXX) Please let Matt Lee know if you can help out and come and say ‘hello’ on the day!

Mothers’ Union Fellowship Sunday: 3rd Sunday of the month – Dec 17th 2.15-4pm in St Leonard’s Hall, Cambridge Road. Open to all for sharing company with optional crafts and games with refreshments. For more information contact Margaret Hearnden 01403 210733

Family Nativity Craft Party Sat 23rd Dec 3-4.30pm in the Barn. Our traditional church family party for school age children & their families to make nativity crafts (including a candle jar to bring to the candlelit crib service at 5pm). Please register with the office or say you are attending on the Horsham St Mary’s church families Facebook page. Mulled wine and mince pies for grownups, seasonal refreshments for children. Bring all the family! Suggested donation of £5 per family, taken at the door.

Crib Service – 5pm 23rd & 24th December – bring your own candle well protected in a jar or lantern.

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 Watchers: 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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