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.

Tapestry Group: we are on holiday now, restarting September 11th.  We would like to find out if you are doing a kneeler & if you are prepared to continue to make more so we can buy more wool/canvases if necessary.  Please let Sheila Pilkington know via the church office (H. 253762 or office@stmaryshorsham.org.uk).

Anchor Counselling would like you to know that they have increased their client availability in Horsham.  They can now see clients on Tuesday and Friday afternoon and evening, Wednesday morning and Thursday morning and afternoon.

Worthing Churches Homeless Projects (WCHP): Friday, 15th September from 8pm-10pm at St John’s Catholic Church, Springfield Road, Horsham.  Come and join our friendly Quiz-Master, John Coleman from Life Community Baptist Church, for a fun filled night.  Grab a team or come on your own and join a team.  Tickets £5 each (or £25 for a team of 6) can be purchased from www.wchp.org.uk or by ringing 01903 680740 ext. 242.  Nibbles supplied but please bring your own drinks.

‘Dear Church, can you hear me?’ – Saturday 16 September A chance for Deaf, and hard of hearing and hearing people to work better together. A conference at Victoria Baptist Church, EASTBOURNE BN21 1UE, 10.00am to 2.15pm approx.  For anyone who is concerned about making the church welcoming and fully accessible to people who are Deaf or experience hearing loss, whether they are Deaf BSL users or lip readers, hard of hearing or hearing.  It would be wonderful to welcome at least one representative from St Mary’s – please let the church office know if you can go. More info:  www.hellochurch.co.uk

Sun 17th Sept: Mothers’ Union Event at St Leonard’s Hall, Cambridge Rd, RH13 5ED doors open at 2.15 for 2.30pm start. Rachel Ellis is giving a presentation and Concert after her 6 month sabbatical at the Kampala Music School.  Refreshments after Q & A session and a collection for the Friends of Kampala Music School.

Deanery Confirmation Service:  Sunday 17th Sept 6.30pm Holy Trinity is hosting a Confirmation Service with the Bishop.  Please pray for all those being confirmed including Steve and Hattie Taylor from St. Mary’s.  (No evening service in St Mary’s.)

Alzheimer’s Society: Horsham Memory Walk organised by the Horsham Rusty Brains, a group of people living well with dementia.  Friday 22nd Sept in Horsham Park 12noon – 2pm, meeting at the Conservatory Café.  For info please call 01403 213017.

Communion before Confirmation Course for Children starts on Sat 23rd Sept 9.30-10.30am in church and will continue on 30th Sept, 28th Oct and 4th Nov.  They will be admitted to communion on 5th.Nov.  For details please contact Joyce Brown on H. 254490.

Sat 23rd Sept 9-11am WhoLetTheDadsOut? is in the church centre and the theme is animals.  Guiles’ Reptiles, Jake & Tyla, will be in the Manor room for anyone who wants a hands on or photo opportunity with a large, friendly boa and 14 other animal species!  Usual games and breakfast in the Barn.  All welcome but no mums allowed.

Sunday 24th Sept 6.30pm Deanery Celebration Service (note the time!).  All welcome to this Deanery wide Celebration Service here at St Mary’s with Guest Speaker Rev’d. Dan Inman, Diocesan Director of Ordinands

Mothers’ Union – non members welcome in the Church Centre refreshments served at 10am for 10.30 start: Tuesday 26th September Margaret Symonds ‘My visit to Beats’.  This project is close to the hearts of St Leonard’s.  Come and find out the latest information.

A pick me up before school and pre-school pick up informal worship followed by refreshments and play in the Leslie Room at St Mary’s Church 2.15pm Thursday 28th Sept

Thursday 28th 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: next date is 12th Oct.

Thursday 28th Sept 2.15pm M&M’s (Mary and Martha’s) service for very young children: in the Leslie Room – all welcome.

Thursday 28th Sept 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.

Sunday 1st Oct 8am Breakfast – all welcome in the Leslie room for free continental breakfast after the service.  (Next date is 3rd Dec.)

Sunday 1st Oct: 18s to 30s Brunch: Calling all young adults to enjoy brunch together after the 9.30am service.  A chance to hang out and enjoy good food together on the First Sunday of every Month at 11:15am at Bill’s Restaurant, Market Square.  For more information contact Matt Lee on youthwork@stmaryshorsham.org.uk or 07597 702394

Sunday Lunch 2017 dates:  1st Oct; 5th Nov; 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 ie from 14th Sept for October’s Lunch).

Harvest Lunch for all at St Mary’s: Sunday 1st Oct 12.45pm in the church centre – tickets now on sale in church on Sunday mornings and from the church office (£5 each).  Special diets can be catered for and tickets include a glass of wine or soft drink and you can bring your own if you wish.  There will be a Raffle – donations of prizes would be very welcome – they can be dropped off at the church office – thankyou.

Sat 30th Sept from 9.30am – 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 Oct 1st Harvest Celebrations 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.

Mon 2nd Oct  7.30pm – Monthly Parish Prayer Meeting at Holy Trinity: 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.  Next date is Nov 6th at St. Leonard’s.


Saturday 7th October 7.45pm: St Mary’s Jazz night (with fish and chip supper)tickets are now on sale from the Church Office and Waterstones. Our next date for a Jazz evening will be 10th March 2018.

Sun 15th Oct 1045am-1pm British Heart Foundation Start a Heart event in the church centre.  First aid trainers will give you a 5 minute 1:1 tuition in how to start a heart.  Refreshments and cakes, play area for children. Donations to Thanks-a-million.

Mothers’ Union Fellowship Sunday: 3rd Sunday of Oct (15th), Nov (19th) & 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 Hearden 01403 210733

Mothers’ Union – non members welcome in the Barn, refreshments served at 10am for 10.30 start Tuesday 24th October Emma Bailey on ‘Safe Link’.  Ever thought of this emergency contact for yourself or a loved one.  How does it work?  How useful is it?


1st December 2017-15 March 2018

St Mary’s team, led by Manny Holden and Denise Herrington, will be coordinating and operating the HCT Night Shelter for the Homeless this winter from Kingdom Faith Church on Saturday evenings.    We need members of our congregation to help support the Night Shelter and to volunteer for a number of different roles.  The roles involve:

  • Being a volunteer on one of the three shifts – early evening, overnight or breakfast
  • Cooking a hot meal off site and delivering it to Kingdom Faith Church in time for supper
  • Collecting bedding from the venue on a Friday evening and delivering it to Kingdom Faith Church

If you volunteered previously, or have never volunteered before,  full training will be given.  Key dates to keep free for training are Wednesday 8  November (evening 1830 – 2130) or Saturday 11 November (2 – 5pm ).  Training is important and every volunteer will need to attend one of these sessions (although if you attended a full training course last year, on site training at KFC is all you will need to do).

Volunteers will need to complete a volunteer application form and have this signed by a member of the Clergy.  Forms are available in Church or from the Church Office together with volunteer role descriptions.  Please contact Manny or Denise if you have any questions (contact details via the church office – or see them in church).

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’.

Another date for your diary: Friday 8th Dec 7.30pm Mediaeval Baebes Concert tickets now available from the church office and online from www.mediaevalbaebes.com

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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