The English Music Festival comes to St Mary’s BOOK NOW for 9th /10th October

We are delighted to be hosting the English Music Festival’s Autumn Concert Series here at St Mary’s on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October.

The English Music Festival celebrates the music of British composers of all eras, with a strong focus on resurrecting the overlooked works from the Golden Renaissance of English Music (the early to mid-twentieth century).

The opening concert takes place at 7pm on Friday 9th October, and there are then three further concerts scheduled throughout Saturday 10th October, each offering a different programme of works and artists.

For the full programme of the festival and for further information on how to book tickets please visit the English Music Festival website: or you can pick up a copy of the progamme and booking form from the welcome desk in church. Please note that tickets must be booked in advance and will be strictly limited to adhere to social distancing restrictions, so book now to avoid missing out on this wonderful celebration of music coming to St Mary’s!

Stane Street Sinfonietta are back at St Mary’s This Weekend!

Stane Street Sinfonietta continue their highly successful re-introduction of live music to Horsham with Stravinsky’s classic music-theatre piece, The Soldier’s Tale.

With another wonderful cast of musicians, the team are joined by top British actor Steve Watts, in what promises to be a compelling performance of one of the great musical classics of the twentieth century.

Performances will take place at St Mary’s Church at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 3rd October. Tickets need to be booked in advance and are available here:

LIVE MUSIC EVENT: Stane Street Sinfonietta play Façade

This coming Saturday (19th September) we are delighted to host the Stane Street Sinfonietta play Façade.

After a long wait live music is beginning to return around the country and Stane Street Sinfonietta are proud to be one of the first!

They will be giving three performances of William Walton’s hugely entertaining setting of poetry by Dame Edith Sitwell – Façade. Sitwell’s surreal, eccentric poems recited over Walton’s vibrant, funny and jazzy music using his recent experience of writing arrangements for the Savoy Orpheans dance band.

Featuring Horsham legends Katy Ellis and Mark Bradbury and a group of top professional musicians, these concerts are the perfect antidote to lockdown!

To ensure that social distancing can be observed there will be three performances throughout the day at 2.00pm, 4.00pm and 6.00pm.

Tickets £12, £5 for under 18s – only available in advance. Please book your tickets directly through the Stane Street Sinfonietta website:

RE-BOOKED Join us on Wednesday Lunchtimes for Recitals from St Mary’s Musicians

All are warmly invited to join us in church on Wednesday lunchtimes to enjoy recitals from our St. Mary’s musicians.

  • Wednesday 9th September at 1pm – Jeremy Weaver will be playing the organ and piano
  • Wednesday 16th September at 1pm – Zoe Eborn and Jeremy Weaver will be playing the violin and piano
  • Wednesday 23rd September at 1pm – Mike Overend will be playing the organ

You can book to attend any of these recitals via the What’s On page on our website. There is no charge to attend, however, donations will be very gratefully received on the day with all proceeds going to the Horsham Parish Covid-19 Recovery Appeal.

It is not necessary to book in advance, however, please note that numbers will be limited in line with current social distancing guidelines and we will be required to keep a record of all who attend the recital for 21 days. Please also be aware that it is now a requirement to wear a face mask while inside a church building, however, children under the age of 11 and those with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face mask are exempt from this requirement.

If you have any queries at all or would like further information, please contact the Parish Office on or 01403 253762.

We hope to see you there!

Kick start your Summer – SleepOut!

Raise money, save lives! In aid of Turning Tides.

Involve your family and friends and be a ‘Home Hero’ for Turning Tides by taking part in your very own summer time adventure!

This August brings you the fantastic ‘Big Summer SleepOut’ to raise money in aid of Turning Tides who support local homeless men and women across West Sussex. It is open to everyone and completely free to join in and you choose your location!

Give up your bed for one night on Saturday 8 August and choose an alternative location to sleep – in your garden under the stars, in a specially built den, in the loft or in the bath! It doesn’t matter as long as it’s safe and meets current Government COVID Guidelines. By sleeping out somewhere new you will help to raise awareness and raise money for homeless men and women who really need support.

Rope in as many friends and family as you can – get your street involved and plan your own activities and entertainment – and have your own safe, socially distanced SleepOut that will make a massive social difference.

There is a best dressed den competition and an online activity programme packed with fun and entertainment. To make it easy we can send you a Fundraising Support pack to help you get the most out of your SleepOut.

For most of us, our bed is a safe and warm place. However, many people in our community do not have a bed of their own; they might be sleeping rough, living in unsuitable accommodation, living in their car or sofa surfing. This takes an extreme toll on a person, both physically and mentally. Homeless men and women die on average 30 years sooner than the general population.

Join in and take a stand against homelessness

Just £85 raised, pays for a full day of emergency support for homeless men and women. If 100 families, groups or individuals raise £85 this will pay for 100 days of emergency support – so we are really hoping people will feel moved to join in and we are thrilled to have Compass Bus supporting this event too!


Confessions of a Hospice Chaplain during the Corona Crisis

Lisa Rainier is Chaplain and Lead for Spiritual Support at St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley. Here she shares what it’s been like working on the front line supporting local terminally ill people and their families.

“Early on, I joined my local neighbourhood isolation support group, purchased seed to grow my own vegetables, thought I would read the Hilary Mantel novels on my bookshelves, get fitter with Joe Wicks, run further, rescue a few people and generally be a cross between a hero and an angel.

Later on, any kind of  hero status or angelic ambition was seriously compromised by the reality: I was unable to concentrate for long enough to read anything, physically hauling my increasingly heavy body out of bed for a short run round the park took Herculean effort and I wrestled with run-rage (why is it always me who has to give way on the path and go into the undergrowth?). I also had to accept that I couldn’t do much extra for my neighbours because it took me so long to shop for me and mine.

There have been too many male humans in my house and the churlish chore-wars are getting me down. I sorely miss my alone time on retreat and my going out time with girlfriends, and I’m sad that my mother- in- law with Alzheimer’s will no longer recognise me if, or when, I do see her again.

Being ‘only human’ at St Catherine’s Hospice has got to me too: I have felt my own  anxieties in caring for people with COVID-19, and wearied at the challenges of communication: with patients through plastic PPE, with relatives whilst maintaining social distance, with colleagues internally and externally, variously and vicariously via Zoom, Teams, WhatsApp, Vsee and Lifesize. And oh, how I have missed the support of many of my in-the-flesh colleague-friends who are currently furloughed or working from home.

But, being human at the hospice in this time has also been precious; with less meetings to attend and less time taken up with travelling and training, I have had longer to listen; to hear and honour life stories, and more opportunities to stand in the gap when a patient’s own priest or minster has not been able to be present; special moments have been the sharing of communion and the privilege of planning and conducting intimate and meaningful committals with the closest family of those who have died.

In and through all of this has come the realisation that even when a mask muffles some of your words, the hand you offer is clothed in a glove, and the calm in your voice is only heard over the phone, compassion can still be communicated, and what we are still able to do is to remind and reassure our fellow humans that we are still here for them: they are not alone.”

To make a donation to support St Catherine’s Hospice and help Lisa and her colleagues continue to provide care and support when it’s needed most please visit:

Horsham Matters Re-Opens

The Horsham Matters charity shop and donation centre has now re-opened.

The charity shop on Redkiln Close will be open from Tuesday through to Saturday each week from 10am-2pm. In order to keep everyone safe and ensure that the re-opening adheres to the latest government guidelines, there are a number of new measures in place that all visitors will be respectfully asked to adhere too.

The Horsham Matters Donation Centre on Blatchford Road will be open on Tuesday and Saturday mornings between 9am-10.30am.

Please be assured that in order to ensure the safety of all, items will not be sold on until 72 hours after they have been received.

For further information about about re-opening of both locations please visit:

Church Re-Opens for Private Prayer

We are very pleased to be able to share the good news that as of Wednesday 17th June, our church building will be open daily from 10am-4pm for private prayer. We rejoice at this new opportunity to pray in St. Mary’s once again, but please note that this does not yet mean that our Sunday or midweek services in the church will be resuming. Weekly Sunday and midweek services will continue to be available to watch and participate in via our website and Facebook page.

Any visitors to the church will have to abide by careful social distancing rules, and the number of people that will be allowed in the building at any one time is limited to ensure we can keep it as safe as possible for everyone. This may mean that there will be a need to wait before being able to enter the church if there are already the maximum number of people inside.

We have a wonderful team of church welcomers that have been specially trained to support and assist those visiting the church at this time. We thank them for their valuable contribution in allowing St. Mary’s to reopen safely for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you.

(With regret, please note that it will not be possible to buy preserves or cakes from the back of the church at this time.)


Please Donate Food for Family Support Work (FSW)

Family Support Work (FSW) help families in Sussex to overcome their difficulties and prevent crisis by supporting families struggling with issues such as poverty, ill health, learning difficulties, bereavement, family break-up and domestic abuse.

Due to lockdown, food supplies at their foodbank in Brighton has become less and demand by their families has grown. FSW has experienced a serious shortfall and in response, the Mothers’ Union in the diocese has been coordinating collection points and deliveries to help make sure that families in need are not going hungry.

Over recent weeks an extra-ordinary amount of food has very kindly been donated by our community in Horsham and this has been collected and taken down to Brighton each Friday in order to be distributed to those in need. THANK YOU SO MUCH to all those who have contributed to this cause, it really has made a huge difference.

It’s not too late to make a contribution if you feel able to help at this time. The FSW are still in particular need of tinned meat goods, such as pies, curry, chilli, hot dog sausages and meatballs.

Please contact the Parish Office on 01403 253762 or for details of the collection points in Horsham, or if you are self-isolating and would like to arrange for your donation to be picked-up.

Many thanks again for all your kindness, help and support.

Vocation Sermon Series – June 2020

Prior to lockdown, having begun to work as a ministry team of clergy and readers across our 3 churches of St Mary’s, St Leonard’s and Holy Trinity, we had decided to begin a joint sermon series after Easter, using the theme of vocation. Though the circumstances are not as we had imagined, we have nonetheless decided to embark on the series from the beginning of June.

A vocation is about making a contribution to something beyond ourselves; making a difference, playing our part, giving of who we are and of what we have, for something that matters. Though a vocation may involve sacrifice and challenge, it will also bring great joy.

Churches over the years have often used vocational language to refer to clergy. We talk about priests as ‘having a vocation’, with the implication that the rest of us don’t! But the Bible is clear that every one of us has a vocation, and that this may take many different forms at different times in our lives.

Our Sunday morning services throughout June will be available on our respective Church websites, but there will be an opportunity to then discuss the sermon themes on an online ‘Zoom’ meeting at 6pm each Sunday evening. If you would like to find out more about this and to get the details to join the discussion, please contact the Parish Office on 01403 253762 /