Lunchtime Recital by St Mary’s Musicians – Wednesday 16th December at 1pm

All are welcome to attend this lunchtime recital to enjoy listening to Jeremy Weaver on the piano, Zoe Eborn on the violin and Oscar van huet Lindeman on the cello.

Donations will be very gratefully received on the day with all proceeds going to the Horsham Parish Covid-19 Recovery Appeal.

There is no need to book, however, numbers will be limited in line with social distancing guidelines.

To guarantee a seat please visit the ‘What’s On’ page on the St Mary’s Church website or contact the Parish Office on office@horshamstmarys.org.uk / 01403 253762

We hope to see you there!

English Music Festival Christmas Concerts at St Mary’s – 17th and 18th December. Booking Now Open!

The English Music Festival team is once again returning to St Mary’s, this time with a stunning programme of two evening Christmas Concerts.

On Thursday 17th December at 7pm you can enjoy:

  • A Christmas Garland: compromising works written specially for the occasion by David Matthews, Roderick Williams, Sir James MacMillan, Richard Blackford, Cecilia McDowall and others.
  • Sir Hubert Parry: Freundschaftslieder
  • Music for harp / harp and piano by Paul Lewis, John Rutter, Benjamin Britten and others

On Friday 18th December at 7pm the programme will feature vocal music from the court of King Henry VIII, part-songs by Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Arthur Sullivan, and favourite Christmas carols.

Tickets are £18 for one concert or £30 for both concerts and are available from www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/2020-christmas-concerts/box-office.php

For further information please contact the Festival Director, Em Marshall-Luck at em.marshall-luck@englishmusicfestival.org.uk or on 07808 473889.

Stane Street Sinfonietta are back at St Mary’s for a Christmas Concert this Saturday – 12th December! Tickets Available Now!

Stane Street Sinfonietta bring a programme of seasonal treats to St Mary’s Church, Horsham for three performances on Saturday 12th December at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm

…including

  • Corelli’s Christmas Concerto,
  • Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons
  • Frank Bridge’s dazzling arrangement of the traditional Christmas Dance Sir Roger de Coverley
  • plus other festive music and readings including new arragements of well known carols and Christmas songs.

Tickets, at £12 and £5 for under 18s, are limited to 75 per performance to allow for socially distanced seating.

For more information and to book tickets please visit: http://www.stanestreetsinfonietta.com/ 

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: https://www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/2020-autumn-festival/programme.php 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: http://stanestreetsinfonietta.com/

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: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/stane-street-sinfonietta

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 office@horshamstmarys.org.uk 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!

BOOK YOUR PLACE: https://bigsummersleepout2020.eventbrite.co.uk

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: www.stch.org.uk/donate

Kate (Catherine) Humphrey

Following the sad news of Kate passing away we wanted to let you know the date and details of her funeral.

Kate will be commended to God at 1:00pm on Tuesday, 30th June at St Mary’s Church, Horsham, followed by a committal at Crawley Crematorium.

Sadly, in these days of social distancing, the number of people who can attend Kate’s funeral is strictly limited. We know, however, that many people have expressed a wish to take part in saying farewell to their much-loved friend. We would, therefore, welcome any and all who wish to do so to gather (socially distanced, of course) along the Causeway from 1:00pm onwards.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone that you think would also like to hear this and join with others, or simply to remember Kate at this time.

When we are able to do so, at a later date, we will hold a celebration for Kate. We will, of course, keep in touch to let you know when and where.

We ask that Kate’s farewell be marked with family flowers only. We have, however, set up a donation page for those that wish to contribute. Donations are to St Catherine’s Hospice whose nurses and support staff enabled us to care for Kate at home in comfort. The link to this page is  https://catherinehumphrey.muchloved.com

With love

Gordon, Emma and Oliver Humphrey