Conservation and Renewal – 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. Our plan is that one of the phases of work will also include improving our facilities inside the church. If you would like to donate to our Conservation and Renewal Project you can find out how to do so on our ‘Give’ page.
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. 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. If you’d be interested in finding out more please get in touch with 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 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.
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!