Hello and welcome

St. Mary's Church

Welcome to the Parish of Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex.

The parish hosts two Anglican churches; St. Mary's and St. Laurence's, and is home to nearly 8000 people.

Our church family is a lively and assorted community of people of various ages with a real desire to know God better and respond to his amazing love by serving our local community and beyond.

We would love to meet you.

You will be made most welcome.

We are Christ-centred, growing in faith, love and service.

What's on?

Holy Communion (St. Mary’s)
Jul 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Holy Communion (Thursdays at St. Mary’s)
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Holy Communion (said) using the Book of Common Prayer (1662)

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Jul 18 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
St Laurence’s Fellowship
Jul 19 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Parish Prayers (St Mary’s)
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Jul 21 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Parish Breakfast
Jul 21 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Sunday Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s)
Jul 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Sunday Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary's)

Whether you’re new to the area or have lived here your entire life, everybody is welcome to join us in worship.

St. Mary’s is home to a broad range of regular paritioners from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds and different cultures.

We would love to welcome you to the church so please feel free to simply “turn-up”.

If you let us know that you are new to the church, we’ll make sure that you get off to a good start.

As always, tea and biscuits will be served after the service where you can get to know your fellow paritioners.

Holy Communion (St. Mary’s)
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Holy Communion (Thursdays at St. Mary’s)
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

Holy Communion (said) using the Book of Common Prayer (1662)

Talk from Worthing 4 Refugees

This Sunday 14th July, Gay Jacklin will be giving a talk at the 9.30 am service at St Mary’s about the work carried out by Worthing 4 Refugees, one of the mission organisations we are supporting.  There will be a … Read more

Jazz Picnic

On Saturday, 8th June in the Molson Garden 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start.  Tickets cost £10.  Please bring your own picnic and chairs. Contact the parish office for tickets.Read more

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St Mary's and St Laurence's Churches, Parish of Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex

St Mary's and St Laurence's Churches, Parish of Goring-by-Sea, West SussexSunday, July 14th, 2019 at 12:10am


I am still hoping someone (or two) will come forward and offer to help on a long-term basis with the stall, otherwise I am afraid this venture will close. Please contact me if you would like more information.
Janice Lelliott (01903 504384) or email: janlelliott@yahoo.co.uk)

Hymns and Pimm's, Sunday 21st July at 4.30 pm
Following the success of last year's event, we plan another afternoon of worship and refreshment (including Pimm's). The service will be held in the Molson Garden on Sunday 21st July at 4.00 pm. If you can please bring a garden chair for yourself and one or two for people who are not able to do this.
Please sign up for the event at the back of the church and collect a flyer to nominate your favourite hymn.

This Monday, 15th July, Graham Hills and Moya will be starting to clear the corner of the memorial Garden, by cutting away the Sycamore growing there & shredding into green bin.
Any volunteers to help would be appreciated. We intend to start at 2.30pm

St Laurence's Fellowship will meet on Friday, 19th July at 2.30 pm. We will have an illustrated talk from Isobel about her work in Africa. She has invited us to her home at 10, Seafield Avenue (the sea end)

St Mary’s Social Circle - Race Night - Thursday 25th July at 7.30pm.
The price will be £7.50 member and £8.50 non-members, to include Ploughman’s Supper. Bring along any guests you would like to invite.
Tickets from Sarah 01903 535289, please get in advance to help with catering.

Tuesday 16 July: Parish Pilgrimage to Winchester - Coach departs St Mary’s 9.30am.
Programme: Eucharist in Cathedral Lady Chapel at midday; Lunch – own arrangements (e.g. picnic/café); Cathedral Tour 2pm, Cream Tea in Cathedral Refectory 3.30pm; depart 4.30pm; return St Mary’s 6.30pm approx. Any queries: Ginny Ward 07815 903064.

Wednesday 17 July: Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting, 2.30pm at 11 Romney Court

Installation of the Drop-Down Screen
The electricians encountered a problem on Tuesday and have to wait for some replacement parts, consequently the Church will have to be closed again on Monday 15th July.
The good news is we now have a date for the installation of the screen. This work will take place from Monday 5th August and it is likely the Church will be closed most of that week. However, all services and activities will take place as normal that week with the exception of Thursday Coffee Time which will take place in the church hall that week.

Church Grounds and Gardens
Inspired by the efforts of Carol and daughter Louise to clear the area by the church hall I am reminded of just how many people work to keep our grounds and gardens tidy. For some time, I have wanted to co-ordinate and develop this by forming a group to further this work. As well as co-ordinating the maintenance I am particularly interested in creating areas for contemplation, meditation and prayer.
If you are interested in this project and would like to be involved, please give your name to one of the churchwardens, Gill and Janice. We will need people interested in designing and fund raising, as well as hands on gardening.
Many thanks, Gill

St Mary's and St Laurence's Churches, Parish of Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex

St Mary's and St Laurence's Churches, Parish of Goring-by-Sea, West SussexTuesday, July 9th, 2019 at 8:48pm

10am Thursday Holy Communion followed by refreshments will be in St.Mary's as usual

Our Church Services

Sunday Services

St Mary's:

Holy Communion            8.00 am

Sung Family Eucharist       9.30 am

On the first Sunday of every month, the Family Eucharist is preceded by coffee and activities for children from 9.30am with the Service starting at 10.00 am.

Evensong                           6.00 pm

St Laurence's:

On the last Sunday of every month, there is Family Service with Communion at 11.00 am, preceded by coffee and children's activities in the hall from 10.15am


Weekly services - all at St Mary's

Wednesday       Holy Communion            6.30 pm

Thursday          Holy Communion              10.00 am

Saturday          Parish Prayers                   9.00 am


Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.

Safeguarding at St Mary’s and St Laurence’s


We take safeguarding very seriously and are committed to providing a safe and caring environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults, protecting their rights and protecting them from harm. Our full policies and procedures are available for all to see, please click on the link below or contact us. Regular training on safeguarding matters is provided and relevant DBS checks are undertaken as required. If you have any concerns about the welfare of someone, whatever age or are concerned about anything that happens within our Churches, please contact our Safeguarding Officer: Alison Evans on 01903 503905 or email alison.evansm3195064@hotmail.co.uk

Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: Colin Perkins on 01273 425792 / 07500 771210

​Please click here to view our safeguarding policy.

Other Useful Contacts

Childline: 0800 001 111                           Kidscape: 020 7730 3300                       Adults: Care Point: 01243 642121

The Diocesan website contains more information:


​If you think an Adult of Child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999