Hello and welcome

St. Mary's Church

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

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

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.

What's on?

Christmas Celebration
Dec 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

An afternoon of carols and festive songs with St Mary’s music group, St Mary’s singing for fun group and the U3a inspired instrumentalists.

Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Dec 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sunday Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s)
Dec 16 @ 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.

Evensong (St Mary’s)
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bacon Sunday
Dec 16 @ 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Come and enjoy breakfast before the 9:30 service. Cereal, Bacon butties, and fresh coffee mmmmm

Celtic Communion (St. Mary’s)
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

A Simple Celtic Communion: The service will be a reflective and informal Communion Service lasting about 40 minutes with room for silence, contemplative music and most importantly the sacred space to listen to God and “unpack the week” in His presence.

Holy Communion (Thursdays at St. Mary’s)
Dec 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Dec 20 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Carols on the Green and Mulberry Pub
Dec 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Carols on the Green and Mulberry Pub

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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, December 9th, 2018 at 12:02am


Celebrate Christmas - Saturday 15th December from 3.00pm until 5.00 pm St Mary’s Church Hall. An afternoon of festive songs and music from our own Music Group, our Singing for Fun group-and U3A inspired Instrumentalists. There will be mulled wine and mince pies available. Entrance is free and there will be a retiring collection for Care for Veterans.

A date for your diary
We are delighted to announce the date for Fr. Keith's Collation and Induction.
This will take place on Tuesday, 12th February at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church.
Further details will be given in due course. Ian and Gill

For Sale - Church Pews.
We are at last in the position to sell the pews that were removed from the church. These are smaller than the main pews (approx. 1.5 mts.) and we are taking offers in the region of £150. Please see or contact Ian Hill if you are interested. (07711696641).

Help needed - Flyers for our Christmas services and activities.
Flyers are available for our Christmas services and activities. Please could you help by taking some to deliver in your street.
Please collect from the back of the church and indicate which streets you can cover.

St. Laurence's Fellowship Friday, 14th December at 2.30pm. Meet at Marine Gardens for tea. Please note earlier date.

St Mary’s Social Circle Christmas meeting will be held on Thursday 13th December, 7.30 p.m. in the Church Hall. Join us for seasonal entertainment and refreshments.
This is an “Open” meeting, and all are welcome – members £1, non-members £2.

We’re creating Christmas flowers from 10am Sat.22nd December. If you’d like to join us you will be welcomed with open arms. That morning we will need lots of greenery please.

Tickets are available from this Sunday for our Burns Night Dinner on Saturday 26th January. Doors open 6:45 for 7.00pm start.
Tickets £12.50, to include a three course meal, and entertainment and dancing from Musical Express. Tickets available from members of the Social Activities team or by phoning Raye on 01903 200143.

Traidcraft Stall will be opening today 9th December and 16th December.

Would you be able to help by volunteering to man the Parish Office for a couple of hours on a Friday morning (answer the phone and forward messages). A knowledge of a computer helpful. Please contact Gill Keevill (07711 696641) or Moya Hills (01903-242525)

Getting Married?

Wedding Day

We love weddings and are proud to perform wedding ceremonies throughout the year.

We know that marriage is an exciting and busy time and our highly experienced team will help make your special day a success.

Christian marriage is both a religious and family celebration and everyone has the right to be married in the parish where they live or regularly attend worship.

If you are considering a wedding or blessing in our parish, please visit here...

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.