Hello and welcome
Welcome to the Parish of Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex.
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.
A Different Sort of Church
Rejoice, once again we are able to meet in church. From Sunday 12th July we shall have two services each Sunday in St Mary's: 9am and 11am. We shall also continue our services streamed via facebook and Zoom. See below for details:
Sundays 9am and 11am Eucharist at St Mary's (the 11am service will be live-streamed on facebook)
Numbers are limited to 30 per service so to be assured of your place please email the parish office in advance.
Special measures will be in place in accordance with government, C of E and Diocesan guidelines. From 8th August face coverings are required when you attend worship or visit a church for any purpose. https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2020-08/COVID%2019%20advice%20on%20face%20coverings%20v3%20DRAFT.pdf
The 11am service on Sunday is live-streamed via our facebook page. If you do not have a facebook account, you can still view the service by logging onto our facebook page. Please use this link
To view last Sunday's service please use this link
First Sunday of each month - Family Service/All age Worship with animation and contributions from members of our congregations. This service is recorded and is available on our facebook page anytime from 10am on each first Sunday.
To view this month's All Age Worship please use this link
Third Sunday of each month - The Way In: a short service for everyone who is interested in learning more about what it means to be a Christian. This service is recorded and is available on our facebook page anytime from 10am on each third Sunday.
Compline (Night Prayer) will be live streamed via our facebook page. If you do not have a facebook account, you can still view the service by logging onto our facebook page. Please use this link
To join by telephone 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 or 0203 051 2874
Monday 10th August - St Laurence's Day: we shall be holding a said Eucharist in St Laurence's at 7.30pm, please reserve your place by emailing the parish office in advance.
Please note live-streaming will start 5 minutes before the start of each service, giving you time to link in and prepare for the service
There are further opportunities to participate in live worship through the Church of England's website
If you know of anyone who does not have access to the internet please pass on details of the The Church of England's Daily Hope Line. They can dial in on a phone on 0800 804 8044. They are also able to join the Thursday services by telephone as detailed above.
News and Updates
We want to keep in touch with you all during this period so we shall be posting regular updates here, please check here regularly for:
Pastoral letters from Your Vicar
08.07.20 - As Sunday services have resumed in St Mary's there will be no further Pastoral letters.
25.06.20 - there is no pastoral letter this week as Fr Keith has been on leave, he is back on Sunday so tune in for the service at 10am to hear what he has to say this week.
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. Please click here for more information: Safeguarding at St Mary's and St Laurence's
Fr Keith will be live-streaming Compline, a short service of night prayer each Wednesday using Facebook. The live-streaming will start 5 minutes before the service.
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 parishioners 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 parishioners.
On Sunday 19th July Fr Keith will share a brief introduction to ‘A Way In’, view this to get an idea of what to expect in coming months. A short service for everyone who is interested in learning more about what it means to be a Christian.
The service is available on our facebook page.
Please remember that face coverings are now required (from today 8th August) when you attend worship. We do have a few in both churches in case anyone forgets whilst we get used to this new requirement. For full CofE guidance … Read more
Have you joined our on-line congregation, but are new to “Church”, during the lock-down? Are you unsure of what happens in Church? Do you want to know more? Would you like to find the “Way In”? Then, a new, short … Read more
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Our Church Services - please note that currently we are holding two services each Sunday at 9am and 11am only at 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
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