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?

Family Service (St. Laurence’s)
May 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our services are easy to follow, relaxed and suitable for all ages


We welcome children and have a range of toys and books
available for them at the back of the church


Guides, Brownies and Rainbows participate in the services on parade Sundays


Please come along, you will be made very welcome


Join us in the hall for a cuppa and chat before the service


Transport a problem? We’ll arrange to pick you up.

Coming on your own? We’ll arrange for a ‘church-buddy’ to meet you on arrival and guide you through the service and introduce you to others.

Not sure about the kids? They are welcome! Activities will be available for them during coffee time, plus our Rainbows, Brownies and Guides will be there too.


To arrange lifts, a church-buddy or for more information please contact:

Geoff 01903 240540, Ruth 07860 641915, Angela 07980 152855 or Julie 01903 249685

Holy Communion (St. Mary’s)
May 29 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Holy Communion (Thursdays at St. Mary’s)
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
May 30 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Parish Prayers (St Mary’s)
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Jun 2 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Family Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s)
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Family Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary's)

Our family services are fun!


Lively music and a loving, friendly welcome for everyone


Children of all ages are welcome and they can make as much, or as little noise as they like!


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)
Jun 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Holy Communion (Thursdays at St. Mary’s)
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Jun 6 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am

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

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week 12th to 18th May

There will be various events in the parish:

The Reverend Nancy Ford (Chair of CA Committee Worthing) will speak at St Mary’s 9.30 am service on Sunday, 12th May when there will be … Read more

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Jazz Picnic: Saturday, 8th June in the Molson Garden 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm.
Tickets £10 available from Sylvia or Sandra. Bring your own picnic and chairs.
Jazz Pentecost Service - Sunday, 9th June - St. Mary's Church - 9.30am

Big Brekkie for Christian Aid
Thank you to everyone who came to the Big Brekkie on Sunday. Everyone seemed to have a good time and enjoyed their breakfasts. Thanks to your great generosity we raised the amazing total of £491.50. Thank you again.

With my new responsibilities, I will no longer be able to look after the Traidcraft stall and I am looking for someone, or a couple of people, to take over this venture, either as a whole or just looking after the stall when it is open on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month. If this is something you are interested in doing this, please contact me, either in person or by email.
Email: janlelliott@yahoo.co.uk​​Janice Lelliott (Church Warden designate)

Wednesday 29th May there will be a meeting of all Sidespeople at 7.30pm in
St Mary’s. Anyone who would like to find out more about being a sidesperson is very welcome to attend.​

St Laurence's Fellowship's May Outing is afternoon tea at Shoreham Airport. We meet at church on Tuesday 28th May at 1.30 pm. [PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE].
The minibus is free and we welcome others to join us.

Tuesday 16th July: Pilgrimage to Winchester.
Please find booking forms at back of church or contact me. Deadline for return of completed forms and money: Sunday 26th May. Many thanks.
​​​​​​​​​Ginny Ward - 07815 903064

Sunday 2nd June - the 10km run will be taking place in the morning and Sea Lane, Goring will be closed.

If you have a notice that you wish to place in the weekly Church Notice Sheet, please send or email it to the Parish Office marked clearly "For Pew Sheet" no later than 11.00 am on Wednesday morning.

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


Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

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