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 (Thursdays at St. Mary’s)
Jan 17 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Jan 17 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Jan 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sunday Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s)
Jan 20 @ 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)
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celtic Communion (St. Mary’s)
Jan 23 @ 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)
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Jan 24 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Social Event -Burns Night
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Jan 27 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Meet our new Vicar

We are excited that Fr Keith Littlejohn will be joining us in February 2019.  To learn more about him and his Ministry look out for the article in the Feb- March edition of GPN.

Carols on the green & Mulberry pub

Churches together in Goring serenaded shoppers with carols on the 22nd of December starting on the green at 10.30 before moving into the Mulberry pub.  A good time was had by all!

Goring Parish News

With all of the latest news and forthcoming events, be sure to read the latest issue...

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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, January 13th, 2019 at 12:08am


Lent Workshop Groups

We are making preliminary arrangements for this year's Lent groups. Fr. Keith has asked that we use the Diocesan materials as we did last year. Volunteers needed: Please can you let Gill or Ian know as soon as possible if you would be willing to host and or lead a group. If you are willing to host a group this does not mean you also have to lead, unless of course you would like to.

Setting God’s People Free
We are pleased to announce that the PCC has appointed Keith Lelliott and Lucinda Cox as our Lay Champions for this initiative. They will attend training for this early this year and we look forward to hearing more from them in due course.

Tickets are available for our Burns Night Dinner on Saturday 26th January from members of the Social Activities team or phone Raye on 01903 200143. Doors open 6:45 for 7.00pm start. Tickets £12.50, to include a three course meal, and entertainment and dancing from Musical Express.
Please don't delay in buying your tickets. We need to know numbers by 15th January.

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).

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

Biscuit Amnesty. Smarties would be grateful to receive any excess unopened packets of biscuits that you may have after Christmas.

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 no later than 11.00 am on Wednesday morning. Many thanks.

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 SussexSaturday, January 12th, 2019 at 5:49pm

Great afternoon of games at St Laurence's today with 20 people. Put the date in your diary for the next one -Sat 9th Feb 2-4pm. See you there.

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...

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.