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?


Oct
24
Wed
Celtic Communion (St. Mary’s)
Oct 24 @ 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.

Oct
25
Thu
Holy Communion (Thursdays at St. Mary’s)
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Oct 25 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Oct
27
Sat
Murder Mystery Social Evening
Oct 27 @ 6:45 pm – 9:45 pm

Who killed the hotel manager?  Solve the murder and enjoy a curry by Shafiques. Bar available.

Oct
28
Sun
Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Oct 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sunday Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s)
Oct 28 @ 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.

Family Fun (St. Laurence’s)
Oct 28 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Fun, friendship and fellowship in the hall

 

Coffee for adults

 

Activities for children

 

 misc-craft

Family Service (St. Laurences)
Oct 28 @ 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

Evensong (St. Mary’s)
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct
31
Wed
Celtic Communion (St. Mary’s)
Oct 31 @ 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.

What we're doing...

Appointment of New Incumbent

It was announced on 14th October that The Reverend Keith Littlejohn, currently Priest-in-Charge of Bolney & Cowfold, has been appointed as our new Vicar.  We are delighted to hear this and look forward to welcoming Keith and his wife Laura … Continued


Coming up-Murder Mystery Curry Night – Saturday 27th October


Sorry all tickets now sold!



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, October 21st, 2018 at 5:56pm

See the results of the poppy workshops - not to be missed.

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, October 21st, 2018 at 12:10am

Notices
Appointment Notice
We are delighted to announce that The Reverend Keith Douglas LITTLEJOHN has been appointed to be our new vicar. Fr. Keith is presently Priest-in-Charge of two parishes Bolney and Cowfold. He will probably join us in mid February with his wife Laura and daughter Madie. The official date of his licensing will be announced asap. Please pray for Fr. Keith, his family and his present Parishes. ​​​​​​​​​ ​Ian and Gillian

Memorial Service at St Mary’s Church, Goring-by-Sea. Sunday 4th November 2018 3.00pm This is a special service at the All Saints’ and All Souls' season. Please come to remember your departed loved ones and if you wish to have their name(s) read out at the service please put their details on the form at the back of the churches. The relatives of those, whose funerals have been taken place in the parish are also personally invited.

POPPY WORKSHOPS - Many. many thanks for all your efforts over the past few weeks knitting poppies. The response has been wonderful. At the last count we had 700. As a result of this, we do not need anymore knitting but please let us have any that you have finished as soon as possible.
WE DO NEED HELP SEWING UP! Consequently, we have organised two more workshops.
​Friday, 26th October from 2 – 5 at Ginny’s - 24 , Mulberry Court
​Friday, 2nd November from 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm in the Parish Hall
​​​​​​​​​​​​Barbara

Traidcraft Stall will be opening on the following Sundays:
28th October, 4th November, 25th November, 9th December, 16th December.
​​​​​​​​​​​ Janice Lelliott

“Tea and cake” afternoons were approved by the PCC at its last meeting (an idea put forward by the Social Activities committee), and the first one will take place on Thursday 1st November from 2.00 p.m., and on the first Thursday of every month, initially. If you know anyone who would enjoy meeting people over a cuppa and a slice of cake in St Mary’s church, please invite them to our afternoon event. ​​​​​​ Janice Lelliott (01903 504384)

Murder Mystery and Curry evening on Saturday October 27th at 6.45pm.
ALL tickets are now sold.

St Mary’s Social Circle Autumn Supper 25th October 7:00 pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. Members £12.50, non-members £15. Please bring your own drinks.
For more information please contact:
Janice Lelliott (01903 504384) or Sarah Stovell (01903 535289)

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...

But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.