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 (St. Mary’s)
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Holy Communion (Thursdays at St. Mary’s)
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Jun 27 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Parish Prayers (St Mary’s)
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Jun 30 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sunday Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s)
Jun 30 @ 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)
Jun 30 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Fun, friendship and fellowship in the hall


Coffee for adults


Activities for children



Family Service (St. Laurence’s)
Jun 30 @ 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)
Jul 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Holy Communion – St Laurence’s (note change of venue)
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 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

Goring Parish News

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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 SussexWednesday, June 26th, 2019 at 2:31pm

At long last work can begin on the installation of a drop down screen at St. Mary’s Church. The electrical work, which will include the need to erect a scaffolding tower, will take place on the on the 3rd. 4th. 9th. and 10th. of July.

It will be necessary for the safety of all concerned for St Mary’s Church to be closed during the day on the 3rd. 4th. 9th. and 10th. of July.

Thursday 4th. July. Holy Communion and Coffee time will take place in St. Laurence's Church staring at 10.00 am

Thursday 4th. July. Afternoon tea and cake at St Mary’s is cancelled this week only.

Weds 3rd and 10th July. Holy Communion will take place as usual at 6.30 pm at St Mary’s.

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, June 23rd, 2019 at 12:05am


Trinity College Music Exams. 24th and 25th June 2109. 9.00 - 5.00 pm
The church will be closed between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm on the above dates. However it will be open on these dates only from 7.00 am - 9.00 am and from 5pm - 7.00 pm

Jean Thorne's funeral will take place on 28th June at Worthing Crematorium.

Traidcraft – The Traidcraft Stall will be open on Sunday 30th June. I am still hoping someone (or two) will come forward and offer to help on a long-term basis with the stall, otherwise I am afraid this venture will close. Please contact me if you would like more information.

Janice Lelliott (01903 504384) or email: janlelliott@yahoo.co.uk)

St Mary’s Social Circle-
Our next event will be an outing to Wyevale Garden Centre, in Ferring to enjoy an Afternoon Tea on Thursday 27th June at 3.00pm in the Conservatory. The cost is £14.00 for Two, do come along and enjoy a browse round the many stalls, plants and gifts the centre holds. Please contact Linda on 01903 368582 to reserve your place, as we do need to confirm numbers with the restaurant.
Race Night comes back to Goring. This is a fun interactive evening for everyone to come along and enjoy, which will also include a Ploughman’s Supper. This will be an open evening so please pop the date in your diaries and bring along any guests you would like to invite on Thursday 25th July at 7.30pm . The price will be £7.50 member and £8.50 non-members. So please book your ticket from Sarah 01903 535289, numbers will be needed for us to plan the catering.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Afternoon Tea is now on Saturday 10th August, further details will follow nearer the time.

Family Support Work are asking for help hosting their charity festival market stall on the 21st. July​
Please contact Melissa 01273 832 963. melissa@familysupportwork.org.uk

The deadline for the next edition of the Goring Parish News is 6th July

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


Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.

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