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?

Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Aug 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sunday Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s)
Aug 19 @ 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)
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Celtic Communion (St. Mary’s)
Aug 22 @ 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)
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Aug 23 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Aug 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Family Fun (St. Laurence’s) – there will be no refreshments before the service on 26th August
Aug 26 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Fun, friendship and fellowship in the hall


Coffee for adults


Activities for children



Patronal Festival (St. Laurence’s) – Parish Family Eucharist
Aug 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

Bring and share lunch at St Laurence’s
Aug 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

What we're doing...

Goring Parish Profile

thumbnail of Goring by Sea Parish Profile June 2018

The Goring Parish Profile is now complete and available here. Please feel free to download it and learn more about our churches and our community.  

Updates on our Giving

Every year the Parish supports a number of Christian organisations through donation, prayer and focus. We have recently received updates from two of our charities, these can be read below.   For information about our giving please visit our Giving … Continued

Goring Parish News

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

On our Facebook...

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, August 11th, 2018 at 12:03am


The funeral of my mother Sheila Sharpless, will take place on Thursday 16th August. There will be a service in St. Mary's Church at 1.00pm, followed by a reception in the Church Hall. The Committal will then take place at 3.40pm at Worthing Crematorium. Everyone is welcome to come and say goodbye to a lovely lady, my Super Mum.
It would be helpful if you could let me know if you would like to join us so I can give the caterers an idea of numbers. Thank you. Jennie - 01903 245235

26 August - St Laurence Patronal Festival at 11am followed by a 'Bring and Share' lunch. Please note; there will be NO 9.30am Service at St Mary’s.

Tour of Lancing College Chapel. I am a Chapel Guide and shall be leading a tour of Chapel starting at 2.30pm on Wednesday 29 August for any members of St Mary’s (and their friends/relatives) who would like to go.
Please sign the list at the back of church, so that I have an idea of numbers, and also indicate whether or not you will need transport. The tour will last about an hour.
Ginny Ward

On Sunday September 9th, it is our Patronal Festival
The Social Activities Committee will be holding an afternoon tea at 4.30 pm in The Church Hall. Following tea everyone will be welcome to attend Evensong at 6.00pm if you are able to attend.
Tickets for the event are £3.50 and will be available from Raye from Sunday 12th July.
We do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to support this new event.

Privacy Policy
Your Electoral Roll details are kept securely on the Parish Office Computer, are password protected and not shared apart from the Diocese.
However if you wish to continue receiving the GPN by e-mail and other communications regarding events at the church you will need to complete a consent form. You will find these at the back of the church together with our Privacy Policy. Please hand these to one of the churchwardens, ie Ian, Gill or Ruth to be kept in the Parish Office or the completed form can be scanned and e-mailed to the Parish Office (goring_parish@btconnect.com).

Please note. The deadline for articles for the October/November GPN is Tues. Sept. 4th

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 SussexThursday, August 2nd, 2018 at 10:16pm

I am Everywhere is the theme of Sunday's OUTSIDE service. Games after the service and a picnic in the Molson Garden. Please bring your chair, picnic blanket and picnic. The sun has got his hat on and we are ready to play! Service starts at 10:00 in the Molson Garden (Opposite the Mulberry Pub)

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...

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.