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?

Celtic Communion (St. Mary’s)
Feb 20 @ 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)
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

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

Coffee Time (St.Mary’s)
Feb 21 @ 10:45 am – 11:45 am
St Laurence’s Fellowship
Feb 22 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Holy Communion (Early Service at St. Mary’s)
Feb 24 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Sunday Service (Sung Eucharist at St. Mary’s)
Feb 24 @ 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)
Feb 24 @ 10:15 am – 11:00 am

Fun, friendship and fellowship in the hall


Coffee for adults


Activities for children



Family Service (St. Laurences)
Feb 24 @ 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

Fish and chip lunch
Feb 24 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Evensong (St Mary’s)
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Our New Vicar

After a truly special service of Collation and Induction taken by The Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham on Tuesday 12th February, the Rev’d Keith Littlejohn is now officially our new Vicar.  We all look forward to working together with him … Continued

Point to Point Quiz

Saturday 23rd  February 19:00 St Mary’s Church Hall £5 Tickets available from social  committee after Church or from Raye 01903 200143

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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, February 17th, 2019 at 12:01am

Our next social event will be our Point to Point Quiz on Saturday 23rd February at 7pm in the Church Hall. Tickets will be £5.00. The quiz will start at 7.15. There will be a Raffle and some hot snacks and nibbles will be provided. Please bring your own drinks. Our last quiz was great fun and much enjoyed by everyone so do come along and enjoy a relaxing and not too taxing evening.
Tickets available from Raye or by phoning 01903 200143.

Lent Workshop Groups
Arrangements are nearly finalised. More details to follow next week.

The Diocesan Healing and Wholeness Conference March 2nd is entitled 'Go into All the World’. Rosemary Phillips from Lazarus Healing Trust is the keynote speaker plus seminars 'Meeting with People on the Fringe', 'Listening to the Holy Spirit', 'Refilled and Refreshed by the Holy Spirit’.
Held at Victoria Baptist Church ,Eldon Road, Eastbourne BN21 1UE - costs £10
Apply on-line via www.chichester.anglican.org/events or Eventbrite https://bit.ly/2Q3lcIr
Or contact: inhisname2019@gmail.com Or speak to Lucinda or Alison (Diocesan Rep’s)

World day of Prayer 1st March 2019 2.30pm at United Reform Church Shaftsbury Avenue and 7.30pm at Durrington Community Centre, Romany Road (notice in porch)

St Mary's Social Circle meeting due to be held on Thursday 28th February at 7.30 pm This is our Annual General Meeting where we welcome Philip Potter, Headteacher from Oak Grove College, who will give a illustrated presentation about the college, and then be presented with a donation that has been raised . This will take place prior to the AGM, that will then follow with refreshments and nibbles.
Please do come along and join us, we welcome all new members:
Members £1.00 non - members £2.00 includes refreshments

St Laurence's Fellowship are invited 22nd February at 2.30pm to Dot Heaney's new address for NEW FRIDAY Please ring Dot at 536809 for details.

For Sale - Church Pews.
We still have a couple of pews for sale approx. 1.5 mts. long. We are open to offers. Please see or contact Ian Hill if you are interested. (07711696641).

We are required to prepare a new Electoral Roll this year and whether you are on the present Roll or not you are required to complete a new application form. There are forms at the back of the church if you have not been sent one.
Your completed forms should be deposited in the box provided at the back of the church after Services, or handed in at the Parish Office no later than 17 February.

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.

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, February 14th, 2019 at 9:36am


After the Welcome Party we had some excess food which was taken to Turning Tides early the following morning. It was gratefully received and would have been used that day.

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       Celtic Communion            6.30 pm

Thursday          Holy Communion              10.00 am

Saturday          Parish Prayers                   9.00 am


For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?