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

Our church is active and growing.  We offer worship opportunities in our churches and on-line.  Please see below for up-to-date details.

Both St Mary's and St Laurence's churches are open for personal prayer every day: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 12.00noon to 4.00pm.

We are Christ-centred, growing in faith, love and service.


A Season of Generosity -

May and June 2024

Please use this link to learn more and access study materials, questionnaire and other leaflets


Worship in our churches

Sunday Services:

8am - Said Eucharist (BCP) in St Mary's Church

10am - Sung Eucharist except 1st Sunday of each month All Age Worship in St Mary's Church (this service is also live-streamed via Facebook each week).

11am (last Sunday of each month) Eucharist in St Laurence's Church. 

4pm (third Sunday of each month) Feast@4 (for 9-14 year olds) in St Mary's Church.  

6pm (second Sunday of each month) ‘Second at Six’ in St Mary’s Church. Informal worship with hymns old and new 

6pm (fourth Sunday of each month) Evensong in St Mary's Church 


Weekday Services:

10am Tuesdays - Said Eucharist (BCP) in St Mary's Church 

10am Thursdays - Said Eucharist (CW) in St Laurence's Church

9am Saturdays - Parish Prayers in St Mary's Church

For further details of our services please see 'Our Worship'

Parish Newsletters

Keeping in touch and supplying up-to-date information is key to our parish, please check here for our weekly newsletters and monthly extra newsletters:

Latest Weekly Newsletter

July Newsletter Extra




Prayer Resources

Praying at all times and for all things is the way we are told to live; and the good news is that prayer is real and it works! During this time of great challenge and anxiety we are called to prayer. Download these recommended apps from your preferred app store or click on the link for further information.

Lectio 365 is an easy-to-use way of meditating on the Bible that's been used by Christians for centuries. Each day we read the same passage twice, expectant that God will speak through it into our lives.

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to help you pray whenever you find time.

Time to pray is a traditional worship app with everything you need. Follow a simple pattern of day or night prayer that varies according to the season and day of the week. It has guidance on sustaining a pattern of regular prayer.

or access The Church of England's Daily Hope Line on 0800 804 8044

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. The PCC are guided and informed by national Church of England guidance and procedures which it has adopted, and by local policies in line with Diocesan policy. This statement was agreed by the PCC on February 4th 2024 and will be reviewed annually.

The policies are available in full by following this link Safeguarding at St Mary's and St Laurence's

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: Chris Skilton on 07516 781028 or email cskilton11@gmail.com
Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: Colin Perkins on 01273 425792 / 07500 771210
If you think an Adult of Child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999
The Diocesan website contains more information: www.chichester.anglican.org

What's on?

Parish Prayers 9am – St Mary’s
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Parish Prayers continue every Saturday morning in St Mary’s Church, at 9.00
Please join us around the font if you can. All welcome


Games Afternoon – St Laurence’s Hall
Jul 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join us to play board games, have a cuppa and catch up with friends old and new.

Every month of the 2nd Saturday from 2pm to 4pm.

No need to book just come along, bring your favourite games if you would like to.

Said Eucharist (BCP) 8am – St Mary’s
Jul 14 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Said Eucharist (BCP) is held each Sunday in St Mary’s at 8am.


Sung Eucharist (CW) 10am – St Mary’s
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Sung Eucharist is held each week in St Mary’s Church at 10am (except First Sunday when there is All Age Worship with no Eucharist).

No need to book or reserve your place, please join us.



‘Second at Six’ 6pm – St Mary’s
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Informal Worship with hymns old and new is held in St Mary’s church each month on the second Sunday at 6pm.

No need to book or reserve a place, please come along.


A Place of Welcome – weekly space for a cuppa and a chat: St Mary’s Hall
Jul 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Starting on Monday 15th July in St Mary’s Church Hall Ilex Way, 1.30pm – 3.30pm. No need to book, just come along: enjoy a hot drink, maybe a biscuit, certainly some friendly chat. Everyone is welcome, no charge. This is a space for people to come, get to know some new people and have that all important friendly social interaction. Hosted by Graham Nightingale. Why not come along and give it a try?

Tuesday Eucharist (BCP) 10am – St Mary’s
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Weekday Eucaharist service in St Mary’s

No need to book or reserve a place, please come along.

SMARTIES Parent and toddler group
Jul 17 @ 9:15 pm – 11:00 pm

Smarties parent and toddler group meets in St Mary’s Hall on Wednesday mornings from 09.15 – 11.00 (term time only).

It is for all preschoolers from birth together their care-givers.  There are craft activities, live music, toys and refreshments. Cost is  £1.50 per week, you will be made very welcome.

Contact: Karen King at kaz.king@ntlworld.com or on 07912 693549.

Thursday Eucharist (CW) 10am – St Laurence’s
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

A weekday Eucharist is held in St Laurence’s church each Thursday at 10am.

You do not need to book or reserve your place, please come along and join us.

Parish Prayers 9am – St Mary’s
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Parish Prayers continue every Saturday morning in St Mary’s Church, at 9.00
Please join us around the font if you can. All welcome


Saturday 20th July – Vegan Fundraising Lunch

On Saturday 20 July we will be holding a Vegan Lunch (with raffle and mini quiz) to
raise funds for St Mary’s Church. This event will be great fun and you will enjoy a
delicious, healthy and ethical two course … Read more

Confirmation Classes 2024

Fr Keith will begin classes for this important step in the life of faith, on Wednesday 24th July, running for six weeks until 4th September, with the Deanery Confirmation taking
place on 11th September in Lancing. If you, or you … Read more