Coronavirus Update - 1 August 2020
We are gradually - and cautiously - opening our doors for longer hours, and more services. Please observe social distancing, use the sanitiser provided, and wear a face mask if possible. Face masks will become mandatory in churches from 8 August.
Our 10am Sunday Eucharist is broadcast live for those who are unable to attend in person. Scroll down for details of how to join in remotely.
Public and Online Worship
Sunday, 16 August 2020
THE TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
Old Testament: Genesis 45.1-15
Epistle: Romans 11.1-2a, 29-32
Gospel: Matthew 15.21-28
This is a public service at the church; people may also join online or by phone.
To join online, click this link from 9.50am onwards for the live stream:
(You shouldn't need a password, but if prompted for one it is: 5Tw84D)
Please mute your microphone once the service starts.
To follow the service by phone, call 020 80806591 from 9.50am onwards and, when prompted, key in:
Meeting ID: 981 5467 9178
Watch our service for the Transfiguration (9 August 2020).
Download readings for this service.
See Regular services for more recordings of recent services.
Meet our new curate Sarah!
We are looking forward very much to meeting our new curate Sarah Van den driessche. Sarah will be licensed as a lay worker at the end of June (ahead of her ordination as deacon in September) and thereafter will be serving the four years of her curacy at St Mary's.
In this video, Fr Andrew talks with Sarah about the spiritual journey which has led her to ordination and to us.
A Facelift for the Transept Windows
Some 65 years since they were unceremoniously shaved off, the lower transept windows on the west side of the church have their 'eyebrows' (aka hood mouldings) back again. We couldn't be more pleased with the effect! It lifts the whole appearance of the elevation and gives much better definition to the windows, as well as protecting them from the rain.
Huge thanks to the Friends of St Mary's for fundraising help to pay for this finishing touch to the repair of this elevation, and also to our long-term funders, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the National Churches Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. Thank you too to our architects at Thomas Ford & Partners and the masons from Stone Edge who've done such a lovely job of reinstating the mouldings.
The older pictures below show the west elevation in 1954 before the Town Corporation re-modelled the garden; in 1955 after the garden's modernisation (by which time the windows' eyebrows had been shaved off) and the sorry state of things as we were beginning the repairs in May 2016.
Foundation Grant from National Churches Trust
Once again, we have the happy obligation of thanking the National Churches Trust - this time for a Foundation Grant of almost £6,000 to help us remove asbestos from our old boiler crypt. This will allow us to access electrics currently out of bounds and also to repurpose the space as a tool store for our proposed community garden. We hope to complete the work by May 2020.
Since 2016, the National Churches Trust has awarded St Mary's over £60,000 to help with repairs and improvements. We are so grateful for this support. It's not just the money - though that helps, obviously! - but the Trust's repeated endorsement of our mission to save St Mary's as a living church and make it into a real community asset is a massive boost to our morale.
Thank you to everyone at the Trust and to all who donate to its work. We really appreciate it!
The font and Paschal candle. Photo Jean-Luc Brouard.