Online and Public Worship
Sunday, 27 June 2021
FOURTH SUNDAY after TRINITY
First Reading: 2 Samuel 1.1, 17-27
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 8.7-15
Gospel: Mark 5.21-43
Good news! All our services at St Mary's are open for public worship. The 10 am Sunday service is also live-streamed for people at home. Please visit our Regular Services page for more details.
The Music of Trees
Geoff Robb in Concert
Brighton Fringe at St Mary's: Friday, 25 June - Sunday, 27 June
Composer and classical guitarist Geoff Robb, Brighton Fringe Award Winner of 2018, returns to St Mary's with three hauntingly beautiful concerts of music inspired by trees, and introducing his new album The Music of Trees. There are three concerts at St Mary's as part of Brighton Fringe:
- Friday, 25 June, 7.30pm
- Saturday, 26 June, 12 noon
- Sunday, 27 June, 7.30pm
Tickets available here from Geoff's website.
Art & Inspiration
Monday, 7 June - 2.15pm
Margaret Green, one of our lay ministers, presents an exploration of inspirational psalms, including a tribute to our late friend Keith Lowden.
Please join us online at: https://bit.ly/StMarysKTArtInspiration
Remembering Keith Lowden (1950 - 2021)
We were very saddened to learn of the sudden death, in March, of Keith Lowden - a dear friend of St Mary's, a valued member of our finance team, and an enthusiastic and impassioned contributor to our Art and Inspiration Group. We are grateful to his family for the permission to host a collection for St Mary's in his memory at JustGiving.
Everyone is unique, of course, but Keith had a playful quirkiness about him that really only shone when he felt himself among friends, as he was at St Mary's. It endeared him to all who got to know him and brought a special splash of colour to our life.
Keith was a devoted and proud father to his daughters and a loyal and faithful friend. He made a home with us at St Mary's and his death leaves a sad gap in our life together. Rest in peace, dear friend.
Art & Inspiration is back - online!
Zooming from Monday, 10 May 2021, 2.15pm
Art & Inspiration Group is a small, friendly discussion group, open to all, which is led by a different speaker each week exploring a work or theme in art, music or literature that is close to his or her heart.
Join via Zoom on Mondays, 2.15pm: bit.ly/StMarysKTArtInspiration
(You shouldn't need a password, but if asked key in: 898109. If you don't already have Zoom software downloaded on your device, you will be invited to download it.)
Christmas Comfort & Joy Giving Appeal
Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to our Christmas Appeal. We raised over £3,000, which is magnificent! We used the money to provide gifts for local people who were shielding or isolated, a takeaway festive lunch and gifts for vulnerable people on Christmas Day, and a warm and welcoming, beautifully-decorated church. We were also able to make a substantial donation to the work of the St Anne's Day Centre. Thank you all so much.
2nd Culture Recovery Fund Grant for St Mary's
We are delighted and thankful to announce that St Mary's has been awarded £53,000 from the Heritage Stimulus Fund to carry out urgent repairs to the east side of the church. This fund, a part of the government's Culture Recovery Fund, is administered by Historic England. St Mary's is one of 68 Anglican churches and cathedrals in England to receive one of its grants, which seek to protect heritage buildings which have lost income because of Covid and also to preserve the livelihoods and skills of the specialist craftspeople who work on them.
We will be using the grant to repair the eroded brick and stone work and fix the low roofs and guttering on the side of the church that overlooks St Mary's Place. We're hopeful that, come next Spring, it will no longer rain inside the church!
Thank you especially to Historic England, the Church Buildings Council and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Culture Recovery Fund Grant for St Mary's
We're thrilled to announce that the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage has awarded St Mary's £10,900 to plan and design Covid-secure toilet and kitchen facilities and improve accessibility in our beautiful church. This is vital seed-funding, which will help ensure our future viability as a spiritual and cultural resource for everyone in Brighton. We are one of 66 Anglican churches and cathedrals in England to receive one of these grants and we are incredibly grateful for the vote of confidence in the value of the work we do in our community.
Thank you especially to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Thank you to everyone for the abundance of foods gifted for our Harvest Thanksgiving Eucharist on 4 October. We were delighted to receive more things than we do in a 'normal' year. Everything is being sorted and will be shared between three local groups who do fabulous work assisting homeless and vulnerable adults: St Anne's Day Centre, Brighton Women's Centre, and the New Steine Mews Hostel. Thank you again for your generosity!
Welcome to the Reverend Sarah!
Our new Assistant Curate, Sarah Van den driessche, was ordained as a deacon by Bishop Martin at a very happy service at St Mary's on Friday, 25 January. Sarah, who is due to be priested next year, will serve the four years of her curacy with us at St Mary's, participating in all our worship and outreach activities and generally learning the ropes of parish ministry. We couldn't be more delighted to have her as part of our team.
In this video, Fr Andrew talks with Sarah about the spiritual journey which has led her to ordination and to us.