A message from the Vicar, Canon Tom Mendel, SSC


Welcome to our website. I hope very much that you will find it offers a taste of who we are and what we do. What it can't do is offer a taste of what we are like; or, more importantly, of what the God we worship and the Jesus we seek to serve are really like. For that you need to experience actual, not virtual, reality.

That reality is rooted in worship: our offering of ourselves to God in response to his gift of himself to us. Our Christian living stems from our encounter with God in Word and Sacrament. The ministry of Word and Sacrament at St Mary's is, broadly speaking, within the catholic tradition of the Church of England. Services are detailed on the 'Worship' tab above.

Our church really is a Parish Church. As such it is open to residents and visitors, to the faithful and to enquirers and you are as welcome in person as you are here.

Tom Mendel.


We are one of the few Parish Churches with sung  Evensong
every Sunday at 6.30 p.m. Full Choral Evensong is generally sung on the
second Sunday of each month and at Major Festivals.

Palm Sunday 13 April 2014 at 6.30 p.m.
'God so loved the world'
A meditation in words and music for Passiontide including
familiar Passiontide hymns and readings.

Principal Holy Week and Easter Services

Maundy Thursday 17 April
8.00 p.m. Eucharist of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday 18 April

11.00 a.m. Good Friday Children’s Workshop – Concluding Worship
12.00 p.m. The Preaching of the Passion
1.45 p.m. The Good Friday Liturgy

Holy Saturday 19 April
8.00 p.m. The Easter Vigil
Followed by refreshments in The Old Parsonage

Easter Day 20 April

8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (said)
9.45 a.m. Whole Family Eucharist
11.15 a.m. Family Eucharist
12.15 p.m. Holy Communion (said)
6.30 p.m. Festival Choral Evensong with Solemn Benediction

Click here to visit
and read 'Being a Christian' by Baron Williams of Oystermouth,
 the former Archbishop of Canterbury.

St Mary's plays a significant part in the annual Eastbourne Festival. Festival 2014 will take place from 19 April - 11 May 2014. Please visit our Events page for full details of our Eastbourne Festival 2014 concerts and events.

Copies of the 'Pitkin' Church Guide Book
are available in church or from the Parish Office - price £3.

Click here to visit our gallery including detail of the beautiful
stained glass windows in our church.

The church
is open daily for private prayer, closing at 4.00 p.m. in winter months.
Times of services can be found on the Worship Page of 
site, at the doors of the church, in the monthly Magazine or the Weekly Newsheet.
Do visit other pages, by clicking the links above, for further information about St Mary's.

For information about Baptisms and Weddings or to speak to a member
of the Ministry Team please telephone 01323 720420 for an appointment.
or email us at admin@stmaryseastbourne.com
For further guidance and information as to how the church can help
you with your wedding arrangements click here to visit www.YourChurchWedding.org


  • The Church has a 'Loop' system to assist Hearing Aid users.
  • Wheelchair ramps are available at the North Door and Ministers will bring Communion to the pew of anyone unable to reach the altar rail.
  • There are wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities in the North Cloister.
  • Large print service and hymn books are available on request.
  • There is a creche available during the Parish Eucharist for 0-5's. See our Worship page for further details.

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Site last updated  13 March 2014