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.


The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will take place on
Tuesday  24 March 2015 at 7.00 p.m. in the Old Parsonage.
(Open to all who are on the Church Electoral Roll)

Please make a special note of the following services.
For details of other regular services CLICK HERE to visit our 'Worship' page.

Tuesday 25 March - THE ANNUNCIATION
10.30 a.m. EUCHARIST (please note change of time)

Sunday 29 March - PALM SUNDAY
9.45 a.m. Palm Sunday Eucharist with procession of palms.
a meditation on the Passion of Christ in Readings and Music
including well-known Passiontide hymns.

Thursday 2 April - MAUNDY THURSDAY

Friday 3 April - GOOD FRIDAY
9.00 am - 11.00 a.m.Children's Good Friday Workshop for children aged 3 to 11
Including craft activities and a short act of worship.
All free - Under 8's please bring a parent!

12.00 noon to 3.00 p.m. - THE GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY

Saturday 4 April - HOLY SATURDAY

Sunday 5 April - EASTER DAY
8.00 a.m.  Holy Communion (BCP)
11.15 a.m. Family Eucharist
12.15 p.m. Holy Communion (said)
6.30 p.m. CHORAL EVENSONG with Solemn Benediction

We are one of the few Parish Churches where BCP Evensong
is sung on most Sundays at 6.30 p.m. Full Choral Evensong is generally sung on the
second Sunday of each month and at Major Festivals where indicated.

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 2015 will run from 5 - 26 July 2015. Further details will be posted on our 'Events' page in due course.

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  this
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 72042001323 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  19 March 2015