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.

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ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2016
All welcome!

Saturday 26 November
 
Children's Advent Workshop 2.00 - 4.00 p.m.
for children 3-11 years
(under 8's must be accompanied by an adult}.
Advent and Christmas crafts concluding with
a short act of worship.

Sunday 4 December at 4.30 p.m.
Christingle Service

followed by lighting of the Christmas Tree
in the Churchyard (please bring a torch)
and mulled wine and mince pies in The Old Parsonage

Sunday 18 December at 6.30 p.m.
SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS 
followed by mulled wine in The Old Parsonage

Saturday 24 December
Christmas Eve 
4.30 p.m. Blessing of the Crib and Children's Carols.
Children are welcome to bring a gift for a less fortunate child.

11.30 p.m. MIDNIGHT MASS OF CHRISTMAS
with carols.

Sunday 25 December
Christmas Day
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion (BCP)
9.45 a.m. CHRISTMAS HOLY COMMUNION with carols.
11.30 a.m. HOLY COMMUNION (BCP)

With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas from the Clergy,
Churchwardens and Congregation of St Mary's.

CHOIR VACANCIES AND CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS
A Soprano Choral Scholarship is presently available and we will be seeking applications for Choral Scholars for the academic year 2017/18.
CLICK HERE to visit our music site for further details.
We are also seeking additional singers in all parts. Please visit our music site for further information  or contact us by email - music@stmaryseastbourne.com or telephone Victor on 01323 643097. It is not necessary to be available to sing
at every sung service!  Attendance can be tailored to individual needs.

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
with Solemn Benediction on the third Sunday. Please note
that there is no Choral Evensong in December and Solemn Benediction will be
on the second Sunday to accommodate Christmas arrangements.

Click here to visit
http://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/being-a-christian.aspx
and read 'Being a Christian' by Baron Williams of Oystermouth,
 the former Archbishop of Canterbury.
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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 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


Accessibility

  • 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  17 November 2016