SERVICES

Regular Services

We have a variety of services during the month to meet the needs of adults and families in our congregation. We certainly hope that there will be something for everyone.

The pattern we have adopted for regular services is set out below. Occasionally there are changes so please go to the Calendar to check the dates and times for the current week.

11.00am Matins followed by a short Holy Communion Service
9.45am Family Service
11.00am Common Worship with Holy Communion
9.45am Children’s Church
4.00pm Evensong at St Margaret’s, Eartham followed by a short Holy Communion Service
When this occurs we have a United Benefice Family Communion Service in one of our parish churches at 10.00am.

Special Services

We hold special services to celebrate events in the Church calendar and these are examples:

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday Service – morning service of prayers and readings.

Easter Day – Family Communion

Harvest Festival – Family Service

Taize Service – A candlelit service of prayer, simple chanting, meditation and silence

Remembrance Sunday – 10.55am at the War Memorial followed by a special service in St Mary’s Church

Quiet Service of Remembrance – for people to remember loved ones who are no longer alive. Music and readings by candlelight. Arranged near to All Saints day.

Candlelit Carol Service – nearest Sunday to Christmas, usually 6.00pm start

Midnight Mass – 11.30pm Christmas Eve

Christmas Day – 11.00am Family Communion

Check the Calendar on this website for details.

Baptism & Confirmation

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to Baptism or for a Service of Thanksgiving on the birth of a child.

Confirmation is a special service where those who have already been baptised reaffirm their Baptismal promises.

Older children/adults who have not been baptised are welcome to make their own declaration of faith in a combined Baptism and Confirmation Service. Do speak to the Priest in Charge if you would like to know more.

Bishop

Marriage

Couples are welcome to get married in St. Mary’s Church.

The Vicar has a legal duty to be satisfied that you can lawfully marry in the parish before any arrangements can be fixed. There are three questions about you as a couple that will need to be clarified:

  • Whether you are so closely related to each other that the law does not permit you to marry. You will need to certify that this is not the case.
  • Whether either of you is not a UK National. Special issues arise in this situation and these need to be considered before further progress can be made.
  • Whether either of you is qualified to be married at St Mary’s. Qualification comes by virtue either of being a resident in the parish; or of being on the church electoral roll; or of having close family links with the parish now or in the past.

The Church of England have a dedicated website designed to help you with planning your wedding which you might find helpful: “Welcome to your Church Wedding”.

Funeral or Thanksgiving for a Life

These are services which allow us to express our sense of loss, to be thankful to the person we have known, to say farewell and to entrust them into God’s hands. If you would like to arrange a funeral or thanksgiving service contact our Priest in Charge.

There are many things to consider when a close relative has died, including funeral arrangements. For example, church or crematorium and the scattering or internment of ashes.

Advice will also be given by the Funeral Director. The local firms include:

Kevin Holland, Bognor Regis 01243 868630

Reynolds Funeral Services, Littlehampton 01903 771010

Dillistone Funeral Service, Littlehampton 01903 726324

F A Holland & Son, Littlehampton 01903 713939

Calendar

Scheduled Church Events

For more information, see our Events Calendar.
Calendar