About

United Benefice

St Mary’s, Slindon is a parish church within the United Benefice of Slindon, Eartham, and Madehurst.

Our United Benefice falls within the Diocese of Chichester which is led by Bishop Martin Warner. Website: www.chichester.anglican.org.

St.Margaret’s, Eartham and St Mary Magdalene’s, Madehurst are, like St Mary’s, ancient Grade 1/2  listed buildings and play a significant role in their communities.

United Benefice Services held in one of the three churches during the year bring the congregations of all three Parishes together.

People

Revd Peter Dyson, Rector

Revd Peter Dyson, Rector

Tony Richards

Tony Richards

St Mary's Church Warden

Tony Richards

01243 814735

tony.wordpower@btinternet.com

Debbie Stevens

St Mary's Church Warden

Debbie Stevens

01243 814858

colindebbie100@yahoo.com

Clare Bacchus

Clare Bacchus

Treasurer

Clare Bacchus

01243 814264

clare_bacchus@live.co.uk

Glen Hampshire

Glen Hampshire

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Glen Hampshire

01243 542692

oldoakuk@tiscali.co.uk

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

Choir Master

Gareth Williams

01243 814207

garwil23@hotmail.co.uk

Ven Lionel Whatley

Retired Archdeacon

Ven Lionel Whatley

lionel.whatley87@gmail.com

Jane Haywood

Jane Haywood

Eartham Rep on PCC

Jane Haywood

haywoodjane@sky.com

Christine Tanner

Authorised Lay Minister

Christine Tanner

01243 645068

ctanner1960@gmail.com

David Slee

Helen Ball

Adam Stone

Lionel Whatley

Carolyn Ball

Annie Simson

Andrew Foakes

Nick Horton

Miranda Clarke

Vision Statement

Recognising the importance of our role as the Parish Church in our lovely village, St. Mary’s seeks to be a welcoming and inclusive presence through which the love of Christ is shared and celebrated through worship, learning, care and service.

We seek to do so by building on the past, in the present, for the future.

Giving

St. Mary’s, a Grade 1 listed building, is over 900 years old and, as with all old buildings, there is always maintenance work to be done. It costs more than £40,000 p.a. to run the church and we rely on the generosity of our faithful givers (including legacies) and the profit from our fund-raising events to cover this large sum.

Over the last decade, we have carried out a major programme of repair and renewal at St Mary’s that has put the building into the best possible state to meet the needs of current and future generations of worshippers and visitors.  That has been possible because so many people have recognised the central role the church plays in the history and the current life of the community, positioned at the very heart of our beautiful village.

If you would like to support St. Mary’s by becoming a regular giver please contact the Treasurer, Clare Bacchus for more information. A Gift Aid Declaration Form can also be obtained from the Treasurer.  Telephone 01243 814 264 or email clare_bacchus@live.co.uk  You can also donate to the church at any time by clicking on the Donate button on this website.

Legacy Giving: We welcome all gifts in wills, however large or small, and we promise to use your gift to make a difference in our parish.  We have been fortunate to receive such generous gifts in the past.

Legacy gifts are used  to help fund maintenance and development projects or to provide enhanced facilities and resources in line with the needs of the parish.  Since needs change over the years, we encourage you to leave a gift in your will for the general purposes of the Benefice or a specific church building, rather than for a restricted purpose.  However, we will of course discuss possible uses of your gift with your executors and family when the time comes, bearing in mind any known areas of interest in the church (e.g. music, buildings, churchyards, children and young people) and the church’s priorities at the time. You can be confident that your gift will be used to make a real difference to our future mission and ministry.

We will acknowledge gifts in whatever way the donor and/or his/her executors feel is most appropriate.  Equally, we can make sure that gifts remain anonymous if the donor prefers.

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about the sorts of purposes your gift might fund, and how/if you would like your gift to be acknowledged, please contact either our priest or one of the churchwardens.  If you would like to make a gift in memory of a loved one, please do come and discuss this with us, too.

The Church of England has a dedicated website with a lot of useful information about legacy giving for both those considering the idea and their advisers. It can be found at: https://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/

Find Us

We are 2.5 miles west of Arundel and 6.5 miles from Chichester.

We do not have a car park next to the Church. Please park in Church Hill or one of the surrounding roads.

From the A27 Fontwell Roundabout take the A29 north. At the first cross roads turn left into Reynolds Lane. Drive for approx. half a mile (passing the Forge shop and cafe) and take the second left into Church Hill: after the duck pond there is a sharp bend and then St Mary’s is 50 yards on the left.  Parking can be difficult but is usually available beside the College wall on Top Road, opposite the Catholic Church of St Richard.

Map

Jun
26
Wed
1662 Holy Communion @ St Mary's Slindon
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Jun
30
Sun
United Benefice Communion @ St Margaret's Eartham
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Jul
7
Sun
Holy Communion @ St Margaret's Eartham
Jul 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Matins @ St Mary's Slindon
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Jul
14
Sun
Holy Communion @ St Mary Magdalene Madehurst
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am