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Welcome to St Mary's Church We are a village church within the Church of England where everyone is welcome. We come together on Sundays to offer our praise and worship - the best that we can bring. We see the mission of our church as carrying the love of God for us as shown in the living of His Son Jesus, to all in the village and those we meet elsewhere. We come to the altar bringing the concerns and needs of the people of God. If you live in Balcombe, or are just visiting the village, you are most welcome to join us at any of our services or social events It is not only on Sundays and Festivals that we come together to worship. Every day prayers are said in this church and are caught up with the prayers which are being said, not just in this country, but all over the world. As the fourth verse of that wonderful hymn “The day thou gavest” says: The sun that bids us rest is waking Our brethren 'neath the western sky And hour by hour fresh lips are making Thy wondrous doings heard on high When we come together to break bread and share wine as Jesus told us to do, we’re stepping into a stream of prayer and worship which crosses all time and all geographical locations. The very stones of this ancient church are soaked with the prayers of those who’ve worshipped here down the years - as indeed the presence of the many visitors will leave an invisible mark on this building.
SUNDAY SERVICES AT 8AM AND 10AM ALL WELCOME This Sunday 8am Holy Communion According to the Book of Common Prayer 10am Parish Eucharist
Restoration Work Complete We are very pleased to say that the major restoration works at St Mary's have now been completed and the church is now once again open daily for visits and private prayer. A great deal of thanks have to go to our contractors PAYE who have carried out the work to a wonderful standard being sensitive to the needs of the church community during their time on site. To our architect Julian Vallis of Vallis and Hall Conservation Architects and to Jeff Thompson our project manager. Also many thanks to our generous Donors and Benefactors (see below) If you woud like to contribute to the Life and Witness of the church here in this place and ensure its presence in our community, please see our Support us page or contribute to the Friends of St Mary's who help to fund the upkeep of our beautiful building. Details of some of the work carried out in this recent project, can be found on the boards situated on the south wall inside the church. Thank you for your patience and understanding through this time.
We are very grateful to our Benefactors who have supported our recent restoration project
Safeguarding St Mary’s are pleased to welcome a wide age range of worshipers to our services. The safety and well being of all members of the Church is of paramount importance to us, and especially the safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults. To this end, our PCC (Parochial Church Council) has, in accordance with Diocesan and National Guidelines, and in response to the Parish Safeguarding Handbook approved by the House of Bishops, appointed a Safeguarding Officer to oversee all areas of Safeguarding within the Parish. Our Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Julia Wilson and her contact details are available on the; Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement Further information regarding safeguarding in the Diocese of Chichester can be found on the; Safeguarding pages of the Diocesan Website. Nationally, the Thinkuknow organisation carries a wealth of useful information. Their website can be found here; Think u Know
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