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Welcome to St Mary’s Walberton in West Sussex, where people have encountered God’s love in Jesus for over a thousand years. We are a community of people on a journey together, committed to loving God and loving Community in all that we do.

We express our love for God in a rich variety of worship – from the beauty and rich tradition of Anglican liturgy and music to the informality of our ‘Morning Praise'.  We seek to show our love for our community throughout the week in a range of activities and events, and through working in partnership with others.  We find support for our life’s journey through opportunities to meet for prayer, learning and friendship tailored to different ages and needs.  
 
As well as Walberton village, our parish covers the smaller settlements of Fontwell, Avisford and Slindon Common. For nearly 100 years we have been linked with the neighbouring rural parish of Binsted, with its delightful Norman church also dedicated to St Mary. If you live in any of these communities St Mary’s is your parish church. 

 

If you are visiting the area St Mary’s stands ready to welcome you.  Whatever your reason for coming here – whether you are in need of help; searching for a church; looking forward to your wedding or christening; exploring faith or simply passing by – come and see us soon. We would love to meet you.

 RESOURCES FOR LENT
The observance of Lent at St Mary’s began with an Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer and Fasting with the church open for prayer all day. Each hour on the hour there was a short Meditation on one of the seven Penitential Psalms as an introduction to a time of private prayer.  All seven meditations, which comprise a Psalm, a reflection, a prayer, a piece of music and an image to act as a prayer focus, are now available for you to use at home as part of your Lent devotions.
To view the video meditations please Click HERE

Click HERE to download a printed booklet containing all the texts and prayers used in the video Meditations.  
Click HERE to download our 'Preparing for Lent' leaflet, with suggestions for how to make good use of the season of Lent.

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Lenten House of Prayer: St Theresa of Avila taught that prayer is nothing less than an act of love - love for God and love for others. Across the many different parts of Christ’s church each has its own rich tradition of prayer.  Adding to our Lenten House of Prayer something that you have found to be of help during the time of Lent – in giving thanks, saying sorry, or seeking God's grace, is a loving way of sharing with others some of the riches we have gathered on our own journey of faith. (see first box on right for further details and information about how to email what you have to add).  Please do click on the link each day to see what has been shared for that day.
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Please view 'Return to Church' from Rev Tim Ward.
Please join us for Public Worship on Sunday 14 March, 10.30am Family Morning Praise at Walberton. Please book with Jean Strickland if you are attending. Tel 552825 or email jean@strickland.co.uk. Please bring your face mask when sitting indoors.  We will require sidespeople to steward future services, please email Jean Strickland if you are able to help. 
Sunday 14 March - Mothering Sunday Lent 4
From 9.00am Online Holy Communion (CW) 
10.30am  Family Morning Praise at Walberton
To view our Streamed Services & Service Sheets (see second box on right)
Please join us for 'Zoom Coffee & Chat' from 12 noon. Email vicar@stmaryswalberton.org.uk for the link, if you do not receive emails from our ChurchSuite. 

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Face masks are obligatory, please sanitise your hands when you arrive and as you leave. Those people who are extremely clinically vulnerable (ie shielding) should stay at home as much as possible at this time.
Weddings are permitted with no more than 6 people attending. Church Funerals are permitted (maximum for our building will be 20 people at present) and Burial of Ashes are also permitted with no more than 6 people. Baptisms are allowed. For further details of  COVID-19 permitted activities, under national lockdown rules, from the Church of England -  Click HERE 

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Online Weekly Parish Prayers: Tuesday 9 March at 8.30am, for our well attended half hour opportunity for members of our church to come together in prayer, via Zoom. Please join us as we are praying for the life of the parish and also for all those involved or affected by the COVID-19 crisis. If you don’t wish to pray aloud, your presence is just as valuable. New to Zoom? Click HERE for instructions. You will be sent an invitation via ChurchSuite. Not on ChurchSuite? email houseofprayer@stmaryswalberton.org.uk

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For News and Support from St Mary's, the Parish Council and the local Community, read March's edition of the Parish News. (see third box on right)    

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St Mary's New Kitchen Servery: Click Here to view all Public Notices and Drawings for the proposed new kitchen servery.

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**UPDATE** Church is Changing - Month 11: In response to this time of difficulty we at St Mary’s will be taking the following measures in line with our vision, Loving God - Loving CommunityPlease Click HERE for details.
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Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, the Church Office is currently manned on Tuesdays and Thursdays.The telephone is redirected to the Vicarage at weekends.
Tel:  01243 552792
Email:  walberton.stmarys@uwclub.net 
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Guidance on Spiritual Communion from The Church of England     Click HERE
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Coming soon the Spring Diary of events for YPTIF, for Year 6 and above. 
           
Come and try our Children's Groups, during our 10.30am Family Service. Beginning in church, we have three aged related groups, from pre-school up to Years 6 and above, that meet on 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays in the month. Click HERE for more details.
         
Further events can be found in the Church Calendar
Click HERE for the Calendar

 See our Lenten House of Prayer HERE

For Streamed Services & what's on this week click HERE

For the Parish News click HERE

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Safeguarding at St Mary's click HERE