Remembrance Hymn

Our church choir have prepared a hymn and an anthem for Remembrance Sunday, recorded individually in the safety of their homes to create this singing together hymn, broadcast at our online and gathered services on Sunday 8th November.

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come:

This hymn written by Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 90, with strong themes on assurance, promise and hope. 

The hymn reminds us that God is eternal and forever with us in our earthly lives, which sometimes can be troubled and stormy, and promises the great joys of “our eternal home”.  We are reminded that God is timeless in comparison to our own human mortality; we are here for a moment, but God’s time is eternal – “A thousand ages in thy sight”, and, more poignantly, for today’s remembrance theme, “Time like an everlasting stream bears all its sons away”.   We will remember them. 

God our help in ages past 

He came singing love:

This short anthem is written by Colin Gibson, a teacher and writer living in New Zealand.  This music arrangement for choir is by Geoff Weaver.   

Using song as a metaphor for life, the text of this anthem suggests that each of us can help love, faith, hope and peace to flourish in our world through living them out in our lives. 

He came singing love 

Message from Stephen Bloxham - Remembrance Sunday 2020 – Remember at home 


This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and current restrictions in England, the Royal British Legion have suggested that you can observe the Act of Remembrance at home, rather than attend a local service.

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have produced an Order of Service for a Service of Remembrance at home.   This service includes preparation for the two-minute silence, readings, prayers, and music; including a link to music from our choir at St Mary, Storrington.    

Service of Remembrance at home – Order of Service  

As part of your Act of Remembrance at home, you might like to colour in a Poppy Appeal Remembrance Poppy poster to display in your window. 

Poppy poster to colour in 

Poppy poster already coloured 

If you are on social media, such as Twitter or Facebook, you can follow #RememberAtHome for further information. 

For more information about the Royal British Legion and how to make a donation to the 2020 Poppy Appeal – 

All Saints’ Day Hymn 

Our church choir have prepared a hymn for All Saints’ Day, recorded individually in the safety of their homes to create this singing together hymn, broadcast at our online and gathered services on Sunday 1st November.


At this time of year, we give thanks for those people who have been like lights to us, both those who lived long ago, and those living now.  We ask for help to shine like lights ourselves to help others.  As the autumnal night draws in and it starts to feel wintry, we are reminded that God is with us in dark and difficult times, when we are sad or ‘in the dark’.   The Bible calls Jesus the “Light of the World” and says that “the light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it”

You might like to light a candle at home when listening to this song as a reminder of Jesus, light of the world shining in the midst of the darkness.  


Over the past fortnight, our choir have put together a harvest hymn, We plough the fields and scatter, from the comfort and safety of their homes.  Choir members sing their voice parts individually and send them on to be edited and blended together with other voices in our choir.  Singing together in a new way for now.
The hymn was broadcast yesterday at our gathered church and online zoom harvest services.

Stephen Bloxham


Funerals – we commend to God’s nearer keeping ...

7 April

Kathleen Irene Rosoman (96 years)

24 April

William John Gordon Rowlands (92 years)

27 April

Hugh Bowen Francis (84 years)

4 May

Sylvia Humphrey (82 years)

20 May

Donald “Don” Charles Sherwood (92 years)

26 May

Joyce Chacksfield (86 years)

26 May

Rosina Gladys Mayne (99 years)

8 June

Doronee Felicia Monypenny of Pitmilly (77 years)

8 June

Patricia Suter (84 years)

18 June

Violet Jean Mary Nunn (78 years)

22 June

Genevieve Vivienne Lavinia Geary (70 years)

13 July

Veronica Brook (78 years)

16 July

Hazel Olive Hammond (87 years)

30 July

Patricia Susan Davis (73 years)


Interment of ashes only:

29 April

Derek Frank Stoner (91 years)

29 June

Maureen Phyllis Stoner (89 years)

31 July

Elsie Florence Greenfield (98 years)

1 August

John Warren Dillow (93 years)



Sunday 26th September 2021

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
Janet Lane

A glad heart makes a cheerful face.
Proverbs 15:13


Extracted from Spiritual Thoughts    


Thought for the Week - Jacquie Peal.  

SEPTEMBER 23rd 2021
A few years ago, during Holy Week, I was given the task of leading a meditation on Rembrandt's depiction of the Return of the Prodigal Son; a task that made me really look at the painting for the first time and revealing to me a thing of great beauty that had a wonderful story to tell.
Like so many of Rembrandt's paintings all the light glows from some mysterious, invisible source within the main characters, in this case the elderly father and his penitent, destitute son They are caught in a still moment in time, a breathless second of intimate contact that will change their lives forever. We see before us a loving, forgiving father and his egoistic, profligate and, now, utterly broken and penitent child who has, at last,  learned what true love and forgiveness are all about. Just a moment in time, but there is so much life-experience and so much potential for change  distilled into it.
In the shadows behind stands the older son, jealous and unforgiving, not understanding what is going on in his father's loving heart: nearer the front is another young man - who is he? Is he the servant who told the older son what was happening in such a way as to provoke discord and conflict? Is he the fair-faced 'watcher in the shadows' who's aim is to increase unhappiness, destroy harmony and promote division and anger between the loving Father and his erring, penitent children?
We are seeing in this quiet moment the explosive potential for the breakdown of family relationships or for the reuniting of a separated family: potential for joy and harmony or  for separation and misery: what will happen next?
What did happen next was that the father in his love and wisdom spoke firmly, gently and lovingly to his older boy and led him, too, into an understanding of the immensity of his love. He showed him how forgiveness for his brother did not take from himself the safe, secure place that he would always hold within the boundless generosity of his father's loving heart.
Just a moment of stillness but how immense is the love and forgiveness of God that Rembrandt reveals to us in that moment!
With love
Jacquie xxx
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WELCOME TO ST MARY’S ….. The Church is now be open on Thursday mornings (9.30am – 12.30pm) for private prayer, and on Sundays at 8am for Holy Communion and at 10am for the Parish Communion Service.
We need to continue with all the health and safety measures of hand sanitising on entry, keeping a 2m distance and having to sit where designated, and no singing or afterChurch coffee. Also, it is now compulsory to wear a face covering as we are indoors.

Message from Kathryn:

Dear friends, I am pleased to be able to let you know that the church will be open for Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10am Parish Communion.  Church will be a bit different as we will all have to keep to the health and safety measures of hand sanitising on entry, keeping a 2m distance and so having to sit where designated, and no singing or after church coffee.  Also you may wish to wear a mask as we are indoors.  It will be great to see you in reality, rather than on the screen!

If you would rather not come to church yet then you will be pleased to know that the Zoom service will be continuing at 10am on Sundays for the time being.  Den will send out the link as usual.  If you haven’t yet joined in our Zoom service then email Val (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and ask her to add you to the list. Den will even talk you through what you need to do to join in!

With love and prayers, Kathryn



Click on the appropriate link shown below:

Rector Revd Canon Kathryn Windslow   Hon. Assistant Priest Revd Charles Hadle  Jacquie Peal  Church Office

Please note that telephone numbers should be prefixed with 01903.

The Rectory Office is now open on Thursday mornings 10am - 12 noon

We are also continuing with the Online Parish Communion and are inviting you to join us next Sunday. 
Click here for more information and click  Online Sunday Service for the Service Sheet.


Those in need in body, mind and spirit: Jeannie Watten; Gabriella; Trevor Taylor; Bob Minter; Sara Harden; Mollie and Colin Williams; Roger Powell; Wendy Cliffe, Dorothy Gill, Penny; Laurence Hardy

Those who have died recently:

Rest eternal grant unto the, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.


Monday, 19 October                     Henry Martyn, 1812

Tuesday, 20 October                    7.30 pm Deanery Synod at Steyning Church with the Bishop of Horsham

Wednesday, 21 October              10 am – 4 pm ‘Abraham’ Course at Chemin Neuf Community (see Notices)

Thursday, 22 October                   9 am – 12.30pm Church open for private prayer


It’s back! The event you have all been waiting for! It’s time to get the vicar slimmer!! You may remember that a few years ago now Revd Jacquie Peal and I did a sponsored slim for the tower fund. We each lost a stone. Jacquie has since gone on to lose another stone and more. Unfortunately, I have put 10lb back on (no surprise there). So it is time to begin again, and Jacquie will be joining me once more. We both want to get at least a stone off (preferably more, in my case). The slim begins now and will end in 6 months’ time – Easter Day 4 April 2021. The money raised will be split 50/50 between church funds and The Children’s Society. As you will be aware from the news, all charities have been hit hard by Covid-19 and restrictions on fundraising This is our way of doing something to help others as we get ourselves a bit fitter and healthier. Please support us as much as you can. Email me with your name, amount per pound or total, and whether you are able to Gift Aid your donation. Many, many thanks. Kathryn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

All Saints and All Souls
We will not be able to have our usual Service of Light, Hope & Remembrance this year but we will display in Church a board with all the names entered in our Book of Remembrance and of those whose funerals have taken place over the last three years. The board will be in Church and can be seen on Thursday, 29 October, Sunday, 1 November and Thursday, 5 November. If you wish to include an additional name on the board please inform Viv Stuart by 27 October at the latest.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone her on 745913 (home) or 742888 on Thursday mornings.

Charles Hadley has now retired as Assistant Priest in the parish and has joined the ranks of our wonderful retired priests. If anyone would like to contribute to a retirement give that we can present at the service in church on 1 November, please contact our Treasurer, David Rice (07545 697456 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Abraham (A course for those 70-ish plus)

A series of 5 days with the Chemin Neuf Community to look at the possibilities as we age. At The Priory, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LN
10am – 4 pm Wednesdays 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December and 16 December.

For more info contact: Felicity Hadley: 01903 742150 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Church of England phone line
The Church of England has a free phone line of comforting hymns, reflections and daily prayers, entitled ‘Daily Hope’. Just ring 0800 804 8044.



Kathryn would like all the congregation to spend some time in prayer at 10am on a Sunday morning, so that we are all praying together even though we are apart. 

Please note the new links on the left hand side of this page beneath the 3 Heralds cover.
Please note also that we now have a new 'History' page, written by Martyn Freeman.

For all Bible Quiz answers please click here

To view the Hymns, Readings and Notices please refer to the Church News Sheet which can be found by clicking here.


Online Parish Communion      Trinity 17 Sunday 26th September 2021


Celebrant and Preacher: Revd Rupert Toovey

First Reading: James 5 vv13–end
Gospel: St Mark 9 vv 38-end

Opening Hymn:  
New every morning is the love

The Greeting
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
And also with you.

Prayer of Preparation
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden; cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ out Lord. Amen

Prayer of Penitence
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you.  Pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Glory, glory to God, glory to God in the highest;
peace to his people on earth,
peace to his people on earth. 
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Glory, glory to God, glory to God in the highest;
peace to his people on earth,
peace to his people on earth. 
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;
For you are seated at the right hand of the Father: , receive our prayer, receive our prayer, receive our prayer.
You alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory, the glory, the glory of God the Father.
Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen, amen.

The Collect
Gracious God, you call us to fullness of life:  deliver us from unbelief and banish our anxieties with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

First Reading: James 3 vv31-end David Rice
Alleluia, alleluia.  Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, one God, who was, and who is, and who is to come, the Almighty.  Alleluia.

St Mark 9 vv 38-end Revd Rupert Toovey
Revd Rupert Toovey

Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,
the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Prayers of Intercession Barbara Buchanan

The Peace

We are the body of Christ,
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you. 
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

Offertory Hymn: (choir only)
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

Preparation of the Table
Be present, be present, Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest; make yourself known in the breaking of bread.  Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer
The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
Always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
From sunrise to sunset this day is holy,
For Christ has risen from the tomb and scattered the darkness of death with light that will not fade.
This day the risen Lord walks with your gathered people, unfolds for us your word, and makes himself known in the breaking of the bread.
And though the night will overtake this day you summon us to live in endless light, the never-ceasing sabbath of the Lord.
And so, with choirs of angels
and with the heavenly host, we proclaim your glory and join their unending song of praise.
Holy, holy, holy Lord
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he, blessed is he,
blessed is he who comes in the name
he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna,
hosanna, hosanna in the highest,
hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest,

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,
through your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ,
and as we follow his example and obey his command, grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these gifts of bread and wine may be to us his body and blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;.
he gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. 
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest,
This our sacrifice of thanks and praise,
And as we eat and drink these holy gifts
In the presence of your divine majesty,
Renew us by your Spirit,
inspire us with your love and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ out Lord.

Through him, and with him, and in him,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,
we worship you, Father almighty,
in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power
be yours for ever and ever. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Agnus Dei
Jesus, Lamb of God, Jesus, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on -o0o-us.

Jesus, Lamb of God, Jesus, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Jesus, Lamb of God, Jesus, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world: grant us your peace, grant us your peace.

Please follow sidesmen’s directions for communion.

Communion Hymn
(choir only)
Great is thy faithfulness, O God

Post Communion Collect
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Prayer after Communion
Almighty God, we thank you for feeding us
with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.
Through him we offer you our souls and bodies
to be a living sacrifice.
Send us out in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen


Final Hymn:
Let us build a house where love can dwell

The Blessing
The peace of God,
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge
and love of God,
and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 
In the name of Christ. Amen.