The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin. Windmill Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex.

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St Mary's Parish covers the northern side of East Grinstead. We were founded about 110 years ago to meet the needs of the expanding town and to provide the town with worship of the catholic tradition within the Church of England. A tradition that we have upheld ever since.

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Announcement from the Churchwardens

We were delighted to be able to announce at Mass today, Sunday 27th May, Trinity Sunday, that Fr Adam Wogan will be our new Parish Priest. We both believe this is wonderful news for the Parish and exciting times are ahead for the St Mary’s Church family.

Fr Adam has recently completed his curacy at St Martin-on-the-Hill, with St Michael and All Angels, and St Saviour’s with All Saints, Scarborough, in the Diocese of York. Fr Adam is currently covering a Sabbatical for his Vicar, until the middle of July.

Fr Adam’s Induction and Licensing by Bishop Martin will be on Monday 30th July at 7.30pm, so please endeavour to keep this date free.

It has then been decreed by Bishop Martin that Fr Adam should have a holiday and short break before starting with us full time at the beginning of September. Fr David, assisted by Fathers John and Peter, will continue his ministry with us covering right up to 2nd September, ensuring the Ministry and Pastoral Care of the Parish goes on uninterrupted (and just for the record Fr David with not be leaving then, but more of that detail later)

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Fr Adam, his wife Christina and dog Bella to East Grinstead and to St Mary's. Please hold them in your prayers as they prepare to move from Scarborough, and please continue to pray for us as a Church as we begin this new chapter in our life together with Christ.

Upcoming Events


Sun 19th - The Celebration of the Assumption of Our Lady with masses at the usual times.


Sat 1st - Car Boot Sale and Table Top Sale from 8.30am until 12.30pm. Pitches can be booked now! Contact Karen W Click here for the poster

Sun 2nd - Fr Adam will celebrate his first Mass as our Parish Priest. It would be good to have present as many as possible of the St Mary’s Church Family to welcome both him and Christina.

Sat 8th - Ride & Stride Day in aid of Sussex Historic Churches. St Mary’s Church will be open to visitors from 10am until 5pm. Volunteers are required please, to man the church, welcome visitors and dispense drinks.

Sun 9th - Our Patronal Festival This is when we celebrate the birthday of Our Lady and honour her as the patron of our parish. Masses will be at the usual times. At the 10am Mass we will be joined by St Swithun’s, as well as representatives from our school. After the 10am Mass there will be coffee as usual, followed by a ‘Bring and Share’ lunch to which everyone is invited. Please sign up on the sheet which is now at the back of church.


Seed Swap: We will not be holding our usual coffee morning in October as we have a lot of other events taking place BUT please save your seeds as the seed swap will now form part of our Plant Sale in April.

"Our Fairtrade stall is open on the 1st Sunday of every month during coffee after the 10.00am Mass"

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