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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Fr PaulFr Paul announced that he" "will be moving on from St Mary’s, and that the Bishop has approved his appointment as the next Rector of St Mary’s Pulborough. Fr Paul will be concluding his time here at the end of July and beginning his new ministry in Pulborough in September."

"Fr Paul said that it will be incredibly hard to leave us, the church family, and also the parish" "for many reasons especially as he has been very happy here for the last ten and a half years. He commented that it has been a privilege to minister to such a lovely group of" "people. However, he now believes that God is calling him to a new ministry and that St Mary’s, East Grinstead needs" "someone else at the helm who can view our church’s work with fresh eyes and as a result will bring new insights." "Clearly this was neither an easy announcement for Fr Paul to make nor easy news for us to receive as individuals and as a" "church family. Fr Paul is someone whom many of us hold in high regard and deep affection. However, we must see beyond our sadness, tears and our sense of loss, and instead look to the future in a positive frame of mind – to the new opportunities that will arise building on what we have achieved together up until now."

"Fr Paul also asked that we now pray for our church and for him, looking forward with hope and expectation to all God has" "in store for us as we seek to build up His kingdom in this community and in all places where we are called to serve. With" "God’s help, we will endeavour to build on and develop the legacy he will leave behind as we begin a new chapter in our" "life together in Christ."

Upcoming Events


Sun 25th June - Our Our 'Green' Sunday: 10.00am Parish Mass. Please come wearing something green on your person to show your support. We would also like to encourage those able to walk to Mass to do so, and others to share lifts or perhaps even cycle or scoot! As Christians we are called to be good stewards of God’s creation which includes caring about & loving those less fortunate than ourselves. The idea of a “Green Sunday” is to think & pray seriously about what this means for us.

Thu 29th June - St Peter & St Paul: Fr Paul’s 30th Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood. Sung Mass at 8pm.


Sat 1st July - E.G. J & P Annual Sleep Out: in aid of Crawley Open House, the Worthing Churches Homeless Project & Easter team. Sponsorship form at back of church. We have been asked to provide 6 volunteers to collect in town for one hour between 11am and 12noon. So far we have only one volunteer… Please, please, can you help support this very worthwhile cause..

Thu 6th July - FSW Fundraiser: A Teddy Bear Coffee Morning in our hall at 10.15am.

9th July - FSW Bring your Bear to Church Sunday: followed by a Teddy Bears’ Picnic & games in the Vicarage Garden. See Karen W for more details.

Sun 16th July - St Swithun’s Patronal Festival: at 10.30am at St Swithun's. (No Parish Mass at St Mary’s)

Sun 23rd July - Fr Paul’s Farewell Mass: at 5pm. Please note time change. (Instead of the 10am Mass)

Further Ahead

Fri 29th June to Sun 1st July 2018 - Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2018: Please sign-up asap as we only have 25 places. Deposit of £10 is required to secure your place (cash or a cheque made payable to ‘St Mary’s PCC’)

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

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St Mary the Virgin East Grinstead. Church of England Parish in the Diocese of Chichester

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