West Grinstead is a single parish with two churches: St George’s (the parish church) and St Michael’s and All Angels. St George’s has been at the geographical heart of the parish, close to the River Adur, for almost a thousand years. St Michael’s was built to serve the growing community of Partridge Green at the turn of the twentieth century. Once entirely agricultural, the local economy is now a mixture of agriculture, light industry and services, and there is a significant dormitory population, who travel to work in Brighton, Horsham, Gatwick and London. Some 3000 people live in the parish, the majority in Partridge Green.
The two churches have different styles of worship. St George’s follows the BCP tradition, with a four-part choir at the principal service each Sunday: St Michael’s uses Common Worship, with a less formal musical style. Both churches, however, offer the same welcome to visitors and new members.
This diversity of provision is one of West Grinstead’s strengths, allowing space for those with differing liturgical tastes to worship in their preferred style, while coming together to support the mission and work of the parish as a whole. Other parish activities (mission, education, funding) are run jointly.
The churches play a significant role in the life of the wider community, both marking the major events of individual lives such as baptisms, marriages and funerals and significant communal occasions like the great religious festivals, St George’s Day and Michaelmas, Harvest Thanksgiving and Remembrance Day. They are engaged with the young, with strong links to Jolesfield CE Primary School, and with older people, through monthly lunches.
Leslie Weller Scholarship
A Living Memorial to the late Leslie Weller MBE:
Organ Scholarship offered by St George’s Parish Church, West Grinstead, Sussex
There is a shortage of organists in England and young persons interested in the organ are often discouraged by the cost of lessons and the availability of an instrument for practice.
St George’s Parish Church, West Grinstead is offering the Leslie Weller Organ Scholarship from January 2017. This aims to nurture talent in a teenage musician who could assist at some services and ultimately feed into the wider pool of available organists. This proposal is modelled on similar schemes administered by the Royal School of Church Music.
Applications are open to male or female students, most likely aged between 16 and 19 years who are studying for A-levels and/or university entrance. Ideally the successful candidate would have obtained a pass at Grade 5 in the Associated Board Examination for Piano and be offering music as one of their A-level subjects, but this is not essential. It is anticipated that he or she would be attending a local Secondary School or Sixth Form College and living within 20 miles or so of West Grinstead.
The scholarship, value of £900 pa, should cover the cost of between ten and fifteen organ lessons with a teacher of the candidate’s choice who is acceptable to the church. It will also provide for some travelling expenses and would be awarded for one year in the first instance but renewable for a second if progress is satisfactory.
In return the scholar would be asked to assist with music for about 20 services a year at St George’s and to help with some choir practices. This would involve playing voluntaries and accompanying some hymns and possibly other music, according to his or her ability and confidence. St George’s follows The Book of Common Prayer and has alternating Sunday Sung Communion (Merbecke) and Sung Matins. The dates for attendance can be agreed with the organist well in advance. The scholar will have free and relatively unlimited access to the church’s two historic organs (G.P.England 1795 and Forster & Andrews/Bishop&Son 1846/2016) for practice.
Initial enquiries from interested students should be made to Dr A.C. Campbell 01403710376 from whom further information can be obtained.
Mr Neil Jacobsen
Mr Michael Phillips
Mrs Beryl Payne
ST GEORGE’S AND ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
VISITING PRIESTS AND SERVICES DURING THE INTERREGNUM
Revd Bernard Sinton
0800 Holy Communion
1100 Sung Eucharist
Revd Peter Markby
Revd Mike Nevill
1100 Sung Eucharist
Revd Jack Mulder
0800 Holy Communion
1100 Sung Eucharist/Matins (depending on priest availability)
Revd Bernard Sinton
0930 Sung Eucharist
Revd Peter Markby
0930 Sung Eucharist
Revd Mike Nevill
0930 Sung Eucharist*
* Occasionally there will not be a priest available on 3rd Sundays; on these days there will be services of Morning Prayer/Matins.
Revd Jack Mulder
0930 Sung Eucharist
0930 “Breakfast Church” Family Service
Inevitably there will be occasional changes; please check the service sheet or here (www.westgrinstead.org) for details.
See details on the Sunday pew sheet or in the church porches
The Church Room, situated behind St. Michael’s Church, serves the whole parish. It was built using bequests from Maud Pankhurst of West Grinstead and Dorothy Gossett of Partridge Green. The Church Room is available for local functions whether or not related to the church. The hall is about 8 meters square and is carpeted. There are kitchen and toilet facilities. The hall is light and is heated in the winter. There is a grass area all around the building.
The Room is available for letting during the day and some evenings for meetings, children’s parties and regular classes.
£8.50 per hour for one-off hires
£7.50 per hour for regular bookings
For bookings contact Liz Burtenshaw – 01403 711782
Each year, a party of 10 – 15 people go on a pilgrimage, mainly to Holy Island in Northumberland, but once to Iona and once to Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight. We usually have a theme and spend some time in Bible Study and/or discussion and visit one or two holy places in the surrounding area. Each person can choose to take part in any of the organised activities or not, depending on what each one wants to get from the pilgrimage. Some attend the services in the Church, and on Holy Island the walk across the sands from the mainland to the island is a unique experience for those who are able to do the two and a half miles of sometimes muddy and slippery ground which is the Pilgrim’s Way. This, of course, can only be done when the tide is out.
The accommodation is basic, sometimes two or three sharing a room, but always well looked after by the Community who run the house. (See www.marygatehouse.org.uk on Holy Island).
In the tranquillity and beauty of these islands and surrounding Holy Places, one draws nearer to God and renews and refreshes one’s faith.
This is a group which meets to discuss our Christian faith and understanding of the Bible, and to share fellowship, prayer and worship. Anyone of any age is very welcome to join us!
The group meets at Hydon, High Street, Partridge Green RH13 8HR on Thursday evenings from 8 pm until 10 pm.
Contact Mike or Claire Phillips on 01403 711690 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Emmaus Group is inspired by the Emmaus Experience:
1. Jesus met with the disciples where they were on their journey
2. He opened their hearts to the scriptures
3. He broke bread with them
4. The experience changed their lives
This is an informal group and is going from strength to strength and tends to focus on themes such as how do we live the ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ in the community.
The group meets every week on Wednesday evenings. In the winter period, to save on oil, we meet in one of the members’ home and in church when the weather is warmer! The Emmaus group is a group open to anyone who is looking for a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment within which to explore their faith or even the lack of it! Contact Margaret on 711096.
All are welcome on the first Thursday of each month in the Church Room at St. Michael’s, Partridge Green at 12.45pm for 1pm. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a social atmosphere, costing a modest £3 all cooked and served by volunteers from the Parish.
So just turn up!
Mothers’ Union is a worldwide Christian organisation open to all. The West Grinstead and Partridge Green branch meets at 2.00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month at Mapleleaf, Church Lane, Partridge Green. We welcome any one who would like to join us. The meetings provide opportunities for talks, sometimes with a visiting speaker, as well as discussions and fellowship. Epiphany is always celebrated with a Holy Communion service at St Michael’s Church. We visit other M.U. groups in the Deanery and join in some Deanery services. We support the World Wide organization which does great work in areas of need both in this country and abroad.
At our August meeting we provide a quiche and salad lunch for the Monthly Lunch Club. All proceeds go towards our support of Mothers’ Union Projects such as Away from it all holidays for needy families, and the MU Relief Fund for our linked Dioceses in Africa who, though poor themselves, provide help and teaching in their own communities, an inspiration to us all.
Contacts – Heather (710875), Mabel (711081), Margaret (711096)
For more information click on www.themothersunion.org
Founded in 1997, the Friends of St George’s raise funds to assist the Parochial Church Council with the maintenance of the fabric of our ancient Parish Church. Keeping such an old building in good order is quite a task, but one we are obliged to do by the Church of England.
Over the years, the Friends have helped to fund a range of projects: upgraded central heating, re-shingling the spire, interior and exterior lighting, interior repairs and redecoration, conservation of the fine marble monuments, mediaeval wall paintings and wood panelling, plus a small kitchen area for Sunday coffee and special events.
The privilege and joy of having a Grade 1-listed mediaeval building for our weekly worship comes with regular and usually expensive maintenance requirements and there is always more work to be done. In addition, the Friends have now agreed to support a project to provide a lavatory with disabled access and more storage space for the choir robes and music.
Thus the fund raising continues, with a varied series of annual events, from dinners to lectures, musical evenings, a 1940’s party and the annual Parish weekend to celebrate St George’s Day plus an Advent Fair and Carol Service.
Our supporters are both local and far flung, some are members of the congregation, some were married in the church or had parents who lived locally, some simply enjoy the peace, beauty and atmosphere of a village church where worship has continued since Saxon times.
Whatever your interest we welcome new members, of any age and from anywhere, and a modest annual subscription is gratefully received. Please contact the Chairman at email@example.com or on 01403 711763
The church of St Michael and All Angels was built in the 1890’s to serve the community of Partridge Green. It continues to do so most successfully, not only for the regular Sunday services but also for concerts of many different types, dances, quizes, meals, fairs and other functions. It is furnished with removable chairs making it easy to adapt the church for these functions.
The Friends of St Michael was formed some years ago to support the fabric of the church and to promote fellowship. Many things have been achieved and we are developing the organisation. We have applied for full charity status which will be a benefit and we are reorganising the group with exciting plans for projects and events.
We would love to have you as a member of the Friends. The subscription is only £10 per annum. Not only will you help in supporting the fabric of this fine building but also be invited to all the functions we shall be holding. In the past these have proved so popular.
The six bells at St George’s Church were originally made by Mears & Stainbank of the renowned Whitechapel Foundry in London. They were recast and re-hung in 1910 by Gillett & Johnstone of Croydon using the same original bells. Tuned in the key of G Sharp the bells are very bright and tuneful, the lightest being about 2cwt. and the largest 8 cwt. and having long ropes they are reputed to be ‘difficult to ring‘! Apart from routine maintenance they are still original bells which says much for the founders’ skill. Bell ringing itself takes a great deal of practice to become really proficient.
Bell ringing practice takes place at St George’s church on Thursday evenings 8pm until 9pm when we practise for forthcoming services. We try to ring whenever required at weddings, funerals, etc. and are a very dedicated team. However, some of us are getting older, having started fifty or sixty years ago and so we always need and welcome new recruits in order to keep up this ancient art in this beautiful church.So do come and join us.
Contact Graham Beck, Tower Captain on 864723 or Doreen Turner, Tower Correspondent on 711062.
St George’s Church Choir has been leading worship and praise in the Parish Church at West Grinstead since the 18th Century. Before 1890 it included the Parish Band
The choir meets weekly on Fridays at 7.30pm except in August. It is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. Practices are held in the church where the music for the following Sunday is rehearsed. This includes, hymns, psalms, service settings and anthems. Currently there are sixteen members and we aim to maintain the four part tradition as far as possible. We are a very friendly group and new members (including children aged 8 or over) are always welcome.
Christmas and Holy Week are busy times with special music to be learnt for the Christmas Eve Carol Service. Traditionally we sing an oratorio or meditation on Good Friday. In recent years we have sung works by Fauré, Maunder, Stainer and Handel. St George’s choir has good links with several neighbouring parish choirs including Shipley, Nuthurst and Horsham. We have quite an extensive choir library with a particularly good Victorian section which includes a number of classic anthems. Our repertoire also contains some secular songs which we can entertain with on special parish occasions. The choir will sing at weddings and funerals if required but fewer members may be available on weekdays than on Saturdays. A fee is charged. Contact Andrew Campbell on 01403 710376.
The St Michael’s choir meets on Fridays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in preparation for leading the service on Sundays and other special occasions.
We sing traditional church music as well as new worship songs.
New members are always welcome so come along and join us or contact father William
If you’re in school years 7-13 and would like to come along to Unsolved?Youth group, run jointly by St Michael’s Church Partridge Green and the Weald Community Church, Cowfold, we would love to see you. We meet on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-8.30pm (email or text for the venue).
We’ve had a great summer with fantastic youth camps. We enjoyed the half term three day May youth camp at Plumpton and we attended the massive 8000 teenagers youth camp, Soul Survivor, where we had amazing music, worship, teaching, cafes, skate park, inflatables, paint parties and much more.
During term times we had lively debates on Feeling far from God, People Trafficking, and Knowing Jesus. We have been go-karting, chilled on the beach, played games in the park and relaxed with a popcorn film night.
In October we had our own weekend away at Lodge Hill and we are planning some great times of teaching and worship as well as amazing activities like zip wiring, high ropes and rifle shooting.
If you would like to come along please e-mail or text to Claire Phillips 07815 163099, 01403-711690, Claire@clairephillips.com or Kit White 07702 580111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Church of St George
Rectory Lane (off B2135)
Steyning Road (B2135)
Horsham RH13 8LR
St. Michael and All Angels
Church Lane (off B2135)