Who We Are
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 like baptism, marriage 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 the old, through monthly lunches.