About Us

 

What we’re about

St. Mary’s Chiddingfold is a Church of England church which welcomes everyone who is open to exploring the Christian Faith.

Our mission statement is: To know Christ better and to make Christ better known

We aim to be at the centre of our community in the village of Chiddingfold. We celebrate the strong links we enjoy with our village nurseries, primary school, uniformed organisations and other village groups for all ages.  Our church room is a great meeting space/small function room for hire and is used regularly for community activities.

We offer Pastoral care to all who need it along with services for Baptism, Marriage and Funerals. We offer an annual bereavement service where people can gather to remember loved ones as well as opening our church every day for visiting and private prayer.

We have our own dedicated Youth and Children’s worker who develops our links with children, young people and families.

We’re here for everything that life throws at you – good or bad. If you need to talk, pop in or give us a call.

We like to think we offer high quality worship at St. Mary’s Chiddingfold through a regular pattern of services for different ages and stages. We have a robed choir including both adults and juniors.

On Sunday mornings we run our amazing children’s ministry – All Stars. Messy Church is a very popular monthly afternoon craft and worship activity, held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Village Hall. We have a wide range of children’s groups and an exciting calendar of special events thought out the year – take a look at our Youth & Children’s page to learn more.

All of our services provide excellent teaching on the scriptures as well as opportunities to engage in worship that appeals to all of our senses – through music, colour, words and community. We aim to offer a space where all can experience God and the power of His Spirit.

I’m New  Here - what should I expect?

We strive to be welcoming and inclusive at all of our services and there will always be people around to help you out. Our aim is to be informally formal, or formally informal – that is, we always want to do our best in worship and give glory to God in all that we do, but we are relaxed if things don’t necessarily work out the way it was planned. It’s a good idea to arrive a few minutes before the service you’ve decided to come to – so that you can see where everything is.

When you arrive there will be a Welcoming team handing out service booklets and the weekly news sheet. This will tell you everything you need to know – but just ask if you’ve got any questions.

We have a number of different services throughout the week, each with a slightly different flavour – have a look at our Services page where you will see descriptions of each of them.

There are refreshments after the 10am service – do hang around to meet people. We have proper coffee in proper mugs, along with proper tea and juice. And there is often cake!

What should I wear?

Whatever you like – there is no dress code at St. Mary’s

What do you have for kids?

We have loads of different activities for kids on each month at St. Mary’s. On a Sunday morning, we have ‘All Stars’, for more details take a look at our Youth and Children’s page. There is also Messy Church,  #FridayNightThing and a whole load of special events. Again check them out on the Youth & Children’s page.

Where are you located?

We are located on the Green at the junction between the Petworth Road and Coxcombe Lane, opposite the Crown Inn in Chiddingfold. For Sat Nav users, our postcode GU8 4SH or alternatively a map can be found on the Find Us page.