Sunday 24th September
Please bring your gifts to our Harvest Festival at 10am, when we will be giving thanks to God for the bountiful world we live in.
Our donations will be toward Crawley Open House this year, a charity that helps the homeless and marginalized in West Sussex. They have requested: coffee, sugar, UHT milk, tinned goods, jars of sauces, scarves, gloves, woolly hats and blankets. It will also be possible to make monetary donations.
Sunday 10th September, 4pm
All things bright and beautiful are welcome into church for our annual Pet Service.
So bring your beloved feathered, furry or slimy friends (safely contained, please!) for a blessing! The service will last approximately 30 minutes.
Warnham Barn Dance
7-11pm Friday 22nd September
Warnham Village Hall
The Blue Pilchards will be calling the dances so get your hoe-down on and join us for an evening of fun and dancing!
There will be a Hog Roast and bar, (vegetarian option also available), raffle, and prizes for the best dressed!
Tickets £12 (£6 for under-12s) and proceeds go to St Margaret's (see poster for outlets).
Music at St Margaret's
A coffee-time concert
11.30am - 12.20pm
Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August
Come for coffee at 11am and then sit back and enjoy some organ favourites. Mark Brafield, who was organ scholar at Trinity, Oxford, and has played at leading venues such as St Paul's and Westminster Abbey, is a regular organist at St Margaret's.
The music will begin at 11.30, and listeners will be able to see Mark's fingers in action via a video display.
Admission is free, and a collection will be taken for church funds.
St Margaret's, Warnham
Between now and Christmas, there are opportunities to hear beautiful music in your Parish Church.
Please see the leaflet pictured here, and make a date in your diary - there's something for everyone. And you will be helping to raise funds for the church at the same time!
Our next concert is on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August, at 11.30am.
Come for coffee from 11am and then sit back and enjoy some organ 'lollipops' brought to you by Mark Brafield, one of our regular organists.
Music at St Margaret's
A coffee-time concert
11.30am - 12.15pm
Saturday 15th July 2017
Hugh Crook, who was organist here for 3 years before going up to Cambridge (where he is now Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College) is returning to Warnham to give a recital of English, French and German works.
Coffee is served from 11am and admission is free. The music starts at 11.30.
A collection will be taken in aid of church funds.
Open Air service
at Warnham Park
with afternoon tea
Sunday 2nd July at 3.30pm
Arrivals from 3pm
By kind invitation of Caroline and Jonathan Lucas all are invited to an afternoon service of Communion on the lawn at Warnham Park, followed by afternoon tea.
Festal Evensong for the feast of St Richard of Chichester
Sunday 18th June at 6.30pm
An augmented choir will bring you special music to celebrate the day of St Richard - the 'Sussex Saint'.
More details here
Confirmation Service at Holy Trinity, Rudgwick
Thursday 8th June at 7.30pm
Five young people from St Margaret's are being confirmed this week on Thursday evening. The service will be conducted by the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, the Bishop of Horsham.
Please pray for Erin, Rebecca, Matthew, Millie and Rosie as they prepare for this important milestone in their life of faith.
Bishop Mark visits Warnham
10am, Sunday 21st May
This Sunday the Bishop of Horsham, the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby (R), will be giving the address at the Family Service.
Come and give him a warm welcome, and enjoy singing along to the band during our all-age Communion which lasts about one hour.
Tea, coffee and squash and biscuits will be served afterwards in the Parish Room, when Bishop Mark will be chatting to parishioners.
Parish Walk 2017
Sunday 21st May, 12 - 4pm approx
In May the tradition is to walk the Parish boundary or 'beat the bounds', and in Warnham we complete the entire perimeter over a 3-year cycle. We start from the church at noon.
This year it's the eastern segment, a total of 6 miles or thereabouts, with a break for lunch and a sumptuous tea when we get back to Warnham.
Bring a packed lunch and a drink, don your boots and enjoy a companionable stroll over easy ground in (we hope) pleasant early summer weather! Dogs welcome on a lead.
and coffee morning
Saturday 6th May 10am-12 noon
Roll up, roll up! Plants, produce, books, raffles, white elephant, gifts, tea, coffee, cake!
This is a vital fund-raiser for the church so bring your friends, your pennies and your pounds and be ready to have fun supporting St Margaret's!
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
7.30pm, Wednesday 26th April
in the Parish Room
A chance to hear about the various activities at St Margaret's, as well as electing new members of the PCC and church officers.
Don't miss your chance to vote!
Easter Day Services
Sunday 16th April
8am Quieter early service where we greet the new dawn of salvation. Liturgy according to the Book of Common Prayer
10am Parish Communion - bustling and joyful, followed by Easter Egg hunt and prosecco for the grown-ups
6.30pm Easter Praise - the band leads with modern songs and short reflections on the Easter story
Easter Vigil Service
Saturday 15th April, 8pm
We go from the darkness of the tomb to the light of triumph over death in this, the highlight of the church's year.
We renew our baptismal vows and at last sing 'Alleluia!' as we celebrate Jesus' resurrection.
Services during Holy Week
9th-16th April 2017
Holy Week takes us from the cheering crowds of Palm Sunday through the agony of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and his death on the cross, to the bursting open of the tomb. Join us at St Margaret's as we journey with Christ from death to life.
Maundy Thursday - 13th April
7.30pm Parish Communion of the Last Supper, with the washing of feet.
Good Friday - 14th April
9.30am Stations of the Cross - a short family-friendly service led by the youth Group.
1.30pm Liturgy of the Cross - Jesus' last hours
Easter Eve - 15th April
8.00pm Easter Vigil - with baptism
Easter Day - 16th April
8am Holy Communion
10am Parish Communion followed by Easter Egg hunt and with prosecco for the grown-ups
6.30pm Easter Praise, led by the band
Palm Sunday services
Sunday 9th April
10am Procession of Palms
We gather at the Village Hall and then process down Church Street with a boy Jesus riding a donkey. Then when we are in church, the service of communion continues with the dramatised reading of the Passion Gospel.
6.30pm The Way of the Cross
A meditation in words and music on the momentous events of Holy Week, led by the choir.
A new service for Warnham
Sunday 26th March at 6.30pm
'Taizé' is informal, meditative, musical and with plenty of space for reflection and prayer.
It appeals to all ages, and to people from many different denominations. This is a new style of service for Warnham and we encourage you to come and give it a try.
Wednesday 1st March
Parish Communion at 7.30pm,
with the imposition of ashes
This holy day in the church's year marks the beginning of Lent. We prepare ourselves for 40 days of prayer, study and sacrificial giving, and put our hand into God's hand as we set off into the wilderness with him.
"Make me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me"
Festal Evensong for HM the Queen's Accession
Sunday 12th February at 6.30pm
65 years ago on 6th February Her Majesty became our Queen. St Margaret's presents music from the coronation, including Zadok the Priest and Crown Imperial, to celebrate her long reign.
The service will last an hour and refreshments will be served afterwards - all welcome.
Thursday 2nd February at 7.30pm
with candlelight procession.
"A light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of your people, Israel."
We celebrate the child Jesus being recognised as the Saviour by old Simeon and Anna, servants of the temple at Jerusalem. The service will last an hour.
Sunday 8th January at 10am
On Sunday we will be welcoming the Archdeacon of Horsham, the Venerable Fiona Windsor, who will preach.
We will also have the Procession of the Kings during the service, as is our Warnham tradition.
All are welcome to this Parish Communion which will last about an hour and fifteen minutes, and tea coffee and squash will be served afterwards in the Parish Room.
New Year's Day service
Our 10am service on Sunday 1st January will include the 'Renewal of the Covenant'.
This is a set of prayers with a focus on dedicating the coming year to God, and reminding ourselves of his promises to us.
Originally devised by the Methodists, the Covenant Prayers have been adopted by many Christians at New Year as a way of meditating on our discipleship.
St Margaret's services over the Christmas weekend
Christmas Eve (Saturday)
3.30pm and 5pm
Christingle magic with the children's Nativity Play and the blessing of the crib. There's a choice of two services and both are very full so get there in good time!
11.30pm Midnight Mass
O come let us adore him and sing with the angels as we welcome the Christ child in the very first few minutes of Christmas Day.
8am - a quieter Holy Communion
10am - bring a stocking present and let's rejoice together that God is with us!
O come all ye faithful!
Carol service: 6.30pm, Sunday 18th December
This Sunday we celebrate Christmas with our annual traditional 'Service of Nine Lessons and Carols'.
The choir are preparing to treat you with glorious music, and wine and mince pies will be served afterwards.
So come and raise the roof with your Hark the Herald, and celebrate the mystery of 'God with us' in the form of a tiny child.
St Margaret's Bazaar
Saturday 3rd December, 10am-2.30pm
Only days to go!
Raffles, tombolas, cakes and produce, games, toys, gifts, books, CDs and DVDs, and food and refreshments served all day long.
Father Christmas will be in his grotto from 10.30-12.30 - don't miss him!
Sunday 20th November at 10am
Every year we at St Margaret's donate presents to be given to the children of Sussex who are not facing a very happy Christmas.
Family Support Work is a charity that makes contact with families that are in crisis - it could be parental illness, homelessness, poverty, or bad housing.
The Toy collection is made this Sunday morning at our Family Service and we ask for you to bring gifts unwrapped - and please remember older children as well as little ones!
All Saints Tide
There are two opportunities to commemorate those who have 'gone before' at St Margaret's next week:
On Tuesday 1st November at 7.30pm our evening service marks All Saints Day and we rejoice with the holy ones of God and pray for the strength to live lives that bring glory to God.
The next day is All Souls, when a much quieter service gives us the space to reflect on those close to us whom we have lost and wish to remember before God. This service is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd November. If you would like to add the name of someone dear to you to our list that night, please contact the Parish Administrator on 01403 265041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert this Saturday
The wonderful musicians at Farlington School are coming to St Margaret's again to entertain us with more musical magic.
All are welcome!
The concert aims to raise money for the church, specifically for the new church Guide which has just been published. Copies are available at £3.
The staff, pupils and parents of Farlington School showcase their talents for one night only on Saturday 8th October at 7.30pm. Tickets are free, but a collection will be taken at the end of the concert.
Licensing of Rev. Jules A Barnes
On Wednesday 5th October at 7.30pm the Bishop of Chichester will be licensing our new priest at a special service in church. The service is open to all and we hope that the whole community will come to welcome her and support her with prayer.
Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Village Hall - all are welcome.
This Sunday, 2nd October, is our Harvest Festival where we give thanks for the goodness of God's earth, and offer gifts for those who do not have their fair share.
Our service is at 10am and is for all the family. We are bringing cash donations for our links in East and West Africa, as well as food for Crawley Open House, which supplies food and other help to the destitute and homeless in our area. To see more about their work, click here.
Following the service, at 12.30pm we will be raising more funds at our Harvest Lunch in the Village Hall. If you would like to know more or want to buy a ticket please call 01403 260139.
Farewell to Rosemary
Our Curate, Rev Rosemary Cattell, is leaving St Margaret's at the end of July, and we will be saying a sad but fond farewell to her after the 10am service on Sunday 31st July.
Drinks and cake will be served in the Parish Room and there will be a chance for everyone to thank Rosemary personally for her years of loving service here in Warnham.
Festal Evensong for St Margaret's Day
6.30pm Sunday 17th July 2016
Our Patronal Festival is 20th July and this year we will be celebrating it on the nearest Sunday with a special evening service.
The choir will lead us with music from "Margaret of Antioch", written by Christopher Loveless and Mark Browse in 2004.
The 17th is also the anniversary of Christopher's death, so the service will include the dedication of a brass light holder for the Sanctuary candle, in memory of his life of dedicated prayer for the Parish.
The service will last about an hour and refreshments will be served in church afterwards.
10.30am Sunday 12th June 2016
On Sunday morning we will be holding a special service on the Cricket Field by the Village Hall, in honour of the Queen's 90th birthday. It's the only way to kickstart Warnham village's day of celebrations!
The service is at the later-than-usual time of 10.30am and will last about an hour, with tea, coffee and squash served afterwards, and a Royal Treasure Hunt for the children around the Cricket Field.
Bring a picnic blanket to sit on, or a folding chair - see you there!
Sunday 15th May at 10am, in church
Come to our Family Service celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, and enjoy uplifting music, prayers and all-age sermon.
At the end of the service we sing as we go outside onto the church lawn, where doves will be released as a symbol of the grace and freedom of God's Spirit. We will then all enjoy refreshments in the Parish Room, or on the grass if fine.
Festal Evensong for Whit Sunday
Sunday 15th May, 6.30-7.30pm
In celebration of the sending of God's Holy Spirit, our choir welcomes guest singers from Holy Trinity, Rudgwick for a special service featuring an anthem by Warnham's own Mark Browse.
Come and worship with us, and enjoy the music and poetry of one of England's treasures, the traditional Evensong service, in our beautiful village church.