Bishop Jonathan’s Sermon 13th June 2019

Sunday Services

The government has forbidden public worship for four weeks from 5th November, so there will be no services at St Mary Magdalene’s or St Peter’s until December. Then we expect to resume worship at our normal times. The Sunday Mass will be live-streamed from St Mary Magdalene’s every Sunday at 9.30 throughout the lockdown.

Please join in prayer with us at home. Mass at St Mary Magdalene’s online.

Our usual Sunday worship is the Parish Mass at 9.30am. Our Children’s Church go out to their activities in the Old Vestries during the opening hymn and then return at the Peace. On occasions we have a Family Mass for which the children stay in church and take part in leading the service. We sing the Gregory Murray Folk Mass with both modern and traditional hymns from a variety of sources, and while our style is definitely Anglo-Catholic, with a dignified ceremonial, we aim for our worship to be both relaxed and easy for newcomers to come to terms with. We try to worship God in the beauty of holiness and in the language of our people.


During the week Evening Prayer is normally said at 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Mass is said at 8.30am on Wednesday.

There is a School Mass on most Mondays in term time at 9.10am.

An annual feature of worship at St. Mary Magdalene’s is the High Mass on All Souls’ Day, where we are joined by the St.Mary Magdalene Music Society, with their Orchestra and Choir, together with the boys of Sussex House School Choir, in the liturgical performance of a French 19th century Requiem Mass. This tradition goes back more than 30 years, to when Maurice Durufle was associated with the church.