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Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Sompting

St Mary's Church is the ancient parish church of Sompting. It will be reopening for public worship with a week of special events.

Current Events

Past Events

  • Sunday 15 August 2021
    Choral Evensong to celebrate the re-opening of St Mary's Church for regular worship. The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, will be the guest preacher. This will be followed by beer from the Stanley Ale House and entertainment from Sompting Village Morris. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Monday 16 August 2021
    A talk by David Bone on the history of St Mary's Church, Sompting If wet, bring an umbrella. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Between Monday 16 August 2021 and Friday 20 August 2021
    A special scavenger hunt for children and families. Come and see what you can find in and around this ancient building. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Monday 16 August 2021
    Aedan Kerney MBE presents an organ recital with a difference. Join Aedan to complete a fun musical crossword where all of the answers are in the music. Bring a pen! This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Tuesday 17 August 2021
    Test your general knowledge with a quiz. Bring a team or come alone and we'll put you in a team. Tea and biscuits will be available. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Wednesday 18 August 2021
    Join local historian Mike Tristram for an hour-long guided walk onto the downs starting at the church. Terrain will include rough ground and steep slopes. This will be followed by tea and cake in the church accompanied by traditional tunes from the Strawberry Fair Folk Trio. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Wednesday 18 August 2021
    Vic and Tina Smith present a multimedia show about birds in song, tune, verse and folklore. Followed by refreshments. Bring a cushion! This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Thursday 19 August 2021
    Sussex Wind Quintet will play a programme of light classical music on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and french horn. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Friday 20 August 2021
    Nick Munday takes you on a tour of his micro-vineyard and winery situated next to St Mary's. There'll be time for a tasting at the end. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Friday 20 August 2021
    A multi-media on-screen performance by Worthing Choral Society lasting about 25 minutes in which nine musical pieces by Aedan Kerney combine with archive images of the local area, narration and soundscape, reflecting the impact of the seasons of the year on local horticulture and lives within the community. With talks from Aedan Kerney and Nick Munday, and live performance from Sam Barton. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Saturday 21 August 2021
    A reflective journey led by Canon Michael Hart, former Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral. A time to pause in this holy place, be still and be with God. Please bring lunch and a cushion with you. This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin
  • Sunday 22 August 2021
    Join the Binsted Viols and Voices for some 16th century songs of love and faith. Bring a cushion! This event is part of St Mary's Celebration Week.
    Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin