Serving the Community

'Open the Book'


Every Monday we provide an interactive Bible Story to primary school children in Northiam. Scenery, props and costumes help to make each visit memorable for the children and audience participation is encouraged! We feel privileged to share the Word of God to the children in our community.



Prayer plays a vital role in the life of the St. Mary's. Every weekday, at 9:05am in the church, there is the opportunity to meet for a brief and informal time of Morning Prayer in the coffee area of the church, at which we pray for the needs of the world, our community and the church. All welcome!



On Sunday 4th November at 4pm, there was a Service of Remembrance for anyone in our village who has lost a loved one, either recently or in the past and whether the funeral service was at St. Mary’s or not.

This was a simple service of hymns, readings and prayers, with the opportunity to light a candle as a symbol of love, remembrance and prayer for their loved one.



Our church mission statement is "to the glory of God, serving the community in love" and we seek to care for any who have needs within our community. We have formed a small group of people who are happy to visit, so if you know anyone who is unwell, lonely or housebound who would welcome a friendly face and a chat, please contact us.



"Thank you for your hospitality and warm welcome since moving to Northiam recently. Getting involved with church events has helped us meet new people and feel settled."

Remembrance on 11th November, 10am Service


The 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War was commemorated on Sunday 11th November at 10am in church, culminating with an Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial. Wreaths were laid by the community groups.

Many Northiam residents attended this poignant event.

Children's Activities

At Open The Book, held at Northiam Primary School during March & April, we learned about The Easter Story. We enacted scenes before and after Jesus' death and learned about God's sacrifice and the amazing grace which allows us to be forgiven and accepted into heaven. 

Our 2019 Easter Colouring Competition was announced and lots of children entered. It has been judged and the lucky winners have been presented with their prizes of A Real Easter Egg (chocolate egg with the Christian message). All children in the Nursery who took part received a colourful Easter Story book.   

You can view the colourful entries in Church. There is an exhibition of the children's work displayed in coffee corner.


We also participated at The Spring Horticultural Show on Saturday 6th April, with an amazing display of craft 'bugs' - made by children at Messy Church.  The display then moved to the church for Holy Week.

At Messy Church on Sunday 14th April we made Holy Week craft mobiles followed by songs, teachings and an Easter Egg Hunt.

To reserve your place at Messy Church please contact Sarah White or ring 01797 253118.


Messy Church




SUNDAY 8th September

At 4.00 pm


A very select group of church members set out around the Dixter Loop footpaths and enjoyed good weather, splendid views and animated conversation. At the picnic at the end we made very good use of “Peter’s Bench” bathed in sunshine, appreciating the wild flowers in the churchyard and being entertained by the families of swifts currently nesting in the church eaves.

As always it was lovely to spend time together, we would love to welcome you to Messy Church too! 

But you will have to wait until September for our next Messy Church – so put September 8th at 4.00 pm on your calendars.

Meanwhile enjoy the summer holidays and watch this space for details for September.

Sarah White