Serving the 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!

'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.



"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."



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.



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.

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.




SUNDAY 10th March

At 4.00 pm


What do an empty beer glass, coloured sand and a candle have in common? The answer is the craft done at Messy Church in January! The theme was the journey of the Wise Men, and how they journeyed, following the star, to find Jesus. We heard how today we don’t need to find Jesus by following a star, we can go to church, read the bible, pray to him, speak with those who already love him in order to hear and learn more about him. 

Jesus is the light of the world. So our craft was a reminder of all we shared – the sand (a reminder of the wise men travelling across the desert) and the candle (a reminder of the light of Christ), the empty beer glass was covered in glue and then covered in sand and the candle placed inside to illuminate through the sand! We had fun sharing in singing songs, watching a film, making the craft and finally having tea together.

If you would like to join the Messy Church families, the next Messy Church is on Sunday 10th March, 4pm, in St. Mary’s Church. Everyone is welcome to come to Messy Church, any age, but children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please ring Sarah or Rod on 01797 253118 or email

Sarah White