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 12th May

At 4.00 pm



It was lovely to share with so many families at Messy Church in April, including our latest member, 3 week old Max, congratulations to Jack, Sascha and Ollie! 

We thought about the events during Holy Week, from Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to the shouts and cheers of the crowds who met him, to Maundy Thursday when Jesus shared the Last Supper with his disciples, to Good Friday when Jesus was killed on the cross and finally to Easter Sunday when we celebrate Jesus coming to life again. 

We sang songs accompanied by Rod playing his guitar and the children playing percussion instruments. We made a craft which will remind us of Holy Week and then all the children took part in an Easter egg hunt with eggs hidden all around the church. 

The afternoon was completed by sharing a lovely tea provided by Joan. It was lovely to spend time with everyone there, a huge thank you to all who came and helped make it such a happy, fun afternoon!

Hopefully many of you saw our exhibit A Bug’s life on the stage at the Horticultural show, we were delighted with how it looked and the reaction from those who saw it. We transferred it to the church and displayed it in the corner of the church under the Sussex Window for everyone to see over the Easter weekend.

We would love to welcome you to Messy Church! 

Our next Messy Church is on Sunday 12th May 2019, 4pm, in St. Mary’s Church, everyone is welcome, any age, all children must be accompanied by an adult , for more information please ring Sarah 01797 253118 or email

Sarah White