Welcome to St Augustine’s Church
This is the website of the parish church of Saint Augustine of Canterbury in the village of Scaynes Hill in West Sussex.
Appointment of a New Vicar
At the end of the online service on 15th November, churchwardens Jenny and Mark were able to announce the appointment of a new Vicar for St Augustine’s, Reverend Beverley Miles.
We do not yet know when her licensing will take place, but you can already learn a little more about her from here.
Changes to Opening Dates
ABRSM exams are taking place in the church, and this means that there will be changes to the days when the church is open for private prayer.
The church will be open on:
- Thursday 26th November
IMPORTANT NEWS — updated 4th November 2020
Public worship in the Church of England has been suspended during the current Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Online Sunday Services
Saint Augustine’s Church has its own YouTube channel, on which our 10:00 am Sunday services will be available during the period of restrictions required to reduce the impact of the pandemic. It can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYBIuyAatl5kfw5dcthxF-w, and we hope that if you cannot join us in person then you will visit it, and participate, albeit at a distance, in our Sunday worship.
We are a part of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, and our village is a few miles east of Haywards Heath, and south–east of Lindfield, at the eastern edge of West Sussex.
We are family–friendly and normally have an active children’s church on Sundays, though this takes a break during the school summer holidays — and during the current pandemic!
For our adult members, Home Groups are organised at various times throughout the year and there are both men’s and women’s Saturday breakfasts, with speakers, from time to time.
Our building is usually open each day from 9 am to 5 pm (4 pm in winter); it is neither very old nor especially architecturally distinguished, but it has an interesting history of dual use (which was largely what led to its being granted grade 2 listed building status in 2006), some attractive stained glass, and a magnificent tapestry. We run history talks to let people know all about it. More importantly, it offers an intimate setting where parishioners and others can worship God as part of a Christian community.
A few years ago we had an annexe added to the church building, so as to furnish it with facilities, such as a church hall, that were previously lacking. On Tuesday mornings, from 10:00 am until noon, the Anchor Coffee Shop takes place in it. More recently the main body of the church has had a hearing induction loop installed, for the benefit of those worshippers who use hearing aids.
For further information, please select the appropriate links from the site navigation menu. If you want to know what we do, or are at all interested in coming to one (or more!) of our services, you may find the Visitors link a good place to start. To learn when our church services take place, choose Service Times from the navigation menu, and to learn what these services are, choose How We Worship. For information about the history of the church, pick the Building link. Our tapestry is important enough to have a link to itself. The Scaynes Hill menu item will lead to an external page page about the village of Scaynes Hill.