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.
Our 9:00 am services are livestreamed on the church's YouTube channel.
Pending a review, the church newsletter is not accessible from the website, in either current or historic versions.
The church will be unavailable for private worship and for the Anchor coffee shop on 21st, 22nd, and 23rd June, and on 5th July, owing to examinations taking place in it for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
As a consequence of these exams, the coffee shop is transferring its opening day from Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th June.
Although the measures taken to reduce the risks from Covid-19 are currently being stepped down, we are not back to what we used to regard as normal conditions. We again have services in our church building, though with restricted numbers, and booking ahead is essential. For further information, please see our updated Worship page.
We are a part of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, and our village is a few miles east of Haywards Heath, and southeast 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.
In 2012 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, under normal circumstances, the Anchor Coffee Shop takes place in it from 10:00 am until noon. The main body of the church has also 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.
We have a Facebook page, for those that use that social medium.