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.
In light of the situation with Covid–19, it was decided that we should not proceed with services formerly scheduled to be held inside the church building, or even permit private prayer there, until the Government eased lockdown regulations. The time of easing seems to be approaching.
The church will be open for private prayer between 10 am and 6 pm every Wednesday and Sunday throughout April. If you make use of it, please also use the cleaning materials provided before you leave the building.
It is further hoped that we shall be able to restart services in the church building from Sunday 2nd May, though this will depend upon the pandemic remaining largely under control. The most up–to–date information about this is likely to be available in the latest church newsletter.
We still do have pre-recorded weekly services that can be watched online. Information about all of our services should be available on our Service Times page, which we shall try to keep updated as regulations, recommendatations, and advice change.
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.