Welcome to St Augustine’s Church

Photograph of Saint Augustine’s Church as viewed from Church Road, Scaynes Hill

St. Augustine’s viewed
from the east

This is the website of the parish church of Saint Augustine of Canterbury in the village of Scaynes Hill in West Sussex.

IMPORTANT NEWS — updated 29th July 2020

We have new arrangements while the pandemic remains a problem. Some services are being resumed in the church building, but these are short, said eucharists, with restrictions upon how many people can attend, and upon how they may behave when they do. To book a place, you MUST contact Mark the churchwarden on or before the Friday preceding the service you hope to attend. The online services will continue as they have been doing for the foreseeable future — although, at present, the foreseeable future is of highly uncertain extent.

  • At 9:00 am on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month there will be a said communion in the church, subject to the restrictions described above.
  • At 10:00 am on the 1st Sunday of the month there will be an online all-age morning worship service.
  • At 10:00 am on the 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month there will be an online morning worship service.
  • At 10:00 am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month there will be an online holy communion service.

There is also a slight change to when the church will be open for private prayer.

  • All Tuesdays: 9.00 am — 6.00 pm.
  • The 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month: 9.00 am — 6.00 pm:
  • On the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month, the church will be cleaned after the service, and will then stay open until 6:00 pm.

The best way to keep informed about arrangements is to consult the Newsletters; these are available through the menu on the left of the page or the most recently uploaded one can be found at https://sash.org.uk/e-letters/latest.pdf.

Online Sunday Services

Saint Augustine’s Church now has its own YouTube channel, on which it is intended that our 10:00 am Sunday services will be available during the period of restrictions required to reduce the impact of the pandemic. It can now (since 23rd July 2020) be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYBIuyAatl5kfw5dcthxF-w, and we hope you will visit it, and join in, though at a distance, with our Sunday worship.

Online Thursday Prayer

Lucy has also been recording Thursday morning prayers from the church building for us. These can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irBiVasVQ6E.

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 meet for holy communion at eight o’clock on the first Sunday of the month, and at ten o’clock every Sunday, with a midweek communion at noon on the third Wednesday of each month. Other services take place as advised on the Service Times page.

We are family–friendly and have an active children’s church on Sundays, though this takes a break during the school summer holidays.

A photograph of our 2018 Harvest Festival

Our 2018 Harvest Festival
with a theme from Open The Book

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.