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.
Remembrance Sunday 8th November
On Remembrance Sunday people in our community will be remembering those who have died or been wounded in war and praying for peace. This year we will be doing things differently at St Augustine’s Church. Unfortunately, it is not possible to hold a Service of Remembrance in the church or an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial. You are invited to join us for our special online Remembrance Service on the church YouTube channel at 10.15 am on Sunday 8th November led by the Revd Jean Sedgley. In this service we will commemorate the sixteen men of the parish who lost their lives in the First World War and the seven who died in the Second World War along with others known to us. The service will include a pre-recorded Act of Remembrance with laying of wreaths. Please join us to remember those who have given their lives and to pray for peace.
On Remembrance Sunday you are welcome to visit the church for private prayer. It will be open throughout the day with a First World War display. Please wear a face covering, remember to hand sanitise and observe social distancing.
Restrictions due to the Covid-19 Pandemic
It is necessary for you to take precautions if you enter the church building, and for us to ensure that it is properly cleaned after each period of use. For this reason, it is only open to visitors on Sundays (after the morning service on the days when there has been one in the building) and on Tuesdays, and everyone who enters it must wear an appropriate face covering and use the hand wash that has been made available, either at the door of the church or at the back of the pews.
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.
Sunday Services inside the Church
We can now celebrate said communion inside the church building, at 9:00 am on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of each month, although only a limited number of people will be able to attend these services, and a number of other restrictions will apply. Please let Mark the churchwarden know by the Friday lunchtime preceding such a service if you wish to attend.
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.