Covid Recovery Appeal

Our parish finances were already stretched at the beginning of 2020, but the Covid shutdown has resulted in a loss of £7,000 income per month from our hall and church hires, weddings and other events. This equates to £42,000 of lost income to the end of the year, and we are likely to feel the impact into 2021 as well. We had some reserves, but they are not sufficient to cover losses of this magnitude.   We have made some savings while our buildings have been closed and worked to find further cost savings from our budget, including reviewing staffing levels.

We are now asking our congregations at St Mary's, Holy Trinity & St Leonard's to consider making a one-off gift to support us through this time.  These gifts will be confidentially administered on behalf of the Parish by Jean Mitchell, the St Mary's Stewardship Officer.  You can make a gift in one of two ways:

  1. By completing the 'Giving Form' available to download directly here. Completed forms can then be emailed to Jean at jmitchell@horshamstmarys.org.uk or posted to The Stewardship Officer c/o Parish Office, Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1HE
  2. Donate online using a debit or credit card via our ChurchSuite 'Horsham Parish Covid Recovery Appeal 2020' donation page. 

Please remember to tick the gift-aid box if you are a UK taxpayer.

Some of you will not be in a position to help financially, but we continue to be so grateful for the many ways that you each give your time and talents to support our churches. If you have the capacity to help further in practical ways, please speak to Revd. Lisa, Fr. David, Revd. Rebecca, or one of the church wardens.

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:17)


Our musicians have responded to this financial need by offering lunchtime recitals in St Mary's on the 5 Wednesdays from 5th August to 2nd September. These will be from 1pm, the audience will be appropriately socially distanced, and there will be an opportunity to give a retiring collection which will go towards this appeal. More details on St. Mary's website over the next few weeks, and please be aware that we will need to take the contact details of all who come, for the track and trace process. (This has sadly been postponed due to new covid restrictions)

The 'covid interim' service pattern that we have established over the last 3 weeks will continue during August, with just a slight change in the services at St Mary's, where we will just have 9am & 11am services of Holy Communion during August. We hope to enjoy the 3pm all age services and 5pm evening prayer services fortnightly from September, and I will let you know more details about that in due course.

St Leonard's will continue with Wednesday morning services of Holy Communion from 10.30am each week, and will be joined by the Mother's Union on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Holy Trinity will continue with a 10am service on each Sunday.

We continue to pray for all who are suffering during this pandemic, through poor health, loneliness, or financial concerns. If there are any particular ways that the church can support you during this time, please do get in touch.

With every blessing, and our prayers,

 Canon Lisa Barnett, Fr. David Bouskill and Revd. Rebecca Tuck