St Mary’s is a church with music at the very heart of its worship. The four-part mixed choir leads the singing at the weekly Sunday Eucharist, and also once a month at Sung Evensong. The choir also sings at weddings and funerals as well as attending choral events and workshops.
Friday evening is rehersal night for the choir where we cover a wide range of music from traditional hymns and anthems to more modern pieces; but not until we have had our vocal warm up which not only develops vocal technique but is also great fun.
New members are very welcome. We look forward to meeting you.
Contact: Director of Music: Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts BMUS(Hons) PGDipRNCM on 07974 546348
Jacqueline Wiginton on 01444 811312
Balcombe Bell Ringers
St Mary’s Church has eight bells, in the key of A, the tenor bell (the eighth and largest bell with the deepest note) weighing approximately 9 cwt.
Bells at St Mary’s Church have been rung for church services since around 1400 and the tradition continues today, with bells rung for the Sunday Eucharist as well as for weddings and to commemorate special events, when a peal or quarter peal may be rung. Most of the bell-ringers live locally and all are members of the Sussex Association of Change Ringers. Practice is on Tuesdays at 7:30pm, when we are frequently joined by bell-ringers from neighbouring towers.
New bell-ringers are always welcome. If you would like to join us, please contact John Moore on 01444 410507.
St Mary’s Mothers’ Union meets on the second Thursday of the month in the Parish Room, Stockcroft Road, Balcombe. There are 20 members in this branch. The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide Christian organisation which aims to support Christian marriage and family life.
For more information, visit: www.themothersunion.org.
The varied programme includes speakers and outings. New members are always welcome.
For more information please contact the Branch Leader, Margaret Wiliamson, on: 01444 811918.
There are several small Christian faith and Bible study groups held throughout the year; at present two weekly house groups meet on Monday mornings and evenings during term time and a Wednesday morning group meets monthly.
During Lent we meet together on Wednesday evenings to follow a course on a specific theme. We also hold an annual "Day of Reflection/Quiet Day".
We continually aim to create further opportunities to meet together at other times, on a regular or seasonal basis.
For more information please contact:
Monday House Groups: Charles and Julia WIlson on 01444 811304
Wednesday Morning Group: Pennie Burton o 01444 811249
Lent Course: Rosemary Corder on 01444 400373
Day of Relection/Quiet Day: Pennie Burton on 01444 811249