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St Mary's has been at the centre of Christian life in Battle for nearly 900 years.  This beautiful Parish Church was founded by Abbot Ralph circa. A.D.1115. The Benedictine Abbey of St. Martin was built on the battlefield of the Norman conquest and established St. Mary's to serve the community which had grown up around the monastery.

The church is a haven of peace and worship built on the battlefield where in 1066 both Norman and Saxon died and history was made.  The church includes a magnificent transitional nave, a rare wall painting of St Margaret of Antioch c. 1300 and the gilded and painted Alabaster Tomb of Sir Anthony Browne 1548 - the man whom King Henry VIII granted the Abbey.  The visitor can also view the Crusaders' crosses carved by their swords and the superb Senlac window commemorating the battle.

Although now faded, the church once exhibited one of the most impressive painted interiors of the middle ages in Sussex. There are also three brasses of note dating from 1426. Saint Catherine's Chapel is situated at the east end of the south aisle and is avilable for you to pray or meditate in peace and quiet.

When Abbot Ralph founded the church of St. Mary the Virgin for the 'people of Battel', a village grew up around the monastery. The priest in charge was given the style and dignity of DEAN and the parish enjoyed 'PECULIAR' status, outside the authority of the Bishops of Chichester in whose diocese it lay. This privilege survived until 1845. Today the Sovereign is the Patron of the Benefice and the Incumbent is still the Very Reverend the Dean of Battle.

In late 2009 a number of helpful information boards were erected both inside and outside the church which offer the visitor more historic facts.

We worship a God who is alive and cares about each one of us. St Mary's Vision
is therefore to be a people led by God's Spirit who earnestly wish to see God's
kingdom grow through a healthy living Church. Our desire is to glorify God in
all that we do whilst reaching out and serving the community in Battle and the
surrounding areas. Our overriding desire is to worship God in the name of his
son Jesus and feel compelled to share Christ with the aim of seeing God bringing
restoration to people's lives.

We sincerely desire to be a worshipping and prayerful community sharing Christ within and outside the church,
demonstrating by word and action God's gracious, forgiving and healing love. We
recognise that the presence and power of Jesus is with us and made known through
the activity of his Holy Spirit. As such we want to be people who seek to live
under the direction and in the empowering of his Spirit in obedience to God's
Word. We want to share Christ because we know the difference that His grace and
love has made in our lives.

We are a friendly, active church that is involved in the local community. We are a growing church and believe we have an
exciting future ahead of us, so why not come along to one of our services and find out more.

Are You A Good Person

How 'good' is good to get into heaven?

Video used by kind permission of Livingwaters.com

There are currently no other meetings on the schedule.

Early Morning Prayer (weekdays)

8:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Church

Every weekday morning a small group gathers in the St. Catherine's Chapel for morning prayer. This quiet service includes the readings and psalms set for the day, as well as space for silent reflection and prayer before the busyness of the day begins. It lasts approximately 25 minutes. Everyone is welcome. do join us if you can.  Also, if you are just passing, stop for a short while to pause and offer the day to the Lord before continuing on your way. 

 

Time for Prayer (monthly)

As part of our Mission Action Plan we are setting aside a time for prayer every second Monday of each month, from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Benedicta Whistler Centre.

You are warmly invited to join us for this monthly time of prayer.

House groups are a source of much fun, good friendship and spiritual growth. If you don't belong to one yet, then please contact the Dean and together you can choose the house group that is most suitable for you.

Tuesday Morning Group

Everyone who enjoys both Bible study and discussion is very welcome to join in. 

Wednesday Evening Group

The Wednesday evening group usually meets on the first Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Please ask The Dean for more information.

Thursday Evening Group

This group usually meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:45 p.m.

Friday Fellowship

Please use the Contact Us form to enquire about this fellowship.

 

St. Mary's, Battle

For up-to-date information on the services please check the St. Mary's Calendar. The general outline of the Services is as follows, but some services may be combined during special times of year such as Mothering Sunday, Easter, Harvest and Christmas.

Our Sunday Services:

 8.00 am  - Holy Communion (except on 5th Sunday of the month)

 9.30 am  - Parish Communion

11.00 am  - Modern Service with Sunday School

6.00 pm  -  Evensong (1st and 3rd Sundays)

Healing Service - (at times advertised)

Midweek Communion Service

Thursdays 10.30 a.m.

Every Thursday at 10.30 in the Lady Chapel at St Mary's the Dean leads a small group of us in a service of Holy Communion, using the Common Worship booklet. His homily on the scripture is inspiring and we enjoy a closeness as we share communion at the altar rail. Afterwards Alison and Carol provide us with a warm welcome in the Benedicta Whistler centre where we relax and chat with tea, coffee and chocolate biscuits! The later hour and availability of local weekday buses mean many of us find it easier to attend this service each week. If you would like to come along but need a lift please contact Alison Hassell or Vikki Cook.

Children's Corner

If your child becomes restless, there is a Children's Corner in the church, with toys and books for babies and small children to keep them entertained.

Pew Sheets

We publish a "Pew Sheet" each week, which gives details of who takes each of the services, plus other events and news of the week. 

 

Pastoral Care

This church group is here to serve you.  If you are going through a difficult time due to illness, loneliness, bereavement, or any other troubles, do not hesitate to contact us.   

Most of us find ourselves in need of some kind of healing at some point in our lives, whether it's emotional healing as a result of past experiences, physical healing from illness, healing as a result of relationships that have gone wrong, or even spiritual healing. Through prayer, unconditional acceptance and love, we seek God's power to restore broken lives.

Our team is here for:

  • Home Communions
  • Sick Visiting
  • Hospital Visiting
  • or if you need help with other matters.

We will inform The Dean and arrange for the names to be put on the Prayer List, if desired. We are willing to help, wherever we can.

To contact us, please use the Contact Us page and select "Pastoral Care" and somebody will get back to you.

We are always in need of new helpers - male and female. If you feel you can help in any way, please get in touch with us.

 

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