St mary the virgin, Barnham

Barnham Church was recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book.  It is a Grade 1 listed building.

Barnham church celebrates all the rich symbolism of the modern catholic tradition. The main act of worship is the Mass and there are servers, and weekly use of incense.  Hymns are sung, a sermon is preached and generous refreshments are enjoyed at the back of church after the service, often spilling out into the idyllic country churchyard. 

In 2008 a weekly Roman Catholic Mass started following the closure of their chapel in the village and this service is held in the church on Monday mornings.

Accessibility

The church is accessible (across a grassed area) to wheelchair users. There is a hearing loop for the hard of hearing and large print orders of service and hymn books available.

Gluten Free wafers are available. 

 

St Mary's currently doesn't have a toilet, kitchen or running water but this doesn't stop us putting on breakfasts, lunches and suppers after some of our services! ​

Parking is located on Barnham Court Farm during the Summers months we are in a field, during the winter months the farm yard.  Please follow the signs and park neatly.  There is limited parking closer to the Church for the disabled.

Graveyard, the Churchyard is still open for burials and interment of ashes although space is limited.

Local History - Located at the back of Church are folders containing: copies of the Church Registers from 1539,  information about our war dead and information about prominent local families.  

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Picture gallery of St Mary's. 

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St Mary's, Barnham
St Mary's, Barnham

South Side

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St Mary's, Barnham
St Mary's, Barnham

Our two Norman windows and 13C porch.

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St Mary's, Barnham
St Mary's, Barnham

Our Baptismal shell, date unknown.

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St Mary's, Barnham
St Mary's, Barnham

South Side

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Sunday Worship

9am          Morning Prayer (BCP

9.30am     Mass (BCP)

11.15am   Parish Mass (sung)

6pm         Evensong (BCP)

Weekday Worship

9.30am    Monday

                Roman Catholic Mass​​

6pm        Monday to Saturday

                Evening Prayer (BCP)

9.30am   1st Saturday

               Walsingham Cell Mass

       

St Mary's Patronal Festival is the Assumption of Mary into Heaven (15th August). We observe the day with an evening Mass and our main celebration is on the closest Saturday when we celebrate with a Sung Mass at noon followed by lunch.    

Total seated capacity is 130

90 - pews, 40 - stacking chairs (if required)

At St Mary's the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in a tabernacle behind the High Altar, the Holy Oils are reserved in an aumbry to the left of the altar behind a carved wooden door.  Holy Water is available in the porch and at all doors. 

 

St Mary's follows the discipline of

'The Society of St. Wilfrid and St Hilda' and is a corporate member of the Prayer Book Society as well as being a Cell of The Society of Our Lady of Walsingham.    

Clergy who take services is St Mary's are:

Rector of the Parish:

Fr Paul Armstead - 01243 551566

Priest with Responsibility of St Mary's: 

Fr Graham Reeves SSC - 07749 090009

Assistant Priests:

Fr Tony Brant - 01243 527855           

Fr Michael Palmer MBE

Churchwardens:

Mr B Smith - 07931 527724

Mr S Maple - 07720 046277

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