Suspension of Public Worship
This week myself, together with the Churchwardens and PCC, have had to make the difficult decision to suspend public worship from today. This decision is not one that has been made lightly, but in the current climate with the increased spread of the Coronvirus, we feel that this is the right action to take. In the first instance, we have asked the Bishop for permission to suspend worship until 20th February 2021. Together with myself, the churchwardens will keep our local situation under review to decide what course of action needs to be taken after this date. The Mass will continue to be celebrated on behalf of the parish daily and streamed live on our website and social media. The service sheets and newsletter will be updated to our website by Friday each week.
to website for the Parish of Colgate and Roffey.
St Saviours's is the parish church of Colgate which comprises of the Villages of Colgate and Faygate and the new housing development of Kilnwood Vale and is located in Forest Road and All Saints' is the parish church of Roffey located on Crawley Road (a few minutes drive from the centre of Horsham.)
Colgate and Roffey form a single parish within the Church of England's Diocese of Chichester. On Wednesday 20th September the parishes of Colgate and Roffey were merger by a pastoral scheme to form this new parish and Fr Russell was installed as the first Vicar.
As Anglican parish churches our worship comes from the Church of England's liturgies, ‘Common Worship’ and ‘The Book of Common Prayer.’ The worship at All Saints is in the 'high church' or 'anglo-catholic' style with a focus on the Sacraments and the beauty of holiness revealed through the dignity and ceremony of our worship. The worship at St Saviour's can be described as 'Central', which means it is slightly less ceremonial but is still dignified.
On Sundays, All Saints' has 3 different styles of Eucharistic worship starting with a quiet contemplative Mass at 8am then an All Age Mass with a focus on children at 9.15am and finally a Traditional Sung Mass at 10.30am. On the first Sunday of the Month, 10.30am congregations join with the congregation of St Saviour's to worship together at 11.00am at St Saviour's. All Saints Church has passed the House of Bishop's declaration on the ministry of Priest and Bishops and we are fully committed to upholding the five guiding principles to provide for mutual flourishing throughout the church.
As a parish, we have an active social life which helps draw our diverse, all-age congregations together.
As well as our Sunday Masses we also celebrate Mass on a Wednesday at 10am followed by coffee, Thursday at 7.00pm, Friday at 8.00am.
St Saviour's has 2 Sunday services each month. On the 1st Sunday of the month, the service is a Contemporary Sung Eucharist and the congregation is joined by those of All Saints and on the 3rd Sunday of each month, the Service is taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Both these services are at 11.00am. In addition, there is also a said Holy Communion service every Saturday Morning at 10.30am
Other services take place on major feast days, as well as during Lent, Advent and at other special times. These range from Stations of the Cross to a Children’s Crib service.
We hope that you will come and join us. Whether you are visiting the area or looking for a church community to worship in, we assure you of a warm welcome as we come together to glorify God and share in fellowship as his children in this place.
Father Russell Stagg
Parish Priest & Vicar of Colgate and Roffey