‘A People Made One With The Unity Of The Father, The Son And The Holy Spirit’. At St Michael and All Angels, the church is the people and not the building. We are the ‘living stones’ that make up the church: we worship together, pray together, have fun together, eat together, look after one another and work together for the good of our community and the building up of God’s kingdom. None of us are perfect, but we seek to be a church that lives out God’s love for one another. If we included everyone in the St Michael’s family on this page, we wouldn’t have space, but below are our Clergy and those who serve on our Parochial Church Council.
Father Felix is the Vicar of St. Michael’s. He’s originally from Wiltshire, and trained for the Priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon. He’s married to Laura and has two daughters: Rosy and Edie. He likes meeting new people, eating good food and making people laugh. Father Michael, originally from Lancashire, trained for the Priesthood at King’s College London. After working in several parishes, Southwark Cathedral and as Diocesan Missioner he retired in 2015. He likes having more time to meet people, cook, draw/art and travel.
The parish of St. Michael and All Angels, Lancing runs from the railway line to the beach in the village of Lancing. We are in the County of West Sussex and the Diocese of Chichester. The church building is in South Street and there is plenty of on-street parking nearby like old historic monument. There are two main entrances to the church building North and South), which are situated on the far side of the church from the road, accessible from either path. Wheelchair access is available on the North side. Inside St. Michael’s is bright and spacious, with a wonderful acoustic. Toilets are available next door in the church hall.
Our Address : St Michael and All Angels Church - South Street, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8AJ
Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome! Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on at the altar. Although there is also a children's area at the back of the church with books and toys. If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. As Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship. Don’t worry if they make a noise, we’d rather have a noisy church than a silent one!
We welcome children to all our services, but if you were to pick one, then our All-Age Parish Mass on the first Sunday of the month at 10 am might be the best to come to. The service is simplified, with shorter readings and a short talk that is more interactive.
On the third Sunday of each month at 10 am we have our Alive Group in the Church Hall. This is a time of stories, games and crafts for little ones aged from around 2-7 (but this is flexible). It lasts for the duration of the service, so feel free to stay with them or head into the church for the service instead. It is run by Laura Smith who has a background in child development and teaching and is a trained Godly Play storyteller. To find out more, contact Laura or visit the Alive Facebook page.
Our Messy Church runs every other month in the Church Hall. It is always on a Friday from 3:15 - 5:30 pm, although families don’t have to stay for the whole time. For the details about the next Messy Church, have at look at our Coming Soon page.
For more information about Baptisms/Christenings (it’s two words for the same thing), have a look at our Baptisms and Weddings page.
Rise is a new group at St Michael’s Church for children and teenagers from Year 6 upwards. The group is about faith, friendship and fun. Our first meeting will be on Saturday 13 October, from 6.30 – 8 pm at St Michael’s Church Hall and will involve pizza, games and getting to know each other. It is hoped that the youngsters will welcome the opportunity to meet up with other young Christians from across the Diocese at the annual May Camp and then to investigate a week long camp in Norfolk at the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage in August. Meetings will take place every other month on a Saturday night and will involve food! We are asking for a small contribution of £1 per person to help cover the cost. To find out more, please contact Fr Felix by email, telephone 01903 753653 or turn up on the night.
The liturgy is a word which means the public worship of the church. At St. Michael’s, our worship draws from the Anglo-Catholic tradition, with music, colour and celebration. Our services are relaxed and friendly, and they’re open to everyone, whether you’ve been to church before or not. We believe that Jesus is present with us when we worship together, and that in our worship we see something of the glory of God. We believe in the full and active participation of all people in our worship, because it is through our worship that God changes us and we are drawn ever closer to God. We believe in coming to worship God with open hearts, ready to be changed, challenged and renewed by our interaction with God and one another.
If you’re coming for the first time, then you are sure to receive a warm welcome. There aren’t any particular rules, but you might notice that most people stand during some parts of the service and sit during other parts. Someone will welcome you at the door and give you all that you need. You can sit anywhere you like, and you are very welcome to come for tea and coffee in the hall afterwards. As you come into the church, a small sign on the door reads ‘welcome home, come on in’. This is our message to all who haven’t been to the church before: the church is your home, you’re always welcome, and the people inside are your family, ready to welcome you.
We have two main services on a Sunday: 8 am Mass – This is a quieter and shorter version of our 10 am service. There are no hymns or incense, and plenty of space for quiet prayer and reflection. 10 am Parish Mass – This is our main service, with lots of people, music and incense. It’s generally the service that families come to. On the first Sunday of the month is our All-Age Parish Mass, which is focused more on families (although children are welcome to all our services). For special services, go to our ‘Coming Soon’ page. Everyone is welcome to all our services Weekday Masses: During the week we have a very short Mass (25 minutes) in the Lady Chapel at the following times:
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s christening. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like ‘organised religion.’ We’ve been there too! If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, ‘work too hard,’ don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts… and you!
The policy was agreed by the Parochial Church Council meeting on 19 July 2018 and will be reviewed each year to monitor the progress which has been achieved.
We recognize that everyone has different levels of vulnerability and that each of us may be regarded as vulnerable at some time in our lives. As members of this parish we commit ourselves to respectful pastoral care for all children and adults to whom we minister. We commit ourselves to the safeguarding of people who may be vulnerable, ensuring their well-being in the life of this church. We commit ourselves to promoting safe practice by those in positions of trust. The parish commits itself to promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people who may be vulnerable. It is the responsibility of each of us to prevent the physical, emotional, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse of vulnerable people and to report any such abuse that we discover or suspect. We undertake to exercise proper care in the appointment and selection of those who will work with people who may be vulnerable. The parish is committed to supporting, resourcing, training and regularly reviewing those who undertake work amongst people who may be vulnerable. The parish adopts the guidelines of the Church of England and the Diocese.
The Church Hall is located in St Michael’s churchyard, at the rear of the church. Sometimes it is confused with Lancing Parish Hall next door. Lancing Parish Hall is administered by Lancing Parish Council and has nothing to do with the church. You can get to St Michael’s Church Hall via the main church path, or by the smaller path on the North side of the church, next to the G & S Homewares shop (see picture below).
The capacity of the Church Hall is 100 persons seated or 200 persons standing. It has a small kitchen equipped with gas cooker, kettle, tea urn, fridge, crockery, etc. Use of the Church Hall includes use of the kitchen facilities but users have to bring their own tea, coffee, milk, sugar, biscuits and any other food they require. There is communication between the main hall and the kitchen via a hatch.
All hall bookings must be made on the downloadable Church Hall booking form.
When you’ve completed the form, please send it to the Church Hall Bookings Secretary whose address is on the form.
Your booking will not have been made until it has been accepted and confirmed to you by the Church Hall Bookings Secretary.
Send a message to the Church Hall Bookings Secretary (e.g. to check availability).
Any organisation hiring the Church Hall for use involving children must either have their own Safeguarding policy in place, or accept that of St Michael and All Angels Church. Hirers will have to complete a form declaring their acceptance (this is part of the booking form above).
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