Who We Are
St Margaret’s is a small but thriving Anglican church serving the villages of West Hoathly, Sharpthorne, and with its linked church of All Saints, the hamlet of Highbrook.
Whilst our primary purpose is to be a welcoming place for Christian worship, we also endeavour to reach out to all members of the community around us, organising events such as our street and harvest fairs and a varied programme of talks and concerts in the church. We offer a Sunday club for young children during the morning service, a weekly youth club for young teenagers and a monthly lunch club for older parishioners. The church is open during daylight hours for visitors and the local community to come in for private prayer, quiet reflection or for historical interest.
We offer a range of different services at St Margaret’s and All Saints, Highbrook, using both traditional and more modern forms of worship. Other activities including Bible study offer opportunities for people to explore or deepen their understanding of the Christian faith. See our Services and Regular events page to find out more.
St. Margaret’s church is dedicated to St. Margaret of Antioch, a virgin martyr from the 4th century. The ordeals she suffered are of the most fabulous description, including being swallowed by Satan in the form of a dragon and then released through her prayers. Our church adopts her emblem in the form of a cross piercing the mouth of a dragon.
Together the two parishes of West Hoathly and Highbrook form a united Benefice, which means that our vicar is the minister for both parishes.
Our church is in Cuckfield Deanery , led by Bishop Mark, Bishop of Horsham, and this deanery falls within the wider Chichester Diocese led by Bishop Martin, Bishop of Chichester. Links to Chichester Diocese and the Church of England below:
The PCC (Parochial Church Council) is elected from members of the church and together with the vicar and churchwardens, is charged to care for the finances and fabric of the church and churchyard in such a way that the Christian faith is promoted within the parish.
Annual accounts for the church are presented at the APCM each year.
St. Margaret’s church is a registered charity, registered number 1164054.
A Catholic congregation worships at St Dunstan’s chapel, North Lane, West Hoathly, led by Father Paul from Worth Abbey. Shared ecumenical services are held from time to time with St Dunstan’s. See http://www.worthabbeyparish.co.uk/
The Countess of Huntingdon Connexion Church at Turners Hill owns the Sharpthorne Hall, although they no longer worship there and have handed the management and use of the hall to St Margaret’s.
The Village School
West Hoathly primary school is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School. The PCC nominates a ‘Foundation Governor’ to serve on the school’s governing body and the Church seeks to play an active role in the life of the school. Annual highlights include the school’s Harvest festival and the Leavers’ service in church. http://www.westhoathlyschool.co.uk/