The church is open daily from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.
Rev’d Roger Russell, Has retired and we are waiting for a
new Rector, in the mean time we will still be having services at
Coombes but dates may change, Please keep an eye on this website
Provisional List as at 22/12/2012
January 20th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison Cancelled
due to snow
(Chaplain of Lancing College)
February 10th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
March 10th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
March 31st 9.30 - Easter Day Eucharist - TBC
April 14th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
May 5th Rogation 3pm Father Richard Harrison
May 19th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
June 9th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
June 23rd Evensong 6pm Father Richard Harrison
September 8th Harvest Festival To be arranged*
September 15th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
October 13th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
November 17th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
December 8th Eucharist 9am Father Richard Harrison
December 25th Christmas Eucharist To be arranged*
Harvest: Father Harrison may be able to take the
Harvest Festival on 8th September but this is at present unconfirmed
* Approach to another priest has been made. If you
wish to confirm a date just email Jenny - firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone Mum 01273 452028
Easter – March 31st - to be arranged
Latin Compline - 12th July -7.00 for 8.00 p.m
Harvest Festival -September – to be arranged
Christmas Carols – to be arranged
Easter Day Eucharist is at 8.45 am in the morning.
Rogation Sunday May 5th 3.00 - walk on
July - Latin compline - 12th July
Harvest festival - ?? September 3.00 pm
Christmas Day - 8.45 am
Christmas carols -Dec ?? 3.00 pm
Coombes Church is a little downland treasure. The
nave dates from 1100 or before and the chancel was built in the
13th and 14th century. The dedication of the church is no longer
known. On the slope of the Downs at Church Farm, it has served the
people of this tiny parish for nearly a thousand years. It is the
endeavour of the small regular congregation to maintain this church
as a place of Christian worship and spiritual peace.
The church contains very important wall paintings of around 1100
depicting the gospel story of the birth of Jesus. Re-discovered
only in 1949, these are rare survivals from the time when our churches
were richly decorated, and taught the Gospel to those who could
not read through pictures.
The bell is dated at 1100 or even earlier and possibly the oldest
in Sussex. It is believed to have been made in Normandy.
The parish shares a rector with S.James the Less Lancing, but is
financially independent and responsible for the up-keep and repairs
of this ancient church.
Please see list of dates at top of this page.
Holy Eucharist second Sunday of the month
Holy Eucharist Christmas and Easter Days 8.45.a.m.
Evensong between Easter and Harvest 6.00 p.m.
this years dates - July July & Aug
FURTHER DATES FOR 2013
Rogation Procession Sunday 5 th May at 3.00
Latin Compline – 12th July
Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong Sunday ?? rd September at 3.00 p.m.
Carols by Candlelight, Dec ?? rd at 3.00 p.m.
Rector: The Rev’d Roger Russell, Rector, Has
retired and we are waiting for a new Rector
Lancing Tel: 01903 753212
Churchwardens: Mr Robin Reeve - 01273 452497
Mrs Mary Passmore - 01273 452028 Mary
PCC Secretary: Mrs Pat Passmore - 01903 200280
Jenny Flake - 01273 440336 -
Church farm, Coombes, Lancing, Sussex. BN15 0RS
For further information and a history of Coombes Church see also
the web-site of S.James the Less Lancing:
James the less
BAPTISMS AND WEDDINGS
Baptisms are celebrated for those who live in Coombes parish, those
who worship there, and those with real connections to Coombes Church.
Weddings are celebrated, according to Law, for those who live in
Coombes parish or are on the Parish Electoral Roll or have a qualifying
connection with Coombes Church.
Weddings are not conducted when there has been a divorce and a previous
partner is living.
THE RESTORATION AND REPAIRS
Over the last years, thanks to a large grant from English Heritage
and grants from charities and trusts, together with the efforts
of the faithful small congregation and the generosity of friends,
major repairs have been completed.
In 2007 the bell-cote was rebuilt and the weather-vane now shines
out newly gilded, and topped with a cross based on one carved by
crusaders inside the church. The bell was repaired and re-hung,
and once again rings out to mark services. A large part of the roof
was re-laid and weak old timbers strengthened. Inside ceiling panels
were renewed and the nationally important wall paintings received
2008 saw the second phase of repairs. The Chancel roof has been
re-built with new timber, and together with the rest of the roof,
beautifully re-laid with Horsham stone and tiles. Inside the ceilings
have been repaired and plastered, and the cleaning and conserving
of the wall-paintings completed. Now they have all been cleaned,
they look better than we have ever seen them, thanks to the expert
care of Ann Ballantyne, our conservator.
Thanks from everybody at Coombes goes to our architect and contractors,
who have done a wonderful job. Also to English Heritage and all
our generous friends who have made it possible to repair and preserve
this national treasure. My own thanks to our churchwardens and treasurer
and all on the farm for their help and co-operation.
A MESSAGE OF THANKS
The Rector, Churchwardens, and PCC of Coombes Church, wish to thank
all the local people who have supported this project. At the same
time the work could not have been carried out without the backing
of English Heritage whose grants largely financed the work. We are
immensely grateful to them and to the national and local trusts
that also provided further significant assistance. They were:
The Allchurches Trust The Alan Evans Trust
The Garfield Weston Trust The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
The John and Ruth Howard Trust The Mercers’s Company
Viridor Credits (Landfill)
We should also like to record our appreciation and especial thanks
to our Architect, Richard Crook, of John D Clarke & Partners,
the wall painting conservator, Ann Ballantyne, and to the contractors,
Bramber Construction, J.H. Payne & Partners, and Clarke Roofing.
you can help Coombes Church
please send a donation to
Church , Church farm, Coombes, Lancing,
Sussex BN15 0RS
We get extra help if you GIFT
AID IT .....Thank you
Coombes Church is a Saxon church built in the 11th century and
the chancel was built in the 13th and 14th century. The dedication
of the church is unknown.
It is famous for its Frescoes (murals), being some of the most important
in the country. They were made around 1087 with some, the most modern,
in 1753. These were whitewashed over and rediscovered in 1949. These
frescoes include 'The Nativity Cycle', 'The Lion of St Mark', 'Christ
giving the keys to Peter' and 'the journey into Egypt with the donkey
led by St Joseph'.
The church had its own rector, who lived in the rectory across the
field until 1900. We now share a rector with North Lancing and hold
regular services. Rev' Roger Russell
out Wikipedia on Coombes church
CAN YOU HELP
THIS LITTLE GEM OF A CHURCH?
The Rev’d Roger Russell, Has retired
and we are waiting for a new Rector
Lancing Tel: 01903 753212
Coombes Church Bell
Thank you for helping the second Oldest bell in Sussex to
We have now done this work
Thanks for your donations
||This bell - cast in France
around 1150 – needs
re .hanging; its turret has to
be rebuilt; and
|The end of the Church
Roof urgently needs
The whole work will
cost nearly £200,000
||English Heritage has promised
Us generous Help,
But we have to
raise a large sum ourselves
|CAN YOU HELP ?
Send donations to Coombes Church, Church Farm, Coombes,
Lancing .Sussex BN15 0RS
We get extra help if you GIFT
AID IT .....Thank you