St Mary and St Gabriel
Sharing the love of God
The Parish Church of St Mary and St Gabriel, South Harting, is part of the Church of England. Our Bishop is The Right Reverend Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, who is assisted by The Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, Bishop of Horsham.
Our Rector is The Reverend Mark Morton. After theological training at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, Mark was made Deacon in 1992, and ordained as priest in 1993. After a 3 year curacy in Peterborough Diocese, he served as a full-time, commissioned Army Chaplain for over 16 years. During that time, he served numerous regiments and formations. He was deployed on three operational tours (Bosnia, Kosovo, and Northern Ireland) and many major military exercises. He was a Brigade Senior Chaplain on three occasions, and a Garrison Senior Chaplain on several others. He gained valuable experience running churches, and ministering to families.
Mark is a 'semi local' boy, born in Brighton and spending most of his childhood in Portslade. He has been married to Sharron, a Primary Headteacher, since 1980. Their daughter Esther lives in Manchester and works for the General Medical Council.
St Mary and St Gabriel has two Churchwardens (lay people who keep the show on the road). Richard Dale and Diane Hayman. There is also an Assistant Churchwarden, Fiona Keoghane
We are fortunate to have the assistance of two Readers, Patricia Grigsby and Michael Casement.
St Mary and St Gabriel (the Parish Church of South Harting, West Harting, East Harting, and Nyewood) is part of the United Benefice of Harting and Elsted with Treyford cum Didling. Services alternate between the different locations, so please check before attending a Service.
We have an active Choir and also a group of bellringers. Volunteers are always encouraged!
As a Church we try to serve Christ and witness to God's love within the local community. Many of our members are active in local groups and societies - the Village Shop, the Village Minibus, South Harting Youth Club etc. One thing we do not want to be is a holy huddle.
As a 'typical' parish church, we are not 'high church' or 'low church', catholic or evangelical, conservative or liberal. We just aim to be as faithful to God as possible in the setting where we live. You are most welcome to join us on our journey of faith.