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Living Worshipfully  
  Living Contentedly   
Living Together       
Living for Others 
  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 



Welcome to the website for the churches of
St Mary’s Clymping,
St Mary’s Yapton
and St Andrews Ford.


Updated advice on Coronavirus (from March 2022)
In the Benefice we are moving towards "living with covid" and over the next few weeks all restrictions will be dropped, in line with government guidance. 

However, if you wish to continue to wear a mask please do and consider the type of mask you'll need to provide the protection you're looking for. If you have been around someone who has tested positive with covid then please consider wearing a mask to offer protection to others, thank you.

Visiting the Church Benefice Office: If you wish to visit the Church Benefice Office in person, please continue to email first to book a time to visit in advance, thank you.

Churchyard survey results
Thank you to everyone who took part in our wildlife survey during ‘Love Your Burial Ground Week’.

Together we identified 77 different species in the churchyard; it is a truly wonderful diverse place in our community for everyone and everything!

Yapton St Marys summary data sets are below;
Birds – 7 species identified, all of which were our typical garden birds, e.g. Robin, Blackbird etc.
Insects and Animals – 16 species identified, of which 7 were butterflies common to our wild meadow environment. Regrettably, only a small number of bees species were spotted, however the good news is that they were seen in quite large numbers.
Plants and Trees – 54 species identified and by far the largest group found by you whilst walking around our beautiful churchyard. There were multiple instances of the same tree species, (12 in total), recorded by you. Wild flowers were by far the largest observation and some truly unique plants were noted.

Following the process outlined by ‘Caring For Gods Acre’, we have submitted our nature logs for the many different species identified, and this will support the ‘beautiful burial grounds’ project.

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Worship With Us Online
Here's our most recent weekly online services.

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service times and weekly readings, please email Rev Richard Hayes
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We are pleased to be able to offer an online version of our monthly Triangle magazine
Open the latest edition and scroll through it online below.
The June issue of Triangle is now available!

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Safeguarding in our Benefice
You can view all our Safeguarding and other Benefice Policies on our Safeguarding page.