Church of England Diocese of Chichester Albourne, Sayers Common and Twineham

About Us

The ancient building of St Bartholomew's is one of three beautiful, holy, historic churches that have served the local communities making up the modern-day Parish of ASCAT for centuries. The other churches are St Peter’s in Twineham and Christ Church in Sayers Common.

These churches are sacred spaces where heaven and earth have met in Christian worship, prayer and fellowship since Norman times. They have been places of celebration and solace; of marking the rites of passage of life; and of countless generations meeting with God in private prayer and public worship.

St Bartholomew’s and it’s sister churches are kept open during the day with an invitation to you to step inside to rest, reflect and, if you so wish, to make your own encounter with God and to say some prayers.


Our churchmanship tradition and style of worship are inclusive ‘Middle of the Road’, aiming to embrace the spiritual needs of as broad a cross section of the community as possible. There is a choir and short sermon that addresses contemporary issues from a Biblical perspective. The service lasts for about an hour and you are welcome to join us for coffee, tea and a chat afterwards.

First Sunday:   Christ Church, Sayers Common

Second Sunday:   St Bartholomew’s, Albourne

Third Sunday:   Christ Church, Sayers Common

Fourth Sunday:   St Peter’s, Twineham

Fifth Sunday:  April - October:  St. Bartholomew's, Albourne, November - March:  St. Peter's, Twineham

During the on-going Covid situation, AScAT Benefice will now hold Holy Communion Services at Christchurch, Sayers Common, on 6th, 13th and 20th December at 10.00a.m. with social distancing guidelines adhered to.

The Christmas Day Service, on 25th December, will be at 10.00a.m. at Christchurch and due to social distancing, will be by advance ticket only.  Please contact Martin Smith on 01273 832352 ([email protected]) if you wish to attend.

Services in 2021 are:  3rd and 17th January at Christchurch with Sunday 10th January's venue to be arranged.

Local Churches are live streaming services and these can be followed on sites such as:

Holy Trinity, Hurstpierpoint:

The Point, Burgess Hill:

St. Peter's Church, Henfield:

The Diocese of Chichester is producing resources for the strengthening and continuation of our spiritual and pastoral life.  To keep up to date, please use their website:

You will also find there a series of videos with messages of hope, prayer and guidance:

We always welcome new flower arrangers onto the Flower Rota for each of our Churches and would be more than delighted if others are tempted to join us. Please contact Lynn Brown on 01273 834448 for Christchurch, Sayers Common, Jenny Gratton on 01273 833978 for St Bartholomew’s, Albourne or Janet Knight on 01444 882008 for St Peter’s, Twineham.

We also always welcome new voices into our Parish Choir.  Please contact Carol Matthews on 01444 246819.

ASCAT is an inclusive parish that believes in a church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.

Please contact  Ian Simmons at [email protected] - 07740 826884