Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

  • Buxted
  • East Sussex


St Mark the Evangelist, Hadlow Down

Thanks to a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roofing Fund, considerable renovation work has taken place on St. Mark’s roof. Work has included the retiling of the north face of the nave, chancel and vestry roof, as well as the Lady Chapel, with associated leadwork and repairs to rainwater goods. 

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St. Marks Church

St Mark’s services:- TUESDAY HOLY COMMUNION AT ST MARK'S is at 9.30am on the first Tuesday of the month.

ST MARK'S VESTRY CONVERSION PROJECT. (Article updated December 2016)  In September we finished converting our old vestry into a kitchenette and accessible lavatory, and every time we look at it, or go into one of these rooms, we cannot believe just what an improvement it is!  The builders finished the conversion on time, overseen by a very diligent project manager, (a member of the congregation).  The kitchenette is used after Jubilate and All-Age Worship services for serving tea and coffee, so that the congregation can have an informal chat with a cuppa after the service.  In November we held a Barn Dance in the church, and we were able to organize the food in there.  The accessible lavatory is a very welcome addition, for our church members, for the school, who hold weekly assemblies in the church, and for people who attend baptisms, weddings, and funerals, especially if they have had to travel a distance.  We were fortunate to receive several grants towards this project, and generous donations from parishioners, plus an interest free loan from the Diocese, for which we are very grateful.  Do come along to a service, meet our new Rector, and see it for yourselves.


During Advent we had an ‘Advent Branch’ on which was hung a variety of Christian gifts for the children, which were eagerly accepted.  They were also able to light the candles in the Advent wreath as usual, to remind us all that the amazing story of Christmas was getting nearer.

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On Christmas Eve, we had the customary visit from Hosanna the donkey at the Crib Service.  The church was absolutely packed as usual, with standing room only.  Hosanna behaved perfectly, standing so patiently by the crib, and adoring the Christ Child, who was a human ‘actor’ who also behaved perfectly, with its parents standing in for Mary and Joseph!  Thanks to all three of you!

There was also a 9am service on Christmas morning, when we were at last able to sing ‘Yea Lord we greet Thee, born this happy morning’, instead of omitting that verse as we usually do when singing the carol before Christmas.  It’s a spine-tingling moment!

The parish Epiphany service on 8th January was held at St. Mark’s and there was an excellent children's procession of the Three Wise Men with their pages (we couldn’t get camels to complete the scenario!).

The Children’s Area at St. Marks Two of our enthusiastic mums have revamped our children’s area, and it is amazingly colourful and child-friendly.  It is now on the south side of the church, away from the step up to the font, and has all sorts of new things for the children to enjoy during parts of the service when they are not actually taking part.  It includes Christian teaching posters on the wall, and also books. Sincere thanks to the two mums!




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Welcome to our church of St Mark the Evangelist in Hadlow Down, East Sussex. The congregation of St Marks will be delighted for you to visit the church or to join them for worship. St Mark's is set in a rural village and the church reflects this. The next time you are driving to the end or the beginning of the A272 and pass through the village of Hadlow Down you cannot fail to see our church. The churchyard is a part of the national natural churchyard scheme. There is much wildlife to be found around the outside of the church. St Mark's Church has very strong links with the local school and is very much a family-orientated church.

Our current deputy churchwardens can be contacted via email by clicking on their names: Anne Yarrow or Valerie Banks

For a baptism, marriage or funeral at St. Mark's, please link to baptism  or to marriage or to funeral.

Please see details of our services below.  The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is used for 8:00 am communion.  Common Worship (CW) is used for Parish Communion, Tuesday communion and occasional mid-week evening prayer (see calendar). 



8.00 am


 Holy Communion  BCP

 A quiet, reflective service celebrating the Lord's Supper

9.00 am

 1st, 3rd

  and 5th

 Parish Communion CW


A traditional Common Worship service with hymns.  On the 5th Sunday this may change if there is a United Parish Eucharist.  See the calendar for details.



 Jubilate CW

This uses a less formal version of Common Worship and is designed to involve children in all aspects of the service. Refreshments are served after this service.



 All-Age Service

This is a simple service of prayers, hymns and readings involving the whole family.  Children are involved throughout the service, and readings are normally a family presentation Refreshments are served after this service.



9.30 am 

 1st Tues of month

 Holy Communion CW

 Said Communion without hymns or sermon.  Held in our very beautiful Lady Chapel





 School "Family and Friends Assembly"

All pupils from our adjacent Church-Aided primary school come into church for a Family Assembly and Collective Worship.  This is usually attended by quite a number of parents.  Visitors are more than welcome to this.


From time to time there will be special services and joint celebrations with the other two churches in the parish.  We celebrate our Patronal Festival in May.  Please visit the Archived Parish Events page to see details. 

St Mark's Church of England Primary School has always had a very strong relationship with our church.  The school is clear in its need to nurture the spiritual life of the school, by drawing from its Church of England foundations, whilst learning to respect other Christian denominations and other world faiths.

The school has a daily act of worship and  the Rector conducts an act of worship in the school each Tuesday.

The school uses the church at Easter, harvest, and for end-of-summer leavers' services. At Christmas it is used for carol services and nativity plays.  All of these services are always well attended by parents and visitors, often with standing room only.