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St Wilfrid’s Parish has two churches. St Wilfrid’s Church is the historic parish church of Haywards Heath, which was opened in 1865; the Presentation Church was opened in 1897. All are welcome to our services and activities.

Sunday Services

St Wilfrid’s Church: 19 November 2017 - 2 before Advent

8.00am Said Eucharist
9.30am Sung Eucharist
10.30am Family Worship

Presentation Church: 19 November 2017 - 2 before Advent

10.30am Eucharist

On the third Sunday of every month we offer a Family Worship service at 10.30am INCLUDING THIS SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER. These services are for families and children and are at St Wilfrid's Church. They usually last less than half an hour, followed by refreshments.

Also during term time we run a Toddlers Service on Tuesdays at 2.00pm followed by play in the Centenary Hall. PLEASE NOTE THAT, BECAUSE A NEW HALL HEATING SYSTEM IS BEING INSTALLED, THIS HAS REGRETTABLY BEEN CANCELLED ON TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER.

WHAT'S ON IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER?

This Sunday 19 November 2017 is the Second before Advent, with Family Worship at 10.30am in St Wilfrid's Church.

Once again throughout November, with Advent and Christmas not far away, we invite you to bring to church new toys, unwrapped please, for us to donate to our diocesan charity FSW - Family Support Work (see also below).


We are pleased to announce that the installation of our new Centenary Hall heating system begins on Monday 27 November. Unfortunately, though, this means that on Tuesday 28 November there will be no morning Coffee Stop or Toddlers Service and play in the afternoon.


Our Christingle Service at St Wilfrid's is at 4pm on Sunday 10 December.


The Sunday Link for 19 November highlights our forthcoming services and other meetings, which include a Mothers' Union meeting (open to all) on Monday 20 November. See also below (under Charity of The Month) details of a meeting this Tuesday evening, 21 November, open to all, of the Cuckfield Deanery Synod.


Meanwhile, this Saturday 18 November there is a Children's Communion before Confirmation preparation meeting - and at 7pm our Charity Concert at St Wilfrid's:


ST WILFRID'S CHURCH CHARITY CONCERT WITH READINGS AND A NEW WORK OF ART, 6.30 FOR 7PM, SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER (FREE ADMISSION WITH INTERVAL REFRESHMENTS)

Our next charity fundraising concert, organised by Andrew Storey, is for Friends of Chernobyl's Children. There will be music from the sixteenth century right up to TWO first public performances - of works by Andrew himself and another local composer / pianist, Georgina Bowden. The performers will include, as well as Georgina, the Storey family and Gillian Ferguson, welcome returns by the Revd Alison Letschka (flute), Sukey Parnell (soprano) and Tony Donovan (clarinet). And we have two other firsts for our charity concert series - a harpsichord and the debut of our Director of Music Nic Robinson, on the organ and conducting our St Wilfrid's Choir in two anthems. Sukey, Felicity Amor Ralph George are reading and there is another innovation - the unveiling of a substantial new artwork created by Grace Robinson. Do please support your local musicians, readers, artists and a worthy charity! (More details of this in our online Parish Diary on the Parish Diary, News page.)


ST WILFRID'S DAY ALL-AGE EUCHARIST, SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER

We had another very successful 10.30am joint Family Worship Eucharist at St Wilfrid's on 15 October, on the theme of Living Stones, with faces to paint on them. (Our usual 10.30am Family Worship resumes this Sunday 19 November.)


BUILDING THE CHURCH FAMILY DAY, SATURDAY 14 OCTOBER

This, as we expected, was a very important day for everyone at St Wilfrid's and the Presentation and there was a good attendance. It prepared us, and outlined the next steps to take, to plan our parish's future over the next few years. It was led, imaginatively and engagingly, by leading church consultant and trainer John Truscott. Your ideas and suggestions from the post-it boards informed the process. Responses to all your suggestions - and the results of further thinking on the day - will be published and followed up appropriately.

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO CAME AND CONTRIBUTED! WE MADE A GOOD START TO A PROCESS THAT WILL MAKE VARIOUS DEMANDS ON US AND BEAR GOOD FRUIT OVER THE COMING YEARS. The promised meetings of people who volunteered on 14 October (and before) have now begun. Following a first meeting of them all, on 9 November, the way forward for four major themes identified on BCF Day will is now being considered by four groups. They are working on various follow-up evaluation and planning arising from the BCF Day and from all your feedback on and before that day. You will have regular reports on their progress.


On the Parish Diary, News page you will also find the latest edition of the Parish Diary for 2017-2018 (updated on 17 November 2017).
See also our Children, Young People page for a list of all the Family Services and other events for our younger members during 2017.



CHARITY OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2017 - AND A DIOCESAN SYNOD MEETING ON 21 NOVEMBER WHICH MAY INTEREST YOU!


During October we collected funds for the Brighton-based charity Voices in Exile, which supports asylum seekers and refugees in Sussex and Surrey. A meeting not unrelated to its work is open to everyone in our parish - Cuckfield Deanery Synod has as its November guest speaker James Wilson, Director of the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group (GDWG). That is at The Tiger, next door to All Saints Church, Lindfield at 7.45 for 8pm on Tuesday 21 November. (All diocesan synod meetings are listed in our online Parish Diary on the Parish Diary page.)


This month our fundraising for our November charity got off to a good start with a charity lunch in the Centenary Hall on Wednesday 1 November. Thank you everyone who came to that. November's very worthy charity is Medecins sans Frontieres: doctors who put their own lives at risk to treat people in the world's trouble spots. Read more about their work on the Medecins sans Frontieres UK website.

Our subsequent Centenary Hall charity lunches are listed in our online Parish Diary for 2017-2018 (updated on 3 November 2017) on the Parish Diary page.


FAMILY SUPPORT WORK (FSW): 'The Children’s Charity of Sussex'- Registered Charity no: 285337

NEW CHRISTMAS TOYS, PLEASE! Throughout November we invite you to bring new toys to church (unwrapped please) so FSW can present them at Christmas to families in need across Sussex. Thank you, in anticipation, for your generosity this year.


Friends of FSW donate from £3 per month / £36 per year to FSW. Some Friends may wish to help further by raising awareness of FSW and widening support for its work; possibly volunteering with fundraising and at events. For more information or to sign up as a Friend please call FSW 01273 832963 - Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Support Work - Registered Charity No. 285337 Garton House, 22, Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN6 1AA

For a calendar of events and information about FSW
visit the FSW website.

Welcome Packs with leaflets about our programme are at the back of St Wilfrid’s Church, which is usually open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

Details of our services and activities can also be found in the Weekly Notices and Parish Diary and Activities pages of this web site, which are updated frequently.

You may notice our site’s colour changing occasionally. This reflects the seasons of the church year from Advent (just before Christmas) to Trinity (May to November).