St Wilfrid's Parish Church Church of the Presentation


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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: 15 January 2017 - Epiphany 2

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

Presentation Church: 15 January 2017 - Epiphany 2

10.30am Eucharist

On the third Sunday of every month we offer a Family Worship service at 10.30am for families and children; this lasts less than half an hour, followed by refreshments.

Also during term time we run a Toddlers Service on Tuesdays at 2.00pm. THIS BEGINS AGAIN ON 17 JANUARY.


This Sunday 15 January 2017 is Epiphany 2, with our monthly Family Service at 10.30am at St Wilfrid's. Please note that Coffee Stop and the Parent and Toddler service both resume on Tuesday 17 January after the Christmas break.

The Sunday Link for 15 January lists our forthcoming services and events at both our churches, including a meeting of the Women's Fellowship (visitors welcome) on Monday 16 January, our monthly Taize service at St Wilfrid's on Wednesday 18 January and details of the patronal festival of the Church of the Presentation at 10.30am on Sunday 29 January, to which the whole parish is invited.

It also has news of two important meetings, both open to all our congregations, of the Cuckfield Deanery Synod. These are at 7.45 for 8pm on 1 February at St Richard's Church, Sydney Road, with a speaker on the Haywards Heath Foodbank (one of our charities of the month during 2017) and from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 11 February, when Bishop Richard Jackson leads a day at the Ascension Church, Vale Road, that introduces our diocese's Year of the Bible. There is no admission charge for this Deanery Day and drinks are provided; please bring your lunch.

There is also an open meeting of the U3A at Clair Hall at 2pm on Tuesday 24 January (non-members welcome) to hear about Ancient Mesopotamia. In particular Christians (and Jews and Muslims) will be interested to learn more about the development of early religion in the land where Abraham was born, and about a Flood story there well before the book of Genesis was written.

On the Parish Diary, News page you will find the latest edition of the Parish Diary for 2016 and 2017 (updated on 13 January, to show our forthcoming charities of the month up to and including December 2017 and the dates of our regular Parochial Church Council meetings (for its members) and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting - APCM - to which all in the parish are invited.

Music lovers will know that our parish and its friends present concerts at St Wilfrid's Church. At the heart of our community, it's also the venue for other musical events, and on Sunday 29 January at 4pm the Brighton Consort and Ensemble Reza present 'Aspects of Love': choral works by Palestrina, Victoria, Purcell, Eric Whitacre and others, as well as string quartet music by Haydn and Beethoven. Tickets: £14 (£12 concessions, £3 for under 18s) on the door or phone 01273 833746. This and concerts given by the Haywards Heath Music Society at St Wilfrid's are in our online Parish Diary (see below).

Our Parish Focus 35 (Summer edition, July 2016) can be downloaded from our Parish Diary, News page, as can our latest (updated 13 January) Parish Diary for 2016 and 2017.


Our January 2017 charity of the month is the Church Urban Fund. Read more about it on the Church Urban Fund website.

Thank you everyone who supported its charity lunch at the Centenary Hall on 4 January, which raised over £98. Our other Centenary Hall charity lunches are listed in our online Parish Diary (as at 6 January 2017) on the Parish Diary page.

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

Thank you everyone in our parish who donated new toys in November for Family Support Work. FSW - the Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Support Work - not only welcomes donations in cash or online; it also invites you to volunteer for a range of activities. Our parish regularly and gladly supports FSW's fundraising efforts.

FSW UPDATE: January 2017

This is the latest update sent to us by FSW:

"The new year starts with a fresher look for FSW thanks (to our new logo from) Lloyds Community Foundation.

"Thank you to all Parishes who fundraised for FSW at Christmas. The children FSW supports enjoyed wonderful parties and Panto trips organised by our Family Workers and supported by their local Deanery Committees. Festive hampers were delivered to families and they were supplied with turkeys kindly donated by Bridgers Farm of Hurstpierpoint.


"Thank you to all who have given so far as part of our WINTER FUEL APPEAL. Your donations do make a difference for example one of our Workers in December was able to support a family in need who had no electricity, no heating and without benefits due to a change in personal circumstances. Our Worker was able to visit and offer financial support needed to get them through.


"East Sussex Walk will take place on Easter Monday 17th April in Ashdown Forest and the West Sussex walk will be held on Thursday 24th August, in the Arundel area.


"Please post any donations, with cheques payable to CDAFSW, to Family Support Work, Garton House, 22 Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6AA"

'The Sussex Charity for Children since 1890' Registered Charity Number: 285337

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). We now have the penitential colours of Advent, until Christmas Day.