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: 11 December 2016 - Advent 3

8.00am Said Eucharist
9.30am Sung Eucharist
4.00pm Christingle

Presentation Church: 11 December 2016 - Advent 3

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 Sunday 11 December 2016 is the Third Sunday in Advent, when we have our annual Christingle service in St Wilfrid's Church at 4.00pm. The changed background colours of this website indicate the church season, and they will change again from Christmas Day until Candlemas (2 February; also known as the Feast of the Presentation) - the church's Christmas season.

The Sunday Link for 11 December includes our forthcoming services and other events, including a meeting of our Mothers' Union branch on Monday 12 December.

Looking further ahead, Sunday Link gives details of our next, re-scheduled Evensong, now at St Wilfrid's Church on Sunday 8 January. It also has news of our part in the Amnesty International Write for Rights Campaign during Advent. Meanwhile our Church School's Christmas Fair is this Saturday 10 December.

Thank you everyone who brought new toys to church to donate to the charity Family Support Work (see regular feature below, which includes their December 2016 update).

On the Parish Diary, News page you will find the latest edition of the Parish Diary for 2016 and 2017 (updated on 8 December, to show our forthcoming charities of the month up to and including April 2017).

Our Parish Focus 35 (Summer edition, July 2016) can be downloaded from our Parish Diary, News page, as can our latest (updated 8 December) Parish Diary for 2016 and 2017.


In December our charity is Chestnut Tree House, the children's hospice for Sussex. Thank you everyone who came to our Charity Lunch to support it on Wednesday 7 December in the Centenary Hall. Its website is here: Chestnut Tree House. Our other Centenary Hall charity lunches are listed in our online Parish Diary (as at 8 December 2016) on the Parish Diary page.

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

Thank you everyone 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: December 2016

This is the latest update sent to us by FSW:

"As ever, we were so grateful for the help given by Parishes and individuals throughout 2016 in our work with vulnerable children and families in Sussex. FSW helped 130 families throughout East & West Sussex. As always, this was one-to-one, long term support, helping families to recover from crisis and get back on their feet. Play workers and Volunteers also ran activities such as after-school clubs and we arranged for families to have short holidays, some for the first time in their lives.

"The need for FSW’s help grows so, as we approach Christmas, please remember local families in need, through prayer and in more practical ways if you can. To help our families have the best Christmas possible and a good start to 2017, consider how you could help FSW this Advent.


"If you are in receipt of a payment, but do not feel you need it, could you contribute part or all of the payment to FSW? We use the payment to keep children safe & warm through out the year.


"Many churches collect toys and food for FSW families during Advent. Could your Church help? We accept new toys and games, new clothing, small gifts for parents & non-perishable Christmas food. For more details call 01273 832963


"Find an empty jam jar, Kids could decorate the jar - and each day through Advent pop a coin in the jar for FSW. After Christmas donate the amount in the jar to FSW. Please make cheques payable to ’CDAFSW’ and post to Family Support Work, Garton House, 22 Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6AA."

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.