Church Wardens’ Message No. 35 for Sunday 20 June 2021: The Third after Trinity

A Very Special Visitor on Sunday 27 June: the Bishop of Chichester

A few weeks ago, we were privileged to receive an informal visit from Bishop Ruth, so we were surprised by an email we received last week from Bishop Martin‘s Office that he was wanting to visit us for our main St Wilfrid’s 9.00am service and to preside at the Eucharist. As we said in our churches’ notices last week we did not know when he would be coming. Now, we can confirm that the Bishop will be joining us on Sunday 27 June for a Parish-wide Eucharist. This will be the only service in our churches (on that date only; our Sunday 10.30am Eucharists at the Presentation Church will resume as usual on Sunday 4 July).

New Sussex Singers Concert on Sunday 4 July – Update

The delay in implementing Step 4 of the relaxation of Covid restrictions threatened to scupper the New Sussex Singers’ concert due to be held in St Wilfrid’s Church on 4 Sunday 4July at 4pm. However, since posting the details last week, it has emerged that such amateur events presented by more than six singers can be held if they are ticketed and thereby deemed “commercial”. It has therefore been agreed that the concert will go ahead as long as all the required social distancing protocols are observed and providing that no further restrictions are imposed. Therefore tickets at the modest price of £5 will be available on the door on 4 July. We hope you will be able to join us then.  Many thanks, Roger Floyd!

Coffee Stop

Sadly, owing to the on-going Covid restrictions, we are not able to open Coffee Stop next week. Our thanks go to Lesley and the Team for all their preparations that must now be delayed for the time being.

Rain

We are sure all you gardeners are enjoying the rain! However, heavy rain can cause the below-ground boiler room at St Wilfrid’s Church to flood. Any flooding of the basement is usually dealt with by a pump which is automatically activated when the water level in the basement rises. You should then see water pouring out of a pipe and flowing along the churchyard path which shows that the emergency system is working! In the past if the power supply had been ‘tripped’ the pump would not work and your wardens then had to wade through knee-high water to re-set the pump! The re-set mechanism has now been transferred to the upper boiler room. However, we will be very grateful to any of you who are able to  alert us if you see the steps down to the basement boiler room under water, which will mean that we still have to re-set the power supply but without the need for scuba gear or oxygen tanks!

The Tower Works

We are still awaiting the final design briefs and start date for the repairs to the Tower. The technical issues involved are quite complex, given Health and Safety regulations and the Listed status of our building.

Services

These will be at the normal times this Sunday (20 June) at 9.00am in St Wilfrid’s and at 10.30am in the Presentation. All being well, we will be streaming the 9.00am service from St Wilfrid’s on Facebook (see below). Father John will be presiding. The mid-week Wednesday 9.30am Eucharist will be back on ZOOM and will be followed by our informal ZOOM gathering.

HERE ARE THE PARISH ZOOM AND FACEBOOK LINKS TO CLICK ON:

Parish Zoom link

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

Parish Facebook videos link

God Bless and thanks to everyone supporting us during the Vacancy 

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 34 for the Second Sunday after Trinity, 13 June 2021

As you may know, before the Vacancy Father Ray used to visit the school and lead various activities, not least weekly assemblies. In this, he shared the duties with his colleagues Father Chris (St Richard’s) and Revd Martin from The Ascension Church. Since Covid, assemblies have been prepared and shared with the children via social media and we have continued to help by preparing online assemblies during the Vacancy. Mr Hateley, the Headteacher, has asked that an assembly is prepared for next week with the theme of sharing – particularly the sharing of St Wilfrid’s Church as the children have not been able to visit because of Covid restrictions. So, if you see Derek, next Sunday, taking some photos with Ted the Bear, do not be alarmed. Our assemblies are shared, like most of our services, on our Facebook pages, especially if you do not know what Ted looks like.

By now, you may have picked up that the Wardens have been considering what is shared within the PCC and with our congregations. We try as much as we are able, as there are sometimes various issues of confidentiality, especially in regard to filling our Vacancy, to share the latest news and information through these messages and notices communicated during services. Others in our congregations share their expertise for everyone to enjoy: the Grounds Team, the flower arrangers, the church cleaners, the Music Team, the PCC, the Coffee Stop Team, readers, intercessors and servers et al. Without people serving and sharing their time, the two churches could not function. As Wardens, we can only continue to offer our heartfelt thanks.

In a similar way, we have been so very grateful to our regular Clergy Team (and Father Stephen and Revd Peter) who have been supporting us during the Vacancy. Not only have they been sharing their different approaches to presiding at the Eucharist, and other services, but they have been so supportive to us behind the scenes. In sharing their different styles and traditions, we have been able to celebrate the variety of worship patterns within the Anglican Church. We Wardens would have had to lead rather pedestrian worship if we had not had the support of the Worship Team. It is a real strength in our church that, whilst we veer towards traditional patterns of Anglican worship, we can embrace other variations, including a moving Pentecostal funeral for Sister Melita held on Thursday. So, we are looking forward to the time, post Covid, when Taizé, Evensong, Children’s Worship and Messy Church etc. may be revived.

Still no news this week on the Tower works.

HERE ARE OUR USUAL ZOOM AND FACEBOOK LINKS BUT PLEASE NOTE: SERVICES NEXT WEEK WILL ONLY BE STREAMED FROM OUR FACEBOOK VIDEO PAGE.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3083559074?pwd=dVNvdmZiZld1UW5ZbXRxdUpBeXhpdz09

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

https://www.facebook.com/pg/stwilfridshaywardsheath/videos/?ref=page_internal

God Bless and thanks to everyone supporting us during the Vacancy

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message for the First Sunday after Trinity, 6 June 2021

As always, we hope to see you again for the Sunday 9.00am Eucharist in St Wilfrid’s (also streamed on our Facebook “video” pages) or for the 10.30am Eucharist in the Church of the Presentation. Last week, it was fitting we were able to say cheerio to Father David, in both churches, before his move to Sheffield. Father David told me that he is happy to keep in touch via email.

Figure 1 Father David and the masked Clergy Team.jpg

Father David (third from the left) has always been since his ordination wonderfully supportive as a member of the Clergy Team both before and after Father Ray’s retirement. We are sure that you will agree with us that whichever church he joins will be blessed with his experience, knowledge and dedication to Our Lord. Farewell David and Anne and we hope that we will see you again when the time is right, hopefully, in the not too distant future.

Father John will be presiding this Sunday in both churches and the mini-choir will again be with us. Let us hope we hear some good news soon about the re-instatement of the full choir and congregational singing.

Additionally, the mid-week Wednesday Eucharist will continue, as present, to be Zoomed using our normal link (see below) at 9.30am followed by our online coffee get-togethers at about 10ish.

Figure 2 Alice and Peter.jpg

Last Saturday, Alice and Peter (above) were married in St Wilfrid’s Church. We wish them the best for the future and look forward to seeing them again soon. Revd Peter Francis conducted the wedding and he will be presiding at some of our services later in the year. Peter is a retired priest who live in Uckfield and regularly helps out churches who are in vacancies.

Coffee cup.jpg

As Covid restrictions are beginning to lessen, it is hoped that soon Coffee Stop can be restarted in the Centenary Hall on Tuesday Mornings. Lesley is organising a preliminary planning meeting for helpers. This will be held in the Centenary Hall at 10.00am next Tuesday (8 June). We hope that the present volunteers and any others who are able to spare some time to help out on Tuesdays at Coffee Stop will be able to join Lesley, and the team, next week. For more information, Lesley can be contacted in church on Sunday or by email.

No news this week on the Tower works but we should be hearing something soon.

Here are the Zoom and Facebook links that you’ll need:

Zoom link for Wednesday 9.30am Eucharist and 10am get-together

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074  Passcode: Keepsafe


Link to our Facebook Videos page (live streaming and recordings)

God Bless and thanks to everyone supporting us during the Vacancy

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 32 for Trinity Sunday, 30 May 2021

As always, we hope to see you again for the Sunday 9.00am Eucharist in St Wilfrid’s (also streamed on our Facebook “video” pages) or for the 10.30am Eucharist in the Church of the Presentation. Father David will be presiding, in both churches, for the last time before his departure to pastures new. We all wish Father David well and on behalf of the Parish may we formally thank him for all that he has done to support worship, support many of us pastorally, and for “always just being there”. Father David, we will miss you.

Additionally, the mid-week Wednesday Eucharist will continue, as at present, to be Zoomed using our normal link (see below) at 9.30am followed by our on-line coffee get-togethers at about 10 o’clock.

TOWER NEWS

Last Tuesday the Wardens met with various contractors, who will be undertaking the necessary work on St Wilfrid’s Church Tower (photographed above), for a provisional fact-finding visit. I think we were both surprised at how much detail was required to ensure that the scaffolding (the main element of cost in the project) would ensure the safety of workers and public alike. The next stage of the process is the formal pre-start meeting when a date for commencement of the work will be agreed. WATCH THIS SPACE.

As always, our church grounds are looking great, and our thanks go to Peter for all his efforts and to all the Team that keeps everything looking so spick and span. Laura is going to coordinate the group now and we wish her well in all that she and her helpers do.

In our St Wilfrid’s churchyard  photo (top right) are two new parishioners – correctly distanced – who seem to have mislaid the way into church. It is a great pity they have missed the excellent sermons:

Unlike our two new friends, in case you cannot join us on Sundays, or Wednesdays, most services are also available recorded. Our contribution to online assemblies for our church school are also stored on our Facebook pages.

Here are the Zoom and Facebook links that you’ll need:

Zoom link for Wednesday 9.30am Eucharist and 10am get-together

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe


Parish Facebook Videos page (live streaming and recordings)

God Bless

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No.31 for Sunday 23 May 2021 – Day of Pentecost

Haywards Heath has a National BBC Champion

Can we begin by congratulating HUGO JOHNSON (pictured opposite) on winning the BBC Two “All that Glitters” trophy. For those who did not see the programmes, Hugo is a skilful jeweller who works at RTFJ in Wivelsfield and lives in Haywards Heath. The programme took a group of skilled makers of jewellery, over a series of weeks, through a number of tasks, and Hugo was judged to be the best. Well done Hugo for putting Haywards Heath “out there” nationally. Forgive the pun, but I think that as the Parish Church of Haywards Heath, we can all reflect a little in his glory. The Middy and The Argus have full reports about how Hugo achieved the award.

As always, we hope to see you again for the Sunday 9.00am Eucharist in St Wilfrid’s (also  streamed on our Facebook “video” pages). Father Mike will be presiding. The service will be a little shorter as we are following it with our Annual Parish Church Meeting (AGM) at 10.15am so there will be no service in The Church of the Presentation this week. Attached below, from Karen, our Secretary, are some further papers and reports for the meeting. I hope that you have been able to access the various reports that sum up life in our church over the last year. In spite of Covid19, a lot has still happened, so our thanks go to those for sharing all the activities and actions with us. For reasons of confidentiality, the APCM will not be Zoomed.

Hopefully, we will be able to share a little more news about the Tower at the APCM following Diocesan permission to start the very necessary works.

Additionally, the mid-week Wednesday Eucharist will continue, as present, to be Zoomed using our normal link (see below) at 9.30am followed by our on-line coffee get-togethers at about 10ish.

You will notice that our church colours will change to red this Sunday as we shall be celebrating Pentecost, when we remember the Holy Spirit being sent to Peter and the Disciples after Christ’s Ascension to Heaven. Sunday week will see the colours change again to green, signifying the “ordinary” Sundays of the Church Year that continue until nearer the end of the calendar year.

In case you cannot join us on Sundays, or Wednesdays, most services are also available recorded on Facebook. Our contribution to online assemblies for the school are also stored on our Facebook pages.

Here are the Zoom and Facebook links that you’ll need:

Wednesday 9.30am Eucharists followed by Get-Togethers

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe


St Wilfrid’s Parish Facebook Videos Page

God Bless

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 30 for Sunday 16 May 2021

There do not seem to be any changes in distancing, masking up and rules relating to congregational singing in our church services at present. We are obviously keeping a watchful eye open and will let everyone know of any updates to existing anti-Covid practice. For those who would like to know more, we suggest you log onto the Church of England website.

We are sure that many of you were very pleased, and surprised, to meet Bishop Ruth in St Wilfrid’s Church last Sunday. She had a last-minute cancellation and offered to join us in worship. We are very pleased that she could see our church functioning so well during the present restricted times, from the pews, rather than having to lead a service.

As we await the next stages in the appointment of a new incumbent, we are sure that Bishop Ruth’s visit will help her in working with us to find a suitable candidate. As we have regularly said, the appointment process is currently with the bishop(s) especially following the wide-ranging advertising of the post. Like you we are awaiting developments. Please continue to pray for a successful outcome to the appointment of a new parish priest for our churches.

As always, we hope to see you again for the Sunday 9.00am Eucharist in St Wilfrid’s (also streamed on our Facebook “video” pages) or at the 10.30am Eucharist in the Presentation Church. Father John will be presiding.

Additionally, the mid-week Wednesday Eucharist will continue, as at present, to be ZOOMed using our normal link (see below) at 9.30am followed by our on-line coffee get-togethers at about 10ish. Our “Only Connect” type quizzes are continuing to gain popularity although many of us thought it was a bit cheeky to use nasty anagrams in one puzzle that completely fooled us!

In case you cannot join us on Sundays, or Wednesdays, most services are also available recorded online. Here are the Zoom and Facebook links that you’ll need:

Zoom link for our 9.30am Wednesday Eucharists and get-togethers

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

Our Parish Facebook Videos page

STOP PRESS – Some good news regarding our St Wilfrid’s Tower to be shared soon.

Finally, please note that we may have to make some changes to the usual eucharistic service this Sunday morning owing to some difficulties in staffing.

God Bless

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 29 for Sunday 9 May 2021

As changes to the numbers that are allowed to attend funerals are being updated, we are keeping a watchful eye on whether other changes might be in the offing such as numbers of attendees for weddings and baptisms or the level of social distancing in churches. Although the present arrangements for social distancing in our churches remain, I think most of us can live with that and may even be enjoying waving frantically our “jazz hands”. However, the thing that most of us miss most is being able to sing hymns or parts of the sung Eucharist. We are certainly lucky that we have Nic and the Choir, on hand, duly spaced out (sorry) but let us all pray, that very soon, we can join in too!

We hope that some of you have been able to join the webinars that are being broadcast by the Lewes Priory Trust. Two of the sessions are being presented by Arthur, who, in addition to his time-consuming hours spent as Churchwarden, is an expert on the history of the Priory – past and present.

As always, we hope to see you again for the Sunday 9.00am Eucharist in St. Wilfrid’s (also  streamed on our Facebook “video” pages) or at the 10.30am Eucharist in the Presentation Church. Father Mike will be presiding.

Additionally, the mid-week Wednesday Eucharist will continue, as present, to be ZOOMed using our normal link (see below) at 9.30am followed by our online coffee get-togethers at about 10ish. Our “Only Connect” type quizzes are gaining popularity and do allow us to exercise our brains. We have not yet submitted to organizing online exercise classes whilst we know that many of you are exploring Father John’s local walks book. That is probably best for most of us at the moment.

In case you cannot join us on Sundays or Wednesdays, most services are also available recorded online on Facebook.

Here are the Zoom and Facebook links that you’ll need:

Wednesday 9.30am Eucharist and get-together afterwards

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

St Wilfrid’s Parish Facebook Videos page

God Bless

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 28 for Sunday 2 May 2021

Here is the twenty-eighth of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

First of all, the good news is that the vacant post of Rector for our two churches has been advertised. Please do not expect to hear very much in the near future, as the process of appointing a new priest can be lengthy and will remain confidential until an announcement can be made. Do keep those charged with finding our next priest in your prayers.

Recently, the church donated £500 to the Cuckfield and Lindfield Rotary Club to assist in their fund-raising activities through our monthly charitable collections. In past years, the church has raised many thousands of pounds for the Club through supporting their Rotary annual darts competition that has had unfortunately to be cancelled because of the Covid pandemic. The Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield supports many local and international charities that range from paying the wages of a teacher in Haiti, contributing to our local hospices, and, more locally, to paying towards the expenses of Family Support Work and the Haywards Heath Food Bank. More information about the Club, which a number of our congregation belong to, can be found on their informative website www.rotarycl.org

along with information about meetings and membership.

We still await news from the Diocese as to when work on St Wilfrid’s Tower can begin. Hopefully, it will not be long now and, as soon as we have news, we will let everyone know. If you heard our church bells ringing strangely early this morning this it was because our Carillon was receiving minor attention and our two service bells routine maintenance. I hope some of you living nearby were not woken up too early!

We hope that you have seen our churchyard at St Wilfrid’s recently as it slowly morphs into a wild-flower meadow. The joy it brings to all who pass through must be celebrated and our thanks go to all those who help keep both our churchyards spick and span.

As always, we hope to see you again for this Sunday’s 9.00am Eucharist in St Wilfrid’s (also streamed on our Facebook videos” page – link below) or at our 10.30am Eucharist in the Presentation Church. Father John will be presiding at both. Additionally, the mid-week Wednesday Eucharist will continue, as present, to be ZOOMed using our normal link (see below) at 9.30am followed by our on-line coffee get-togethers. Most of our services are also available recorded online on our Facebook videos page. Here are the Zoom and Facebook links that you’ll need:

Zoom link for 9.30am Wednesday Eucharist followed by social get-together

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

Parish Facebook Videos (live streaming on Sundays and recorded services)

Finally, Derek must apologise for dropping his iPhone at the end of the streamed service last Sunday, cutting off Nic’s organ voluntary. We are pleased to report the iPhone was not damaged, unlike Derek’s pride!

God Bless

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 27 for Sunday 25 April 2021

Here is the twenty-seventh of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

As you will know, the Funeral of Prince Philip (RIP) took place last Saturday and, in St Wilfrid’s Church, we honoured the event by ringing three cycles of 99 pulls on the big Kleinwort bell. Each ring represented a year in Philip’s eventful and influential life. He will be missed by family and many others who were touched by his dutiful devotion to this country and the Commonwealth. Thanks Jill and Arthur for organising this small tribute.

Each Wednesday, after the Mid-week Eucharist, a number of us join together for a ZOOM chit- chat. This week, in addition to taking delivery of two rather challenging puzzles (“Only Connect” BBC style) created by David and Laura, we started to discuss the progress of our Covid vaccinations. You will be pleased to hear that your Wardens have both received their second doses! However, following an observation by some of our members, a possible international charity donation to help those less fortunate than ourselves was suggested involving donating the cost of our “jabs” to UNICEF. Details can be accessed here for those who might want to do this:

https://www.unicef.org.uk/donate/coronavirus/

Information on how to join the ZOOM services and informal “get-togethers” are below, as are the times of services. Do tune-in (ZOOM-in?) if you are able. We do not bite – well, we cannot over the internet anyway.

I think we are all enjoying the present sunny weather. That is everyone except the St Wilfrid’s Church Organ, which seems to be suffering from a bad case of hay fever. Hence the odd squeaks that were heard last Sunday emanating from its dry pipes. Do not fear though, Nic Robinson, our Music Director, is ensuring that suitable treatment is being sought for the ailing patient.

Friday 23 April is St George’s Day and our contribution to the St Wilfrid’s School assembly programme, following the recent theme of patron saints, has been uploaded to our Facebook pages. Our links with the school are really valued and our thanks go to our church members who give up many unpaid hours of their time to act as governors to support the school.

As always, we hope to see you again for this Sunday’s 9.00am Eucharist in St Wilfrid’s (also streamed on our Facebook videos” page – link below) or at our 10.30am Eucharist in the Presentation Church. Father Stephen will be presiding at both. Additionally, the mid-week Wednesday Eucharist will continue, as present, to be ZOOMed using our normal link (see below) at 9.30am followed by our on-line coffee get-togethers. Most of our services are also available recorded online on our Facebook videos page. Here are the Zoom and Facebook links that you’ll need:

Zoom link for our Wednesday 9.30am Eucharists and get-togethers afterwards

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

Our Facebook videos page (Sunday live streaming and our recorded services)

God Bless

Arthur and Derek

Church Wardens’ Message No. 26 for Sunday 18 April 2021

Here is the twenty-sixth of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:

As we hear of more and more of you who have received or are planning to receive your first or second Covid “jab”, one can only marvel at the organisation that has been put into the whole vaccination programme. Whilst we do hear of various gripes about the NHS, we must thank God that we in the UK have such a wonderful service that everyone can fall back on. Most people take the NHS for granted but there are still some who will remember a time before 1948 when accessing medical treatment was not as simple as it is today. Of course, Covid has put a terrible strain upon what the NHS can offer but let us pray that, as the pandemic begins to be better controlled the doctors, nurses and various health employees will begin to catch up with lost time.

In spite of the present success in starting to tame Covid, we must still insist on continuing to implement our restrictions during services such as distancing, mask-wearing and registration. Thank you for helping us here. We will try to avoid long queues like the ones seen outside Primark earlier this week.

So we hope to see more of you again this Sunday at 9.00am Eucharist in St Wilfrid’s, which is also streamed on our parish Facebook videos page

St Wilfrid’s Parish videos page

or at 10.30am Eucharist in the Presentation Church.

Father David will be presiding at both Eucharists.

Additionally, the mid-week Wednesday Eucharist will continue, as at present, to be ZOOMed using our normal link (see below) at 9.30am, followed by our on-line coffee get-togethers at 10.15am.  Most services are also available recorded online on our Facebook videos page (link as above).

Zoom link for Wednesday morning Parish Eucharist and get-together

Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe

In addition to praying for the repose of Prince Philip, can you remember Joan Adams,  John Maskell and Catherine Dunnage in your prayers. May they rest in peace and rise in glory+

Finally, there is a little snippet, from John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, that was included in the Church Times last week that you might like to ponder:

Adult to group of children: “What do you think Jesus was doing while He was in Hell for three days?” Child, after a long pause, “I think He was looking everywhere for His friend Judas”.

One there for the theologians amongst you!

God bless you: we hope to see you all again soon

Arthur and Derek