Community

Impacting the wider community

Church is not all to do with church services and buildings. We host a number of activities of interest to the wider public, from concerts to support for charities and concern for the environment. Follow these links to discover more:

Eco church

St Wilfrid’s School

Charities

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CARING FOR GOD'S EARTH - ECO CHURCH

The fifth of the C of E’s five “marks of mission” is: to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. We approach this by:

  • Working towards silver status in the A Rocha Eco Church project.
  • Maintaining the flower rich grassland of our churchyard

St Wilfrid's flower-rich churchyard

 

Here in the heart of Haywards Heath we have a remnant of a very special sort of flower-rich grassland which has almost disappeared from the surrounding countryside. It was associated with old hay meadows and is now nationally scarce because modern farming methods rely on crops of fast growing, sown grass which is cut early for silage. The butterflies, bees  and wildflowers of hay meadows, which were once abundant, have become rare.  We are looking after ‘God’s Acre’ by careful management to ensure that there is a home for these creatures and so that  the residents of Haywards Heath may enjoy their beauty.

The Upper and Lower Churchyards both contain flower-rich grassland, and are managed to encourage the special perennial  flowers of hay meadows.  At the end of summer the long grass is cut and the grass kept mown until early the following  year, carefully avoiding the tiny flowering spikes of Autumn Lady’s Tresses which appear from July to September. The cuttings are carefully raked up and removed to prevent the build-up of nutrients in the soil, which would encourage coarse grasses at the expense of the wildflowers.             

ST WILFRID'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL

St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary School is a Voluntary Aided church school which welcomes children of all faiths and none.  Further information about the school and the admissions process is available on the school website which can be found here.

CHARITIES

CHARITY OF THE MONTH

Here is our Charity of the Month schedule for 2020. In normal times, we raise funds for these charities through a collection at our Sunday services, and from the proceeds of our Coffee Stop (on Tuesday mornings in the Centenary Hall, which has closed during lockdown).

January:      The Trussell Trust (HH Foodbank)
February:     Local Hospices
March:         Toilet Twinning
April:            Family Support Work (FSW)
May:              Christian Aid
June:             Kangaroos
July:              USPG 
August:         Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group
September:  Caring for God’s Acre
October:       Voices in Exile
November:   Soldiers and Sailors Families Association
December:   The Just Finance Foundation

WE ALSO SUPPORT:

FAMILY SUPPORT WORK

FSW provides one-to-one, intensive help to children and families in Sussex, plus a range of group support and structured play activities.

Family Support Practitioners and the Play team currently provide one-to-one support in the following deaneries: Bognor & Arundel, Cuckfield, Eastbourne, East Grinstead, Hastings, Uckfield & Rotherfield, Storrington and Worthing. Click here to visit the FSW site.

Our FSW parish representative is Bernadette (at St Wilfrid’s Church); she can be emailed at fswatstwilfridshh@gmail.com. Click here to view her latest post with news about how to donate household items and food.

FOODBANKS

We are pleased to support Haywards Heath Foodbank and products can be dropped off in both The Presentation and St Wilfrid’s churches every Sunday.

Haywards Heath Foodbank is looking for donations of long life food within its “use by” date.  In particular they would like: tinned meat and fruit.

The following items are also really useful: tinned vegetables and tomatoes, longlife milk, custard and fruit juice, cereals, biscuits, instant coffee and tea bags.

Please do not donate any foods containing nuts or alcohol as they cannot be distributed.

More information can be found here.

If you require support from a foodbank please click here.

CHARITY LUNCHES

Our charity lunches are currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak

To raise funds for our chosen charities round the year, we aim to prepare and serve a good value lunch – with fine views over Victoria Park to the South Downs. These lunches are based around a wholesome soup and aim to offer something for everybody, including food that is: 

  • Locally produced
  • Organic
  • Sensitive to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free considerations

Why not come and join us for one of our charity lunches?

When: usually the first Wednesday of the month – do check our Parish Calendar.

Where: our Centenary Hall, St Wilfrid’s Way (just behind St Wilfrid’s Church, via the public footpath through the Upper Churchyard).

Time: 12.30-1.30pm (It’s very popular, so try to be there by 1pm. Our weekly Said Eucharist at 12.10pm in St Wilfrid’s Church finishes in good time for this).

You’ll be assured of a warm welcome.  For further information, please email admin@stwilfridshaywardsheath.co.uk.

MILK BOTTLE TOP COLLECTION

Our Parish is pleased to support Mid Sussex Riding for the Disabled, link here:

https://www.midsussex-rda.org/

We collect clean milk bottles of all colours (no other plastic tops please) and they can be dropped off in both our churches.

St Wilfrid’s: There is a pink plastic bin just on your left of the main church door as you come in 

We are really grateful to St Wilfrid’s school for their fantastic support with this scheme.