St Wilfrid’s Church, Church Road
Welcome to the website of St Wilfrid Haywards Heath, an Anglican (C of E) parish with two churches, St Wilfrid’s Church and The Church of The Presentation. Here you will find details of our mission and our ministry team. Other pages tell you about the church services, the events we put on and our history. Visit the News page for an update on current affairs in the parish. You can find information about our groups here. Please use the How To Join form if you would like to join our worshipping community.
Church of the Presentation, New England Road
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers.
- To respond to human need by loving service.
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
For more information about the five marks of mission recognised by the church, click here.
MEET THE TEAM
Rev’d Ray Smith, Rector and PCC Chairman. Ray Smith was ordained deacon in June 1980 and ordained priest in 1981. He trained for the ministry at King’s College London and at The College of the Resurrection at Mirfield in West Yorkshire. In the late 1970s Ray worked for 16 months as an auxiliary nurse on a surgical ward at St Georges Hospital at Hyde Park Corner. He served two curacies in Oxford Diocese at Iffley in Oxford and at Wallingford and then served for just over ten years as Vicar of St Mary Magdalen’s Church Tilehurst in Reading, where he also lectured on Ethics and Doctrine on the Berkshire Christian Training Scheme course. He moved to Haywards Heath as Team Rector in the summer of 1996. Ray has served as a Foundation Governor at St Wilfrid CE School to date and as Chair of Churches Together in Haywards Heath. During his time in Sussex, and alongside his parish ministry, Ray has worked as chaplain to the South East Coast Ambulance Service until 2014 and Chaplain to Sussex Police until 2013, serving as senior chaplain to the Sussex Police Service and South East area representative on the committee of the National Association of Chaplains to the Police from 2003. Today Ray remains as Rector of St Wilfrid’s parish and continues his lifelong interest in public transport.
Rev’d David Young, Priest. David had a varied career, mostly in Residential Child Care and education. He is now retired from secular employment. He trained for ministry at SEITE (The South East Institute for Theological Education), and was ordained deacon in 2006 and priest in 2007. He mostly ministers at the Church of the Presentation, serving at St Wilfrid’s about once a month.
Rev’d Mike Clark, Priest. Following a teenage as an atheist and then becoming a Civil Engineer I had the fortune to meet a vicar’s daughter. Some few years later I was training at Salisbury & Wells Theological College and was ordained in 1983. My ministry has been as a Priest in secular employment working at a senior level. Before retirement in 2002 I worked for a US corporation in many countries but finally I was working in Buenos Aires for 5 years. Now I enjoy working at St Wilfrid’s during the winter and in Spain for the summer at the Costa Blanca Chaplaincy.
Helen Arnold PCC member
David Brann PCC member
Arthur Franklin Churchwarden
Derek Gooch Churchwarden
Gloria Kendall PCC member, Safeguarding Officer
Christian Pitt PCC member
Ian Michael Treasurer
Karen Michael Secretary
John Pilkington PCC member, communications
Pru Richardson PCC member, planned giving
Laura Sayers PCC member, Deanery Synod representative
Andrew Storey PCC member, concert organiser.
Melvyn Walmsley PCC member, communications
Sally Ward PCC member
GROUPS (Note: all group meetings cancelled due to COVID-19)
Church Choir (St Wilfrid’s Church)
When our regular services resume, the choir leads the singing at Sunday Eucharist and monthly Choral Evensong and meets on Fridays at 7.15pm.
St Wilfrid’s parish is proud to have achieved the bronze Eco Church award. We are now working towards the silver award and we welcome all support. We are an informal group and tend to meet during coffee after the 9:30 service.