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

OUR MISSION

 

  • 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.
Contact:
choir@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

Enquirers Groups

Occasional study groups explore the Christian faith.
Contact: rs@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

Men’s Group

Varied programme; usually meets in St Wilfrid’s at 8.00pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month except in January and August.
Contact mg@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

Mothers’ Union (MU) in our Parish

To find out more about Mothers’ Union members’ involvement in local voluntary work and fundraising for MU projects worldwide
contact:
mu@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

Presentation Wives

Meet at 2.30pm on the 1st Monday of the month at the
Presentation Hall and also go on various theatre and other visits.
Contact:admin@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

Women’s Fellowship

Varied programme in the Centenary Hall on the 1st Thursday of the month at 2.30pm.
Contact admin@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

Afternoon House Group

Meetings in 2020 have been suspended
Contact: hga@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

Evening House Group

This lively group meets about five times a year for fellowship and discussion, usually in somebody’s house.
Contact: hge@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk

EcoChurch Group

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.
Contact: admin@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk