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.


Due to the retirement of our Rector Rev’d Ray Smith at the end of October, the Parish now has a vacancy.

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.

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.

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

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.

Women’s Fellowship

Varied programme in the Centenary Hall on the 1st Thursday of the month at 2.30pm.

Afternoon House Group

Meetings in 2020 have been suspended

Evening House Group

This lively group meets about five times a year for fellowship and discussion, usually in somebody’s house.

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.