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St Wilfrid’s Parish has two churches. St Wilfrid’s Church is the historic parish church of Haywards Heath, which was opened in 1865; the Presentation Church was opened in 1897. All are welcome to our services and activities.

Sunday Services

St Wilfrid’s Church: 1 December 2019 - Advent 1

8.00am Said Eucharist
9.30am Sung Eucharist
6.30pm Choral Evensong

Presentation Church: 1 December 2019 - Advent 1

10.30am Sung Eucharist

On the third Sunday of every month we offer a Family Worship service at 10.30am. These services for families and children are at St Wilfrid's Church. They usually last half an hour, followed by refreshments. These, our All-Age Sunday services, Messy Church - next session this SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER - and Toddlers' Service (Tuesdays in term time at 2pm in St Wilfrid's Church, followed by play time in the Centenary Hall) are listed on our Children, Young People page.

Our Safeguarding Arrangements

To read or download our Parish Safeguarding Policy, click on the icon on our Links page. To contact us about Safeguarding:

WHAT'S ON IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER?

This Sunday 1 December is the first in Advent and at St Wilfrid's we have our monthly Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. But BEFORE that this Saturday 30 November will be a wonderful 2 for 1 day, especially for young families: our St Wilfrid's School, Eastern Road's Christmas Fair (11.30am to 2.30pm) and our Advent Messy Church at 3pm in the Centenary Hall. The background colours of this website change as we move into the season of Advent. It starts with a busy week ahead, including our Presentation Wives' Carols and Christmas Tea (Monday), our monthly charity lunch and Men's Group dinner on Wednesday, our Women's Fellowship's Advent Quiet Afternoon on Thursday and Christingle on Sunday 8 December at 4pm in St Wilfrid's Church!


Details of this week's, and other services and events this year and in 2020 (including Christingle on 8 December), are in the Sunday Link for 24 November and/or in more detail on the Parish Calendar page of this website.



OUR EVENING CHARITY CONCERT AT ST WILFRID'S CHURCH LAST SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER

Our words-and-music concert was a great success, both as an entertainment and as a very effective fundraiser for a wonderful international public health charity - Tearfund's Toilet Twinning - which at the same time combats world poverty. Its website is here.

Our concert day was also the birthday of Andrew Storey, its organiser and master of ceremonies, and so we all surprised him by singing Happy Birthday and with thank you and birthday cards and gifts presented by Nic Robinson, our Director of Music, just when Andrew was announcing that the show was over, as per the programme he had written. A review and photo of the concert can be read on the Mid Sussex Times website here: St Wilfrid's charity concert review.

OUR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2019 CHARITIES OF THE MONTH

Our November charity is Blesma - the Limbless Veterans Charity. For more information visit the Blesma website. Thank you everyone who kindly cooked and served, or attended, our monthly Charity Lunch on Wednesday 6 November which raised valuable funds for Blesma. Our December charity will be FSW - Family Support Work, with a charity lunch to support it on Wednesday 4 December at 12.30pm in the Centenary Hall. Please see the regular feature about its work below, which has a link to its website.


Please give generously to our monthly charities by enjoying our charity lunches (on the first Wednesday of the month in the Centenary Hall at 12.30pm), donating in the collection basket at the back of St Wilfrid's Church on Sunday mornings or via the charities' websites.


FAMILY SUPPORT WORK (FSW): 'The Children’s Charity of Sussex'- Registered Charity no: 285337

FSW is our December 2019 charity of the month and on Wednesday 4 December our Men's Group will be preparing and serving our monthly charity lunch (at a bargain price of £5) at the Centenary Hall at 12.30pm to swell the funds.

For up to date details of our involvement in local fundraising events please email our FSW parish representative Bernadette (St Wilfrid's Church): fswatstwilfridshh@gmail.com

Bernadette has reminded us that FSW gratefully receives donations of Amazon, Primark, iTunes and Google Play vouchers. At our Sunday services and at our weekly Coffee Stop (on Tuesdays from 10am to 12 noon in the Centenary Hall) we will also be grateful to receive any of the following items to make up FSW's Christmas Hampers: Christmas Puddings, Cranberry Sauce, Custard (instant, not powder), Biscuits, Sweets, Mince Pies, Jars of Curry Sauce, Rice, Tins of Vegetables. THANK YOU!

HERE IS FSW'S NOVEMBER 2019 UPDATE from Nikki Kerr, Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Dear Friends,
We had a very busy time during the October half-term holiday. With many services closing for the week, the families we support needed extra help from us to manage their days and keep their children occupied. We held extra half-term activities in Bognor, Rustington, Pulborough, Haywards Heath and Crawley that were very well attended and very much valued.

With the clocks changing and the temperatures dropping we know that the next few weeks can be very tough for families trying to cope with their children's excitement in the lead-up to Christmas, particularly when finances are difficult and more money is needed for heating homes. We have launched our Winter Fuel campaign this week, asking those who receive a Winter Fuel payment from the Government but may not need it, to consider donating it to us so that we can help families with their fuel bills over the winter months. We would be so grateful for donations of any size that we could pass on to families who aren't eligible for this support.

Thank you as always for your ongoing support of FSW.

October's work in numbers

196 individual meetings with families supporting 25 grandparents, 235 parents and 320 children

44 supported meetings with other agencies

35 group sessions supporting 19 grandparents, 254 parents and 379 children

190 food deliveries made

Prayer points

Give thanks for our overflowing foodbank as a result of extremely generous Harvest donations

Pray for the family of M, the mother in a family we have been supporting. She died from cancer last week at the age of 30 leaving 2 young children behind and a husband who does not speak English. The family does not have permanent leave to remain in the UK even though the children were born here, and they cannot access benefits, so the future is extremely uncertain.

For all of our practitioners as they enter an incredibly busy time of meetings, training and planning Christmas parties for their families.


Friends of FSW donate from £3 per month / £36 per year to FSW. Some Friends may wish to help further by raising awareness of FSW and widening support for its work; possibly volunteering with fundraising and at events. For more information or to sign up as a Friend please call FSW 01273 832963 - Chichester Diocesan Association for Family Support Work - Registered Charity No. 285337 Garton House, 22, Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN6 1AA

To read more about FSW:
visit the FSW website, where new events are on the foot of the Home page and on its Get Involved>Events page.

Welcome Packs with leaflets about our programme are at the back of St Wilfrid’s Church, which is usually open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm.

Details of our services and activities can also be found in the Weekly Notices and Parish Calendar and Groups, Activities pages of this web site, which are updated frequently.

You may notice our site’s background colours changing occasionally. This reflects the seasons of the Church year from Advent (which starts on Sunday 1 December 2019) to Trinity (May/June to November). The background colours were last changed on Trinity Sunday, 16 June 2019.