St Wilfrid's Parish Church Church of the Presentation


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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: 17 March 2019 - Lent 2

8.00am Said Eucharist
9.30am Sung Eucharist
10.30am Family Worship

Presentation Church: 17 March 2019 - Lent 2

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 and Messy Church (next date: THIS SATURDAY 9 March) are on our Children, Young People page.

Also during school term time we run a Toddlers Service on Tuesdays at 2.00pm, followed by refreshments and play in the Centenary Hall.

Our Safeguarding Arrangements

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


This Sunday 17 March is the Second Sunday in Lent, when we have our Family Worship at St Wilfrid's Church at 10.30am - and it's also St Patrick's Day, commemorating the fifth-century 'Apostle of Ireland'.

Our services and events over the coming week and beyond are in the Sunday Link for 17 March. These include the dates of our afternoon Lent study and discussion group course, 'Living Christ', (places still available), our monthly Taize service (8pm on Wednesday), the third of our Wednesday Lent Lunches (this time for the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group; see also below), a very important diary date for EVERYONE in our two churches - Saturday 23 March in the Centenary Hall: our Building the Church Family Future Plans Contact Day, a Family Support Work Spring Supper on Friday 22 March (see also below) and a reminder that we have only until 24 March to ensure that our names will remain on or can be added to our churches' electoral roll.

More details of these events and many more are featured on our Parish Calendar page. See also below for details of the Family Support Work fundraising Spring Supper on Friday 22 March.


A group of 13 Year 5 students from St Wilfrid's C of E Primary School joined the choir and congregation of St Wilfrid's Church on Sunday 10 March for our sung Eucharist. The students helped our robed choir in leading the hymn singing and provided the anthem "Wilderness Time" which was especially composed for them by our Director of Music Nic Robinson. As Nic says: "It's so hard to find a suitable anthem for young voices to sing in Lent, so I had to write them one! I wanted to make the music melodic, yet challenging to sing." By all accounts the youngsters rose to the challenge brilliantly, prompting a prolonged round of applause. We look forward to welcoming the group again shortly after Easter, and that they will become a regular feature of our worship.


THE place to find out is on our new, illustrated, interactive Parish Calendar, which is much more than a list of forthcoming events and services. Read about our afternoon diocesan Lent course (which started last Monday 11 March and resumes on Monday 25 March) and much more besides, including that important diary date - Building the Church Family Future Plans Contact Day, Saturday 23 March.


If you wish to register as a My ChurchSuite User - and we hope everyone in the parish who's online will ask us to arrange that - please email

and we'll show you how to register and use its various features (it's very easy). Why register? Everyone who has completed a GDPR form is on our ChurchSuite database - with ALL his or her privacy requirements respected, unless and until that person wishes to change them. Registering as a MyChurchSuite User means, though, that changing your contact details and communications preferences will be done by YOU, whenever you wish (in a few seconds). This is a powerful, fast and convenient communications tool - hence our investment in ChurchSuite.

If you haven't already, please fill in and return your GDPR form (at a church service or to the Rectory, St Wilfrid's Way) as soon as possible, so we can continue to contact you.


Please direct all enquiries to the Rector - rs@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk - or consult this website for information.


This is the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. Please give generously, by using the collection basket at the back of St Wilfrid's Church, by supporting our third weekly Lent Lunch at the Centenary Hall at 12.30pm this coming Wednesday 20 March or by donating via the charity's website (see the hyperlink above).

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

Fundraising SPRING SUPPER AT WIVELSFIELD VILLAGE HALL, Eastern Road, Wivelsfield Green at 7 for 7.30pm on Friday 22 March. Tickets £15 each - with entertainment by the Scaynes Hill Community Choir. Cash bar and excellent prize raffle.

Interested in this fun evening? Contact our FSW parish representative Bernadette (St Wilfrid's Church) at


HERE IS FSW'S MARCH 2019 UPDATE from Nikki Kerr, Director of Fundraising and Marketing: Dear Friends, As I write this we are preparing for World Book Day tomorrow (7th March). Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we are able to give a personalised book to every child we support - relevant to their age, interests and reading abilities. It's often the only time that they are given their own books to keep and we know how much it means to them, so thank you to everybody who has donated books or book tokens. During half term we took a group of families to Chichester Cathedral to participate in their family activity day, which was greatly enjoyed by everybody who attended. Our day-to-day work continues to be primarily focussed on helping our families to access the relevant services and support they need. Relationship breakdown and domestic violence feature heavily at the moment, so please remember these families in your prayers. Finally, our annual Easter Walk is now open for registration and we would love you to join us. On Easter Monday we will be tackling a 7-mile walk beginning (and ending) at Alfriston and taking in the famous Long Man of Wilmington. We are hoping to raise £10,000 this year and your support would be greatly appreciated. More information can be found on our website www.familysupportwork.org (under the Get Involved section).

February's work in numbers: 148 individual meetings with families supporting 14 grandparents, 132 parents and 184 children; 25 supported meetings with other agencies; 55 group sessions supporting 5 grandparents, 147 parents and 140 children; 144 food deliveries made.

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 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 (just before Christmas) to Trinity (May to November). The colours are now those of Lent, a time for reflection and response to our baptismal calling as we look forward to Holy Week and Easter.