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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 February 2019 - 3rd Before Lent

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

Presentation Church: 17 February 2019 - 3rd Before Lent

10.30am Sung Eucharist

On the third Sunday of every month - including this Sunday 17 February - 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 are on our Children, Young People page.

Also during school term time - so not on Tuesday 19 February (half term) - we run a Toddlers Service on Tuesdays at 2.00pm, followed by refreshments and play in the Centenary Hall

WHAT'S ON IN FEBRUARY AND MARCH?

This Sunday 17 February is the Third before Lent - with our monthly Family Worship (see above) at St Wilfrid's Church at 10.30am. Before that, don't miss an exciting Family Support Work charity fundraising evening at 6pm at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield on 16 February, when the world's longest tapestry will be on show and its story told (see also below).
PLEASE NOTE:

Owing to work on our church bells, St Wilfrid's Church will be CLOSED from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 February inclusive - except for our two Wednesday services at 12.10pm and 8pm in the Lady Chapel.
Our services and events over the next week and looking ahead into March are in the Sunday Link for 17 February. These include our Mothers' Union 2019 AGM and Planning Meeting on Monday 18th, a Taize service on Wednesday 20th, and a free event to which everyone is welcome next Saturday 23 February. It's our annual Deanery Day, with a superb guest speaker, Fr Damian Feeney, whose subject is 'Mission and Vocation'; that's at the Old School, Cuckfield (opposite Holy Trinity Church)from 10am to 3.30pm: please bring your own lunch; tea and coffee provided. Then there's an ecumenical World Day of Prayer service in the beautiful, newly opened Baptist Church (on 1 March).



More details of these events, and many more, including that unique Narnia tapestry fundraising event (admission £10 incl. canapes and wine, children free) for Family Support Work this Saturday 16 February - see below - and Cuckfield Deanery Day (at the Old School, Cuckfield) on 23 February, are featured on our Parish Calendar page.


WHAT'S ON THROUGHOUT 2019?

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 the fascinating free Deanery Day (open to all) on 23 February, an afternoon diocesan Lent course (starting on 11 March) that you can sign up for - and much more besides, including all the details of our Women's Fellowship meetings from now to February 2020!


USING OUR NEW CHURCHSUITE CHURCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE - USEFUL TO US ALL. WHY NOT REGISTER AS A 'MY CHURCHSUITE' USER?

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.


OUR PARISH OFFICE CLOSED LAST JUNE

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


OUR FEBRUARY 2019 CHARITIES OF THE MONTH

are those supported in the local Rotary annual appeal, including a Darts Marathon at the Cock Inn, Wivelsfield at 6pm on Wednesday 27 February. One of the main charities to benefit from this is the St Peter & St James hospice. So is Sussex's children's hospice near Arundel, Chestnut Tree House. Please give generously, by using the collection basket at the back of St Wilfrid's Church or pledging sponsorship on the Men's Group Darts Team's sponsor form at St Wilfrid's Church on Sundays. Thank you also everyone who came to the Charity Lunch on Wednesday 6 February.


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

NARNIA FUNDRAISER AT CUCKFIELD: please see our Parish Calendar for 16 February for a fascinating fundraising event at Holy Trinity Church, Cuckfield, when you can see and hear the story of a 1,400 ft embroidery made by ONE person!


During November you kindly donated a staggering 60 new Christmas Toys, which were sent to FSW. Our parish representative Bernadette (St Wilfrid's Church) says a BIG THANK YOU for your wonderful response to FSW's annual appeal for toys. You can email her at

fswatstwilfridshh@gmail.com

HERE IS FSW'S FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE: All of our practitioners have been busy in the last month as the realities of daily challenges kicked in for our families after Christmas. Sadly, the well-publicised problems with Universal Credit have left many of our families in dire circumstances, and our practitioners have been working extremely hard to help them find ways of affording their regular outgoings without slipping into debt, or adding to existing debt. With the cold weather arriving we were extremely grateful to be able to use our Winter Fuel fund, raised by generous donors to our Winter Fuel campaign, to assist families with heating costs. We are busy planning our 2019 events throughout Sussex, which will help us to raise the profile of FSW as well as the income needed to support all of our work. Please check out our website www.familysupportwork.org to see all of our events, which this year will include a stall at the South of England Show in June. Thank you for all your ongoing support.

January's work in numbers: 173 individual meetings with families supporting 18 grandparents, 150 parents and 152 children; 32 supported meetings with other agencies; 17 group sessions supporting 9 grandparents, 132 parents and 101 children; 124 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 have now changed to those of Ordinary Time until, on Ash Wednesday (6 March) Lent begins.