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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: 18 August 2019 - Trinity 9

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

Presentation Church: 18 August 2019 - Trinity 9

10.30am Sung Eucharist

On the third Sunday of every month - including THIS SUNDAY 18 AUGUST - 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 session Saturday 31 August - 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. PLEASE NOTE: this is now on summer break, resuming on Tuesday 10 September and not, as previously shown here, on 3 September.

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 AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER?

This Sunday 18 August is the Ninth Sunday after Trinity - with Family Worship at St Wilfrid's Church at 10.30am.


Details of our Sunday and other services and events are in the Sunday Link for 18 August and on the Parish Calendar page of this website.



WHAT'S ON THROUGHOUT 2019 - INCLUDING OUR FESTIVAL OF HOPE (7 SEPTEMBER: SEE BELOW), HARVEST FESTIVALS, AND FSW QUIZ NIGHT ON 21 SEPTEMBER?

The place to find out all the dates and details is our new, illustrated, interactive Parish Calendar. This is regularly updated - and much more than a list of forthcoming events and services.


USING OUR NEW CHURCHSUITE CHURCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE: 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.


OUR 'FESTIVAL OF HOPE: CARING FOR CREATION' FREE EXHIBITION IN ST WILFRID'S CHURCH ON TOWN DAY, SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER, FROM 11AM to 5PM

You have probably seen posters around town - and features in the Haywards Heath Town Council Summer 2019 Newsletter (inside pages) and The Mid Sussex Handbook for August/September 2019 (page 15) - about our free exhibition, which follows our very successful Festival of Talents on Town Day 2018. Please put the date in your diary to visit BOTH events. (Town Day runs in Victoria Park from 12 noon to 7pm.)


Our free exhibition will be celebrating local initiatives towards environmental and community based projects and the craftsmanship of local people. Exhibitors will include Sussex Wildlife Trust, The River Ouse Project, Growth International, Wakehurst Place Biodiversity and individuals displaying their craft skills.


If you would like to book a table to display your craft skills, or know someone else who might wish to display his or her expertise and artistry, please email


by 31 August.


OUR AUGUST 2019 CHARITY OF THE MONTH (NO CHARITY LUNCH IN AUGUST)

Our August monthly charity is Friends of Chernobyl's Children.


Please give generously to our monthly charities, by using the collection basket at the back of St Wilfrid's Church on Sunday mornings or by donating via their websites.


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

Currently we are collecting on Sundays for FSW's Food Bank. We need cereals, washing powder, biscuits, baby wipes, bottles of squash, hand wash, tea, tins of spaghetti, tinned sausages, tinned sandwich ham and long-life milk. Then at 7pm on Saturday 21 September we are holding a Quiz Night with fish and chips supper and cash bar in the Centenary Hall. Tickets (at 12.50) will be available in our churches from Sunday 25 August.

For more details of this and news of our involvement in other local FSW events please email our FSW parish representative Bernadette (St Wilfrid's Church): fswatstwilfridshh@gmail.com

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

Dear Friends,
We had a wonderful day at Warnham Park a couple of weeks ago when 100 children and their families joined us for a teddy bears' picnic. Despite the scorching heat (37 degrees!) everybody had a fantastic day and enjoyed a BBQ, bear hunting in the woods and most of all (unsurprisingly given the weather) the swimming pool! It's an opportunity that our families would never normally get and we are so grateful to everybody who helped on the day and with the preparations.

We are now looking forward to our activity day at Chichester Cathedral later in the month, when the Education and Learning team will be working exclusively with our group on some fabulous activities. Most of our families have never set foot inside a cathedral before so we are hoping it will be a truly special occasion for them.

There is still time to register for our Amberley to Arundel Walk, taking place on August 22nd. Please get in touch with Melissa on 01273 832963 if you would like to know more.

I have included some prayer points below in case these are helpful, and thank you as always for your ongoing support both practically and through prayer.

July's work in numbers

" 149 individual meetings with families supporting 13 grandparents, 174 parents and 233 children

"42 supported meetings with other agencies

" 21 group sessions supporting 6 grandparents, 215 parents and 223 children

" 209 food deliveries made (due to the summer holidays and school meals not being available)

Prayer points

"Give thanks for an incredibly successful day at Warnham Park

"For the hard work and preparation being put into our Cathedral day by our practitioners and play team

"For the single parent family in Crawley that is having to move house at very short notice later this month and is finding it incredibly stressful to deal with this on top of their other challenges

"For all the children we support who will be transitioning to a new school in September, especially those with special educational needs which make any kind of change very unsettling.


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 (just before Christmas) to Trinity (May/June to November). The background colours were last changed on Trinity Sunday, 16 June 2019.