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: 19 January 2020 - Epiphany 2

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

Presentation Church: 19 January 2020 - Epiphany 2

10.30am Sung Eucharist

On the third Sunday of every month, we offer a Family Worship service at 10.30am, including this Sunday 19 January. 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 Saturday 14 March - and Toddlers' Service (Tuesdays in term time at 2pm in St Wilfrid's Church, followed by playtime in the Centenary Hall) are listed on our Children, Young People page.

Our Safeguarding Arrangements

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This Sunday 19 January is the second Sunday after the Feast of the Epiphany, which marked the visit of the Wise Men (or Magi) bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. The Church's Christmas/ Epiphany season extends until Sunday 2 February - the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple (or Candlemas) - and so that is the Feast of Title of our Presentation Church in New England Road, when we are all welcome to that church at 10.30am. (Consequently on that date our only services at St Wilfrid's Church will be Said Eucharist at 8.00am and Choral Evensong at 6.30pm.) Our Feast of Title weekend celebrations begin, though, on Saturday 1 February at the Presentation Church Hall at 3pm, when there will be a free Community Sing-along followed by a buffet tea.

Also in early February all parishioners are welcome to the annual Cuckfield Deanery Day - on Mission - which this year is on Saturday 8 February at the recently refurbished All Saints Church, Lindfield. The keynote speaker will be the Bishop of Blackburn.

Full details of the coming week's services and events, including our Men's Group Planning meeting on 22 January, Cuckfield Deanery Day on 8 February and other diary dates later in 2020, are on the Parish Calendar page of this website and also in our Sunday Link.


Throughout January, our charity of the month is the Trussell Trust, which was instrumental in setting up foodbanks like Haywards Heath's in Sussex Road. Fuller details of its work can be found on the Trussell Trust's website. Thank you everyone who supported our charity lunch in aid of the Trust in the Centenary Hall on Wednesday 8 January: we raised more than £100.

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. At our Presentation Church we frequently collect donations for our Haywards Heath Foodbank and for other UK and international charities.

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

Please note that at St Richard's Church, Sydney Road on Wednesday 29 January Martin Auton-Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of FSW, is giving a presentation on Serving the Common Good - Family Support Work in Action to illustrate and explain its work across Sussex. Tea or coffee will be served at 7.45pm before the meeting, which is at 8.00pm. All are welcome beforehand to St Richard's usual Wednesday evening 7pm Mass.

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

THANK YOU everyone who made Christmas 2019 donations of Amazon, Primark, iTunes and Google Play vouchers at our Sunday services, and contributed food items for FSW's Christmas Hampers.

HERE IS FSW'S JANUARY 2020 UPDATE from Nikki Kerr, FSW Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Dear Friends,
We had an extremely busy December, making sure that all of our families could enjoy Christmas despite their difficult circumstances. We held Christmas parties in every area we work, some of our families enjoyed trips to the pantomime and we were able to distribute 100 fresh turkeys in addition to 109 Christmas hampers so that everybody could enjoy a proper Christmas dinner.

Now the excitement of the Christmas period is over, we are looking ahead to the rest of 2020 and how we can continue to progress with our plans. We have received many new referrals over the last couple of weeks and are working hard to accommodate them all. Unfortunately a large funding application we submitted in late summer was rejected just before Christmas - this would have enabled us to further expand our work to new parts of Sussex, so now we are taking some time to reassess our plans.

We have a busy events calendar in 2020 which includes our annual sponsored Easter Walk on Monday 13th April. We are also holding two lunches in February - one in Worthing and one in Hastings - to give people the chance to meet a practitioner and learn more about our work in the local area. Please get in touch with Melissa on 01273 832963 if you would like to know more about any of these events.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas!

December's work in numbers

192 individual meetings with families supporting 16 grandparents, 191 parents and 216 children

42 supported meetings with other agencies

24 group sessions supporting 17 grandparents, 432 parents and 584 children

193 food deliveries made

Prayer points

For one of our practitioners who suffered a very close family bereavement 4 days before Christmas

For wisdom for our Trustees and senior management team as they discuss the way forward after the unsuccessful funding bid

For T and her family - both parents have terminal cancer and she and her siblings are facing a very uncertain future in addition to taking important school exams this year

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 began on Sunday 1 December 2019) to Trinity (May/June to November). The background colours were last changed on Christmas Day, 25 December 2019, which marked the end of Advent.