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: 16 February 2020 - Second Sunday before Lent

8.00am Said Eucharist
9.30am Sung Eucharist
10.30am All Age Worship

Presentation Church: 16 February 2020 - Second Sunday before Lent

10.30am Sung Eucharist

On the third Sunday of every month - including this Sunday 16 February - we offer an All Age 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 Shared Eucharist 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 16 February is the Second Sunday before Lent, with our monthly All Age Worship at St Wilfrid's Church at 10.30am. Our popular monthly ecumenical Taize service is at 8.00pm this Wednesday 19 February in St Wilfrid's Church.

Full details of the coming week's services and events and other diary dates later in 2020 are on the Parish Calendar page of this website and also in our Sunday Link.


Throughout Febuary, our charities of the month are the St Peter & St James Hospice, the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice and other charities supported by the local Rotary branch. Our charity lunch in the Centenary Hall on Wednesday 5 February raised £135 for these charities. It was prepared and served by our Men's Group, whose team are taking part in the Rotary darts challenge for the same charities at 7pm on Monday 24 February at the Cock Inn, Wivelsfield. Do please sign their sponsor form in church. Fuller details of the work of the St Peter & St James Hospice can be found on its website. The Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice website is here.

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

FSW Spring Supper, Friday 13 March, 7 for 7.30pm at Wivelsfield Village Hall, Wivelsfield RH17 7QH

These annual Spring Suppers raise money for and awareness of FSW's work. This year's includes a fabulous array of puddings, local entertainment, a cash bar and prize raffle. Tickets are £15. To book, visit FSW, or phone 01273 832963 or email our FSW parish representative Bernadette (at 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.

'Serving the Common Good - Family Support Work in Action': a report by St Wilfrid's Parish Deanery Synod Representatives on a presentation to Cuckfield Deanery Synod at St Richard's Church, Haywards Heath on 29 January 2020

The Rural Dean, Michael Maine, introduced the guest speaker, the CEO of the Family Support Work charity in Sussex, Martin Auton-Lloyd, accompanied by our area local practitioner, Caroline.

FSW has been going for 130 years. In the last 5 years it has changed its focus from being a provider of holidays for families in need to outsourcing this function and concentrating on other work, more preventative work. There are now 11 qualified practitioners in Sussex, up from the original 5. More work has come to the charity as the statutory services cannot cope with the volume. West Sussex has been coping better than East Sussex, but the former is now under the spotlight for its services, and this has meant a lack of resources and more reliance on the voluntary sector. East Sussex is only doing child protection work. Therefore, there are more complex cases being undertaken by FSW.

It costs c.£100k per annum to keep a child in care, so FSW seeks to keep families together and provide the services that the state cannot and hopefully provide a more supportive atmosphere and help for families. The approach is entirely holistic - care for the whole family. They do not specialise their services, but call in specialist support when required, for example, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) will offer debt counselling; where personal counselling is needed, then specialise charities offering these skills will be called in.

The need for help is constantly growing. It is not always where you expect it - such as parts of Hastings, Brighton, Worthing- but in leafy rural Sussex too. As an example, 2 parents both working 40hr/w, on minimum wage, with 2 kids, can expect to be about £50 per week short of money. Rural areas also bring added difficulties of travelling between cases rather than having a central meeting point. Funding is a struggle, but it is Faith that motivates them. Their reason for being is based on the parable of The Good Samaritan.

Fundraising for all their work needs about £50k per annum, of which this Deanery raises £20k.

Caroline then gave us an anonymised account of her work in this Deanery. Her caseload is at 30, covering HH, Ardingly, Lindfield, Cuckfield. A lot is with single Mums, some is mental health issues, ADHD and Autism, or the opposite - no determined diagnosis. Debt, long-term, is also a big issue. A most important thing is to be a Listening Ear for families.

Referrals often come via the School Nurse, and others from Health Visitors, School staff, Churches, or self-referrals. The benefit, the blessing, of the FSW support is that it is long-term, there is no fixed cut-off point. Being an Advocate is a significant role; between family and school, or court. Help filling in benefit forms, driving people to make hospital or clinic appointments where public transport is non-existent, and referring people to more specialist services are also part of the workload. Caroline will also let local GPs know of FSW. GPs can offer "Social prescribing" i.e. help from agencies such as FSW (and not drug therapy).

Here in HH we have the Saltworkz Hub every Thursday morning for families to get together. In the afternoon there is a Homework Club. St Richard's offers a Young Carers Group once a month. There is also a Family Lego Therapy Centre for those with ADHD or Autistic children.

Across the Diocese there are currently 263 families being helped. Already this financial year 400 families have received help, that's about 1000 children; 500 families attending Christmas Parties, 150 received food hampers, including 80 turkeys! About £25k worth of presents were given out. Any books given are held back until World Book Day. Foodbanks are a vital resource and between 90-100 boxes are given out each month. Calls for additional help can often be made via FSW's Facebook page.

Martin Auton-Lloyd then finished off by asking us all to Pray for their work in Sussex.

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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 (in the weeks just before Christmas) to Trinity (May/June to November). The current green background colours show that we are in Ordinary Time - between the Christmas season (which ended on 2 February, the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, or Candlemas) and Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020.