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: 20 October 2019 - Trinity 18

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

Presentation Church: 20 October 2019 - Trinity 18

10.30am Sung Eucharist

On the third Sunday of every month we offer a Family Worship service at 10.30am - including this Sunday 20 October. 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 30 NOVEMBER - and Toddlers' Service (Tuesdays in term time at 2pm in St Wilfrid's Church, followed by play time in the Centenary Hall) are on our Children, Young People page.

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 20 October is the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity. Continuing this Sunday, we have a small exhibition in church showing the return of our refurbished church bells earlier this year. During the week, apart from our weekly services, we have two meetings. The Mothers' Union topic on Monday 21 October - at 2.30pm in the Centenary Hall - is Impressions of South Africa. Then on Wednesday at 8pm in St Wilfrid's Church the Men's Group's speaker is Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation, who will lead a discussion on Motoring: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.


We are pleased to present a free-admission charity concert - a song recital given by Marion Smith (soprano), our own Andrew Storey (piano) and the welcome return of Alison Letschka (flute, and our former curate). Refreshments will be available from 12.40pm. The recital begins at 1.10pm and will last until 2pm. The programme is very wide-ranging, from Purcell's famous 'When I am Laid in Earth' (Dido and Aeneas) to Leonard Bernstein's smash hit from West Side Story, I Feel Pretty. We also have plans to present an evening concert in St Wilfrid's Church on Saturday 23 November. More details of that later.

Our Sunday and other services and events in 2019 and 2020 - including the start of our Confirmation Explorers Group for young people on Friday 8 November and much more - are in the Sunday Link for 20 October and on the Parish Calendar page of this website.


Throughout October our (international medical) charity at St Wilfrid's Church is Medecins sans Frontieres. At the Presentation Church the gifts brought to the Harvest Festival on 6 October have been presented to the Haywards Heath Food Bank and, as in previous years, from across the parish we are taking filled shoeboxes of essential items to the Presentation Church by Sunday 27 October. From there, as part of their annual pre-Christmas Shoebox Appeal, they will be collected by Link to Hope, a Christian charity with over 25 years experience of reaching out a helping hand to poor and marginalised people in Eastern Europe and bring hope to people who would otherwise have none. You can hand in a filled shoebox at our Sunday morning church services up to and including 27 October or at Coffee Stop (every Tuesday morning in the Centenary Hall, St Wilfrid's Way from 10am till 12 noon). .

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, filling and giving a Shoebox during October, or via the charities' websites.

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

THANK YOU for generously supporting (and/or organising) our very successful and enjoyable quiz night for FSW on 21 September at the Centenary Hall, when we raised £636 as well as inventing some interesting team names and keeping a local fish and chip shop very busy with a bumper order!

For more details 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 OCTOBER 2019 UPDATE from Nikki Kerr, Director of Fundraising and Marketing

Dear Friends,
We are currently busy receiving all the very generous Harvest donations from local schools and churches. It is such a joy to see our foodbank so well stocked in preparation for the difficult winter months when our families can really struggle. We'd like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has already made a contribution or whose Harvest festival is approaching within the next couple of weeks - it really does make a huge difference to our families.

Looking ahead to December, we are holding another Christmas carol service at Holy Trinity, Hurstpierpoint on Wednesday 11th at 7.30pm. The President will be the Bishop of Lewes (who is also FSW Chaplain). It will be one of his last engagements before he leaves the Diocese to be installed as Bishop of Hereford so we hope that a lot of people will join us to say goodbye.

We will also be holding another Christmas raffle this year, hoping to build on the success of last year, which raised over £500. If anybody has anything they would like to donate as a prize, we would love to hear from you - please contact Melissa on 01273 832963 ex.304 or by email melissa@familysupportwork.org.uk. Last year we received prizes including a brand new bike, Bluetooth speakers and restaurant vouchers so similar items would be hugely appreciated. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase from early November so more information about that will be available in the next update.

Thank you as always for your ongoing support of FSW.

September's work in numbers

186 individual meetings with families supporting 9 grandparents, 169 parents and 225 children

37 supported meetings with other agencies

32 group sessions supporting 9 grandparents, 184 parents and 341 children

256 food deliveries made

Prayer points

Give thanks for the family who have successfully beaten drug addiction and are now reunited with their son - we have been supporting them for 5 years to help them get to this point

Pray for our staff who have been invited to speak at various churches and other organisations over the coming weeks

That the right volunteers will come forward to help us continue some of our activities - without enough helpers they will have to stop running.

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.