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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.

THIS WEBSITE SHOULD LOOK DIFFERENT BY MID-JUNE!

It will be more interactive and we are aiming to launch it - on this same URL (website address - www.stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk). So please check on this page for a firm launch date, when our Home page should be looking like this

Our church buildings and church halls, like all across the UK, are now CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as part of the Government's response and advice to clergy from the Diocese of Chichester.

St Wilfrid’s Church: CLOSED since 23 March 2020 until further notice



Our Rector, The Revd Ray Smith's special MESSAGE AND PRAYER FOR 31 MAY, PENTECOST, are here:


OUR ONLINE STREAMED EUCHARIST SERVICE FOR PENTECOST will be led by the Reverend Mike Clark AT 10AM THIS SUNDAY 31 MAY. To join this live-streamed service, or, later, to watch it (and/or any of our previous Sunday morning online services) as a video recording, please visit our parish Facebook page's Videos section here

See also (above) our online Pentecost service, at 10am on 24 May and (below) WHAT'S ON IN MAY AND JUNE?

Presentation Church: CLOSED since 23 March 2020 until further notice

See also (above) our online Pentecost service, at 10am on 31 May and (below) WHAT'S ON IN MAY AND JUNE?

OUR SUSPENDED SERVICES include, on the third Sunday of every month, 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 and Messy Church, are listed on our Children, Young People page. Our Toddlers' Service and playtime on Tuesdays in term time at 2pm are ALSO SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Our Safeguarding Arrangements

To read or download our Parish Safeguarding Policy, click on the icon on our Links page. To contact us about Safeguarding:

'HEARING YOU': PASTORAL PHONE LINE IS NOW CLOSED

The Diocese of Chichester and Together in Sussex's weekday pastoral phone line, Hearing You, has now CLOSED (as of 31 May) but support is as before available from our parish and from COVID-19 MUTUAL AID UK (see below)


OUR CHURCH SCHOOL DURING LOCKDOWN - ITS ONGOING WORK INCLUDING VIRTUAL ASSEMBLIES . . AND TWITTER!

During the current coronavirus lockdown our school assemblies are continuing - for children from 5 to 105! - and can be found here

The school has also just launched its new Twitter page


WHAT'S ON IN MAY AND JUNE?

This Sunday 31 May is the Feast of Pentecost - JESUS IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! In place of our usual Sunday Link, while our churches are closed, each week we are posting our Rector, Ray Smith's Sunday message and prayer. You can download his message and prayer for 31 May, Pentecost, here:

You can read more about our parish's ongoing work and worship during the coronavirus lockdown on the Parish Calendar 2020 page of this website.

EVERY SUNDAY AT 10AM (INCLUDING THIS SUNDAY 31 MAY), we are now posting a live streamed EUCHARIST with Spiritual Holy Communion (then available as a recording). These can be joined and/or their recordings found in our Parish Facebook page's Videos section here


OUR PARISH SUPPORTING YOU THIS SPRING


A Prayer and an offer of Help and Support - Practical and/or Spiritual - to anyone who needs it

Our churches of St Wilfrid and the Presentation offer these to anyone in need as the coronavirus pandemic challenges our community:


A PRAYER FOR THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES

Father Ray offers this prayer for us to share:

We pray for those infected by the coronavirus around the world, for those who care for them, for health workers, scientists and all who are working to slow the spread of infection, and for all who at this time are feeling anxious, for themselves, for friends and for family.

God of all hope, we call on you today.

We pray for those who are living in fear:

Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of others' reactions to them.

May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray for medical staff and researchers, and for care home staff at this time;

For those who are sick and for their friends and families.

We pray for politicians, those directing public policy and management and for those working in our shops, pharmacies and their supply chains.

Holy God, we remember that you have promised that

Nothing will separate us from your love - demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.

Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you at this time of concern and threat.

Amen


The texts of Coronavirus press releases by the Church of England are on the Church of England website, where other prayer resources and daily services can also be found.


FOLLOW ST WILFRID'S PARISH, HAYWARDS HEATH ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Follow us on Facebook, especially our streamed Eastertide services in our online Videos section (see above) here


Follow us on Twitter here


NEW BISHOPS OF HORSHAM AND LEWES ANNOUNCED

10 Downing Street has recently announced the appointment of new suffragan bishops of Horsham and Lewes; read about the welcome appointments of Ruth and Will to serve the people of Sussex alongside Bishop Martin here


FREE HELP AND SUPPORT OFFERED BY OUR PARISH AND OTHER LOCAL VOLUNTEERS

If you or anyone you know needs support from our church on practical and/ or spiritual matters, these are the key contact email addresses, which are being monitored frequently:


(our Admin Team)


(The Rector: tel. 01444 413300)

COVID-19 MUTUAL AID UK: Working together to support Haywards Heath, Cuckfield and Lindfield is another local source of free practical help and support from volunteers, which in turn is supported by our Haywards Heath Town Council and other local councils. This free assistance - from arranging home deliveries and picking up shopping and medication to a friendly phone call - is available to people unable to leave their homes because of Covid-19/Coronavirus. Contact the local organiser on 01444 635002 or email haywardsneedhelp@gmail.com


HOW TO DONATE ONLINE TO OUR CHURCHES OF ST WILFRID AND THE PRESENTATION

You can now make safe and secure online donations towards the ongoing work of our two churches in the Parish of St Wilfrid, Haywards Heath here


We regret that, owing to precautionary measures arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the services at our churches have now been suspended and our church buildings and church halls have been closed - all until further notice. However, please see at the top of this page how to access our weekly online streamed Sunday service at 10am (then available as a video recording).

The suspension also includes all our mid-week gatherings - Coffee Stop and Toddlers Service and Playtime (Tuesdays), our monthly ecumenical Taize service, 12.10pm Eucharist and Lent Lunches (Wednesdays), Lent house groups (afternoon and evening) and the meetings of our various groups and activities.


CLOSURE OF ST WILFRID'S CHURCH (MONDAY TO SATURDAY) FOR INSTALLATION OF NEW LIGHTING

The installation work has had to be suspended for coronavirus-related Health and Safety reasons. A date for the safe resumption of this work will be arranged as soon as possible.


Full details of services and events across our parish that were planned for later this year (all now provisonal) are on the Parish Calendar 2020 page of this website.


OUR MAY 2020 CHARITY OF THE MONTH

Our St Wilfrid's charity for May 2020 is Kangaroos. This Mid Sussex charity supports children and young people with learning disabilities. Please visit its website.


Please give generously to our monthly charities by donating via the charities' websites - especially since they can't hold their annual participative fundraising events during this pandemic. At our Presentation Church we frequently collect donations for our Haywards Heath Foodbank and for other UK and international charities and will do so again when our services resume.


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

Our FSW parish representative is Bernadette (at St Wilfrid's Church); she can be contacted about local events by email: fswatstwilfridshh@gmail.com


APPEAL FOR GIFTS AND DONATIONS FOLLOWING THE UNAVOIDABLE CANCELLATION OF FSW FUNDRAISING EVENTS

A message to our local FSW supporters from Bernadette:

As I am sure you appreciate, we are facing a massive cancellation of the fundraising programme for FSW. It is also likely that many of our families will find this extended period of having the children at home financially challenging.

Could you please kindly contribute food/hygiene/cleaning products? Or any books, colouring books, crayons, puzzles or board games to help occupy the children?

I am happy to receive these items at my home but please FIRST email me at fswatstwilfridshh@gmail.com - and include your phone number, so we can make suitable arrangements. I will not pass on your number to any third party.

Alternatively please donate online through JustGiving via the Chichester Diocesan website


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.

Except during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown period and the completion of the installation of our new lighting system, Welcome Packs with leaflets about our programme will at the back of St Wilfrid’s Church.

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 (7 June to November). The current background colours show that we are in Eastertide, which began on Easter Day, 12 April 2020.