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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.

OUR WEBSITE SHOULD LOOK DIFFERENT BEFORE THE END OF AUGUST!

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.

OUR WEEKLY PARISH IN-CHURCH SERVICE AT ST WILFRID'S CHURCH CONTINUES THIS SUNDAY MORNING, 2 AUGUST AT 9.00AM - SAID EUCHARIST

Following Government and Church of England advice, and after the replacement of the church's internal lighting system, we are now holding a weekly parish Sunday morning service - Said Eucharist - in St Wilfrid's Church at the new time of 9.00am until further notice.

PLEASE READ THE DETAILS OF HOW WE ARE DOING THIS SAFELY - for a maximum of 30 people - in our Rector's MESSAGE AND PRAYER FOR SUNDAY 2 AUGUST (BELOW).



Our Rector, The Revd Ray Smith's special MESSAGE AND PRAYER FOR SUNDAY 2 AUGUST, TRINITY 8, with details of the arrangements for this Sunday morning's service at St Wilfrid's Church, and our continuing streamed online Sunday Eucharist service at 10am, are here:


OUR ONLINE STREAMED EUCHARIST SERVICE FOR TRINITY 7 will be, as in previous weeks, AT 10AM THIS SUNDAY 2 AUGUST. 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 St Wilfrid's Parish online 10am Sunday Eucharist services

Presentation Church: this remains CLOSED, because of the pandemic, until further notice (see also above for the weekly 9am Parish Said Eucharist at St Wilfrid's Church this Sunday 2 August)

See also (above) our online Trinity 8 service, at 10am on 2 August and (below) WHAT'S ON IN AUGUST?

OUR SUSPENDED SERVICES, which cannot yet resume, would 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. (See also OUR CHURCHES at the top of this 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:

OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR COMMUNITY CONTINUES

Support is as before available from our parish and from COVID-19 MUTUAL AID UK (see below)


OUR CHURCH SCHOOL DURING LOCKDOWN - AND NOW ON TWITTER!

The school has recently launched its new Twitter page


WHAT'S ON IN AUGUST? (See also OUR CHURCHES at the top of this page)

This Sunday 2 August is Trinity 8. In place of our usual Sunday Link, until our churches can resume their usual pattern of services, each week we are posting our Rector, Ray Smith's Sunday message and prayer. You can download his message and prayer for 2 August, Trinity 8, with details of our gradual return to shared worship (currently 9am Said Eucharist every Sunday at St Wilfrid's, 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 TRINITY 8, SUNDAY 2 AUGUST), 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

ALSO this Sunday 2 August in St Wilfrid's Church: Said Eucharist will be celebrated at the new time of

    9.00am
for a maximum of 30 people. Further details of this are given in our Rector's MESSAGE AND PRAYER FOR SUNDAY 2 AUGUST (ABOVE).


OUR PARISH SUPPORTING YOU THIS SUMMER


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 STILL 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 services in our online Videos section (see above) here


Follow us on Twitter here


NEW BISHOPS OF HORSHAM AND LEWES CONSECRATED ON 15 JULY!

The consecration of our new suffragan bishops of Horsham and Lewes, Ruth and Will, took place on Wednesday 15 July at Lambeth Palace Chapel. Here are the full details and a photo


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)

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 (except for ,ul>Sunday Said Eucharist at St Wilfrid's at 9amOUR CHURCHES at the top of this page). 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.


ST WILFRID'S CHURCH HAS NOW HAD ITS NEW, FLEXIBLE INTERNAL LIGHTING SYSTEM INSTALLED!

The installation work had been completed sufficiently by 17 July for us to celebrate Sunday Said Eucharist services every week at 9am.


Full details of our current temporary and our usual (but suspended) services, our ongoing weekly online Sunday morning service and (suspended) events across our parish are on the Parish Calendar 2020 page of this website.


OUR AUGUST 2020 CHARITY OF THE MONTH

Our St Wilfrid's charity for August 2020 is the Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group. 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. (See also OUR CHURCHES at the top of this page.)


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


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

A message to our local FSW supporters from Bernadette, who is helping to co-ordinate help for local families for whom the overall effects of the pandemic are especially challenging as we approach the planned general return to school for both primary and secondary students in September:

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


UPDATE (24 JULY 2020): every Sunday morning, you are welcome to bring items which Bernadette is appealing for above and leave them in the main FSW box in the entrance porch of St Wilfrid's Church

    between 8.50am and 10am
, i.e while the church is temporarily open for the 9am Said Eucharist service, and between the same times on subsequent Sunday mornings when the church is open briefly for this one Sunday morning service in the parish. There will also be a second box in the porch, which is for Food Bank items. On the latter, Bernadette adds, "We are running low on tinned meat (curry, chilli), tinned fruit, tinned vegetables and jelly so if you are able to help with these items, it would be greatly appreciated".

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.

AFTER the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Welcome Packs with leaflets about our programme will once again be at the back of St Wilfrid’s Church. (See also OUR CHURCHES at the top of this page.)

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. The current background colours show that we are in Trinity season - or Ordinary Time.