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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.

IMPORTANT: owing to the fast-changing situation arising from the coronavirus pandemic, please check this website FREQUENTLY for updates about these.

Our church buildings and church halls, like all across the UK, are now CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19, as part of the Government's response and subsequent detailed advice to clergy from the Diocese of Chichester. When this situation changes revised information will appear here.

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


Our Rector, The Revd Ray Smith's Palm Sunday message and prayer is here:


OUR ONLINE PALM SUNDAY EUCHARIST IS ON FACEBOOK AT 10.00AM led by the Reverend David Young. To see this, you will need will need to visit and 'Like' our parish Facebook page here
Last Sunday morning's Mothering Sunday online Eucharist service attracted many people on the day and later. This Sunday's online service at 10am begins with the Blessing of the Palms, so please have your Palm cross with you from last year's service, or else any branch or greenery. The service also includes the usual extended Passion gospel reading and, as last week, the celebration of (spiritual) Holy Communion. At the end of the service, as our organ voluntary, we will have a special recording by our Director of Music and Organist Nic Robinson of a JS Bach chorale prelude.

Nic sends this message and video link to people across our parish:

To all my friends at St Wilfrid's:

Under the extraordinary circumstances we face, I would like to play for you the organ voluntary I would have done for Palm Sunday in normal times. JS Bach's chorale prelude "Valet will ich dir geben" is a popular piece with organists for this Sunday because its main theme is the tune which we know as the hymn All Glory Laud and Honour. The well-known tune is played in the pedals in a slow and dignified manner while the manuals weave around in complex 3 part polyphony. I'm very fortunate to have a practice instrument at home, and so I'll endeavour to offer a piece each week until we can be back together properly.

Do take care.

Nic.

Here is the video

See also (above) our online Palm Sunday service and (below) THIS SUNDAY AND WHAT'S ON

Presentation Church: CLOSED since 23 March 2020 until further notice

See also (above) our online Palm Sunday service and (below) THIS SUNDAY AND WHAT'S ON

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:


THIS SUNDAY AND WHAT'S ON

This Sunday 5 April is Palm Sunday. In place of our usual Sunday Link, while our churches are closed, we are posting the Rector's weekly message and prayer. You can download his message and prayer for Palm Sunday 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 at this time;

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

We pray for politicians and those directing public policy and management.

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

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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. Their 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 their local organiser number on 01444 635002 or email them at 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 online Palm Sunday service at 10am.

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

On 9 March work began to replace the church lighting system and so, for general Health and Safety reasons, St Wilfrid's church had been closed mid-week. However, the installation work soon had to be stopped for coronavirus-related Health and Safety reasons. A date for the safe resumption of this work will be arranged as soon as possible. Details of how this will affect the dates and times when the church will re-open for services and private prayer will appear here as soon as they are known.


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.


#LIVELENT: CARE FOR GOD'S CREATION - TAKE UP THE 40-DAY LENT CHALLENGE TO REBUILD OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR PLANET!

We have now attained Bronze standard as an Eco Church. The Church of England's 40-day challenge in Lent - #LiveLent: Care For God's Creation - provides daily short scripture passages, reflections and suggested actions can be taken up individually; access the daily #LiveLent Reflections online via OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.


OUR APRIL 2020 CHARITY OF THE MONTH

Our St Wilfrid's charity for the month for April 2020 is Family Support Work (FSW). Please see the self-explanatory FAMILY SUPPORT WORK feature below..


Please give generously to our monthly charities by donating via the charities' websites. 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.

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 EXCEPT BETWEEN 9 MARCH AND THE END OF APRIL (SEE ABOVE AND THE PARISH CALENDAR 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 (May/June to November). The current background colours show that we are in Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020.