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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 December 2018 - Advent 3

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

Presentation Church: 16 December 2018 - Advent 3

10.30am Sung Eucharist
3.00pm Carol Service

On the third Sunday of every month - including THIS SUNDAY 16 DECEMBER - we offer a Family Worship 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 All-Age Sunday services and Messy Church are on our Children, Young People page.

Also during school term time we run a Toddlers Service on Tuesdays at 2.00pm, followed by refreshments and play in the Centenary Hall.

WHAT'S ON IN DECEMBER?

This Sunday 16 December is the Third in Advent with two special services. At 10.30am in St Wilfrid's Church, it's Christmas Family Worship. Then at the Presentation Church we have a Carol Service at 3.00pm.

In the Sunday Link you'll find our other forthcoming events, including, on Monday 17 December, our Mothers' Union Advent Celebration and our monthly Taize service at St Wilfrid's at 8.00pm on Wednesday 19 December.



REACHING OUT TO HAYWARDS HEATH - SHARING THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE OF PEACE AND GOODWILL

Last Sunday 9 December Nic Robinson, thanks to a temporary repair to the organ, WAS, a week later than scheduled, able to present an excellent 11am organ recital. Then in fine style our 4pm Christingle Service - in its 50th year of raising funds for the Children's Society charity - was very well attended and enjoyed by all. THANK YOU 9.30am St Wilfrid's congregation members for helping us make the Christingles after Sung Eucharist - and thank you everyone for DELIVERING OUR CHRISTMAS CARDS - more than 6,000 of them! - to every home across our parish.


PARISH DIARY HAS BEEN REPLACED BY PARISH CALENDAR - ON ITS OWN PAGE, WITH ALL OUR PARISH AND CUCKFIELD DEANERY EVENTS

Parish Diary was replaced in September 2018 by our new, illustrated, more detailed and flexible Parish Calendar. On 31 December the old Parish Diary, News page will be removed from this website, but until then you will find there a special final November edition of the old Parish Diary which simply explains how to navigate the new Parish Calendar on this website (it's easy!)


USING OUR NEW CHURCHSUITE CHURCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE - SOMETHING EVERYONE IN OUR PARISH WILL FIND USEFUL. WHY NOT REGISTER AS A 'MYCHURCHSUITE' USER?

If you wish to register as a My ChurchSuite User - and we hope everyone in the parish who is online will ask us to arrange that - please email



and we will show you, one to one, how to register and then use its various features. Everyone who has completed a GDPR form (see below) has been entered onto our ChurchSuite database - with ALL his or her privacy requirements respected, unless and until such time as that person may decide to change them, when again all his or her wishes will be respected. Registering as a MyChurchSuite User means, for instance, that changing your own details on the database will no longer be something you have to ask one of our Communications Officers to do for you. But it is by no means confined to that formal purpose. It is a powerful, fast and convenient communications tool - hence our investment in ChurchSuite.


If you haven't already, please fill in and return your GDPR form (at a church service or to the Rectory, St Wilfrid's Way) as soon as possible, so we can continue to contact you.


OUR PARISH OFFICE CLOSED IN JUNE 2018

Please direct all enquiries to the Rector - rs@stwilfridshaywardsheath.org.uk - or consult this website for information.


OUR DECEMBER 2018 CHARITY OF THE MONTH - KANGAROOS

Our December (Haywards Heath based) charity is Kangaroos. We raised £110 on Wednesday 5 December at our Charity Lunch in aid of this organisation, which delivers fun and social activities in a supported setting for young people with learning disabilities. Thank you for supporting that event.


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

During November you kindly donated a staggering 60 new Christmas Toys, which are being sent to FSW. Our parish representative Bernadette (St Wilfrid's Church) says a BIG THANK YOU for your wonderful response to FSW's annual appeal for toys. You can email her at

fswatstwilfridshh@gmail.com

HERE IS FSW'S DECEMBER 2018 UPDATE: We are fully in the Christmas season now, with our Christmas parties taking place all across Sussex for all the families we support. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local churches and supermarkets who have contributed toys and food for use at these parties - thank you to everybody who has supported us in this way. As we reach the end of the year, Martin and the rest of the FSW staff would like to thank all of you who have supported us in fundraising, volunteering, awareness-raising and prayer throughout 2018. It has been a huge support to us and we look forward to bringing you more news in January. Merry Christmas from us all! November's work in numbers: 165 individual meetings with families supporting 18 grandparents, 194 parents and 159 children; 41 supported meetings; 23 group sessions supporting 6 grandparents, 123 parents and 234 children; 115 food deliveries made.


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 Diary and 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 to November). The colours changed to the Advent colours two weeks ago - and will again soon for Christmas and Epiphany.