CLICK THIS BOX FOR AN
INTERACTIVE MAP OF THE PARISH
(Opens a new window to a Church of England website)
WELCOME - MAY 2020
Welcome to our website, which is updated each month, or whenever there is a new message from our Licensed Reader during the coronavirus outbreak.
Our Church of England parish falls within the Diocese of Chichester and covers a wide area, encompassing the three villages of Kirdford, Plaistow & Ifold in West Sussex. For this reason we have two churches (in Kirdford and Plaistow), centres of worship and symbols of the spiritual life of the parish for many centuries.
Until further notice, there will be no public church services in our parish and both church buildings are closed (see the note above).
Kirdford church (St John the Baptist) is an impressive stone-built medieval church with features from Norman times and four Kempe stained glass windows. Its bell tower houses six bells that are rung regularly.
Plaistow church (Holy Trinity) is a Victorian gem – a stone-built church with two Kempe stained glass windows.
For more information about our Parish (including our church buildings and the life and work our Church), as well as our news and other activities, please click on the headings in the navigation bar above. For an interactive map of the parish, click the box to the right.
Rev Pauline Lucas - our beloved vicar and our good friend
8th July 1960 - 10th April 2020
Rest in peace and rise in glory
If any of our pages doesn't display properly after our monthly update, try refreshing the page or clearing your browser's history.
MESSAGES FOR OUR PARISH DURING THE CORINAVIRUS OUTBREAK
LATEST MESSAGE ON 'BEING CHURCH' IN THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
To read the latest message on "being Church" in our Parish during the coronavirus outbreak, from our Licensed Reader, Janice Taylor, on Wednesday 27th May, click 'News & views' above.
THOUGHTS ON SUNDAY'S GOSPEL READING
To see thoughts on the Gospel reading for Sunday 24th May from Janice Taylor (our Licensed Reader) or her husband Allan (a Methodist Minister and Hospital Chaplain) click "Services and events" above.
ON-LINE RESOURCES: For information about general on-line resources, and broadcast & streamed services, click these links to the and websites.
'WORD FOR TODAY': Please note that copies of the bible reading notes ‘Word for Today’ will be left in the porches of both of our churches, so do take a copy of you want to - they’re free.
'DAILY HOPE' PHONE LINE: The Church of England has set up a free 24-hr phone line, 0800 804 8044, called "Daily Hope", which offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services - you can select 4 options by pressing the number keys on your phone. Please pass this information on to anyone you know who has no access to the internet.
PRAYERS FOR USE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK. This is a booklet of prayers produced by the Church of England. To view a pdf of the booklet, click .
PRAYER CHAIN. The 'Prayer Chain' in our Parish consists of the members of our Healing/Prayer Ministry Team. If you would like them to pray for any need, for yourself or others, please contact our Licensed Reader, Janice Taylor (click 'Contact' in the navigation bar above).
'THY KINGDOM COME' , THURSDAY 21ST MAY - SUNDAY 31ST MAY
'Thy Kindom Come' is a global prayer movement that runs from Ascension Day (Thursday 21st May) to Pentecost (Sunday 31st May). Our usual church service and church prayer stations are not possible this year, so we are instead encouraging everyone to make use of resouces supplied by the 'Thy Kingdom Come' organisers, and also to use our very own prayer resource - the Lord's Prayer Trail through Kirdford churchyard!
THE LORD'S PRAYER TRAIL: In this Trail through Kirdford churchyard we aim to engage with the Lord's Prayer in a deeper and more meaningful way that we are perhaps used to, whilst enjoyng thr beauty of nature. We can do this as part of our (now unlimited) daily exercise, provided that we adhere to social distancing rules. Booklets giving a map of the Trail are available in Kirdford church porch; you can also download and print a map of the Trail in advance .
NOVENA 2020: This is a booklet with reflections, for each of the 9 days from 22nd to 30th May, that invite us to pause and purposefully invite the Holy Spirit to engage with us through art, scripture and prayer. A pdf of the booklet can be found . There are also some photocopies of the booklet available in both church porches.
DAILY PRAYER FOR THY KINGDOM COME. This is an app for smart phones that provides Morning, Evening, Day & Night Prayer services for this period between Ascension Day and Pentecost; it is also available as a booklet. Click to find a link to the app; click for a pdf of the booklet. There are also some copies of the booklet available in both church porches.
If anyone would like to help maintain the supplies in our foodbank, we would be very grateful for donations. These can be made via the collection baskets in both Village Stores. For monetary donations, please call Carolyn Mudford 01403 871241 or email for more information, or send a cheque payable to "PCC Kirdford", to her at Todhurst, Plaistow, West Sussex, RH14 0PY.
MEMORIAL EUCHARIST SERVICE FOR REVD PAULINE LUCAS
On Tuesday 28th April an on-line Eucharist service was held in memory of our vicar, the Revd Pauline Lucas, who sadly died on Good Friday. The service, led by Canon Mark Gilbert of St Mary's Church, Petworth, was recorded and can be viewed by clicking this .
LATEST EDITIONS OF 'PARISH NEWS' & 'FAITH IN SUSSEX' MAGAZINES
During this coronavirus emergency it is not possible to print, collate and deliver the physical copies of our parish magazine, the Parish News, so we have made the May Parish News available to view or download on this website (click or the box above).
The Diocese of Chichester has also publshied the May edition of its magazine Faith in Sussex on-line - to view it, click .
Updated on 28th May 2020 - watch this space for any future updates
THE PARISH NEWS
Click this box to view or download this month's edition of our parish magazine, the Parish News
CHANGES BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK
Following the Government's latest instructions, the Church of England has closed all churches, and all church services are suspended. There will also be no church weddings or baptisms; however, funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can take place, but only in line with Government instructions.
However, we are still Church - though looking very different. To see how we are continuing "being Church" in our Parish during the coronavirus outbreak, please read the messages at the bottom of this page, which are updated regularly.