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WELCOME - JULY 2020
Welcome to our website, which is updated each month, or whenever there is a new message from our Licensed Lay Minister 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. However, each church will be open for private prayer on one day of the week (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.
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MESSAGES FOR OUR PARISH DURING THE CORINAVIRUS OUTBREAK
SOMEONE TO TALK TO
In these difficult days there may be people in the parish feeling alone, sad, depressed or just simply hugely missing human contact and in need of someone to talk to. If you or anyone you know is in this situation, help is just a phone call away. Please call Janice Taylor, our Licensed Lay Minister, on 07398 247562 and she will arrange for the right person to call you back either for a one-off conversation or to establish a regular arrangement depending on what is needed.
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 Lay Minister, Janice Taylor, on Wednesday 24th June, click 'News & views' above.
THOUGHTS ON SUNDAY'S GOSPEL READING
To see thoughts on the Gospel reading for Sunday 5th July, usually from Janice Taylor (our Licensed Lay Minister) or her husband Allan (a Methodist Minister and Hospital Chaplain) click "Services and events" above.
CHURCH OPENING FOR PRIVATE PRAYER: We are pleased to announce that there will be limited opening of our two church buildings for private prayer starting from 28th June - St John the Baptist in Kirdford will be open on Sundays and Holy Trinity in Plaistow on Wednesdays, both between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.
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 Lay Minister, Janice Taylor (click 'Contact' in the navigation bar above).
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.
Updated on 4th July 2020 - watch this space for any future updates
CHANGES BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK
In March, following government instructions, the Church of England closed all churches and suspended all services, weddings, baptisms and funerals in church.
However, in view of new government guidelines issued in June, we are pleased to announce that there will now be limited opening of our two church buildings for private prayer starting from 28th June - St John the Baptist in Kirdford will be open on Sundays and Holy Trinity in Plaistow on Wednesdays, both between the hours of 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.
Although it is permissible to hold services from 4th July we are unlikely to be doing so as early as that, and will post updates when any decision is made.
Meanwhile, funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can take place, though 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.
Above: The clocks on Kirdford church (left) and Plaistow church (right).
Both churches are now open for some of the time for priviate prayer - see the note at the top of the page fpr details.
THE LORD'S PRAYER TRAIL THROUGH KIRDFORD CHURCHYARD
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. (At this time we must, of course, adhere to social distancing rules.)
Booklets giving a map of the Trail are available in Kirdford church porch.