The external stonework of Plaistow church is in need of major repairs.
As a first stage in this work, we need an investigative survey to assess the cost of the repairs, and we are fortunate in being awarded a grant by the National Churches Trust to help with the cost of the survey.
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WELCOME - DECEMBER 2021 & JANUARY 2022
Welcome to our website, which is normally updated each month. (Note that there will be no update at the beginning of January; December's update includes January as well.)
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.
All are welcome to join our Sunday worship – please click on “Services & events” above for a list of this month's services. Both churches are open for private prayer during the day.
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 below.
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MESSAGES FOR OUR PARISH DURING THE CORONAVIRUS 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.
CHURCH OPENING: We are pleased to announce that both of our churches - St John the Baptist in Kirdford and Holy Trinity in Plaistow - are now open every day for private prayer, and Sunday church services have also resumed. Click on "Services & events" above for more details.
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 both 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. Our stocks are running low at the moment - click on "News and views" above for details of what items are needed. There are boxes for your donations in both Kirdford and Plaistow churches, in Kirdford Village Stores and Plaistow 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 2nd December 2021 - watch this space for any future updates
CHANGES BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK
We are pleased to announce that both of our churches - St John the Baptist in Kirdford and Holy Trinity in Plaistow - are now open every day for private prayer, and Sunday church services have also resumed. Click "Services & events" above for more detail..
To circulate Church information during the coronavirus outbreak we have an extensive church email list. If you are not already part of the email group and would like to be please contact Janice 01483 200464 or Kate 01403 820438 to ask for your email address to be added. To ensure your privacy emails are sent BCC so the addresses are not seen by all the other group members.
To see more about how we are continuing "being Church" in our Parish during the coronavirus outbreak, please read the messages at the bottom of this page.
Please note that in accordance with the new government requirements, we are expected to wear masks in church again unless there is a medical reason etc for not doing so.
Watch this space for any future updates.
Above: Detail of “Nativity”, a stained glass window by Kempe (1907) located at the east end of the North aisle in Kirdford church.
As usual we are holding several special services this Christmas at both of our churches (at Plaistow and Kirdford). For details of all these services, and our other Christmas events, please click on “Services & events” and "News & views" above.
THE LORD'S PRAYER TRAIL THROUGH
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 the beauty of nature.
Free booklets giving a map of the Trail are available in Kirdford church (on the left as you enter).
A GRANT TO HELP SURVEY PLAISTOW CHURCH
FOR MUCH NEEDED REPAIRS
DO YOU SHOP ON-LINE?
Try this website –
Choose St John the Baptist Church – Kirdford as your supported charity.
Use the links to visit your favourite retailer and shop on line as usual (over 5000 retailers to choose from).
Our parish will receive donations from the retailers without it costing you a penny.