The Church of England Parish of

Kirdford with

Plaistow & Ifold

St John the Baptist,


Holy Trinity,



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This page is updated at the beginning of each month. More details of these events are given in our parish magazine, the Parish News, which is on sale in both our churches (in Kirdford and Plaistow).

For more details about the Parish News, including subscriptions, please click on “Groups and activities” in the navigation bar above.

This month's services

Forthcoming events


EVERY SATURDAY, 8.30-9.00 am (Plaistow church)

+ Parish Prayer at Plaistow

Each Saturday morning at Holy Trinity Church in Plaistow we gather for half an hour of prayer, beginning at 8.30 am and finishing as the clock strikes nine o'clock.   Everybody is welcome - whether you have something specific to pray for or not.  You can voice your prayer openly or keep it private or simply affirm the prayers of others.   It's not a service as such - there are no processions, rituals, hymns or music.  We just sit around the big table and pray.

Afterwards some of us drop into the Corner Kitchen at Plaistow Stores for a coffee and a chat before heading home. Please come - it's a great start to the day.

SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER, 7.00 - 8.30 pm (Kirdford church)

+ Organ Recital

This recital in Kirdford church is to celebrate the bringing back into use of our organ, following major repairs most generously paid for by a parishioner.  The organ will be re-dedicated during the evening.

Wine and nibbles will be served from 7.00. The rectial is from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. The guest organist is Matthew Cooke.

All are welcome to come to this event.

SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER, 2.00 - 4.00 pm (Vicarage Garden, St Peter's church, Henfield)

+ FSW September Fair

Join Family Support Work (FSW) for a late Summer event in The Vicarage Garden, St Peter's Church, Henfield.

The Fair will run from 2 - 4pm, with stalls, cream teas, cakes, raffle, and children's activities.

Admission is £1 for adults and free for children.

Local businesses are invited to donate raffle prizes or to sponsor the event. If you can help, please contact FSW using the details above.


+ "Live Better Together" event at Chichester Cathedral

Join us at Chichester Cathedral to celebrate the International Day of Peace observed every year around the world on 21st September.

The themes of peace and reconciliation will inform all our activities on this thought-provoking and inspiring day.We are delighted to welcome speaker Justine Huxley, Director of St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Other noted representatives from different local faith communities will take part in an interfaith panel discussion exploring the question 'How can we live better together, for the wellbeing of all?”The day will also include two 'Make Art Not War' printmaking events, led by artist Cath Bristow, both inspired by the Cathedral'stapestry.The first will use screen and block printing to transform a humble cloth shopping bag into a unique printed art work to spread the word of peace and reconciliation. The other will be a drop in community event to create a colourful Banner of Peace to hang in the Cathedral following the event.Within the Cathedral on the day there will be a peace trail and opportunities for candle lighting and prayers.The day will close with a film screening - title to be announced soon - introduced by the Cathedral's Chancellor, Canon Dr Anthony Cane.

Booking in advance is essential. Tickets (free to £10) at or call Ticketsource on 0333 666 3366 orfrCathedral Friends Office Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 12pm.

To find out more contact the Learning and Engagement Department at or 01243 812997.

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER, 10.00 am (Kirdford church)

+ Decorating Kirdford church for Harvest Festival

Come and help us decorate the church in Kirdford for the Harvest Festival service on the following Sunday.

Bring whatever flowers and foliage you have from your gardens plus any fruit or vegetables you can spare.

Everyone is welcome. Coffee, tea and homemade cake will be provided.

SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER, 7.30 pm (Kelsey Hall, Ifold)

+ Harvest Barn Dance

With two course supper, live band and caller (the Sussex Pistols).

Soft drinks on sale or bring your own alcohol and glasses.

Tickets £12.50 on sale now from Plaistow stores & Kirdford stores or by phoning Carrie or Kate (contact details the in Parish News)

Raising funds for Plaistow & Kirdford churches.


FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 7.30 pm (St Mary's church, Petworth)

+ PACT Autumn lecture with Danny Kruger

Danny Kruger is Chief Executive of the West London Zone, a partnership of charities working with children and young people to help them grow up safe, happy and healthy. From 2005 to 2015 Danny was Chief Executive of Only Connect, a Christian charity helping young offenders to find their way in society. Danny lives in the shadow of the burnt out Grenfell Tower on a Council Estate, and will be sharing about this when he speaks on October 13th. Promises to be an enlightening evening.

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15TH, 6.30 pm (Kirdford Church)

+ Special Healing Service

There will be a Special Healing Service on Sunday October 15th at 6.30pm at Kirdford church. If you or a loved-one have any need for healing – physical, mental or spiritual, or if you would just like to take part in an hour of informal, gentle but uplifting worship, then why not come along? These services are ecumenical (i.e. not tied to any denomination of Christianity), so you don't have to be a member of the Church of England or a regular churchgoer.

Christian Healing, often within the context of a church service, is now very much a mainstream activity in many churches & denominations worldwide – in our Parish we follow the guidelines laid down in the Church of England booklet “A Time to Heal”. Our Special Healing Services consist of a number of moving hymns, prayers, and readings about healing, with a talk from a guest speaker about some aspect of Christian Healing. There are opportunities for receiving prayer for healing with laying-on of hands and anointing with holy oil, as well as the possibility for one-to-one prayer for specific needs.

Bishop Morris Maddocks, who developed and expanded the Healing Ministry in the Church of England during the 1980s, defined Christian Healing as “Jesus meeting us at our point of need”, and so whilst complete physical cures do not always occur, many people gain some benefit from the ministry, and indeed part of each of our services consists of a few inspiring testimonies from people who feel that God has touched them through this ministry.

We do hope you can come and join us on October 15th – everyone is very welcome to attend.