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.

SATURDAY 7TH DECEMBER, 10.00 am - 12.00 midday (Kirdford church)

+ Prayers for the Nation

We should at all times pray for our Queen, and those who govern our nation, be that at a local or national level. Ahead of the General Election, we will be holding a particular time of prayer at St John the Baptist church, Kirdford on Saturday 7th December from 10.00 am to 12.00 midday.

Please do drop by, and join in for some or all of this time.

MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER, 7.00 pm (The Foresters Pub, Kirdford)

+ Carol Singing at the Foresters

Come and join in this fun evening of carol singing led by our church choir.  


EARLY DECEMBER UNTIL SUNDAY 8TH DECEMBER, (Kirdford & Plaistow churches)

+ Christmas hampers and gifts for FSW

We hope that you would like to help us to assist Family Support Work (FSW) to give a happier Christmas to their families, by making donations towards HAMPERS and CHRISTMAS GIFTS.  If so, please leave items in the boxes in our churches in Plaistow and Kirdford any time up to Sunday 8th December.  

Suggestions for hampers are:  

- Festive tins of chocolates or biscuits,

- Tinned meat, ham, corned beef.  Hotdog sausages.  

- Cranberry sauce, Stuffing, Gravy Granules, Tinned Vegetables

- Christmas puddings/mince pies ( check dates if buying early)

- Tinned fruit, Custard.  

Cheese crackers/savoury snacks, Squash and cordials

Suggestions for gifts (please leave gifts upwrapped) will be on the Christmas Tree at the back of the two churches.  The labels suggest presents for either boys and girls or mums and dads.  This year they don't need gifts for babies and toddlers, so they are looking for items suitable for ages 5 to 18.  Gift cards are ideal for teenagers.  Please collect a label and return your gift to one of our churches.  The presents will be collected each Sunday and stored for distribution to families - the last collection for presents and food will be Sunday 8th December from Kirdford church.  That will give time for the hampers to be made up and distributed before Christmas.  

Many thanks in advance from Family Support work.  Your generosity is so very helpful and will brighten Christmas for many families.    


SUNDAY 12TH JANUARY, 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm (Kirdford church)

+ New Song Cafe

The next New Song Cafe will be on Sunday afternoon 12th January from  4.00 pm to 5.00 pm in St John the Baptist church, Kirdford.

Come and join us for tea/coffee and cake and to enjoy learning a few new worship songs

SUNDAY 19TH - FRIDAY 24TH JANUARY (various times & venues - see below)

+ Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a wonderful way to show that all the Petworth Churches work together. The theme this year is 'Unusual Kindness, 'which is from the church in Malta and draws on the scripture Acts 27-28. This includes this part from The Passion Translation – “'So men, keep up your courage! I know that God will protect you, just as he told me you would. But we must run aground on some island to be saved'”. It is about trusting God in spite of how our circumstances might look and showing Christ's light to others in difficulties.

The Launch Service is on Sunday 19th January at 3pm at St Mary's church, Fittleworth. Do come – all are welcome.

Monday to Friday 20th to 24th January at 12.30pm at the United Reformed Church (URC) in Petworth will be lunchtime sessions.