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.

TUESDAY 10TH APRIL, 7.00 pm (Foxbridge Golf Club, Foxbridge Lane, Kirdford)

+ Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Social Evening

This year's Vestry Meeting and APCM will be part of a social evening to be held at Foxbridge Golf Club on 10th April from 7.00 pm onwards.  The bar will be open.  The meeting is open to everybody on the Church's Electoral Roll.     

The formal part of the meeting will be very short - all  reports will be written ones circulated beforehand - and it will then be an opportunity to socialise together.  

If you would like to serve on the  PCC (the committee which runs our churches) please speak to the Vicar, one of the Churchwardens or the Secretary - all contact details can be found elsewhere in the magazine.

FRIDAY 13TH APRIL, 7.30 pm (St Mary\s church, Petworth)

+ PACT Spring Lecture

A  talk from Karin Needham about the work of SAT-7.

SAT-7 are a Christian television service broadcasting to 500 million people in the Middle East and North Africa. They produce a whole variety of programmes from children's game shows to deep theological studies; lifestyle magazines to sports programmes – but woven through them all is the thread of God's transforming love for the world through Jesus Christ. Most importantly, SAT-7 strives to make the Good News as easily understood and culturally relevant as possible. This is why most of their programmes are produced by Middle Easterners living in the region.

It's going to be a fascinating talk about the work they do and how they provide inspirational, informative and educational television in a very different environment to ours.

This Spring Lecture is organised by PACT (Petworth Area Churches Together).


FRIDAY 11TH  MAY, 6.00 - 8.00 pm (Kirdford church)

+ Praying "Thy Kingdom Come": an informal "drop-in" service

On the evening of Friday May 11th there will be an informal service at Kirdford church as part of the global prayer movement called “Thy Kingdom Come” which takes place between Ascension and Pentecost. Please do come and dip into this service – you can stay for as long or as short a time as you wish between 6pm and 8pm. Refreshments will be available throughout.

At 6pm we will start with some hymns, readings and formal prayers, which will be repeated at about 7pm and at the end. The rest of the time will be available for individual prayer, and there will be a number of “prayer stations” in the church to help us to pray, especially praying for God to reign in our lives and in the lives of others (which is actually what we are praying for when we pray “thy kingdom come” in the Lord's Prayer). These prayer stations use symbols to help us such as a tree, a net, water, and even blowing bubbles! In the churchyard there will also be a Lord's Prayer Trail to help us engage with the Lord's Prayer in a deeper and more meaningful way than we are perhaps used to, whilst enjoying the beauty of nature during May.

The prayer stations and the Lord's Prayer Trail will also be available for anyone to use during the day from Saturday May 12th until Pentecost (Sunday May 20th).