The Church of England Parish of

Kirdford with

Plaistow & Ifold

St John the Baptist,


Holy Trinity,




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This page presents a selection of our latest news & other articles, updated at the beginning of each month. The articles are mainly taken from (or based on information from) our parish magazine, the Parish News,

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

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Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 17th February and we will be offering a Zoom reflection at 7.30pm that evening. Details of the link will be made available with emails and on the Church Websites in February. Following on from Ash Wednesday we will each look at the material at home at a time that suits you, coming together each Wednesday on Zoom at 7.30pm. A link for this will be provided for this each preceding Sunday. This year we will be linking into 'Cracked Wide Open', the Diocesan Lent Course, 'The Covid-19 pandemic has caused us to face up to fundamental questions about life, its meaning and purpose.' The course has been created by our Bishops and senior staff members across the Diocese and will provide Bible study notes, a filmed reflection with guidance notes and a prayer diary covering our Lenten pilgrimage. All the above will be posted on the Diocesan Website in ways that are easily downloaded - click here. If you have any problems please contact


We extend a very warm welcome to our new Vicar Clive Jenkins and his wife Marion as he takes up post here. Clive and Marion will continue to live in the Vicarage in Wisborough Green as they begin serving the two parishes and we look forward to a long and happy relationship with them both, and, although we remain two distinct parishes, also with the congregation at St Peter ad Vincula in Wisborough Green.

Whilst writing we'd also like to say a huge thank you on behalf of everyone to Janice who has kept us spiritually and pastorally on track during this interregnum - never an easy task, but so much harder when we haven't been able to meet together and all are coping with movement restrictions and lockdowns. Your care has been much appreciated Janice. KF & JS


We were not able to collect Christmas presents for FSW as we usually do - but on discovering late on that we could make donations you were all absolutely wonderful,, rallied round, and we had a lovely selection of presents and Christmas food to pass onto them.

Martin Auton Lloyd (the CEO of Family Support Work) sums up their thanks for our continuing support in his year end statement:

"I cannot stress how much we at FSW have valued your wonderful support during 2020. We are ending the year incredibly proud that we have been able to keep up our service to families in need and are conscious that this would not have been possible without the huge amount of love and generosity that has been shown to us by you all.

Thank you so much. From Martin and the FSW team." CW

[To donate to Family Support Work, please visit their website by clicking here – ed.]


An on-line Alpha course, using Zoom, run jointly for our Parish and Wisborough Green Parish, will begin in early February 2021, and it is not too late to join.

Alpha is an 11-week course where people are free to explore the Christian faith. For more information click 'Groups & activities' above, and then "Alpha course`.

If you are interested in joining, please contact the Vicar (click "contact" above) or email We can then decide on the day and time to start.