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Vacancy for Director of Music at St.Peter’s, Henfield.

The parish church of St Peter’s is the largest of the three churches in the vibrant West Sussex parish of Henfield with Shermanbury and Woodmancote. We are seeking an enthusiastic and gifted musician who will work with the organist at Shermanbury and Woodmancote Churches, to make a significant contribution to our worshipping life.  Sung services at St. Peter’s include a Eucharist three Sundays a month, a Non – Eucharistic All Age Service on the first Sunday, some Festivals, and quarterly Choral Evensong, which rotates around the three churches of the parish. In addition, there are a good number of weddings and funerals.

The PCC is keen for the choral tradition to be re-established at St Peter’s church, with an emphasis on developing a children’s and adult choir, and the successful candidate will be open to the opportunities for recruitment that our partnership with our Church of England Primary school brings.  

Music is an important part of our life together as a church, and the successful candidate will be someone who can embrace a broad range of musical styles. We are looking for a choir director who can recruit, develop, and encourage singers of all ages. They will develop the musical life of the church and be excited by the opportunities that this post brings. The Church organ is a 2 manual digital instrument with 31 speaking stops and was built by Eminent organs. Salary will be based on RSCM guidelines, plus fees. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

For an informal discussion, or for a job description please contact.

The Revd Paul Doick | 01273 492017 |

A reminder of the new Service times at St.Peter’s Woodmancote.

At the end of October the congregation of Woodmancote Church met to discuss how we might continue to have a weekly service if, for any reason, there was only one member of clergy available across the 3 churches. In November the the following pattern of worship was agreed, which will be reviewed after a year. The new service times started at the beginning of January.

Week 1 8.30am Holy Communion (Said, 1662 BCP) 
Week 2 11.15am Parish Communion (Common Worship)
Week 3 8.30am Holy Communion (Said, 1662 BCP) 
Week 4 11.15 am Matins (1662 BCP)  
Week 5 5.30pm Sung Evensong (BCP and shared across the Churches)

Across our 3 churches every Sunday there will now be a service at 8.30am, 10am and 11.15am, which it is hoped will suit most people.  

‘The Bald Explorer’ Richard Vobes explores St. Giles’ Church, Shermanbury’s Little Treasure.

The film maker and amateur historian, Richard Vobes is enthusiastically exploring Britain’s great heritage, traditions and legends.  Recently Richard, known as the bald explorer has visited our own St. Giles’ Church at Shermanbury,  and the 10 minute video of his visit can be seen on You Tube where he meets Church Warden, Richard Putnam , who gives a brief history of the church. Its well worth a watch.   More information on ‘the Bald Explorer, his blogs, photos and videos can be found by clicking this link to his website.

View the video by clicking on the image below.