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Take Part in the Diocesan Day of Prayer on Saturday 7th June

Unknown This Saturday, churches across Chichester Diocese will be hosting a day of prayer for the renewal of our vision and the future of our life togather.

The nearest event to Henfield will be at at St. Peter’s Church, Cowfold. The church will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and all are welcome throughout the day.

A group from Henfield will be leading an extended Service of Morning Prayer from 9-10 a.m., and representatives of other churches in the area will be organising prayer activities as the day progresses.

Please come along and support this important event, in which we be seeking God’s blessing and guidance for the major long-term planning phase on which the Diocesan family is about to embark.

– John B.

Summary Details

Venue:    St. Peter’s Church, Cowfold, RH13 8BT
Date:       Saturday, 7th June, 2014
Time:      Come and go freely from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (commencing with Morning Prayer service)

Background Information from the Diocese


At a recent national consultation on formulating Diocesan strategies prayer was identified alongside ownership, as a key element for a successful outcome.  This was a theme that emerged from a number of Dioceses.

We would love to engage the whole Diocesan family in prayer as we seek to discern God’s will for our life together.  The Diocesan strategy for 2015-2020 will be launched on Pentecost weekend 2015 and we want to begin our time of consultation and reflection with a weekend of prayer on Pentecost weekend 2014.

We have identified June 7th as a day of prayer at various venues around the Diocese and liturgical resources will be provided for every Church to include prayer for the strategy as part of their intercessions on Pentecost Sunday, June 8th.

Most venues will be open for prayer from 9am – 6pm.  The day will be divided into one hour slots and we will be encouraging local churches to take responsibility for leading one of the hour slots.  Bishop Martin will be joining the people of Rotherfield Deanery for part of their day during his visitation.  Other members of the senior staff will be dropping in to other venues during the day.

Please join in prayer at a venue near you, either as part of a local Church or on an individual visit.

Questions? Contact the Diocese here



Ascension Prayer and Praise at St. Peter’s, Henfield

PraiseCome along to St. Peter’s for a time of modern praise, prayer and a chance to think about the meaning of Jesus’ ascension to Heaven at the end of his time on earth.

Sunday, 1st June 2014, 6.30 – 7.40pm (coffee available from 6.00)

– John B.

Deanery Confirmation Service with Bishop Martin

Deanery Confirmation Service with +Martin

Deanery Confirmation Service with +Martin


The Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Dr. Martin Warner, led a joyful Deanery Confirmation Service at Holy Trinity, Hurstpierpoint on Friday 31st January.

Among the candidates was Henry from Henfield, who was delighted with the experience. If you would like more information about Baptism and Confirmation, please contact St. Peter’s Church Office on 01273 495532.


Henfield Nativity Festival

Our first village Nativity Festival at St. Peter’s Church has exceeded all expectations, with nearly 40 beautiful exhibits from the local school, churches, youth organisations and members of the community.

It is exciting to see the creative imagination that people have brought into play. Entrants have used an extraordinary range of conventional modelling materials and more unusual “objets trouvés” to give physical form to their vision; the results are without exception visually arresting, and in some cases they are deeply thought-provoking.

Who would have imagined Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus consigned to the lift cubicle in a modern hotel chain? Or Gabriel coming down in a flying saucer to announce the Good News? And we could not have anticipated the exquisite workmanship that some of the contributors would lavish on their tableaux. But the equally exuberant class projects from our village primary school sit comfortably alongside the work of these experienced craftspeople.

One or two of the most valuable items were only on show for the launch day, but there is still time to see the bulk of the exhibition. It is well worth a visit.

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