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Woodmancote Church re-opens

The work on St Peter’s Woodmancote Church, which has been closed since 18th September, has been completed.


   On Sunday 19th November worshippers returned to their newly redecorated and refurbished church.  It was a very joyous celebration of choral Mattins with an excellent uplifting sermon by Revd Harriet and many people stayed behind afterwards to chat over coffee.

The Wednesday morning before the re-opening parishioners turned out in force driving to and fro from Angela Underwood’s garage, where everything had been stored, and then ferrying all the kneelers, carpeting, banners and other  important items from the car park, back into the church. Revd Harriet helped and found time to take a few pictures of the ‘workforce’.

On 3rd November there was a Coffee Morning aimed at reuniting members of Woodmancote’s congregation whilst the church was shut.  This also included a Bring and Buy Stall that raised £200 for the Fabric Fund.  Thank you to everyone who supported this event.

The services for the next few weeks are as follows:
Sun 26 Nov                 Communion (CW) taken by Revd Paul

Sun 3 Dec                   Thanksgiving Service taken by Revd Paul

Sun 10 Dec                 Mattins

Sun 17 Dec                 Carol Service (at 11am)

Sun 24 Dec                 Midnight Service (at 11.30pm)

Sun 31 Dec                 Mattins to be taken by Roger

Photos © Barry Chaston & Revd Harriet Neale-Stevens

You are all welcome…

…to join us as we celebrate the
Induction and Collation of our new Vicar and Rector
The Rev’d Paul Doick
On Thursday. 17th July at 7.30pm
At St Peter’s Church, Henfield

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.

ALL SOULS SERVICE at St. Peter’s, Henfield


All Souls Day and All Saints Day together provide the Church with an opportunity to remember the all faithful departed of the Christian family, and in particular our own loved ones whom we see no longer. The All Souls service at St. Peter’s was a peaceful and poignant time of remembrance, in which many of those present laid candles out on a wooden cross as a symbol of the enduring hope and comfort we share in Christ.


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