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Thy Kingdom Come…………a week of prayer.



Prayer is one of the things that are at the heart of what it means to be a Christian, so it came as no surprise that during February the Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote to all vicars in the Church of England inviting them, and their congregations, to unite in a week of prayer before Pentecost (15th May)

The Archbishops hope that the week will help all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, to have the confidence to share the good news of Jesus in their daily lives, and for all to respond to the call of Jesus to follow him as disciples and to seek God’s kingdom from day to day.

It’s an opportunity for the churches of the benefice, together with the other churches and other Christians in our villages to listen to God and to pray for our wider communities and for one another.

During the week of the 8th – 15th May there will be the following opportunities to share in prayer.

Sun 8th May: 4pm “Prayer and Worship” in the Free Church Hall

Mon 9th May: 8pm “Compline (Night Prayer) by candlelight” in St Peter’s, Henfield

Tues 10th May:7.30pm “Prayer Stations” at St Peter’s, Henfield

Weds 11th May: 5.30pm Evening Prayer at St Peter’s, Woodmancote

Thurs 12th May:  7.15pm  Holy Communion at St Peter’s, Henfield

Fri13th May: 11.30am, “Praying with the Lord’s Prayer” at St Peter’s, Henfield (followed by a simple Lunch)

5.30pm        Evening Prayer at St Giles’ Shermanbury

Sun 15th May: Services at the usual times in all our churches followed by a picnic in the Vicarage garden at 12.30pm, please contact the church office on 01273 495532 to reserve a picnic lunch!      

 All are very welcome to come and explore prayer for themselves and to pray for our churches and village communities.



Rev’d Peter O’Connell appointed as Rector of the benefice of Godstone and Blindley Heath

Appointment of Rector for Godstone & Blindley Heath United Benefice by the Bishop of Southwark

We are pleased to announce today, the 21 February 2016 that the Reverend Peter O’Connell, presently Curate in the benefice of Henfield, Woodmancote and Shermanbury in the Diocese of Chichester, has been presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury to be Rector of the Benefice of Godstone & Blindley Heath and appointed by the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun.
It has been a pleasure having Peter, his wife Helen and their children Caleb, Lizzie and Alice as part of our church family for almost 4 years and we will certainly miss them all. Peter has been a great addition to our team and has very much enjoyed his time as our Curate.  Further details, including their leaving date and a date for the licensing service in Godstone parish church, will follow as soon as possible.

The Keys present a “Magic lantern Show” at St. Peter’s, Henfield

On Saturday 27th February at 5.30pm a Magic Lantern show will shine out once more in Henfield. Before the arrival of cinema in 1896 people were entertained by images projected from a “magic lantern”, which is essentially an elaborate slide projector. Trevor Beattie who has been collecting slides and performing shows for more than 30 years will be our lanternist using original slides that are well over 100 years old.  Do come along and enjoy a journey back in time. The show is suitable for all ages and is Free with a retiring collection for the Church Lent charity, Family Support Work. For enquires please contact the parish office on 01273 495532.

Ash Wednesday services at St.Peter’s, Henfield.

Lent is the time of year when Christians prepare for Holy Week and Easter and begins on Ash Wednesday.  Its a time of self examination, penitence, self-denial, prayer ,  study of the bible  and charitable giving as we reflect on our faith and seek to become better Christians, turning our hearts towards Jesus Christ.

Lent begins this Wednesday 10th February and there will be 2 services at St. Peter’s , Henfield, at 10.30am and 7.30pm. Both services with include the “imposition of ashes”, the signing of the cross in ashes on the forehead, as a sign of penitence and of the desire to have a Holy Lent.  The services will both include the sharing of bread and wine in Holy Communion and the evening service will also include some hymns.  All are welcome to join us.  For more information please contact the Parish/Benefice office on 01273 495532


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