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Verse & Prayer for 2012

Our Verse & Prayer Card for 2012 has an important verse from the Book of Proverbs for us.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Prayercard 2012

Prayercard 2012

There is also a poem by Christine Sine which she published on

God, may I welcome this new year without fear or regret,
Secure in the certainty of your promises.
May I live in anticipation of its beauty;
And be prepared to embrace its challenges.
May I look for your love in every moment;
And listen for your voice in every sound.
May I see your image in every stranger;
And exalt in your glory expressed in all your creation.
May I learn to live in the place of trust;
Remembering always that the future is in your hands.


Angela’s new appointment

After 3½ years with us at Henfield, our curate Angela Martin is to take up her new post.

Angela Martin

The Rev'd Angela Martin

Angela is to be the new Assistant Rector in the parish of Worth on the eastern side of Crawley, working with The Rev’d Canon Anthony Ball. The parish covers the neighbourhoods of Worth, Poundhill and Maidenbower, and is close to the main railway station at Three Bridges.

Angel writes:…

I am very pleased to announce that I will be joining Revd Canon Anthony Ball, Rector of Worth Parish as Assistant Rector serving in Worth, Pound Hill and Maidenbower, Crawley.

Worth is the largest of four parishes in the Crawley area with some 33,000 souls and rising! So plenty of work to be getting on with and lots of people to talk to! We will be living at St Barnabas Vicarage in Pound Hill and we are all looking forward to making our new home there. My last Sunday in the Benefice will be the 18th of March 2012 and I will be licensed to Worth in April on the 17th at 7.30pm. It would be lovely to see you there.

The family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time here in the Benefice and we will miss you all very much. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to each and every one of you for your support and kindness over the last three and a half years. I will always hold you in my prayers.

Revd Angela, Gareth, Hywie, Rhodri & Elliot X x x

Whilst we will be very sorry to lose her, we knew Angela’s time with us would be finite, and she would only be with us whilst she was training, and that she would move on to a new parish at some point. We will miss her; her smile, her laugh, and so much more beside – she and Gareth, and Hywie, Rhodri and Elliot have been an important part of Henfield life. We wish them our prayers and our blessings as they prepare to move.

Angela’s last day in the Henfield benefice will be Mothering Sunday, 18 March 2012, and her licensing in the new parish will be on 17 April 2012.

The Rev'd Angela Martin - Worth Parish notice

The Rev'd Angela Martin - Worth Parish notice

Henfield’s New Curate

We are delighted to announce that the bishop has appointed a new curate to the Henfield Benefice, starting at the end of June 2012.

Peter & Helen O'Connell

Peter & Helen O'Connell

Peter O’Connell, and wife Helen with Caleb and Elizabeth (and a third child due in early October), will be moving to be with us from their current home in Midhurst.

Peter was a civil servant before training for the ministry, and Helen is a gardener, one of whose first jobs a number of years ago was near Henfield; her grandparents also lived in the village for a time.

Peter writes: “I am delighted to be coming to join you next year.  We all think that Henfield is a place that we can feel at home as a family.”

(Henfield’s current training curate, The Rev’d  Angela Martin, will have completed her 4 years of curacy with us by then, and she has already been exploring possible appointments. Angela & the family will be much missed – but we always knew she would be moving on.) 

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