St. Peter's, Henfield

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St Peter’s Church is the ancient parish church of Henfield, and part of the united benefice along with Shermanbury and Woodmancote. Founded in 770, and set on slightly higher land above the River Adur, St Peter's is surrounded by paths edged in over 100 tall yew bushes.

The tower is solid and northern in style, housing one of Sussex’s finest rings of eight bells. The medieval church was added to in the 16th century with a Lady Chapel, now known as the Parham Chapel, where daily prayers and midweek services are held. The church was extensively rebuilt in 1871 to a fine design by the architects to the Woodard Foundation of schools. The glass is of high quality, much of it the work of Charles Eamer Kempe who was born in Ovingdean and lived at Henfield vicarage whilst designing and installing the church’s east window.

The Victorian church had served the community well, but it was time for a fresh re-ordering, which took place in 2008. A new stone floor with under-floor heating, and the the flexibility of modern chairs, have given a brilliant feeling of light and space. This will ensure the church serves the community in coming generations. The Church is open every day from 8am until 6pm to enable visors to come to this sacred space to pray, seek peace and to find God in the busyness of daily life. 

We have a clergy team of 3, including the vicar, Paul Doick, curate Peter O'Connell, and assistant priest Christina Bennett, ably aided by Readers and a number of retired clergy. Our main service each week is the Parish Communion at 10am but on the first Sunday of each month we have a family-friendly Celebrate! All age service (there is no celebration of Holy Communion at this service) Services use Common Worship as well as Book of Common Prayer liturgies. Come and join us in worship or simply to discover and enjoy this sacred space. You will be very welcome.  

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Holy Communion (BCP)
A traditional said service of Holy communion, using the Book of Common Prayer. This service includes a short sermon.
Every second and fourth Sunday at 8:30 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Celebrate! All Age Worship
You are welcome at this family friendly service for all ages on the first Sunday of the month. This service includes a mixture of modern and traditional music, a talk or activity, a bible reading, and prayers. Coffee or tea/squash are served afterwards for those who can stay. Occasionally there are thanksgivings or baptisms at this service.
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Holy Communion (CW)
A Sung Holy communion service, with hymns and a short sermon using Common Worship, followed by refreshments. During term time our Children's groups (Sunday School) meet during this service)
Every second third and fifth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
Family Communion (CW)
All are welcome to this relaxed and more informal service of Holy Communion for all ages, using the Common Worship liturgy. This service includes a variety of modern and traditional hymns, a short talk/sermon and during term time our children's church (Sunday school) meets in our church hall. Refreshments are served after this service.
Every fourth Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
Contemplative prayer service
An informal service with contemporary worship led by our music group.
This service uses prayers from across the Christian traditions and includes silence, reflective music and meditation. The service is influenced by liturgies as diverse as Iona, Taize and the Church of England's own service of Compline (Night Prayer)
Every third Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Sung Evensong.
Join us for our benefice Sung Evensong using the timeless language of the Book of Common Prayer. This service also takes place at our other churches. Do please telephone the Church office to confirm the venue.
Every fifth Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Holy Communion (BCP)/(CW)
Mid-week Holy Communion; alternately BCP and Common Worship.
Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM for 40 minutes
Coffee Book of Common Prayer Common Worship


Evening Holy Communion
Simple said Holy Communion service
Every Thursday at 7:15 PM for 40 minutes
Common Worship


Little Fishes
A simple friendly tots and mums/carers service with singing, stories and activities followed by refreshments.
Every Friday at 2:00 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly creche



Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass


Enquirers courses - ask for details
Church Open St Peters is open daily between 8am-6pm Hall for Hire Church House - situated opposite the church on Church Lane. Used by Warren Playgroup, church and community organisations. For booking, please contact Mrs Louise Clark tel 01273 495532
Other information
Clergy: The Revd Paul Stephen James DOICK
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4969
Diocesan ID: BK0711
Built: Medieval / Victorian
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Bishop of Chichester
Archdeaconry: HORSHAM (102)
Deanery: HURST (10204)
Parish Legal Name: Henfield (100231 10/231)
CofE Church Info: (610231 10/231)
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This page was last updated on Sunday 4th October 2015
St. Peter's : Church Lane, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9NY

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