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, remains at its heart.

We have a clergy team of 3, including the vicar, Alastair Cutting (leaving April 2013 to be an Archdeacon in Southwark Diocese), curate Peter O'Connell, and assistant priest Christina Bennett, ably aided by Readers and a number of retired clergy. Services include Parish Communion at 9am each Sunday, and a family-friendly Celebrate! service at 10:30am each Sunday. Services use Common Worship as well as Book of Common Prayer liturgies. Please come and worship with us!

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St. Peter's Church
Church Lane
West Sussex
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Holy Communion (BCP)
Book of Common Prayer said communion
Every first Sunday at 7:45 AM for 50 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion (CW)
A holy communion service, with hymns, using the Common Worship rite. Followed by coffee & croissants or cake as the 10:30 service congregation arrive.
Every first third and fifth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 50 minutes
Coffee Common Worship
Holy Communion (BCP)
A holy communion service, using the Book of Common Prayer. Followed by coffee & croissants/cake as the 10:30 service congregation arrive. It is a service with hymns and a sumg communion setting on the second Sunday of the month, but is a said service on the fourth Sunday of the month.
Every second and fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 50 minutes
Coffee Book of Common Prayer
Celebrate! All Age Worship
A family friendly service on the first Sunday of the month. Sometimes there are Thanksgivings for babies, or Baptisms. And sometimes we include simple communion. Come and join us for coffee and croissants or cakes beforehand.
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Celebrate! Communion (CW)
A lively, family oriented holy communion, using Common Worship liturgy. Come for coffee and croissants/cakes beforehand!
Every second fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee Common Worship
An activity-based exploration of faith; with music group. Sometimes with Thanksgivings for babies, or Baptisms. It frequently includes a simple holy communion. Come and join us for coffee and croissants/cake beforehand!
Every third Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Celebrate! Communion
A family orientated communion service every week, with tea, coffee and cakes or croissants beforehand.
Every fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
(usually) Praise Service
An informal service with contemporary worship led by our music group.
Every first Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Common Worship
A monthly evening service for youth & young at heart, featuring lively worship, videos, prayer, hot chocolate, music - but mainly pizza!
Every second Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Coffee Common Worship
(usually) Sung Evensong (BCP)
Choral Evensong
Every third Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Healing & Wholeness service
A contemplative service with the opportunity for individual prayer and the laying on of hands.
Every fourth Sunday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour


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
Every Friday at 2:00 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly creche
Sunday School Youth Group Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Regular Book of Common Prayer Services Grade 2* Listed Building Conservation Area Supports Fairtrade goods Tower Stained glass Guidebooks / notes Organ Hall for hire Church Open Nurture Courses Back to Church Sunday Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Accessible Car parking Hearing / Induction Loop Large Print Hymnbooks / Orders of Service Assistance Dogs Toilets Baby Changing Facilities Visitor Parking Available

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

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St Peters is open daily between 8am-6pm

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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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St. Peter's : Church Lane, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9NY

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