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. 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. 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 quiet said service of Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer with a short sermon.
Every first Sunday at 7:45 AM for 50 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion (CW)
A Holy communion service, with hymns and a short sermon using Common Worship, followed by refreshments.
Every first second fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:00 AM for 50 minutes
Coffee Common Worship
Holy Communion (BCP)
A traditional Holy communion service, using the Book of Common Prayer. This service includes hymns and a short sermon and is followed by refreshments.
Every third Sunday at 9:00 AM for 50 minutes
Coffee 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. Come and join us for coffee or tea/squash beforehand. Occasionally there are thanksgivings or baptisms at this service.
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Celebrate! Communion (CW)
All are welcome to this relaxed and more informal service of Holy Communion for all ages, using the Common Worship liturgy. Come for coffee or tea beforehand! 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 on the second, third and fourth Sundays.
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Sunday School 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
(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 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


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Church Open St Peters is open daily between 8am-6pm
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 Thursday 11th December 2014
St. Peter's : Church Lane, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9NY

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