St Nicholas' Church, Crawley (Worth)

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Welcome ! There is a lot going on in our Parish - both at St Nicholas' and our sister church St Barnabas', Pound Hill.  Our website (www.worthparish.org) gives details of what it's like at our services, and tells you a bit about events and groups you might want to try out.

From "Church" in the Pub at the Coaching Halt and Messy Church at Maidenbower Infants School, through our regular services at 08.00 and 09.45 on Sunday morning at St Nicholas',  to special services such as our twice-yearly sublime Choral Evensong, or Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas, there is something for everyone and wherever you turn up, we'd love to see you!

As for our building, St Nicholas' or Worth Church is the 11th oldest in England and is often described as the most perfect specimen of a Saxon cruciform church in England, which is why it's always busy with weddings!  

After the Norman Conquest in A.D.1066, the church was given by William the Conqueror to his son-in-law, William de Warenne, in whose family it remained until the middle of the fourteenth century, passing via the Fitzalan family to the Earls of Abergavenny, all the while continuing to serve its spiritual charge to this part of the county.  In 1986, a fire destroyed the nineteenth century roof of the nave, and the church two years of extensive renovation, which allowed a team of archaeologists to examine normally inaccessible parts of the structure, and to confirm the dating of the church’s original construction to 950 A.D..

Whether you want to explore being part of our congregation or just want to seek a quiet moment, soaking up the history and sense of continuity with generations past, come and see us. 

 

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Sue Perry
Worth Parish Office
St Barnabas' Church
Pound Hill
Crawley
RH10 7DY
0300 111 8150 (Parish Administrator)

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Nine Lessons and Carols
Join your voice with ours, or simply listen to the choir in one of the very oldest churches in England St Nicholas' Church, Worth - a place of Christian worship and devotion for well over 1000 years. You are very welcome here to share in this special service, itself a traditional part of Christmas for nearly 140 years. An awe-inspiring start to Christmas with a mix of choir-only pieces and carols for all in tranquil and ancient surroundings.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
 
Crib Service and Nativity Play
Come dressed up and enjoy our traditional nativity/ crib service and nativity play for families.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
 
Midnight Mass
This traditional Christmas Eucharist service begins at 23.30 on Sun 24th Dcember.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:30 PM for 1½ hours
Common Worship Christmas Carols
 
Christmas Day Eucharist
Put the turkey in the oven and pop out to join us to celebrate Christmas Day at the 11th oldest church in England !
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 9:45 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments
 
Printer friendly list of events
Nine Lessons and Carols
Join your voice with ours, or simply listen to the choir in one of the very oldest churches in England St Nicholas' Church, Worth - a place of Christian worship and devotion for well over 1000 years. You are very welcome here to share in this special service, itself a traditional part of Christmas for nearly 140 years. An awe-inspiring start to Christmas with a mix of choir-only pieces and carols for all in tranquil and ancient surroundings.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
Crib Service and Nativity Play
Come dressed up and enjoy our traditional nativity/ crib service and nativity play for families.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Midnight Mass
This traditional Christmas Eucharist service begins at 23.30 on Sun 24th Dcember.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:30 PM for 1½ hours
Common Worship Christmas Carols
Christmas Day Eucharist
Put the turkey in the oven and pop out to join us to celebrate Christmas Day at the 11th oldest church in England !
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 9:45 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments
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Sunday

Holy Communion
A quiet, contemplative start to Sunday to inspire you for the rest of the day using traditional prayers and readings from the Book of Common Prayer, spoken not sung. The poetic words, as well as St Nicholas's awe-inspiring Saxon arches, ensure you feel part of a long line of worshippers who have praised and sought God's help in this corner of Sussex down the ages.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Sung Eucharist
This is our main Sunday service with a strong musical content led by an excellent choir. Modern language is used but the music tends towards the more traditional. You can find out what music and hymns will be by checking the music lists on our website worthparish.org/about-worth-choir/
Every Sunday at 9:45 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
Nic's
this is an informal, lively and child-centred service, though of course anyone and everyone is welcome, whether they have children or not! Our current attendees range from babes in arms through to 12 years old, although I would say most of those going are aged 3-8. You will receive a warm welcome here as you arrive come at 11.15 to have coffee with those leaving after the 9.45 service and you will be offered a sheet which will detail any songs, bible readings and prayers. We love interaction during the service! Itis encouraged and appreciated. Children can ask or answer questions and are welcome to move around freely during the service. In fact, it is not unusual for children to jump up to dance in the aisle when the modern, lively songs are played!
An informal, lively and child-centred service, though of course anyone and everyone is welcome, whether they have children or not! Attendees range from babes in arms to 12 years old with most being aged 3-8.
Every first and third Sunday at 11:30 AM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Refreshments

Thursday

Eucharist
Short and welcoming Eucharist service held in the north transept a.k.a. the Blessed Sacrament Chapel - (turn left at the altar!) followed by coffee and refreshments.
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Refreshments Common Worship
Printer friendly list of events
Nine Lessons and Carols
Join your voice with ours, or simply listen to the choir in one of the very oldest churches in England St Nicholas' Church, Worth - a place of Christian worship and devotion for well over 1000 years. You are very welcome here to share in this special service, itself a traditional part of Christmas for nearly 140 years. An awe-inspiring start to Christmas with a mix of choir-only pieces and carols for all in tranquil and ancient surroundings.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
Crib Service and Nativity Play
Come dressed up and enjoy our traditional nativity/ crib service and nativity play for families.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly
Midnight Mass
This traditional Christmas Eucharist service begins at 23.30 on Sun 24th Dcember.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:30 PM for 1½ hours
Common Worship Christmas Carols
Christmas Day Eucharist
Put the turkey in the oven and pop out to join us to celebrate Christmas Day at the 11th oldest church in England !
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 9:45 AM for 50 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments

Features

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

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

 

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Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5244
Diocesan ID: BH1211
Built: 950 AD
Architect: The Saxons
Archdeaconry: HORSHAM (102)
Deanery: EAST GRINSTEAD (10202)
Parish Legal Name: Worth, Pound Hill and Maidenbower (100197 )
CofE Church Info: (610197 10/197)
Short URL: acny.uk/5244/
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St Nicholas' Church : Church Road, Crawley (Worth), West Sussex, RH10 7RT

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