Feb 01

Church News Feb 2016

The Downland Benefice

Holy Trinity Poynings,

St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe



February 2016


There is a united Benefice service every Sunday morning at 10 am in one of our churches.

On most Sundays, this is a service of Holy Communion.

On the first Sunday of each month, it is an all age worship service, followed at 11.15 am by a short Communion service.


Location varies according to the pattern below:

    First Sunday      (7th February)        Poynings

    Second Sunday    (14th February)    Newtimber    

    Third Sunday    (21st February)        Poynings    

    Fourth Sunday    (28th February)    Pyecombe

    Fifth Sunday N/A this month        Newtimber


There is also a Benefice Evening Service at 6pm every second Sunday (14th February) at Pyecombe.


In addition, at Edburton Church there is:

A service of Family Communion every first and third Sunday at 11 am.

(7th and 21st February 2016)


Morning and Evening Prayer each week

Mondays:     Edburton at 6 pm

    Tuesdays:     Newtimber at 5 pm

Wednesdays:     Poynings at 9 am; Pyecombe at 6 pm


Evergreens (for the over 60’s)

Monday, 1st February, 3.30 – 5 pm at

The Royal Oak, Poynings


Special events and dates this month

•    There will be a Benefice service of Hoy Communion on Ash Wednesday (10th February) at 7.30 pm at Newtimber. This will include the imposition of ashes (optional).

•    Our Lent Study course starts on Wednesday 17th February, with both afternoon and evening sessions. Afternoon sessions (2.30 to 4 pm) will be either in Fulking or at Pangdean, Pyecombe, and evening sessions (7.30 pm to 9 pm) will be at The Rectory, Poynings. Our theme this year will be ‘Opening Doors’, using the material specially written for this Year of Mercy by a team from the Diocese. See separate fliers.

•    Leaflets will be available during Lent for those wishing to follow the Christian Aid programme to ‘Count your Blessings’ – please ask Caroline if you would like one.

•    Edburton PCC will meet on the evening of Thursday 18th February at Revd Graham Jeffery’s house in Small Dole.

•    Messy Church meets this months on Friday 19th February, from 4.30 pm – 6 pm at Fulking Village Hall.

•    Please collect unwanted items and pass them to Lucy Dalrymple for her Verge Sale in aid of Newtimber Church funds – sale date to be advised when the weather improves. Lucy is happy to collect: tel 01273 832009


Advance notice of two March events:

•    Friday 4th March, 11 am at St Peter’s Henfield: Women’s World Day of Prayer united service: focus on Cuba.

•    Friday 11th March, 7pm at Newtimber Church, a talk by The Revd Peter Owen-Jones on Sussex walks. See fliers.


Clergy contact details:

Revd Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456             c.currer@btinternet.com

Revd Graham Jeffery (Edburton)     01273 494559