Mar 02

Church News March 2016

The Downland Benefice

Holy Trinity Poynings, St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe


March 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
(6th March: Mothering Sunday) Poynings

Second Sunday    (13th March)        Newtimber

Third Sunday
(20th March Palm Sunday)    Poynings

Fourth Sunday    (27th March Easter)    Pyecombe

Services also on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday – see separate fliers


There is also a Benefice Evening Service at 6pm

every second Sunday (13th March) at Pyecombe.


In addition, at Edburton Church there is:

A service of Family Communion every first and third Sunday at 11 am. (6th March and 20th March)

In addition, this month there will be an extra service at Edburton on Easter Day (27th March) at 11am


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, 7th March, 3.30 – 5 pm at Fulking Farmhouse

(home of Joanna and Stuart Cairns)


Special events and dates this month


  • This is a special month as we travel through Holy Week and on towards Easter Sunday together – do make sure you are aware of service times and venues, and do join us.
  • Our Lent Study course ‘Opening Doors’ continues on Wednesdays. Please note the evening session for 9th March is now Monday 7th March. See separate flier
  • Joint PCCs meet on Thursday 3rd March at 7.30pm at Pangdean Farm, with thanks to Ian Currie
  • Friday 4th March is the Women’s World Day of Prayer. Local service will be 11 am at St Peter’s Henfield, followed by a shared lunch. Focus this year on Cuba.
  • Mothering Sunday is on 6th March and will be celebrated at Poynings and Edburton during our regular services.
  • On Tuesday 8th March our parishes are being prayed for at the Cathedral. A group will be attending Evensong – please let Caroline know if you wish to come.
  • Friday 11th March, 7pm at Newtimber Church, a talk by The Revd Peter Owen-Jones on Sussex walks. Tickets £10 from Gill on 01273 835013 or Lucy 01273 832009
  • On Thursday 17th March, there will be a fund raising supper for Malagiri village in Nepal at 7pm at Pangdean Farm. Contact Jill Munday for tickets: 01273 566276.
  • Messy Church meets this month on Friday 18th March, 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 –happy to collect: tel 01273 832009


Clergy contact details:

Revd Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456

Revd Graham Jeffery (Edburton)     01273 494559