Mar 01

Church News March 2017

The Downland Benefice

Holy Trinity Poynings, St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe


March 2017


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
(5th March)              Poynings

    Second Sunday
(12th March)             Newtimber

    Third Sunday
(19th March)             Poynings

    Fourth Sunday
(26th March: Mothering Sunday) Pyecombe


There is also a Benefice Evening Service at 6pm

every second Sunday (12th March) at Pyecombe.


In addition, at Edburton Church there is:

A service of Family Communion every first and third Sunday at 11 am. (5th March and 19th March)


Morning and Evening Prayer each week

Mondays: Edburton at 6 pm Tuesdays: Newtimber at 5pm

Wednesdays: Poynings at 9 am; Pyecombe at 6 pm


Lent Study Group

Wednesdays from 8th March

Either 2.30-4pm or 7.30- 9pm


Evergreens (for the over 60’s)

Monday, 6th March, 3.30 – 5 pm at Fulking Farmhouse

(home of Joanna and Stuart Cairns)



Sunday 5th March    Ruben John Lambe     Pyecombe



Saturday 25th March              Poynings

Anthony Smith and Becky Rowland


Other special events and dates this month

  • Lent starts this month on Ash Wednesday (1st March), when there will be a special service at 7.30pm at Newtimber Church.
  • The Women’s World Day of Prayer is Friday 3rd March – our local service is at Woodmancote Church at 2.30pm. This year the service has been written by women from the Philippines: ‘Am I being fair to you?”
  • Our Lent Study course ‘Hear the Word of the Lord’ focuses on the Bible. Weekly from 8th March either afternoon or evening. Afternoons usually at Rectory Cottage, Newtimber, and evenings at The Rectory, but watch for changes and see separate flier.
  • Hymn choosing meeting will be 7th March, 2.30-4pm at The Rectory. All welcome.
  • Pyecombe evening service on 12th March will have a special focus on Meditation. This is the first of our community gatherings – do come along.
  • The Benefice Council meets on Monday 13th March Thursday 3rd March at 7.30pm at Pangdean Farm, with thanks to Ian Currie.
  • Messy Church meets on Friday 17th March, at 4.30pm


Clergy contact details:

Revd Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456

Revd Graham Jeffery (Edburton)     01273 494559