Oct 05

Church News October 2016

The Downland Benefice

Holy Trinity, Poynings, St Andrew’s, Edburton

St John the Evangelist, Newtimber

The Transfiguration, Pyecombe



October 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     (2nd October, Harvest)     Poynings

    Second Sunday     (9th October)        Newtimber    

    Third Sunday     (16th October)        Poynings    

    Fourth Sunday    (23rd October)        Pyecombe

    Fifth Sunday    (30th October)        Newtimber


There is also a Benefice Evening Service at 6pm

every second Sunday
(9th October: Harvest)
at Pyecombe.


In addition, at Edburton Church there is:

A service of Family Communion every first and third Sunday at 11 am (2nd and 16th October: Harvest)


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, 3rd October, 3.30 – 5 pm at Customary Cottage, Fulking

(with thanks to Anna and Richard Ball and Tim Stace)


Sunday 2nd October Harriet Rose Emmerson    Poynings



Monday 3rd October Evelyn Barber    Poynings

Monday 17th October     Doris Norris    Woodvale



To be held at 6 pm on Sunday 16th October at the church of

St Edward the Confessor, Burgess Hill. Please support our candidates with your presence and/ or your prayers:

James Andrews

Sam Rentz

Chris Agg

Peggy Mathieson

Other special events and dates this month

  • Concert by the Vivace Choir in Newtimber Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 8th October. Proceeds to the Church: tickets in advance £10 (£5 under 18s) from Lucy, Gill or Stephanie – see posters in churches for contact details.
  • October is the month for most of our Harvest services: 2nd October at Poynings; 9th October at Pyecombe in the evening; 16th October at Edburton, followed by a Harvest picnic. Gifts of produce welcome at all services – no eggs or jam, please.
  • Messy Church this month will be on Friday 21st October: 4.30pm in the Hall at Fulking: all welcome.
  • Study Groups continue at The Rectory on Wednesdays: 5th (no meeting on 12th October) 19th, 26th October and 2nd November. 2.30 – 4pm or 8 – 9.30pm, whichever suits!
  • On October 30th at 6pm, we have our annual All Souls Service at Poynings, when we remember by name those who have died – either recently or longer ago.


Clergy contact details:

Revd. Dr Caroline Currer, Priest-in-Charge

Tel 01273 857456         c.currer@btinternet.com

Revd Graham Jeffery (Edburton)     01273 494559