Notices

Download the current fortnightly printed Church Notice sheet as a PDF here

Submission date for next notices: Thursday 19th May 2022.

NOTE: Prayer Diary now has it's own page here

St Thomas a Becket Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - update.
We are very pleased to announce that at the meeting on the 26th April, Graham Seldon was appointed as Churchwarden. Barry Richardson, Freddy Pratt and Frances Neville were appointed as members of the PCC.

Posted: 09.05.2022

St Thomas a Becket Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) - update.
Under ‘Any Other Business’ Rev Chris announced that he would be retiring as Vicar at the end of August 2022. His last service will be on Sunday 28th August.

Posted: 09.05.2022

Coronavirus Update – Wealden

Between 29th April & 5th May, 172 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of 25.5 %compared to the previous 7 days. Sixty-five persons are currently hospitalised in East Sussex. No one needed the help of a ventilator. There were five deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. Generally speaking, the case rate is still on a steady decline. However, we are still adopting a cautionary attitude, i.e.

In light of the new legislation which came into effect on the 24th Feb 2022:-

  1. Hand Hygiene: Do continue to use the hand sanitiser on arrival/departure.
  2. Singing: It is not mandatory to wear a face mask in church or while singing but you may wish to continue the practice for the sake of those around you or where you may feel particularly vulnerable.
  3. Social Distancing: All the pews are now open but please seat yourself at a respectful distance from those around you who are not part of your family group.
  4. Sharing the Peace: During Holy Communion services we will stay in our places to share the Peace.
  5. Holy Communion: will continue to be given in one kind only i.e. wafers, until case numbers have fallen to an acceptable level.

Posted: 05.05.2022

Queens Jubilee Celebration – Sunday 5th June 2022

As part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, we are hosting singer Rose Lancaster in the church on Sunday 5th June @ 2.30pm. Rose is a brilliant singer and gets rave reviews wherever she performs.
In keeping with the Queen's life, Rose will be singing many classics from the 1900's; certainly something for everyone.

Rose also accepts song requests so please leave a note of your favourite(s) at the back of church for us to pass on.

Following on from Rose's performance there will be a traditional English tea in the Vicarage garden from around 4.30pm. There is no charge and anyone is welcome to attend. We will have a limited number of tables and chairs but do feel free to bring a chair or a picnic rug just in case.
On the catering side, we'll look after tea, coffee and soft drinks etc and will be providing some sandwiches, cakes and scones. However, as it's impossible to guess numbers we would welcome a contribution of a plate of sandwiches, a cake or a dozen scones.
It would be helpful if you could leave a message i.e. numbers attending and food contributions in the comments box - thank you.

Posted: 22.05.2022

Live Streaming of Services (GDPR).

In keeping with GDPR regulations if anyone would rather not appear in the on-line broadcast please seat yourself in the pews at the rear half of the church.

Posted: 11.10.2021

Collage of historical kneelers. Margaret Bond and her merry band of helpers have put together a collage of the tapestries from our redundant kneelers which is now installed at the back of the Church. Thanks to Phill Batchelor who did the woodwork.

Posted: 09.05.2022

Flower Rota - A very BIG thank you to all the ladies that have decorated the Altar and church with lovely flowers during a difficult year and hopefully will be willing to be on the Rota for 2022, please advise if unable to help. Thank you – Margaret Bond Tel. 01825 890807.

Posted: 22.11.2021

A plug for Homegroups.

Currently about a third of the church attend an online home group. There are three at present:

(Weekly) Tuesday mornings 10.30 - 11.30 am;

(Fortnightly) Wednesday evenings 7.30 pm and

(Fortnightly) Thursday evenings 7.30 pm.

Over the past couple of years the groups have been a lifeline to many, particularly those who live alone. Apart from a short Bible study and discussion they do provide an opportunity to socialise and pray for one another when the need arises.

The groups are also opening up to those who attend our Sunday services online. Covid has taken its toll and the general Sunday in-person attendance has suffered as a result. However, homegroups provide a constant source of fellowship and support which spiritually buoy’s us up and helps with our general wellbeing and mental health. Details have been sent out to the church family via email but do get in touch if you would like to join one or just give it a go. Office email revchris.framfield@gmail.com.

Posted: 22.11.2021

Church Hall Kitchen Renovations.

A big thank you to John Mordaunt and Graham Seldon for all their hard work in the church hall. It certainly looks a lot fresher and brighter! Well done guys.

Posted: 22.11.2021

Churchyard mowers -

Unfortunately, we have had to replace one of the mowers and the ‘ride-on’ is in need of some major refurbishment in order to keep it going. As a church we only have limited resources and the Church Yard fund has all but run out as recent expenditure ran into several hundred pounds. Helping with the maintenance cost does ensure that the churchyard is a pleasant place to come to when visiting the graves of loved ones. If anyone would like to give a donation or set up a small standing order it would be gratefully received - Thank you.

Posted: 16.09.2021

Churchyard Maintenance

We really need some additional help in the Churchyard – We are very grateful to everyone who works diligently in the churchyard. It is greatly appreciated by us and the local community but we really could do with more help as our current workforce isn’t getting any younger or healthier. Even if it’s for the odd hour it all makes a difference. If anyone in the church family or local community is willing to lend a hand do speak to Freddy (Tel: 07791 731021) as to what is required – thank you.

Posted: 11.10.2021

Church Cleaning

Unfortunately due to the fallout from the pandemic our faithful band of church cleaners has been seriously depleted. At the moment there’s only Marie and Val who come in twice monthly. We are very grateful for all their efforts but we really could do with a few additional volunteers.

Posted: 11.10.2021

And - Post Service Tea/Coffee Volunteers

We could really do with some help with post service tea/coffee rather than operating on an ad-hoc basis. A team of two appears to work very well so if there’s any budding duets willing to lend a hand do speak to Revd Chris or leave a message on the church answerphone – 01825 891090 - Thank you.

Posted: 11.10.2021

Services under Covid-19

All of the necessary Covid-19 precautions and procedures are in place but you may like to have a look at the Services under Covid-19 page on this website – this will have the latest details.

Track and Trace:

Currently we have a manual recording system in place. See the Track and Trace page.

Quicker check-in is now available via the NHS COVID-19 App. Download the App onto your phone and scan the QR Code on your arrival at church.

Posted: 19.12.2020

Parking at the Hare & Hounds pub - Reminder:

Parking at the Hare & Hounds pub (10.00 am Sunday Service). The landlord is happy for members of the church family to use the pub car park provided cars are parked at the far end of the car park and removed by 11.30 am sharp.

Posted: 12.09.2020

Safeguarding

Framfield PCC has adopted the House of Bishop’s "Promoting a Safer Church" Safeguarding Policy Statement - Details

Posted: 12.09.2020

Online Sunday Service

The previously recorded weekly services may be accessed here or on our Facebook page.

Posted: 27.09.2020

Web site for St Thomas a Becket

Our church website has now been running for over fifteen years. This third redesign, mainly to adapt to the ever increasing number of users on phones and tablets and their smaller screens, went live on 16th August 2020. The site aims to be a useful resource to church members, and also to reach out to potential new members. We hope you will take a look and find it useful. We try very hard to keep it up to date and relevant. Any questions, comments or suggestions, email us here

Posted: 16.08.2020