Notices

PDF Download the current fortnightly printed Church Notice sheet (for 16.6.24 to 30.6.24) as a PDF here

Next notices will cover 30.6.24 to 14.7.2024

Submission date for next notices: Thursday 27 June 2024.

A printed version will be in Church at the 30th June 10.00 am service.

Please email any submissions to the church office, admin@framfieldchurch.org.uk

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

Sunday 23 June 2024: Special Election event: Cornerstone Church with help from Ian Noble, Director of the Chamber of Commerce and the council with their Civic Centre premises invite members of the Uckfield community to attend a lively evening of election debate at the Civic Centre, Uckfield, TN22 1AE.

7.00pm – 9.00pm (doors open at 6.00pm)

This is a great opportunity to find out more about the views of the parliamentary candidates standing for the East Grinstead and Uckfield Constituency.

To book your seat - we are expecting high interest, and given the limitation on numbers it is essential to reserve a place on Eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uckfield-hustings-general-election-2024-tickets-923787873397

One person per booking please, so we can record the details of those attending. If you have trouble making your booking please contact Jeremy Hallett (Cornerstone) on 07876 275031.

“A Little Light Music “. At Framfield Church. Come & listen to the piano - tunes from the 1950s onward. Mondays from 3 pm to 4 pm, starting 3rd June 2024. This will be a trial run for a few weeks. Feel free to drop in for a while. No booking required! Come and go as you wish. Contact Margaret for details.

Posted: 05.06.2024

The Mission Action Plan (MAP) for the next 3-5yrs is now available, in church and on the church website:Here

https://framfieldchurch.org.uk/missionactionplan.html

The next stage in our life together will be for all three PCC's to affirm our MAP, and then present it to our Archdeacon at a joint meeting on Tuesday 25th June at 7pm in East Hoathly. All three PCCs will attend and seek his guidance as to the legalities of joining together under the 'umbrella' of one new Benefice. Please keep this event in your prayers.

James

Posted: 16.06.2024

Events in our sister churches:

1. Friends of Chiddingly Church PIMM'S IN THE GARDEN - Canapes, Plant Stall and live music Wednesday 3rd July 6-8pm Tickets £12 from Margaret Clarke 01825 872512

2. SUMMER FETES -

East Hoathly's Saturday 6th July: 12 - 3pm in the Rectory Garden and Chiddingly's Saturday 20th July 1.30 - 4pm in the garden of the Old Vicarage - Volunteers always needed to run stalls and provide items for tombola's, cake stalls etc.......

Posted: 16.06.2024

All Churches Lunch: All Churches Lunch: Chiddingly and East Hoathly churches hold a monthly Church Lunch. We would like Framfield people to join us. It's very informal and come as you are as you're able. The lunch is held at Burchetts Farm, Whitesmith BN8 6HA, either outdoors or undercover depending on conditions ... so you may need to wrap up warmly (or for a heatwave!). Everyone is welcome. The lunch is held on the first Sunday of each month, God willing. Next lunch will be on 7th July 2024. To book please email Peter and Faith - pf@zereg.com. Please state any dietary requirements.

Posted: 14.05.2024

Opening Hours: The Church will now be open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Posted: 05.04.2024

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.
Since Freddy’s passing in March 2023, Peter Berry has battled on with the churchyard maintenance, assisted by Malcolm Marchesi and Jerry Pryke. Ideally, these guys need more help, Freddy was virtually full time working in the churchyard before failing health meant he had to stop. Please contact Peter (mobile 0781 545 9075) if you are willing and able to help, even a couple of hours a week, or email the church office.

Posted: 31.12.2023

Giving to the Church: We are so grateful for any donations you are able to make. In a rapidly increasing cashless world, we are excited to announce that the church is now equipped with a cashless giving machine. Donations can be made easily using a credit or debit card. Simply select the cause you would like to donate to and the amount you wish to donate and tap your card on the top of the machine. We are currently collecting for the general church fund, and our appeal for funds towards the churchyard. Contact Gaynor for further details.

Posted: 31.12.2023

Live Streaming and Recording of Services There will be no live streaming or recording of services for the foreseeable future. I know those of you cannot attend church will miss this facility – I hope we can take it up again in the future but there is no clear way forward at present.

Posted: 21.10.2023

Housegroups: At present these meet on Zoom, which works well, but we are considering a new group for those who may wish to meet in person.

Posted: 13.08.2023

Volunteers for Delivering Parish Magazines:
We are very grateful to those volunteers who have come forward to fill vacancies for delivery of the Parish magazines.

Posted: 13.08.2023

New Lectionary: We are using the NRSV Lectionary for readings now, especially for communion. The readings will be available in advance as a pdf file which should help with preparation. There will be a large print version.

Posted: 13.08.2023

Forward as Three Churches: We now share clergy with Chiddingly with East Hoathly - Revd James Vine as Priest-in-Charge and Revd Janice Bartholomew as Assistant Curate. We welcome or brothers and sisters in Christ from Chiddingly and East Hoathly.

We are united in our beliefs, churchmanship, and circumstances (rural parishes needing to expand our congregation, especially the younger generations).

The service pattern is available here:
https://www.framfieldchurch.org.uk/services.html

The combined rota for all three churches is here:
https://www.framfieldchurch.org.uk/combined rota.html

Posted: 27.07.2023

Car Sharing: We need to organise transport to East Hoathly and Chiddingly for the combined services, on the second and fifth Sundays. Please sign up if you need transport or can drive and have passenger places on offer. Parking is limited and we also need to be aware of our carbon footprint and to minimise the number of vehicles used as far as possible.

Posted: 02.06.2023

We have a new Parish Safeguarding Officer – Rowena Martin is now the Safeguarding point of contact. We ensure that all children and adults are kept safe within the church community.

Posted: 31.07.2023 (update)

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: admin@framfieldchurch.org.uk.

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

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 Graham Seldon or leave a message on the church answerphone – 01825 891033 - Thank you.

Posted: 11.10.2021

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

Previous Online Sunday Services

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