What we are
We're Anglicans in the Church of England, in the liberal and reformed anglo-catholic tradition. What does that mean? Well, put as simply as possible (which isn't easy) we're here to serve our whole community and all people, of all faiths and none - this is sometimes called the Social Gospel. You can read our Parish Mission here. What we are is what we believe - that we represent, along with all other churches, the living body of Christ in the world today and that, at our best, we can be healing and transformative of our world. Big claims, but that's the Christian story!
What we try to do
We try to live by actions, not just words. We try to follow the example of Jesus, who shows us in his life a God who accepts everyone who comes to him. So everyone is welcome, just as they are - we're not a club for good or holy people, but for everyone, whether you have faith or you don't, whether you have friends and family or you don't, whether you're happy or sad, whether you love or hate yourself.
The Christian story tells us that we're loved more than we can possibly know, just as we are.
We come together for services of worship every Sunday, alternating between our two churches in the parish. We will always try to celebrate Holy Communion - founded by Jesus' Last Supper with his friends - but we also make room for Matins, Evensong and other services, events and prayer groups during the week.
What we ask of you
Nothing. Just that you come in your hopes and your fears, your joys and your sorrows, to meet an extraordinary God among ordinary people.
If you want to get more involved in our ministries that's entirely up to you - it may be God calling! He'll do the heavy lifting, if we just let him.
All our services of worship at both our churches are listed below - or just click on Diary to check what's happening!
Hands and hearts and voices
Phil Williams, our indomitable Director of Music
We have at least two services of worship, alternating between our two churches every Sunday.
We try to celebrate the full range of Anglican liturgy available to us, from the traditional 17th. century Book of Common Prayer through to more modern and informal styles of worship for Communion, Matins, morning and evening prayer and family services.
1st. and 3rd. Sundays of the month, services are held at All Saints' in Waldron - view map and directions here
2nd. and 4th. Sundays of the month, services are held at St. Bartholomew's in Cross-In-Hand - view map and directions here
5th. Sundays of the month, we alternate between our churches (please check Diary for details) - Download the Diary here
8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10am Sung Eucharist (Common Worship)
3rd. Sunday of the month, 10am Matins
2nd. Sunday of the month, Evensong at All Saints, Waldron, 6pm in summer, 4.30pm in winter.
Confused? Just check our quarterly online diary for all Sunday services and events during the week.
Confirmation & Study Groups
Prayer is at the heart of our church, our community and our lives. It's how we enjoy the presence of God.
Some of our prayer groups meet on Saturday mornings in one of our homes, not just to pray but to think about how and why we pray too. And we also have a regular prayer group on weekday evenings, to refresh and energise us in our journey through life with God.
If you'd like to join in with a prayer group, you don't need to know anything special!
Just speak to one of the ministry team and join in... we will try to offer you the welcome of God in Christ.
We come to church for Confirmation when we want to make our own commitment to the Christian faith.
Very often, we will have been baptised as small children or babies, when our parents and guardians commit us to a Christian upbringing.
So Confirmation is an opportunity for us to make that decision for ourselves. Confirmation isn't about ticking a box or passing a test, but it is about exploring our faith together and preparing for making our communion with other Christians, so that our understanding of what we do as Christians is deepened.
We run Confirmation course for young and for grown-ups, ahead of one of our bishops' visits to our deanery to conduct a special Confirmation service, at which the bishop will welcome our candidates to our worldwide communion.
If you'd like to be confirmed, or you'd like to talk about your children's confirmation, please contact us at email@example.com
We also hold a series of study groups, looking at the Bible and at the theologies that underpin our faith. These can take a variety of forms, but some will be on Saturday, starting with breakfast and then spending some time chatting and exploring issues of faith.
If you'd like to join in, speak to any of the ministry team, or keep an eye on announcements in our pew-sheet on Sundays, or ask to be included in our weekly e-news bulletin.
Losing someone we love is the toughest time we have to face in life. We can feel not only terribly depressed, but also angry, guilty and very often a little mad. If you'd like someone to talk to during dark times, just speak to anyone on the ministry team.
We won't offer you easy answers, but we're here to listen and to support you through the most difficult times.
We also run an activity group called Lost & Found, for those who have lost someone to come together to feel strength and comfort in numbers. It's a group that no one wants to qualify for membership of - but it's good to know sometimes that you're not alone in grief, to talk to others who know what's it's like and to share our stories if we'd like to.
It's also a surprisingly jolly group! We always try to do something - a pub lunch, a boat trip, a walk or just a bite to eat and a drink at someone's home. Not to distract ourselves, but just to give us a chance to meet others and to share each other's lives.
If you'd like to come along to a Lost & Found, do contact Mobbs Pitcher on firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to anyone on the ministry team.
When you need us,
in times of great joy and in times of sorrow, we're here...
Almost everyone wants the church in their lives for their big occasions. And we're here when you need us.
The important thing to remember is that this is your church, not some holy club. So we like to start with a big "Yes!" of welcome, because we believe that's how God greets us.
Then let's talk about the details - if you're arranging a wedding or a baptism we want your day to be full of love and laughter, but there are always some administrative hoops to be jumped through and, of course, there are costs to be discussed. We can help you with all that.
And we're here to support you through the sadder days with funerals as well - though they're full of love too (and laughter is not unknown - that's how God works). So whether you come to us in your joy or your sorrow, just come... and know you're always welcome.
The first point of contact for these big family occasions is email@example.com
If you'd like to be baptised, or if you'd like your baby or child to be baptised, just ask us.
We'd love to welcome you and your family into the worldwide family of the Church.
Baptism is a sign of how God works in the world and is a very ancient ritual - Jesus was himself baptised in the River Jordan.
Today, it's a chance for families to come together to celebrate that they're also part of a much bigger family of God's humanity.
If you'd like a baptism (sometimes called a christening for small children) then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations! You'd like your wedding service to be held in one of our beautiful churches and we're here for your Big Day. There are inevitably some rules & regulations and, much more importantly, it's not just about the wedding but the future of your lives together, so we'd like to talk a bit about that.
But we'd love to share the joy of your wedding with you. So, if you'd like to be married in All Saints or St Bart's, please email us at email@example.com
We come together in our sorrow to bid farewell to someone we've loved and lost, to grieve and to mourn, to comfort one another and to celebrate a life that has meant so much to us.
But, as a Christian community, we also come together to re-affirm our faith, which tells us that death no longer has the last word, that God has shown us in Jesus Christ that he will transform our human lives into something infinitely wonderful.
If you'd like to arrange a funeral at one of our churches, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We're here when you'd like your child to be baptised, or if you'd like to be baptised as a grown-up.
We're here when you want to make your vows before God and all the people who mean the most to you.
We're here when you have to say goodbye
to someone you love.
Fr. Simon Hobbs
Canon Lucy Murdoch
Honorary Associate Priest
Canon Paul Cox
Canon Lucy Murdoch
Honorary Associate Priest
Pastoral Services Lead
Honorary Associate Priest
Church Warden & Parish Treasurer
Director of Music
Too many to name here but hugely appreciated
Arthur is an international businessman and a director of two high technology medical equipment companies, one of which won two Queens Awards this year.
Although now semi-retired he continues to travel the world to participate in international conferences. He has qualifications in engineering and international marketing and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Mr Phil Williams has been Director of Music since Summer 2015.
Phil is responsible for all of the music at the parish services and the Adult choir of 20 dedicated singers.
Ian is a Church Warden with care for the parish buildings and oversight of the rejuvenation project at St Bart’s.
George is a non-stipendiary priest, meaning that he takes no living from the Church - so he leads the parish while working elsewhere during the week, while the parish is also run heroically by a team of lay volunteers.
He's a journalist and writer by background and lives in Cross In Hand with Mobbs, whom we're pretty sure was never asked to be a vicar's wife...
The Parish Treasurer is a servant of the Parochial Church Council. He /she is an unpaid volunteer.
The role entails banking income; paying bills and maintaining financial records for review by the PCC. The treasurer is also responsible for preparing annual accounts; having them approved by an independent examiner; submitting annual returns to the Diocese and advising the PCC concerning financial matters and regulatory changes affecting charities.
The treasurer chairs the finance and the investment committees of the PCC and is responsible for making suggestions concerning investments and for preparing draft budgets. Financial performance against budget is monitored on a monthly basis and deviations highlighted to assist the PCC in its decision making processes.
It is part of the treasurer’s responsibility to encourage good governance and prudence in financial matters affecting the PCC and to draw attention to financial risks.
Arthur is an engineer by training but an international marketing executive by profession. Although semi retired he serves as a director of two companies in the high technology medical equipment field, one of which won two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise this year.
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Opposite the pub, Waldron, East Sussex, TN21 0RA
Opposite the Firs Surgery, Cross-in-Hand, East Sussex, TN21 0LT
Normal office hours are:
Mon - Fri. 9am. - 5.30pm.
Saturday 9am. - 2pm.
Sunday - The office is closed all day but why not come along to Church and say hello.
If you are able and would like to make a donation for our gospel work in Waldron and Cross In Hand, that would be wonderful and you can do so here.
This functionality will be available soon, in the meantime we can still receive donations, please call or email for details.
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