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Current Prayer Diary now has it's own page here

Read pause for thought and prayer here

Lots of new notices this week - please scroll down ...

Lent Course - Year of Prayer 2018 - Inspiring Vision
How the visual arts provide inspiration and pathways to prayer.
Session 2 (The Scream by Edvard Munch) - Monday 19th February, 7pm - 8.30pm in the Church Hall. These are stand alone sessions so please join us for as many or few as you wish. All welcome; why not invite a friend?


Diocesan Healing Day - 'Abundant Life - Life in all its Fullness’
Saturday 17th February 2018, Eastbourne. Keynote Speaker was Canon J John,
International evangelist, minister, speaker, social activist and author.

You can read the handouts here.


Morning Praise Services (4th Sunday of the Month, 10am )
Miracles from Mark's Gospel

A special six part series of talks for the Believing and the 'Undecided but Interested' beginning 28th January - Flyers at the back of church. Please pass on a flyer to anyone who you feel might be interested.


Next Messy Church is on Sunday 18th February 2018 - 4.00 pm -

'Messy Church' fun for all the family.
(Please gather and register in the Church)
Songs, Craft activities, followed by afternoon tea.
Everyone Welcome; invite your friends and neighbours.

Contributions of sandwiches, savouries and cakes etc from the church family gratefully received - Signup sheet on the notice board - Thank you.

Posted: 05.02.2018

Prayer Partners:

Prayer slips for FEBRUARY are now available in "The Tin" on the table adjacent to the church doors. New members of the partnership are always welcome - please contact Sally Clifton.

Posted: 05.02.2017

Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 7.45, Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM)
We are aiming to appoint two Church Wardens & four PCC Members
(Secretary, Publicity Officer & two ordinary members). Please give some
thought and prayer to whether you or someone else could fulfil a role - Thank


Would anyone like to make a blanket for a premature baby?They are cared for in P.R.H. in Haywards Heath. I would send the blankets to them from our Church. If you would like to do this, please contact me for details thank you. Email Penny.

Posted: 05.11.2017

New Treasurer - We are very grateful to Pat Marchant who has taken up the role of Church Treasurer. Pat succeeds Norman Jones who after 17 years of faithful service has retired from the role. Norman's retirement was marked by a celebratory lunch with members of the PCC at the Hare & Hounds.

Posted: 05.11.2017

Tasks related to the management of the Church; Church Hall and Churchyard
We have a collective responsibility to look after our Church buildings and Churchyard and maintain them to acceptable standards (Please see the list on the notice board). As some are aware a significant number of the tasks have been fulfilled by a small group of individuals. However, there is a need for some to step back and allow others to volunteer. If you have an interest to assist in one or more of these tasks and would like to discuss them further please get in touch with me - many thanks, John Mordaunt.

Contact numbers: Land: 01825 890443, Mobile: 07989 587459.

Church Notice Board. Many thanks to Gary & Katie for volunteering to change the board for forthcoming services - much appreciated.

Posted: 05.11..2017

Milk Bottle Tops

Bottle Top Update! The interview by the BBC is now available to view, please follow this link help-fund-eastbourne-hospital-equipment The total we collected in January was 3,451 almost double of January 20171! Many thanks Anne.

Posted: 05.02.2018

Church Prayer Meeting

Next Prayer Meeting - Saturday 3rd March. We meet each fortnight starting promptly at 10am (finish by 11am) in the Gage Chapel - followed by coffee and biscuits/cakes. Please think about attending or giving it a go! All welcome.

Posted: 05.02.2018

Children's Church for Nursery and Primary school aged children

Children's Church is for Nursery and Primary school aged children, and runs each week in term time, except for the Family Service. The children gather with their parents then go off to their own activities in the Gage Chapel during the Sermon and prayers, then they return during the offertory hymn.
Activities centre around a bible reading. We will be looking at -

God's Power-Jesus in Command

18 Feb No CC, Messy Church.
25 Feb God's Power-Jesus in Command 4,000 for Lunch, Matt 8:23-27.
4 Mar Joshua - Power with You - Joshua 1.

Posted: 18.02.2018

Church Flowers - Help! There are quite a few gaps in this year's flower rota and we could really do with some "new blood". Sarah Diplock is prepared to be in charge of flowers but she can't be in sole charge. No special skills are needed. Is there anybody out there who could help Sarah organise the flowers or are willing to go on the rota? For further information, please contact Sarah on 01825 890824 or

Posted: 13.03.2017

Behold I make all things new!
How was 2017 for you? Life is usually a mixture of highs and lows, enjoyments and disappointments. It's not a bad thing to reflect on the past provided our reflections are life enhancing. However, dwelling on negative events can draw us into a place of unhappiness or remorse that is sometimes very difficult to extract ourselves from. Wherever there is unhappiness there is also a root cause and unless we can deal with the root an optimistic outlook on life will always be blighted. God extends a promise to everyone that He can make 'all things new'; a fresh start and a bright new future. If you would like a confidential listening ear and the opportunity to be prayed for so that God can bless you and fulfil His promise then please get in touch. Contact details above - Rev Chris Lawrence.

Posted: 23.01.2018

Celebrating - Year of the Bible 2017 across the Diocese.

Advent Sunday 2016 marked the beginning of the 'Year of the Bible', which is a Diocesan initiative to help us engage with the Scriptures, both individually and within our worshipping communities.

The Year was launched on Sunday 4th December (Second Sunday of Advent) when clergy ask all those attending worship that day to bring to church the Bible they use at home. Before the final blessing, there will be an opportunity to pray for the coming year of the bible and or personal bibles to be blessed. Please take a copy of the year's programme home with you.

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and forever hold fast the hope of eternal life which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Posted: 01.01..2017

Church Membership - If you have been coming to Framfield Church for a while do please consider becoming a member of the church. We value new members joining and sharing their gifts and talents but also having an influence on how the church is shaped for the future. Application forms are at the back of church; please return to Peter Tomsett our Electoral Roll Officer.

Posted: 17.07.2016

THE PRAYER CORNER - Many thanks to Robin and Pam for setting up the Prayer Corner which is now open and available for everyone. A book has been provided in which prayers for people and situations may be written each week and at the main Sunday service, the book will be offered as part of the prayers of the Church, although individual entries will not be read out. In this way, the needs of the whole community will be brought to God as part of the Church's weekly intercessions. There is also some literature available which can be used to assist with praying, or taken away. In due course there will be a bowl and some tea-light candles. We trust this resource will be of value as a place of quiet prayer and meditation for everybody.

Posted: 14.03.2016

Fund Raising Events.

As a parish we are very fortunate to have a full-time Minister of our own, but the Church needs to raise more money to cover the cost. Currently we only pay about 50% of the actual cost, so we need to do all we can to say thank to the Diocese for allowing us this privilege. To do this the PCC propose to hold a number of Fund Raising Events each year and require someone to take on a Co-ordinator role to oversee the planning and execution of such events. If you feel able to assist in this important work please speak to Revd Chris Lawrence or our Treasurer, Pat Marchant.

Posted: 25.10.2017

Outward Giving.

As part of our Christian responsibility the PCC agreed to welcome suggestions from the congregation of the names of Christian Ministries/Charities for consideration for the Church's outward giving. In order to raise the necessary funds a Mission Gift Day is planned for later in the year. Please give any suggestions to Chris Lawrence or the church Treasurer Pat Marchant.

Posted: 25.10.2017

Regular Offerings - It is great to be back in the church after the refurbishment programme and enjoy being in God's house. We are very grateful the 'Friends of Framfield Church' for orchestrating the fundraising and completing the project. However, the day to day expenditure for running the church and paying our contribution to the diocese falls to the congregation and general fundraising activities. At the moment we only pay about 50% of the costs; the balance is met by other churches in the deanery that support us directly. If you are new to the church or haven't prayerfully reviewed your contribution for some time would you consider increasing your contribution and switching to a monthly standing order? On the magazine rack adjacent to the font our Treasurer, Norman Jones has written a letter to each one of us explaining the situation. Would you please collect your letter after the service. Thank you.

Posted: 06.07.2014

Legalisation of Same-Sex Marriage

Just in case you were wondering? I have been asked by several church members whether or not I approved of same sex marriage or whether same - sex ceremonies would be held at Framfield Church in the future. The short answer is an emphatic 'No'. Personally, I get quite cross that the word 'Marriage' is being used for a same-sex partnership; Marriage is the exclusive relationship between a man and a woman and is and will remain foundational to the building of sound families and the children that are born into them. Despite what Parliament thinks and what pressure groups would have us believe this is the natural order of the world we live in. If you wish to follow the political debate have a look at the Coalition for Marriage website (

Revd Chris Lawrence.

Posted: 30.03.2014

Giving - If you have joined us recently, you may be interested in the various ways we financially support the Church and the Ministry in Framfield. The weekly envelope scheme is very convenient and they are available from the stewards or by Standing Order (mandates available from the stewards). If you pay Income Tax please complete the Gift Aid section because the value is then increased by 20% as we can reclaim part of the Tax you pay. How much to give? Ask God prayerfully what is right for you, then smile. He isn't interested in money that you feel has been prized from your hand. If you have been a member for some time and can't remember when you last revised your commitment, how about it? Thank you.

Posted: 16.02.2014

Sunday BCP Communion Service

Please note the service time change from 8.30 back to 8.00 am on Sundays, this will be effective until October 2018:

The next service will be at 8.00 am on 4th March.


Notices for inclusion in the fortnightly notice sheet.

If you have a relevant notice that you would like to be considered for inclusion in the Church Notice Sheet would you please e.mail to the editor - Antonia Wright. Thank you.

Posted: 04.02.2014

Prayer Partners - Prayer Partner slips for each month are usually available on the first Sunday of each month in 'The Tin' on the table adjacent to the church doors. New members of the partnership are always welcome - please contact Sally Clifton

Posted: 22.08.2011

Churchyard Management Plan:

bd06412_            The Draft Plan may be read in full here                          

bd06412_            For more information contact Sally Clifton

Posted: 26.03.2012

Couldn't get to church last Sunday?

Sunday 10am sermons and talks are now being recorded and uploaded to the church website. If you miss the Sunday morning service in future you can now go to:

to listen to the talk given by Chris or whoever else is giving the talk on that Sunday - or just click the link on the home page.

Posted: 29.08.2010

Web site for St Thomas a Becket - Our church website has now been running for over eleven years. 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, e.mail us here

Posted: 12.01..2014

Regular at St Thomas à Becket? Then why not become a voting member - Electoral Roll forms are at the back of the church.

Posted: 28.03.2010