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Current Prayer Diary now has it's own page here


Children's Church for Nursery and Primary school aged children It is with regret that we will not be continuing with Children's Church for the foreseeable future. If anyone feels they would like to get involved and take over running a Child focused Sunday school, please advise Chris. Thank you, Michelle and Gavin.


Diocesan Healing Day - 'IN HIS NAME' - Go into all the World. Saturday 2nd March 2019 - Rosemary Philips is this years Keynote Speaker. Amongst other notable Christians, Rosemary has ministered with Billy Graham. The event will take place in Victoria Baptist Church, Eldon Road, Eastbourne (BN211UE) from 9am to 4pm. The cost of the day is £10. Brochure and booking forms at back of church. You can also book online poster on notice board.

Posted: 08.01.2019

Repeat - Prayer Ministry Training Course - 2nd February 2019.Part of everyday discipleship is in the act of praying, not just for general matters but specifically for persons in need of some Godly help. However, praying for others should always be carried out in a way that honours God and the individual. To this end I will be repeating the Prayer Ministry Training Course on Saturday 2nd February 2019, 10 am - 12.30 pm in the Gage Chapel or Church Hall (all materials provided). If you would like to take part please add your name to the sign-up sheet at the back of church - Thank you Rev Chris

Posted: 08.01.2019

Churchyard Work Party - 16th February

Many thanks to all who did such a great job in the churchyard conservation area last year. Your efforts are widely appreciated by visitors!
You may recall we mentioned having a winter work party to cut the grass right down to the ground, while the slow worms are hibernating and therefore hopefully out of danger. I was advised by a National Trust warden who also looks after a superb grassland reserve that this encourages strong growth of the wild flowers in spring by reducing competition from the grasses. So the dates for diaries are Saturday 16th February, with a back-up date of 23rd February if weather on 16th is too bad.
We will either use one of the church's mowers (as we don't need the 4" cutting height) if it is decided they can cope with it, or we may hire the Heathfield Hire mower again. Any other offers of suitable mowers are appreciated! As always our valiant team of strimmers and rakers will be in pursuit of the mower.
We'd be very grateful for any time you can spare - even if it's just an hour we'd be very glad to see you, between 8.00 and 15.00 (or earlier if we finish sooner). A light lunch will be available around 12.30; any "bring and share" would be much appreciated too.

Please could you let us know your availability as soon as possible? Thanks.

(Please can Will and Bob take the grass-cuttings again?)

Please bring the usual: Old, outdoor, WARM, WATERPROOF clothing suitable for the weather on the day, including work/gardening gloves, and wellingtons or strong shoes. Sun screen unlikely to be needed (but we can always hope), and any personal requirements for medication or first aid

And either of the following if you can: Rakes - Strimmers (if you are experienced in their use)

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!

Many thanks,

Framfield Churchyard Conservation Steering Group

Posted: 28.01.2019

Milk Bottle Tops Update!

The total collection for 2018 was 84,321 an amazing amount over double that of 2017. The congregation at St Thomas a Becket collected 10,136 so a very big thank you! Keep drinking the milk! We're doing so well, please keep up the good work.Many thanks, Anne.

Posted: 23.01.2019

2019 - A New Beginning ? 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: 08.01.2019

Next Prayer Meeting - Saturday 9th February. Each fortnight starting promptly at 10am (finish by 11am) in the Gage Chapel - followed by coffee and biscuits /cakes. Please think about attending and giving it a go! All welcome.

Posted: 26.01.2019

Parking at the Hare & Hounds pub Parking at the Hare & Hounds pub (10am 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 11.30am sharp.

Posted: 13.12.2018

Help needed - we could really do with filling the spaces on the Rota for general church cleaning and brass cleaning. If you feel you could help out please speak to Jerry Pryke - Thank you.

Posted: 07.09.2018

Prayer Partners:

Prayer slips for JANUARY 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: 31.12.2018

Help needed - We have a few spaces to fill for Sidespersons (Service Preparation and Welcome). If you feel you could help out please speak to Jerry Pryke or Revd Chris - An outline of the duties are at the back of church (It's the sheet with the Smiley Face in the corner!). There are also a few spaces on the Rota for Church and Brass cleaning.


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.


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

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

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 Barbara Trickey our Electoral Roll Officer.

Posted: 11.09.2018

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

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 8.00 back to 8.30 am on Sundays, this will be effective until March 2019:

The next service will therefore be at 8.30 am on 3rd February.

Posted: 26.01.2019

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

Posted: 28.03.2010