St Wilfrid's - Hailsham
At St Wilfrids, there are many activities and events for all ages that bring the community together to socialise and broaden our faith. Over the years we have been able to raise money to build our new church to accommodate a growing community and a beautiful memorial garden where our loved ones ashes can be laid to rest in the arms of our Lord. A beautiful designed wooden bench is available in the garden where we can sit, rest and reflect on our loved ones.
Our new church was opened by Bishop Richard with many priests and clergy in attendance, it was such a beautiful mass and thanks to the new design, the church has good all round sound and vision. The lighting is perfect, especially the halo glow over the altar. Everyone who comes into our church remarks what a lovely, peaceful, warm and happy place it is.
The youth of our community take part in the mass through operating the projector, displaying meaningful pictures and words to reflect the Gospel of the day, and the lyrics of the mass.
Perhaps you are wondering what has happened to our old church? Now this has most successfully been turned into a purpose-built hall, wheelchair friendly of course. Many activities take place here, social gatherings and religious, i.e. instructing our children for their First Holy Communion, etc...
During the Sunday Mass every week, our children are led out after the opening prayer to the hall where our catechists teach the children the Gospel of the day through activities and games. After the Bidding Prayers the children lead the procession of the offertory gifts, before laying their gifts at the altar and re-joining their families.
On the last Sunday of every month, our children remain with their families to take part in the mass through readings, music, offertory, PowerPoint and Altar Serving.
Activities and Entertainment
After the Sunday morning mass people are invited to join us in the hall and chat over tea, coffee, biscuits and very often a celebration with cakes.
We offer a sales table, with various gifts. Donations to be placed in the honesty pot, where various charities gain from the proceeds.
On the last Friday of the month after mass, bereaved or lonely people are invited to join our group to take comfort in each other’s presence and chat to others in the same position. Trained parishioners with a listening ear are on hand to help, in a comfortable atmosphere gathered around a table, where refreshments are available for free. Many have been helped through this group and in turn help others.