St. Bartholomew’s will be open for private prayer on Wednesday 9.00 am - 3.00pm

A service of Parish Communion with blessing of the crib will be held on Sunday 6th December at 10.00am.

If you would like to donate a gift of Toys or gift card to support FSW please bring them to this service or you can leave in the church porch between Thursday and Saturday. Your gifts will be gratefully received.


Christmas Services 2020

Details of our planned services (if allowed under Covid regulations) are shown in the Diary and the Burwash Village Magazine sections of the website. 



Advent 2020

The diocese of Chichester has recorded a series of personal reflections on the Nine Lessons and Carols. The series will be launched by an introductory podcast by Bishop Martin and will be available throughout the advent season.

These can be found at

There is also a virtual Advent Calendar that has been created by a Chichester vicar with help from priests from all over the world and can be found at

The four weeks of advent reflects different themes HOPE, PEACE, LOVE and JOY looking at Bible readings, Art, Meditation and Music

On the Church of England website at

There will be weekly reflections published on social media and available by email and app for each Sunday of Advent. We have partnered with a number of public figures to produce short reflections exploring the theme. Comfort and Joy: Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas mirrors the structure of a traditional carol service, exploring both biblical texts and the words of much-loved Christmas carols.

The reflections for each day from Christmas Day to 2 January feature contributions from Kate Bottley, Jonathan Bryan, Bob Chilcott, Martha Collison, Stephen Cottrell, Guli Francis-Dehqani, Chine McDonald, Sally Phillips and Justin Welby. The booklet is introduced by the Archbishops and has been edited by the Ven John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth, author of the best-selling God With Us: Your Christmas Journey.

They will also be made available freely via audio, smart speaker, as well as via app and email formats with accompanying prayer activities for children and families.

We will also be sending our usual weekly service sheets with readings and homily.

Please look out for posters regarding up and coming services at St. Bartholomew’s church, covid regulations permitting.



Due to the current lockdown we have been directed by Government and the Church of England that Church may not open for Sunday Worship.

St. Bartholomew’s will be able to open for private prayer between 9.00am - 3.00pm starting on Wednesday 11th November and then every Sunday and Wednesday until the Lockdown has been lifted.

If you have any queries please contact the Churchwardens Vicky Patterson 01435 884135 or Richard Harden on 01435 882556

Issued 5th Nov 2020


We have now received instructions from the Church of England regarding face coverings and church services. Is strongly advised that face coverings are worn during all church services. It is also advised that you sanitise you hands before and after removing and replacing your mask in order to receive communion. 




 Service of Holy Communion at 10am.

In order to keep everybody safe please observe the Government safety instructions and especially the one of NOT coming out if you feel at all unwell or may have been in contact with someone who is unwell.

The service will be different from what we are used to so below is some information as to what you can expect. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Church Wardens:  Vicky Patterson or Richard Harden

  • We will be taking the names of those attending. These will destroyed after 21 days unless we are asked to provide details of attendees by Track & Trace.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available both as you enter and leave the church, please use it.
  • We will not take a collection but there will be a bowl for your gift at the exits.  
  • On entering please take a service sheet from the basket.
  • Please make your way immediately to a seat. Seats which can be used have been clearly marked. Members of one household or “bubble” may sit together. Please do not use the pews which have been taped off
  • There will be no singing during the service and please avoid speaking loudly.
  • The doors at the East, North and South sides of the church will remain open throughout the service to provide ventilation.
  • At the end of the service, please leave by the doors on either sides of the church (clearly marked “Exit”) - those nearest the door go first – and maintain the 2 metre distancing. Please leave your order of service on your seat
  • It will be lovely to see friends again but please do not linger by the doors.

Please note the church will be locked immediately after the service so it will not be available for private prayer on Sunday.


The following notes are not applicable during the Covid-19 pandemic:


If you are unfamiliar with any of our services we hope these notes will be of  use to you and that we will be able to welcome you into our Parish family:

Our normal* service pattern is as follows :

  • Every Sunday at 8am – Holy Communion - a traditional said celebration of the Eucharist taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) 
  • 1st Sunday of each month at 10.00- Family Service- a short service aimed at families to come along to worship and have fun. Children and young people are encouraged to actively participate.. Coffee is served afterwards.  
  • 1st Sunday of each month at 6pm- Evensong – a traditional evening service as set out in the Book of Common prayer. The service includes readings, psalms and hymns 
  • 2nd Sunday of each month at 10am - Matins - a traditional morning  service as set out in the Book of Common prayer. The service includes readings, psalms and hymns. 
  • 3rd Sunday (& 5th if applicable) of each month at 10am - Family Communion – using a version of Common Worship liturgy which reflects the richness and variety of worship which is available for use Sunday by Sunday. Coffee is served afterwards. 
  • 4th Sunday of each month at 10am - Parish Communion - a celebration of the Eucharist using Common Worship which uses more modern language together with additional readings and hymns
  • Also on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month our Sunday Club meets during the main 10am service at the Rectory from 9.45am. The Sunday Club then normally join the Church Family in the Church at 10.45am. Please contact Shirley Viney or one of the Sunday Club Leaders for more details.

At all our services there are facilities for pre school children.Toys & books are always available in our Childrens Corner.

*Please check for changes to service patterns in the Burwash Village Magazine each month or on our website.


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