Welcome to the churches of the Downland benefice.
Normally, our churches would be open to the public every day of the year, and we would rotate our Sunday morning Eucharist around the four churches, with each hosting it once a month. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has changed things for us, for the time being.
Sunday morning services are currently held only at Holy Trinity, Poynings at 10.30 a.m. We are able to accommodate a physical congregation; hand sanitiser is available, seating is socially distanced and face coverings are advised. The majority of our congregation join in via Zoom, and with the use of a large screen we are able to feel connected with those at home. If you would like to join us, physically or remotely, please do get in touch.
We have recently started to hold an evening service at The Transfiguration, Pyecombe, at 6.00 p.m. on the second sunday of the month. Again, with socially distanced seating and face coverings advised.
We are able to enjoy some music, but public singing is not permitted.
During the week, our church opening is limited by our capacity to ensure that they are Covid safe.
Poynings is open on Saturdays only.
Edburton remains closed.
Newtimber is open all day, every day.
Pyecombe is cleaned every day and open daily between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m.
We welcome you to enjoy our churches within these limitations.
With every blessing in these troubled times
Revd Tim Harford
Rector of the Downland churches.