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Welcome to the website of
the United Benefice of

Laughton, Ripe and Chalvington Churches!


Interregnum (Vacancy)
 

Following the retirement of the Reverend David Mathers on 23rd April, the United Benefice of Laughton, Ripe and Chalvington is now in a temporary period of being without a Priest, known as an Interregnum (which literally means “between reigns”).
 
The legal responsibility for the three Churches will now rest with the Churchwardens of the two parishes, supported by the Parochial Church Councils.

During the interregnum, the Churchwardens will invite other priests to take our services, which are planned to continue in the same format as they do now. In addition, the Reverend Jane Sherwin is available for some of the services, weddings, baptisms and funerals.
 

Please select the Menu tab ‘Interregnum’ (above)
for the latest information in this process.


In the meantime, we are two Church of England parishes in East Sussex, linked in one United Benefice with the three churches of All Saints, Laughton, St John the Baptist, Ripe and St Bartholomew, Chalvington, which have served the people of these villages and surrounding areas in sight of the South Downs for hundreds of years.  We also cover the community of Deanland Wood Park, at Golden Cross.  United in God, our Benefice is part of the Diocese of Chichester.

Our Benefice comprises around 1600 residents and supports an active and varied community life.  The three churches are at the heart of these communities and offer a warm welcome to everyone to share in their worship and life.

Our church family embraces people of all ages and backgrounds who have in some way been inspired and changed by the love of God, made known through the life and mission of His Son, Jesus Christ. 

We celebrate that love in our worship, which is both traditional at times as well as more informal; there are opportunities to meet and grow in faith and fellowship and to convey it in our relationships.  We seek the help of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses of Jesus in our everyday lives.

Across the world, Christians believe that God created the universe, the earth and all that lives on it.  This could not have been created by an impersonal force.  Human beings – and all creation – are evidence of God’s glory and the worship of God is at the heart of all Christian life.  The Church is a community that offers praise and thanksgiving to God on behalf of all creation. 

The Bible focuses supremely on how God touched our world two thousand years ago in Jesus Christ.  Jesus spoke of the overwhelming significance of love when He was asked to say which was the most important of God’s commandments.  He selected two – to love God and to love other people. 

Everything that gives life meaning follows from those two commandments.  So life is not meaningless – God loves us all and wants the best for our lives, not just now, but for ever.   He loved the world so much that He gave His only Son to die on the Cross. This is at the heart of the Christian message and the Cross and Resurrection of Christ call for our response.

Do take time to explore the information offered here and we hope you will also find time to visit us and enjoy our three medieval buildings all of which are steeped in history.

 We hope we may see you soon and we look forward to warmly welcoming you in person.