The Official Website of the United Benefice of the Laughton, Ripe & Chalvington Churches

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Visitor Information

Who Are We?

We are two Church of England parishes in East Sussex within the Diocese of Chichester, linked in one United Benefice with the three churches of Laughton, Ripe and Chalvington.  

Each of the churches within the Benefice consists of a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds.  You will be assured of a very warm welcome whoever you are.

When to arrive

We meet to worship God and learn about the love of Jesus Christ each Sunday morning.  Times of services vary at the three churches in the Benefice but just follow the appropriate ‘Church Services’ link, which is just to the right of this page, for further details and starting times.

If it is your first visit, we shall be delighted to greet you and you may find it helpful to arrive 5 to 10 minutes early so that you can get your bearings.

If you are driving then you will be pleased to know that there are no yellow line parking restrictions and you can usually park near each of the three churches.

You will be welcomed at the door.  The services usually last for an hour or so – sometimes less – and many people stay on after the 10.30 am Sunday service for refreshments and a chat.

 What if I’m from another parish?

That really doesn’t matter at all.  We will be very pleased to see you.

Are Children Welcome?

 Yes – of course – we are always delighted to have children at our services.  They can sit comfortably alongside Mum or Dad.
 What happens in a service?

More often that not, it is our own Rector or the Assistant Priest who lead the services in their own particular style.   There is not really such thing as a typical service.  Each service will have its own unique character.

We aim to convey the good news that God loves us.  The message is usually delivered in the form of a sermon.  We enjoy a variety of music ranging from the old hymns to the more modern songs. 

Where Holy Communion is celebrated as part of the service, we welcome to the Lord’s Table all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity and truth and, if you have been confirmed in the Church of England or are a communicant member of any other Christian church, you are invited to take the Sacrament of bread and wine in memory of what Jesus said and did at the Last Supper.

But if you have not been confirmed in the Church of England or are not a communicant member of any other Christian church, then you are still very welcome to come to the communion rail for a blessing (in which case, it would help if you would simply keep your hands below the communion rail).

Are there any particular codes of behaviour or dress that I need to be aware of?

You will find yourself in a place of worship.  It is important to act respectfully because it is God’s house and therefore a sign of respect to the Lord.

 As far as clothes are concerned, please feel free to come wearing whatever you feel comfortable in.  We are all normal people that you could meet anywhere.  So please do not worry.

The normal practice is that we stand for hymns and sit or kneel for the rest of  the service – just keep an eye on the rest of the congregation and you’ll be fine. 

 We take up an offering each week – for example, to help towards church expenses, but there is no obligation to contribute unless you want to.  Basically, you can just be yourself and relax.  And if you have any questions there are people there to help you feel at home.

 Please do come and join us – you will be warmly welcomed!