Heathfield Benefice

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About us

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What is a Benefice?

The word ‘Benefice’ just means a group of parishes that have come together to form a single operating structure. Heathfield Benefice was formed in 2016, and in September 2017 Reverend Mitch joined us as our Vicar to lead the Benefice as we embarked on this new phase of the life of the church.

Which Parishes make up Heathfield Benefice?

Heathfield Benefice used to be formed of two Parishes; the Parish of St Richards, which covered the vast majority of the town of Heathfield, and the Parish of All Saints’ & St Georges which included the villages of Old Heathfield, Broad Oak, Cade Street, Chapel Cross and a large part of Punnetts Town. From January 2022 these two parishes have now been combined to make the Parish of Heathfield.

What are we like?

We are a church family that is made up of people from very different and varied church backgrounds. We try hard to make new people feel welcome, and to care for one another with love and kindness. We don’t always get things right and we don’t have all the answers, but we do try to be faithful Christians, living lives in our local community that reflect the teachings of Jesus.