Heathfield Benefice

The Church of England in Your Community


Reverend Mitch


Welcome and thank you for visiting the Heathfield Benefice website. We are ‘The Church of England in Your Community’, covering the town of Heathfield and the neighbouring villages of Old Heathfield and Broad Oak. We have three buildings and two parishes, but we are one Church family. As such, we seek to respond to God’s love by walking alongside one another in all aspects of life’s journey: In life | In love | In loss. 


We hope you find our website useful, whether you’re new to the area, interested in exploring your faith, or have an important life event such as a child to be baptised, a wedding to be planned, or a funeral for a loved one.


Reverend Christian Mitchell (known as Rev'd Mitch), Vicar   


Following the sad news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, our three Benefice Churches are open for prayer 10am to 6.30pm every day until his funeral

The Church of England has opened an online condolence book, which is open to anyone who wishes to sign and record a message. It can be accessed by clicking on this link.


 Our Churches are open for public worship

 For a schedule of all our services, please click here.


Please note that advance booking is essential. Reserve your place here


Visit the Services page to find out the different ways you can attend, watch or listen to Services.


Sunday Worship 

Sunday 18th April


8am BCP* at All Saints' Church (No booking necessary)

*Traditional language service from the Book of Common Prayer


10am Holy Communion at All Saints' Church

A service of Holy Communion for the Third Sunday of Easter

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions booking to attend this service is essential. 

Online bookings will open at 8am Friday 16th April. For details on how to book, click here.





6pm Evening Prayer with sermon at St Richard's Church, Heathfield

 (No booking necessary)




Prayer and Reflection

There are a number of regular opportunities available to join with small groups  for a time of prayer and reflection.


Mid-week morning reflections

A short time of prayer and reflection is held live at 9am on the Heathfield Benefice Facebook page led by Rev'd Mitch and Rev'd Torhild, days of the week can vary so please check Facebook for confirmation. Everyone is welcome to watch live, and the videos of each reflection are uploaded to the website shortly after to be viewed at any time.


Click here to visit the Video of Services page



Saturday Parish Prayers

Each Saturday at 9am a group of regular parishioners meet on zoom for a time of prayer. Prayers are led by different members of the group and offer a quiet and reflective time to join together to pray on both local and wider subjects. 


Anyone is welcome to join, if you would like to find out more please contact us.


 Benefice News

It is especially important at this time more than ever that we keep in touch with each other and our neighbours.

Grapevine weekly e-newsletter

Do you receive the Benefice Grapevine weekly e-newsletter? 


If you have an email address, signing up to receive the Grapevine e-newsletter is a fantastic way to keep up to date with news and activities happening in Heathfield Benefice. It includes key news stories from the Diocese as well as some interesting local articles and updates on Church Services.


To receive a copy of the Grapevine e-newsletter, simply contact us with your name and email address and we will add you to the distribution list. (You can unsubscribe at any time).


Looking after your mental health and those around you

You will probably have heard quite a lot in the media in recent months about the impact of the pandemic and lockdown on our mental health. Many of us will know of people who may be struggling with this, but aren't sure how we can help to support them. The team at Together in Sussex has produced a short, animated video with help and advice for those wanting to be able to offer support to friends or family members who may be struggling. You can view the video below. 



The outbreak of Coronavirus might be causing fear and anxiety in both adults and children especially if you are self-isolating. It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Finding ways to cope with this stress will make you, your family and your community stronger. 

Click here for a document with helpful tips to keep your mind, body and spirit healthy.

Covid-19: current measures in place for your safety

Congregation in All Saints' Church 

We have put in place measures for those visiting our buildings to reduce the risk of infection to a minimum,  and we respectfully request that all visitors adhere to the guidelines, including:


  • Wearing of a face mask over your mouth and nose at all times
  • Using the hand sanitiser as you arrive and leave
  • Following the signage on seating and social distancing
  • Adhere to any request or instruction given by a leader or responsible person in charge 

 Heathfield Benefice on social media

 We have an active and up to date Heathfield Benefice Facebook page so if you would like to keep up to date and watch our live weekly reflections please find, like and follow us!  


We also have a YouTube channel with all our live-streamed and recorded services, if you subscribe you can get notifications any time a new video or premier is uploaded. 


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Making a donation

Heathfield Benefice has an exciting vision for growth, both in bringing more people to know God’s love for them, and responding to that love through service within our local community. We simply could not fulfil that vision without the generosity of so many people who provide their time, talents and financial support to the life and ministry of the Benefice.  


Regular giving helps us to plan our mission and ministry. If you would like to support our church by giving regularly or making a one-off donation you can find the different ways to do this here.