Welcome to St. Bartholomew’s, Burwash


From the Churchwardens


On Sunday 13th September, the sad day arrived when Revd. Sally took her last regular service here in St Bartholomew’s church. It was a lovely and a meaningful service, full to capacity (66 people spaced according to Covid rules). At the end we told her how indebted we are to her for her 6½ years of ministry, care and love. Truly we have been blessed to have her here as Rector.

We wished her and David a happy retirement and presented her with a picture by Graham Sendall, a ‘memory album’ of words and photos, and a cheque. Revd. Sally gave a little speech and then was able to say many individual goodbyes outside.

Now we embark on a long period – perhaps between one and two years – while a new Rector is found and appointed. It is a complicated process which has to follow a strict legal pathway and which has to satisfy not just Burwash but also Burwash Weald and Etchingham, as nowadays we are all together in a united benefice.

During the vacancy, a number of priests and a lay reader have kindly agreed to look after us week by week, for which we are truly grateful. There are arrangements (listed in the village magazine each month and on this website) for giving pastoral care and dealing with weddings and baptisms.

We want to try to keep things going as near to normally as possible, but the Covid restrictions do make that difficult. We are only able at present to hold one service a week, with limited numbers. We still ask you to continue to email us each week that you would like to attend. Special services like Remembrance Sunday and Christmas regrettably look very likely to be far from normal. We will try to keep everyone informed of developments via this website, the magazine and the e-bulletins.

During this vacancy, we particularly ask for your whole-hearted help and support, and please do contact one of us if you think things are going wrong. We really need to know.

Vicky Patterson ( thymeplace@gmail.com )

Richard Harden ( rh@richardharden.co.uk )



The work to replace the roof on St Bartholomew's church has begun. Please take care when walking through the churchyard. During the duration of the work the church will remain closed except for services.


United Benefice of Burwash,  Burwash Weald & Etchingham  

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                                   Parish Safegaurding notice12.1905/12/19

If you are unfamiliar with any of our services we hope these notes will be of  use to you and that we will be able to welcome you into our Parish family:


Our normal* service pattern is as follows :

  • Every Sunday at 8am – Holy Communion - a traditional said celebration of the Eucharist taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) 
  • 1st Sunday of each month at 10.00- Family Service- a short service aimed at families to come along to worship and have fun. Children and young people are encouraged to actively participate.. Coffee is served afterwards.  
  • 1st Sunday of each month at 6pm- Evensong – a traditional evening service as set out in the Book of Common prayer. The service includes readings, psalms and hymns 
  • 2nd Sunday of each month at 10am - Matins - a traditional morning  service as set out in the Book of Common prayer. The service includes readings, psalms and hymns. 
  • 3rd Sunday (& 5th if applicable) of each month at 10am - Family Communion – using a version of Common Worship liturgy which reflects the richness and variety of worship which is available for use Sunday by Sunday. Coffee is served afterwards. 
  • 4th Sunday of each month at 10am - Parish Communion - a celebration of the Eucharist using Common Worship which uses more modern language together with additional readings and hymns

  • Also on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month our Sunday Club meets during the main 10am service at the Rectory from 9.45am. The Sunday Club then normally join the Church Family in the Church at 10.45am. Please contact Celia Merchant or one of the Sunday Club Leaders for more details.

At all our services there are facilities for pre school children.Toys & books are always available in our Childrens Corner.

*Please check for changes to service patterns in the Burwash Village Magazine each month or on our website.


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