Welcome to Maresfield & Nutley Churches
With effect from 15 January 2021, in accordance with advice received from the Bishop of Lewes,
Maresfield and Nutley churches will be closed for Sunday services and individual prayer
until further notice.
Our online services will continue, please see the "livestream" page for details and links to the service. Please watch this website for updates.
Letter received from Bishop W.P.G.Hazlewood, Bishop of Lewes and letter from The Head of Environmental Health for Rother and Wealden:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
You will see from the email below that the Head of Environmental Health for Rother and Wealden Councils, in discussion with the Director of Public Health and East Sussex County Council, has requested that we voluntarily close places of public worship until cases decline across all East Sussex districts. Having spoken with Bishop Martin I would encourage you all to comply with this request.
This action should not stop clergy who wish, from entering church buildings to pray and celebrate the Eucharist, whether that service is live streamed or not. Normally the priest and those in his/her household should be the only ones in church for these services, unless one other person is needed to enable live streaming. Funeral services can still take place in church as long as the current COVID protocols can be adhered to. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will offer further guidance on when we will be able to encourage reopening.
I know that decisions to close church buildings always go against the grain of who we are as the household of faith; But I would also like to give thanks for all the imaginative ways that you are continuing to lead worship and reveal God’s light and hope in the communities you seek to serve.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Archdeacons or me if there is anything we can help with.
Yours in Christ
As you are aware there are currently high numbers of cases in East Sussex, cases are increasing in Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden but declining from very high numbers in Hastings and Rother.
I very much appreciate the efforts that your Priests have made to make your Churches Covid-secure. However, following advice from MHCLG and discussion with the Director of Public Health, East Sussex County Council, I feel that a voluntary closure of all places of public worship is required until cases decline across all East Sussex districts.
I would be most grateful for your consideration of this matter and if you were able to, facilitate discussions with other Sussex Churches and faith groups.
Head of Environmental Health
Environmental Health Service
for Rother and Wealden Councils
My working days are Monday to Friday
Our latest Sunday service
If you are in need, especially if you are feeling worried and would like to talk or pray with someone, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
These are certainly testing times that require us to be thoughtful and wise. We do not know what the coming days will bring, but we can trust in the Lord and his ever-present care for those who entrust themselves to him.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.