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St Giles Church
Horsted Keynes

More than a thousand years of sharing God's love in the Community

Welcome to St Giles Church Horsted Keynes


St Giles is a Church of England village church at the heart of this rural community. Our historic church has stood as a beacon in the village for over a thousand years ministering to all of the parish with God's love guiding the way.

St Giles Church encompasses all generations, with a strong youth involvement through our Primary school, a committed focus on families and a caring and responsive approach to our more senior members. All of this bonded together by prayer and united worship.

Please take the time to browse our website to find out what we have been doing in the name of God and to see what is yet to come and we look forward to seeing you at our forthcoming worship and activities.



St Giles now has an active Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stgilesHK/





Our Vision

To become better followers of Christ by loving God and loving others

Following our Lord’s teaching of the greatest commandments:


“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind”.

“You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22. 37.39)


Rector's ramblings

Here is the Order of Service for Pentecost, Sunday May 19th.  You can also access the sermon directly.

There will be a Deanery Confirmation, led by Bishop Ruth, on Tuesday June 11th at 7:30pm and it is to be held at St Giles.  Do come along to support our candidates.

Fr David and the team would like to thank everyone who sponsored them in the St Giles team which played at the Horsted Keynes club in aid of Haywards Heath Rotary Charities. We had a fun night and did well, thanks in no small part to man-of-the-match Colin Gurr, with his six bull's eyes. Between you all, you raised £366. Thank you very much for your generous support.

The event raised around £8000 in total for local charities.

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St Giles News


The charity collection during May and June is for Christian Aid.  You will have received an envelope with May's P & P, but you can also donate at St Giles.  Do read Christian Murdoch's piece about Christian Aid here, including her skipping challenge for the charity.

Donations can be made using orange envelopes in the collection plate, the electronic system at the back of the church or posted in the post box at the Martindale.  There is a stock of the charity envelopes in the Martindale porch.

The Prayers for the Annex continue on Monday mornings at 11.30am in St Giles Church.

During these difficult, stressful times do remember that HK Help and HK Prayerline exist to help parishioners in a practical or spiritual way. You can find more details here.

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Dark Skies


You may notice from April that our floodlight, which illuminates the spire of St Giles Church, is not been on every evening. This is part of a new initiative to help reduce the light pollution in our parish.
 
We are very fortunate to live in one of the few parts of the country where we can enjoy relatively dark skies and we are keen to ensure that our actions do not detract from this wonderful natural environment. 

We do understand that some people like to see our beautiful historic building lit up but unfortunately this can have unintended consequences for our dark skies and wildlife that can be impacted by light pollution.

A compromise position has therefore been reached, where the floodlight will now be on each Sunday evening and on other specific occasions agreed by the Parochial Church Council.

We hope that you will understand our reasons for adopting this policy and perhaps it may inspire others to think about the impact of external lighting from their own properties. There is helpful advice on the High Weald National Landscape website at:  https://highweald.org/document-library/projects/dark-skies/dark-skies-what-you-can-do/?layout=default
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Building on to the church — our once-in-a-generation chance to make a real difference



Our starting point, too many years ago now, was that it is quite shameful not to have accessible, clean, warm, light and safe toilet and kitchen facilities at St Giles. Arriving at the right design from the right architect has meant overcoming set-backs while sharing plans with key users, experts and advisers. The plan for our annex, click here to view all the details, has blossomed into a scheme that will serve not just churchgoers, but our whole community.


Your support, as we enter a year of fundraising, backed up with support from the Friends of Horsted Keynes Church, will prove the scheme’s worth to benefactors and funding bodies.  You will see regular updates on progress her and in P&P. and on an annex Facebook page. We will let you know when larger and fuller views of the plans will be on display.


If you have any questions about the project you can email them to: hkchurchannexinfo@gmail.com and one of the group will answer as soon as possible.

Annex Steering Group

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Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) and Electoral Registration

The 2024 APCM took place on Thursday 25th April.  You cans still view the relevant reports below


Annual Report and Financial Statements 2023

Annual Group Reports for the APCM 2023

Electoral Registration Enrolment/Amendment Form


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Safeguarding at St Giles



St Giles takes safeguarding very seriously and you can click here to view our Safeguarding Policies or here to look at the the Diocese's Safeguarding pages.

Duffy Parry is the Parish Safeguarding Officer and you can access his contact details here

Parish & Parishioner Magazine

Click here for the latest, May 2024, edition of Parish & Parishioner Magazine. 

The Welcome Pack for new residents to the village is now available here.


Donations to St Giles


                     Gifts of money to the Parish are invited here

This takes you to a secure site. It is designed for one-off donations with options to make a Gift Aid declaration and have a receipt sent by email. If you are thinking of committing to regular donations please visit the Giving page.






To become better followers of Christ by loving God and loving others


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