Parish Mission

To Know, Love, Follow Jesus

Our Parish Mission statement is being developed in three parts:

  • The Church: to continue to develop meaningful worship in this ancient building
  • To work with and to serve our Local Community
  • Connecting to other people and promoting charitable giving in The Wider World




See the What’s On page for information on our services and events.


Uniting All

We are an inclusive congregation who welcome all, whatever your age, beliefs (or none!), sexual orientation, position in society, state of health or anything else about you. Just come with an open heart and we will try to meet you in the same way.

One of the major opportunities we have for meeting  is the time following the Sung Eucharist on a Sunday. It is a time to ‘catch up’ with people that we may not have seen for a while, and to welcome any new members of the congregation.

We include children’s activities as part of normal worship at St Wulfran’s, with books and toys at the front of the church for young children who find being in a church service rather long! The First Sunday Eucharists are a little more informal. Our Sunday School, ‘Little Fishes’, meets in the Church Room, 10.00 –, on other Sundays, joining the rest of the congregation for a blessing at the altar rail during the administration of Holy Communion. Further details may be found on the Children, page along with photographs from previous events, such as the Easter egg hunt.

For the older generation, especially those who are living alone, we have Ovingdean Friends Lunch Club and for adults generally, we  have various Bible Study groups, which are an opportunity not only to discuss, but to socialise.

For the Friends Lunch Club and the Monthly morning Bible Study, contact Rea Hollis or Rose Daley (01273 308488) for more information.

Look at our Events page as well for more details.

We have a safeguarding policy in place for children and vulnerable adults.


Learn and Grow

Bible Study Group

This is a friendly and informal Bible Study group, held at 28 Wanderdown Road and meeting on the first Monday in the month at 10 am.

We read and discuss chosen passages from the Bible, and coffee and biscuits follow this.

For more information and details of the next meeting telephone Rea Hollis on 01273 304346


Find and Care

Friends Lunch

Friends Lunch on 2nd Thursday of each month – All Welcome!

The Friends Lunch started about six years ago as a group of five people who went out for lunch once a month.  It is primarily designed for those who do not drive, or do not have much opportunity to meet socially.  At full strength we could have eighteen people, but usually there are around ten. Transport is provided.

We go to The Swan Inn in Falmer on the second Thursday in the month.  If you would like to join us, please phone Rea Hollis 01273 380866 or Rose Daly 01273 308488

Pastoral Care and Prayer Ministry

We have a  Pastoral Care Team which can respond confidentially to people in physical, emotional or spiritual need.


Holy Communion for people who are ill or housebound is available either from the Assistant Priest or from a small team of licensed lay people. Contact the Assistant Priest if you require this ministry.

Healing with individual prayer, laying on of hands and anointing is available on the Fourth Sunday of each month during the 10.00 am Eucharist.

A Meeting for Prayer is held in the evening of the first Sunday in the month in the church. Newcomers are always welcome to join for this time of quiet prayer but if you would simply like yourself or somebody you are concerned about to be added to our prayer list then please let us know or write your prayer requests on the board in the Lady Chapel.


Reach Out

Our Local Community

We hold regular services and events that involve people in our local community and we are actively involved in the life of the village.




We supported various charities and support Christian Aid Week.

Nurture The Young

We are a child friendly church. Jesus welcomed little children and said we should be like them.

We hope parents and children will always feel at home in St Wulfran’s. We have the front pews reserved for smaller children and their parents, and we try to involve older ones in taking part in our worship. The First Sunday Eucharist is aimed at younger people in particular.

Our Sunday School is held in the Church Room.

Confirmation preparation takes place as required and Ovingdean co-operates with other churches in the Deans Group in planning Confirmation services. Anyone wishing to be confirmed should contact the Assistant Priest.

In addition we seek to help nurture children by supporting the Ovingdean Nursery School which meets every morning from 8.30 until 1.00 in the Church Room. This lively and friendly little school provides lots of activities to help stimulate growing minds in a safe environment. Please telephone 01273 302991 for further details.

Promoting a Safer Church

See Safeguarding.