Grafton Rd, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1QY, UK

Priests

Revd Matthew Luff

Revd. Matthew Luff was appointed Priest In Charge of Holy Trinity with Christ Church on 26th February 2013. Matthew came from Broadwater, where he was a curate. His professions before joining the church included the police and he was also a teacher. He has now moved to the parish of St John’s Southbourne with St Nicholas Thorney Island as Vicar. The Parochial Church Council are now advertising for a new vicar for the parish. Please see our ‘Parish Profile’ page for more details.

Ven. Lionel Whatley

The Ven. Lionel Whatley was the previous Rector of the benefice of WORTHING Holy Trinity with Christ Church in the rural deanery of Worthing and the Archdeaconry of Chichester.

Rev. Philip Walton
Rev. Wilfred Crittle

The Rev. Wilfred Crittle was a missionary working in Burma before later becoming Vicar of Worthing at Christ Church. A box of files belonging to him is held at Brimingham University, as cited hereAuthor of “Burma, Land of Many Tongues”, London: Bible Churchman’s Missionary Society, 1948 35 pp. (Field Survey No. 5). Story of work from 1924-1946 by an evangelical society of the Church of England.

Rev. Scutt
Rev. William Augustus Doherty
Rev. William Bridger Ferris

Vicar of Christ Church between 1898 and 1924, and prebendiary of Chichester. He died, aged 80, on 21st April, 1931. His friends erected a memorial in Christ Church “as a tribute to his faithful and fruitful ministry”.

1864-1891 Rev. Francis Cruse, 1824-1891

Francis was born on 4th January 1823 in Warminster, Wiltshire. He was baptised on 1st January 1824 at St Lawrence, Warminster, along with his sister Frances Ann, who is probably his twin. Francis was the son of Jeremiah CRUSE (1781-1861) and Elizabeth KNIGHT (1783-1840) and the grandson of Jeremiah Cruse (1758-1819) the land surveyor.
Francis went to St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, where he matriculated on 5th March 1846 aged 23. He was awarded a BA in 1851. He took up a position as a curate in Earlstoke, Wiltshire, in 1851 and was ordained as a deacon later that same year in the Diocese of Salisbury. The following year he was ordained as a priest. From 1852 to 1856 Francis served as the curate of Great Warley in Essex. In 1853 he married Charlotte Augusta Brace in Bath. In 1856 he moved to London to become the curate of the parish of St Jude in Southwark, where he remained until 1864 when he was appointed as the vicar of Christ Church, Worthing, Sussex. Francis was awarded an MA from Oxford University in 1875. Presumably inspired by his studies Francis wrote a book in 1879 entitled A Few Facts and Testimonies Touching on Ritualism which was written under the pseudonym “Oxoniensis”.
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????-1864 Rev. Philip Bennett Power

Rev. William Read
Rev. Charles Hole, d1898

Charles was Vicar of Worthing and the incumbent at Christ Church from 1891 until his death on February 14th, 1898. He was a popular pastor, in whose memory the congregation erected a memorial

Dates for your diary!

Christ Church in Lent

Ash Wednesday – 14th February 12 noon,
Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes, led by Canon Muriel Pargeter

Lunchtime reflections 
led by Canon Muriel Pargeter – 12.30pm to 1.30pm  –
Tuesday 27th February “Learning to Listen”
Tuesday 27th March “Learning to Live”

Lenten prayers – every Tuesday in Lent from 10.30 am to 11 am in the Organ vestry all welcome.

Friday 2nd March at 2.30 pm at Christ Church -Women’s World Day of Prayer

EVERYONE is very welcome, men, women and children.
Please come and join us on Friday 2nd March at 2.30pm, for a service prepared by Christian women in Suriname.
For more information, you can also visit their website at: www.wwdp.org.uk