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

Priests

Revd David Renshaw

Revd Renshaw has been on long term sick absence since the beginning of 2020

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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We are thankful to Chris Hare for his extensive research into the life and ministry of Revd Cruse, and of Worthing at the time…

Francis Cruse was Christ Church’s longest serving vicar, 27 years, from 1864 – 1891. His incumbency spanned a period of unprecedented growth in the history of Worthing, with the population doubling in those years to reach 16,000. As well as having far more parishioners to minister to, Cruse suffered personal loss and grief, and periods of prolonged ill-health. Yet he did not lose heart, and remained constant in his faith. He was a great advocate of the temperance cause and a strong believer in the equality of all races.

In 1884, Cruse endured his greatest test when the town was beset by rioting that became so serious that armed dragoons with drawn sabres were called in to clear the streets. That the conflict arose from a religious source, namely the presence of the Salvation Army in Worthing, was a source of much pain and soul-searching on Cruse’s part. These riots have been written about on many occasions, but not through the eyes of a man’s whose parish was at the epicentre of the disturbances.

Chris Hare has researched this history from the Parish Magazines and here is the result!

https://worthingvillagevoices.org.uk/worthing-in-the-bad-old-days/

-1864 Rev. Philip Bennett Power

Rev. William Read
Rev. Charles Hole, d 1898

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

A wave of prayer to lift you!

Help us to learn how to put the needs of others more firmly before our own. May those who exercise power and authority in our communities use it wisely, and may we, and they, serve the Lord with gladness. Jesus came into our world bringing your promises of grace and freedom for all of us.

We rejoice in the great body of people who form your church and to whom we are glad to belong. We pray for all those who love you and those who are yet to find you. Lord, we pray that this time of global illness be a time when we can all come together, we can all find you for the first time, or again, after having lost our way, but most of all may it be a time when you are seen and felt among us through the many who reach out to help, to comfort and to care.

The light given off by a candle reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. May it remind us of that promise as we remember those who have died and gone before us. We remember them and those who mourn them. We pray in the quietness of our minds for all who we know have need of You. Those who are sick, in hospital; those who are badly affected by the present pandemic, those who are lonely or depressed, those who have no family help. Bless them and give them comfort and assurance, and give us courage to do what we can to help.. Give your grace and strength to all whose life is built round caring for others.

We pray for the world wide Church in all its wonderful diversity, bringing the elements of different cultures into their worship to and in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. Especially we pray for all churches for whom meeting together to worship isn’t possible or safe at this time. Let us all know and feel your all abiding presence to both uphold our courage and strengthen our faith. We pray for our own church in Worthing, and we bring before you all those who lead and inspire our worship, those who care for and pray for the sick and bereaved and those who carry out the maintenance and administration of the church. For we are called to go out and preach the Good News to all that will hear - and so we pray for all areas of outreach to both young and old and whether formal or informal that many will respond to the call of Christ to follow him.

Lord, in this world which is a part of your creation, we struggle to understand the reasons behind the great natural disasters which mankind must endure; whether it be hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, Tsunamis or the pandemic that currently has the whole world in hiding. But we do understand that in the midst of such events your love is shown in the acts of bravery, selflessness and compassion which follow. We pray for all who have suffered through the virus in such dreadful circumstances and for those who are tasked with providing the medical and community support and, in time, in the long task of rebuilding our economies and communities.

As our nation struggles with economic uncertainty we pray for the power-less, the hope-less and all those for whom our Lord would have us care for most. We pray for those who have to make the difficult spending decisions with reduced budgets knowing that all objectives and needs cannot be met. As our young people attend schools and colleges, we remember that the society they grow up in and the attitudes that they form are in our hands. Lord help us to work towards a just and equitable society, built on the values that are inspired by people of faith, vision and commitment and not on those of expediency, glamour and greed.

And so we think now of those in most need in our own community, the elderly, the housebound and those in care homes, hospital and hospice and for the work and devotion of carers whose skill and compassion bring both material and spiritual comfort at times of need. We also pray for those who feel the pain of grief at the loss of a loved one whether recent or as each anniversary passes. Help us to support all those who mourn both with our prayers, with words of comfort and with practical help both this day and in the days and weeks to come.