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

Priests

Rev. David William Renshaw.

The Rev. David William Renshaw became the Vicar of the Parish of Worthing, Holy Trinity with Christ Church on 26th July. The parish has now taken  its new name of the Parish of Worthing Christ Church, when the Holy Trinity Church was handed back to the Diocese on 1st September 2018.

Christ Church parish  became part of the team of the parish of ‘Christ the King’, then subsequently the parish of ‘Holy Trinity and Christ Church’.

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

A daily wave of prayer to lift you!

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, whose love we cannot measure, and whose blessings we cannot number, we praise and thank you for all your goodness, your strength in our weakness, your light in our darkness, your comfort in our sorrow, and above all your peace in our hearts. Amen

Holy God, your life is lived in our midst; open our eyes to see you and our minds and hearts to know you that we may live our life in you.  Amen.

Creator God, in love you made the wonders of the universe, the treasures of the earth … and us in your own image.  May your love give us strength to strengthen others, in faith and in hope, as we share the good news of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need, as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen.

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.