The Revd Dr John Caperon became priest-in-charge of Fairwarp in March 2017. John spent his professional life in secondary education, teaching English in schools in East Africa, London, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, North Yorkshire and Kent. For the last twelve years of his career he was head at the Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, a large, ‘outstanding’ Church of England comprehensive, in Tunbridge Wells. Later he worked for a small educational charity, The Bloxham Project, supporting chaplaincy in schools across all sectors of education. He undertook the first empirical research into school chaplaincy, and his book on this ‘Vital Ministry’ was published by SCM Press in 2015.
Ordained mid-career in 1983 following theological training in Oxford, John began his ministry as a non-stipendiary (unpaid) Anglican priest in rural North Oxfordshire. He later served in the dioceses of Ripon and Rochester before becoming curate of Mayfield in the diocese of Chichester in 2003. Leaving that post in 2011, he supported a number of local Anglican parishes before taking up his present role.
John is married to Felicity, a retired primary teacher, and they have four married daughters (three teachers and a consultant physician) and ten grandchildren.
Welcome to the website of Christ Church, Fairwarp. We are a Church of England community set in Fairwarp, in the heart of the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. We warmly invite you to look at what we have to offer as a place of reflective, traditional Anglican worship.
Our church community is deeply rooted in the village, and we warmly welcome anyone who wishes to join us for worship: currently, our weekly congregation is drawn both from Fairwarp itself and from surrounding villages and nearby towns, including Uckfield and Crowborough.
As a parish in the central Anglican tradition, our worship is mainly Eucharistic. We celebrate the Parish Eucharist according to Common Worship Order One each Sunday at 9.30 am, with mostly traditional hymns supported by a small choir, and a brief, ten minute sermon. On Thursdays, currently, (see the monthly calendar of services here) there is a said Eucharist at 9.30 am, where we pray for the local community, especially any who are unwell or in any kind of need.
On special occasions in the church year, there are non-Eucharistic services of reflection and thanksgiving, for example Harvest and Remembrance tide. We also begin in the new school year 2017 a series of all-age services, the first of which is our ‘Back to School’ service in September.
It is also our great privilege as a church to mark the great transition points of life with Baptism, Marriage and Funeral Services. A village Christening, Marriage or Funeral service will see a large proportion of the local community gathered to offer thanks to God for the birth of a child, a wedding or the life of a community member now lost to us. The parish priest, Fr John, will be happy to respond to any enquiries about these services, and he can be contacted here.
We aim to be a warm, open and inclusive church community and we want to be of service to our neighbours both in Fairwarp and further afield. The teaching of Jesus is that we should love God and love our neighbour, and we aim to follow that teaching in all the practical ways we can. Do look at the rest of our website to get a full picture of our worship and other activities.
Christ Church Fairwarp PCC has agreed to adopt the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy documents. Links to the documents can be found below and a copy of our Safeguarding Policy Statement can be found at the back of the church