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No Sunday morning service – 17th December @ 10.30am

We will not be holding our regular Sunday morning service on the 17th December at 10.30 am as we are conducting a special carol service at Dean Wood Care Home in Woodingdean for the residents, their families and staff.

You are most welcome to come and join us at 10.45am for 11.00am at Dean Wood.

Our Carol and Christingle Service will be held at 5pm in Woodingdean CP School.


Verse of the week

“Blessed (praised and extolled and thanked) be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come and brought deliverance and redemption to His people!”

Luke 1 v 68

The verse of the week is inspired by the teaching the previous Sunday.  If you would like to listen to a recording of the message then head to

Churches Together carol singing – Saturday, 16th December, 10am

This is a lovely way for the Churches in Woodingdean to start their countdown to Christmas! This event is a firm favourite in our village.

Representatives from the four Woodingdean churches and other local Christians gather outside DBC Community Greengrocers in Warren Way to spread some Christmas joy to shoppers and to passing motorists.

Why don’t you come and join us!

Christmas Tree Festival 2017

J.A.M & R.A.P have been invited to participate in this year’s Woodingdean Christmas Tree Festival with the theme of Nursery Rhymes.

The trees will be on show at Woodingdean Methodist church during December at the following times:-

Fri 8th – Sun 10th 3-6pm

Fri 15th & Sat 16th 3-6pm

Sun 17th  2-3.30pm

There will be refreshments so why not pop along and get all Christmassy!


Christmas Services for your diary

They travelled from afar! – Lovely photo by Elaine Holliday – Used with permission.





14th December – 

2.15pm Thursday Fellowship – Candles, Carols and Cake

(Holy Cross Church, The Parish Room)

17th December –

NB no morning service at the school –  we are conducting a special carol service at Dean Wood Care Home in Woodingdean for the residents, their families and staff.

5pm Carol and Christingle Service – Carols and Readings

24th December – Christmas Eve –

10.30am All Age Christmas Nativity Service

25th December – CHRISTMAS DAY –

10am All Age Christmas Day Service


Thursday Fellowship

Thursday Fellowship 2015

Thursday Fellowship meets in the Parish Room of the Holy Cross Church at 2.15pm. We would love you to join us for fellowship, friendship and fun! For further information head to the following link –

Thursday Fellowship

Our Autumn session began on Thursday, 7th September.  Malcolm Haines, our pastor kick-started the new year.  We always have interesting speakers so Come and join us!

The programme up until Christmas is as follows:-

12th Oct – Sue Cunningham

19th Oct – No meeting

26th Oct – Harvest Lunch 1pm – with Roger Case from Seaford

2nd Nov – Kath Hall

9th Nov – David Rees from Books Alive  – with a bookstall

16th Nov – Win Funnell

23rd Nov – Corrie Ten Boom DVD part 2

30th Nov – Lorna Sivyour

7th Dec – Roger Case & Electrix

14th Dec – Carols, Candles and Cake with Christmas tea

DBC Community Greengrocers shop slot donations

A big thank you to all of our customers for contributing to the magnificent sum of £300 which will be passed on to Tearfund to assist with the feeding of and supply of clean water to mothers and children in East Africa.

Shop Slot Donations September 2017

Our shop slot donations for September raised £50 for Alzheimer’s Society Sussex based right here in Woodingdean at Ireland Lodge, Lockwood Crescent – to assist them with their work locally caring for those suffering with dementia.

Thank you so much for your support.

Shop Slot Donations from October 2017

Our shop slot donations from October will go to support Crossover Brighton.

Crossover started in 1997 and has been working amongst the disadvantaged and homeless of Brighton and Hove by providing food and practical support.

You can find out more about their work by heading to:-


DBC Community Greengrocers Shop opening hours

Opening times throughout the autumn season will be as follows:-

Monday 9-5pm

Tuesday 9-5pm

Wednesday 9-5pm

Thursday 9-4.45pm

Friday 8.30-4pm

Saturday 9-1pm

Thank you so much for your support.

Prayer Walk – Wednesday, 9th August.

 “The prayer walk was amazing” so said one walker.

10 hardy souls walked in three groups around a short route in Woodingdean with a further group of 3 praying together at the final meeting place.

The aim of the initiative was to ‘Walk the Walk,’ to encourage each other and to pray for our community, that they might come to know the wonderful saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Overall everyone acknowledged that it had been a very blessed time not least because the weather forecast had been so bad prior to setting out but all that was encountered was a bit of drizzle! Every person felt that their contribution was Spirit led and valuable to the whole.

Over refreshments at the end it was felt that there would be great value in doing it again maybe quarterly covering different areas of Woodingdean each time. It was also suggested that we could ask members of the other churches in Woodingdean to join us.

The enthusiasm remained even when it was pointed out that the next one could be in November and the weather might not be so kind!

One thing we do know – Prayer changes things!