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If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1 v 8-9

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National Prayer Weekend – 29th Sept – 1st Oct

Last year the Woodingdean churches got involved with the National Prayer Weekend. It was a great success and the churches have got together this year to bring people together to pray for their community.

The aim of the weekend is to make God’s love known to those around us in our streets and in our community with and through our prayers. We believe that local people praying for their community can change lives and really impact their community for the better.

Over the past two years, thousands of communities in the UK, and across the world, have taken part in the National Prayer Weekend.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, encourages this prayer initiative by saying:

“Prayer matters, and prayer changes everything. Because as God changes us in prayer he drives us out to be justice-seekers, peacemakers, healers and bringers of good news” 

We know that God can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine and so we invite you to join with us on 29 September to 1 October 2017 when we will pray together again for our local community.

The programme throughout the weekend is as follows:-

Various venues throughout Woodingdean will be offered the opportunity to have Prayer request boxes for people to use.

Friday– Prayer walk opportunities for all.  The aim is to have every road covered. (If unable to walk perhaps you could offer to pray for your street whilst sitting at home.) This effort would culminate in  meeting together at Holy Cross at 6.30pm for feedback and will include a time of worship and prayer for positive outcomes in our community.

Saturday – The Holy Cross will be open from 8.30am with prayer at 9am and prayer activities throughout the day.  Refreshments will be provided.

DBC Greengrocers shop will have a prayer opportunity from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Sunday – normal harvest services at all of the Woodingdean churches with an open invitation to join in with DBC’s  ‘bring and share lunch’.

The finale will be a joint service at the Methodist Church at 6pm where it is hoped that some of the prayers from the Prayer request boxes will be read out.

Please join in with this fantastic worldwide prayer initiative. There is something for everyone!

Prayer changes things!

J.A.M/R.A.P Autumn 2017 session

J.A.M (Jesus and Me)

R.A.P (Relationship and Prayer)


J.A.M. and R.A.P are for children and young people up to the age of 16. We meet every Sunday in Woodingdean School from 10.30am to 12.00 noon.

We have Bible stories, prayer time, craft, games and refreshments. Most of all there is friendship and fun. Occasionally we join in with the rest of the church for an ‘All Age Service’ in the school hall.

Children wishing to join us without parents attending the service must be at least 5 years old and be collected at 12:00 noon.

Please note that J.A.M and R.A.P will not offer classes during half-term – 15th and 22nd October 2017.  Activities will be provided for those children who do come along on those dates though.

There will be an all-age service on the 29th October at 10.30.  Come along and join us!

JAM.leadersYouth Leaders


J.A.M. / R.A.P. contact: Margaret Bradford

Tel: 01273 230286

Mob: 07564 379397


All-age service – Sunday 10th September

Malcolm our pastor led the service and his theme was transformations and reactions!

We got to conduct a science experiment with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and then made an old fashioned toy! 

God wants to transform us and gives us the power to change. He wants us to mature in pleasing Him!

Look out for our next all-age service. There is something for everyone! Fun, friendship and fellowship!

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 from September 2017

Our shop slot donations for the next few months will be for the 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.

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.

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!

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!



Men’s Curry Night – Saturday 7th October

Men’s Curry Night at the Swan in Falmer.

For further details contact Gareth Woolcott.