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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 –

Please note that there will not be a morning service as we are conducting a service at Dean Wood Care Home in Woodingdean for the residents, family members 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


Verse of the week

For it is by grace you have been saved, through, faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2 v 8 – 9

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

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.

If anyone has inspiration or would like to help, please speak to Margaret or fill in the contact form below. The trees will be on show on Friday 8th – Sunday 10th December and the following weekend at the Methodist Church.

New teaching series – “The Five Solas of the Reformation.”

The 31st October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and to coincide with this, Malcolm is taking us through a teaching series entitled “The Five Solas of the Reformation”.

The “five solas” is a term used to designate five great foundational rallying truths and cries of the Protestant reformers as Christians in Europe were brought back to the gospel of Jesus Christ at the heart of God’s Word.

They are as follows:

22nd Oct – “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone);

5th Nov – “Solus Christus” (Christ Alone);

19th Nov – “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone);

26th Nov – “Sola Fide” (Faith Alone);

3rd Dec – “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Alone Be Glory).

This is proving to be an extremely interesting series of studies. You are warmly invited to join us! The messages will be recorded and uploaded to our Resources/Sermons page if you are unable to come or miss one and need to catch up!

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 & the Band of Brothers

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!