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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 and supply of clean water for mothers and children in East Africa.

Verse of the week

“The Lord is with us”

Numbers 14 v 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

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.

Fun Day – Sunday, 16th July

Fellowship, food and fun!

What a super, fun time we had on Woodingdean CP School’s playing field and in the hall for our annual Fun Day. It was a very warm day, a bit overcast with a slight cooling breeze which was just perfect. It was good to see some new people pop along to join in and see what we are all about.

Pastor Malcolm led three mini service slots at 10.30am, 12 noon and 2pm and took us through the story of Jonah which the children loved. Malcolm reminded us that no one is beyond God’s love and mercy if they are really sorry for the wrong things they have done.

Malcolm showed us once again what a “cool” minister he is by quite literally “playing with fire.” To see a short clip of Malcolm juggling with fire – head to our Facebook page :-

We were able to enjoy an excellent BBQ superbly cooked by Gareth Woolcott, Peter Millis ably assisted by Nicky Millis – Thank you! 

The children had lots of things to entertain them.  The bouncy castle is always popular so are the craft tables. With freshly made pop corn, homemade cakes and copious cups of tea and coffee, there was something for everyone.

Well there are 7 pairs of shoes all lined up neatly but all of the children had disappeared leaving this little one to have a “whale” of a time on her own!

Here is one of our new guests flexing his muscles at the strongman mallet challenge. He was very good! 

A new Mum trying her hand  at tie and dying a t shirt.

If you would like to know more about us, take a moment to check out our website pages. You can also pop into DBC Community Greengrocers in Warren Way and chat to the friendly staff or just come along on a Sunday at 10.30am.  We can assure you of a very warm welcome.

Service on Rottingdean Beach – Sunday 2nd July

“As we are gathered Jesus is here!”

What a glorious day it was for our service on the beach which culminated in Nicky Millis’ baptism.

Malcolm read from Psalm 107 – “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures for ever.” How true that is! We enjoyed worshipping and praising God by singing some lovely songs accompanied by music played through a bluetooth speaker! Oh the wonders of modern technology! We even managed a rendition of wide, wide as the ocean complete with actions.

There was a special slot for the children and the young at heart.  We had to fold a piece

of card to make a boat and then stick it with glue. Malcolm then tested it’s strength by placing it in a bucket of water and loading it up with pebbles. The children loved this.

Malcolm reminded us of the story of Jesus calming the storm. Jesus has promised to be with His people. In the stormy moments of our lives, of which there will be many, Jesus can bring safety, comfort and reassurance and it is in these difficult times that we see His power and might. He wants to be our friend; we just need to trust in Him and get to know Him.

Then it was time for Nicky to testify to her acceptance of Jesus as her Lord and Saviour and acknowledge the repentance of her sins by responding to Malcolm’s questions in the presence of so many witnesses.

Baptism means death to old life, buried and raised up to new life – life in all its fullness.

Thanks be to God. Amen

After Jesus was baptised, the Bible tells us that He was severely tempted. (Mark 1 v 12, Matthew 4 v 1-11, Luke 4 v 1-13.) Please pray for Nicky and her family in the days ahead for protection and strength and that Nicky might know God’s presence in a very special way and know His leading and direction as she progresses on her spiritual journey.

Recent visit to Romania by John Casse

For over 20 years, DBC has had links with various church-based and socially supportive projects in Romania. Our aid has mainly been channelled through “The Cleaford Christian Trust” (TCCT). John Cassé one of the leaders here at DBC  is a Trustee of TCCT and  a group of TCCT trustees visit Romania twice a year. TCCT supports pastors, widows and church-based projects in the Brasov and Targu Mures areas as well as a Christian Camp which provides opportunities for hundreds of children (as well as some adult groups) from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience a variety of evangelistic programmes in the beautiful Romanian countryside.  In addition, the Trust continues to give considerable support to the Brasov Children’s Hospital in making available equipment, craft materials and toys, as well as antibiotics and other medication. This aid is made possible by the donations, both practical and financial, from individual supporters, churches, schools and other organisations.

John visited Romania in March with TCCT and a report of the team’s exploits and some photos can be found on our Mission page – head to Mission Works

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

We will be taking a short break over the summer and will recommence on Thursday, 7th September.  Watch this space for further details.

DBC Community Greengrocers Shop opening hours

Opening times throughout the spring/summer 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.