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“Encountering God” – January/March 2018

There will be a wonderful opportunity to explore the joys of an intimate relationship with God at a new study/reflection group during January – March.

Called “Encountering God” based around the book of the same name by Joyce Huggett the group will meet on:-

  • 29th January
  • 26th February
  • 26th March

For further details please contact Malcolm.

Verse of the week

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Romans 8 v 28

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

New teaching series!

A great start to our new teaching series by Pastor Malcolm.

Joseph and our moral dilemmas.” 

All messages in the series will be recorded and uploaded to the website usually on the Sunday afternoon following the message.

To give you a preview of what we can expect, Malcolm has released details of the titles of his sermons.

  • An overview of Joseph’s story
  • Joseph and his family (How to behave at a family gathering)
  • Joseph the dreamer (How to form your own character)
  • Joseph and his Dad (How to behave in the child/parent dynamic)
  • Joseph and his brothers (How to behave as siblings)
  • Joseph and sexual temptation (How to behave intimately
  • Joseph and work (How to behave as an employer and an employee)
  • Joseph and God (How to live highlighting the glory of God)
  • Joseph and his family reunite (How to use our power and influence in the family)
  • Joseph and famine (How to behave in a world of climate change)
  • Joseph and death (How to mourn)

Ecumenical Service for Christian Unity

The Holy Cross Church in Woodingdean will be hosting the Ecumenical Service for Christian Unity on Sunday, 21st January at 6pm.

This year’s theme entitled “That All May Be Free” focuses on the contemporary issues being addressed by the churches of the Caribbean – issues in fact common to most nations of the world:-

  • Abuses of human rights
  • Welcoming strangers
  • Human trafficking and modern-day slavery
  • Addiction to pornography and drugs
  • The negative impact of debt crisis upon individuals and nations

This service is a major part of the week of prayer for Christian Unity from the 18th – 25th January, 2018.

Come along and join the “Deans’ Churches Together”  – all welcome.

A New Year’s Resolution for 2018!

At our New Year’s Eve communion service, Malcolm challenged us all to think about an achievable resolution for 2018. So often New Year’s Resolutions are broken in the first week or month!

We were encouraged to make an effort day by day to become:- more mature in our faith and to produce good fruit. Check out our verse for the week from Galatians 5 v 22-23.

Stubbornness can be an unpleasant trait at times but in a positive way can be a real strength. Malcolm reminded us how Jesus resolutely went about His business even though He knew He would face trials, cruelty and the most agonising of death to bring about our salvation.

We were challenged to be determined and resolved to press on to be more prayerful this year. To prayerfully spend time in the Word; to think about the amount of time and the quality of our time with God in prayer – taking time to listen as well as speaking and bringing our praise, thanks and petitions. Malcolm encouraged us to be creative! 

So, let’s take up the challenge at the beginning of a New Year to become more prayerful.  Are you up for it? How about finding a friend who you can be accountable to and thereby encourage each other.  Prayer changes things!

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy New Year. God bless you all.

Thursday Fellowship

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 finished our Autumn session with our Carols, Candles and Cake!  44 people gathered to sing some favourite carols, listen to the very familiar but comforting readings and to hear a Christmas message from Pastor Malcolm Haines – What would it be like for Jesus to come and stay with us? Would there be room? Would we invite Him in? Malcolm gave us much food for thought as we contemplate “Emmanuel” “God with us” this Christmas.

We return for our Spring session on Thursday, 1st March and always have interesting speakers so do come and join us! Watch this space for details of the Spring programme.

In the meantime we will be hosting a coffee morning on Thursday, 8th February at 37 The Ridgway. If you would like to know more or indeed would like to join us then please give Faith a ring on 01273 304018.

DBC Community Greengrocers Shop New Year opening hours


 Winter opening hours will be as follows:-

Monday 9-4.30pm

Tuesday 9-4.30pm

Wednesday 9-4.30pm

Thursday 9-4.30pm

Friday 9-4pm

Saturday 9-1pm

Thank you so much for your continued support. We look forward to serving you and the community of Woodingdean in 2018.

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:-