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Easter Services 2018

Come and join us for our Easter Services. We can assure you of a warm welcome!

Palm Sunday – 25th March

Walk of witness at 10am

Good Friday – 30th March

Fellowship breakfast together at 9am followed by reflection and communion.

Easter Sunday – 1st April

All-age creative worship and communion service at 10.30am.

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

Our Spring session commences on Thursday, 1st March. 

1st March – Pastor Malcolm Haines
8th March – A.G.M
15th March – Sue Cunningham
22nd March – Connie Croly
29th March – Maundy Thursday Service – Communion
5th April – tbc
12th April – Peter & Penny Woodcraft

For further details please give Faith a ring on 01273 304018.

Verse of the week

Jesus said, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’

John 20 v 17

We are children of God.  This fact should affect our behaviour day by day.  How are you going to live this week?

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

DBC Community Greengrocers shop slot donations

Currently, our shop slot donations are  supporting 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:-


So far we have raised £230. Thank you all so much.

Women’s World Day of Prayer – Friday, 2nd March

The Women’s World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. It dates back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission, at home and abroad.

This year’s service has been prepared by the women of Suriname and the theme is “All God’s creation is very good” 

Our local Committee invites you all, men as well as women to the service which will be held at :-

Holy Cross Church

Downs Way



on Friday, 2nd March at 2pm

Refreshments to follow service


BMS Birthday Scheme

Want to make a difference and support world mission? Here are details of an exciting new opportunity  – DBC’s very own Baptist Missionary Society Birthday Scheme.  The Birthday Scheme supports BMS medical work and health ministries amongst some of the poorest and most marginalised people around the world.  These vulnerable peoples would have no access to medical treatment if it were not for BMS-supported medical projects. Every year, Birthday Scheme members donate over £300,000 and these gifts are having a huge impact, saving and transforming lives in countries across the world.

How does it work?  Well, all you have to do is complete a simple form and return it to the Birthday Scheme Secretary.  You will then receive a lovely birthday card and a Birthday Scheme gift envelope on your birthday.  You put your donation to BMS  in the envelope, fill in the back and return it by placing it in the offering bag at church on Sunday morning.  You can also make your gift online by visiting

but you will still need to fill in the back of the envelope and return it.  If you are a UK taxpayer you can increase the value of your gift by 25% by completing a Gift Aid declaration.

By giving a gift to the BMS Birthday Scheme every year on your birthday, you’re doing something amazing – you’re sharing the gift of life!

For more information or if you would like to join, have a chat to Maria Nwanwene our scheme secretary. 

Lent Study Groups

Lent study groups commence Tuesday 20th February and last 6 weeks.

Times: Tuesday 2-3.30pm or Tuesday 7.30-9pm

Venue: Holy Cross

Once again we will join with our friends at the Holy Cross as we look at material focusing on prayer.

Week 1 – Prayer and the Trinity

Week 2 – Prayer in challenging times

Week 3 – Prayer and discipleship

Week 4 – Prayer as life evolves

Week 5 – The joy and excitement of prayer

Week 6 – Prayer, repentance and forgiveness

For further details please speak to Malcolm or just pop along.

Family fun – Sunday, 4th February


Interactive Prayer


Bible stories


Our all-age services are great fun for all the family and last about an hour.

Watch this space for details of our next service. We can assure you of a very warm welcome.


Christian Copyright Licencing International- top 20 songs

This is the official trending top 20 list of songs reported by CCLI.  How many do you know?

  • 10,000 reasons
  • In Christ alone
  • The splendour of the King (How great is our God)
  • Cornerstone
  • This is amazing grace
  • How deep the Father’s love
  • How great Thou art
  • What a beautiful name
  • Hosanna (Praises rising)
  • O praise the name (Anástasis)
  • The lion and the lamb
  • Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)
  • Here I am to worship (Light of the world)
  • Be still
  • Mighty to save
  • Blessed be your name
  • King of kings, majesty
  • Psalm 23 (The Lord’s my Shepherd)
  • Good, good Father
  • My Jesus, my Saviour (Shout to the Lord)

JAM and RAP fundraising for Romania

Downs Baptist Church has supported the work of “The Cleaford Christian Trust for Romania” (TCCT) for over 20 years. The youth of the church have contributed their own response to the different projects from time to time. Recently, there has been a renewed desire from the children and their leaders for further support to be given, especially to projects affecting children, such as those in the Brasov Children’s Hospital and those who visit the Harghita Christian Camp.

As it is expensive to send items from this country, JAM and RAP have started their own fundraising project. With co-operation from their parents, the children are being encouraged to:-

  • Carry out small tasks at home and contribute what they receive in payment to the project
  • Make cakes, sweets etc. which can be purchased by donation

All funds raised will be channelled through TCCT  to support relevant purchases to improve the lives of children in the hospital and at the camp.

This project started on 21st January and is to run until 25th February, just before John Cassé, one of our Deacons and a TCCT Trustee visits Romania. If successful, it is hoped that this may be the forerunner of other supportive projects in the future, so “watch this space” for more details.

Please encourage our young people in whatever way you feel able, as they give their support to children who are less fortunate than they are.

Margaret Bradford our Youth Coordinator writes, “Please pray that the project continues to be well supported. It will be inspirational for the children and great for the projects in Romania.”

Week 1 – cake sale – raised £16.32 

Week 2 – cake sale – raised £17.08 plus a donation with gift aid – £25

Week 3 – cake sale – raised £44.88

Week 4 – cake sale – raised £30.27

Week 5 – cake sale – raised £18.31

Total so far £151.86

Thank you to all those who have supported them so far.

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