In August 2013, DBC were asked by the staff of the newly-opened Dean Wood Residential Care Home in Woodingdean if we could provide a Team to hold a short service on a Sunday afternoon for the few residents who were already settled there, visiting relatives and friends. Since then, a Team leads a monthly time of singing some of the older hymns (which, on occasions, the residents choose themselves), a Bible reading, short prayers and a few minutes given to a simple Bible-based message.
On the Sunday before Christmas, we currently transfer our morning service from it’s usual location in the school to the Home where we have run a service of lessons and carols, again with a Bible-based message. On these occasions up to about 40 people have joined in and enjoyed the time together.
As a result of our ongoing visits, we have also been able to spend time after the services chatting with residents, visitors and staff. In addition, a few of the residents have asked for a personal visit in their own rooms from our minister or other members of our Team.
We are grateful for the goodwill which has developed over our time of getting to know the folk in Dean Wood and appreciate the encouragement and support we have received which allows us to continue.
The ethos of Dean Wood is to enable the residents to maintain as much contact with the local community as possible, especially for those who are limited in their ability to personally take part in activities away from the Home. As representatives of a local church community, we are delighted to have the opportunity to assist Dean Wood to that end.
Carol Service 2016
On the fourth Sunday in Advent, DBC decamped to Dean Wood Care Home in Woodingdean to conduct a morning service for the residents. Some family members and a few staff joined us to swell the numbers and around 60 people gathered for an hour of carols and readings.
It was a joyful occasion. John’s theme was light and he brought in a battery operated candle that flickered gently just like a real candle. We were reminded that “On those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. “We sang Graham Kendrick’s lovely song:-
in our darkness.
shines through infant eyes.
It reminds us that God is with us; that Light has come into the world and whilst we can all enjoy things like time with family and friends, presents, Christmas dinner, and the like, let us not forget that Christmas starts with Christ!
“God is with us, alleluia,
come to save us, alleluia.”
2017 planned visits at 4pm unless otherwise stated:-