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Leaders update December

Thursday Fellowship

Carols, Candles and Cake on Thursday, 14th December will conclude the current session of Thursday Fellowship meetings.  God willing, the meeting will recommence on Thursday, 7th March in the Parish Room of the Holy Cross Church. Watch this space for details of the Coffee Meetings over the winter recess and in due course, details of the Spring/Summer Programme.

Carol Singing outside the shop

You are invited to join with us on Saturday, 16th December from 10am until about 11am, to sing carols outside DBC Community Greengrocers in Warren Way. All are welcome to spread some Christian cheer to the residents of Woodingdean. We are hoping to be joined by some members of the other churches in Woodingdean.

Prayer Breakfasts

Our next Prayer Breakfast will be held on Sunday, 7th January, 2024. Come and join us for food and the opportunity to pray with our church family.

Prayer for the Shop

It was agreed at the Church Meeting to resume the prayer at the shop, for the shop on Tuesday mornings at 8.15am. Someone will be at the shop (DBC Community Greengrocers, 1 Warren Way, Woodingdean) every Tuesday until 8.30am for those who wish to attend.

Gareth, Rose, Margaret and Sue.

Verse of the week

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 1 v 1-9 (NIV)

Challenge: Ground your confidence in God and His amazing grace – that steady, unwavering favour and then ask the Lord to use you and your words to enrich someone else’s life with grace and peace.

The verse of the week is inspired by the teaching the previous Sunday. If you would like to listen to recordings of any message, then head to


Christmas Services 2023

Thursday, 14th December, 2pm – Carols, Candles and Cake in the Parish Room of Holy Cross Church

Sunday, 17th December, 10.30am – Carol Service in Woodingdean CP School

Sunday, 24th December, 10.30am – Christmas Eve Nativity Service in Woodingdean CP School

Monday, 25th December, 10am – Christmas Day – short Family Service in Woodingdean CP School

Everyone welcome. Please do join us!

Thursday Fellowship’s Autumn Programme

Thursday Fellowship returned on the 7th September for the autumn session.

We continue to meet in the  Parish Room of the Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean at 2pm each Thursday – please do join us – we can assure you of a warm welcome! 

Speakers lined up from September:

7th Sept – Phil Cook 

14th Sept – Sue Cunningham

21st Sept – Linda Davies (Mission Aviation Fellowship)

28th Sept – Dr Ruth Butlin (Leprosy Mission)

5th Oct – Beverley McArdle (Brighton & Hove City Mission – Rest Homes)

12th Oct – Graham Dawson

19th Oct – Jane Leaver

26th Oct – Malcolm Haines

2nd Nov- Gillian Clark (Books Alive) – cancelled due to the inclement weather

9th Nov – Connie Croly

16th Nov – Gillian Clark ( Books Alive)

23rd Nov – Ann Dracott

30th Nov – Roger, Rosemary & Tom from Seaford Baptist Church – bring Christmas Cards

7th Dec – Quiz with Lis

14th Dec – Carols, Candles and Cake

For further information head to the following link:- Thursday Fellowship


Thursday Fellowship – Ann Dracott

We were pleased to welcome back Ann Dracott to our meeting. Ann always takes something very common and practical and brings a Word from the Lord which is not only a personal testimony but also a challenge for us.

This time Ann brought along a favourite saucepan which she had spoiled by being in her words, careless, complacent and negligent! The pan was so badly burned that it took nearly 4 days to completely clean. Ann didn’t want to throw it out as it was part of a set, was old but well used and so very useful.

Ann likened this to the fact that we do mess up in our lives – we make wrong choices, our attitude may not be good at times, we can use careless words, we can become complacent and neglectful.  We may look fine on the outside , but on the inside, well!

Isn’t it wonderful that God in His mercy and faithfulness does not discard us! Like that old saucepan which was part of a set and useful, we are a part of the Body of Christ.  We are all important, we all matter, we all have different gifts and skills and there is something for each of us to do.

Ann highlighted Ephesians 2 v 8-10, focusing on verse 10 which says, “for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Are you ready to be used by God? Remember, God is faithful and will forgive our mistakes. We were challenged to put ourselves in God’s hands. He forgives and He restores but we were reminded that the process can be painful at times.

Thursday Fellowship – Gillian Clark

Gillian Clark from Books Alive in Hove was our visiting speaker this week.

Once again, Gillian came laden with an array of Christmas cards, wrapping paper, advent calendars and gifts so that we could stock up in preparation for the Christmas season.

Gillian brought a lovely message from Philippians 4 v 10-13 focussing on the second part of verse 12 and verse 13 “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation – I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

That doesn’t mean that we can literally do everything! We need to be aware of God’s call on our lives and the plan He has for us and serve Him wholeheartedly.  We do it all for the Lord out of our love for Him and wanting to please Him in everyway – we don’t need recognition from others! This way we can learn the secret of being content even in the most trying circumstances.

Isn’t it wonderful to know He gives us His strength to accomplish the work He has for each of us!

Gillian then prayed that we would have the discernment to know what God wants us to do and the contentment to follow His way.

Thursday Fellowship – Connie Crowly

On Thursday 9 November we were delighted to welcome Connie Croly, a long-standing friend of Thursday Fellowship.  Connie spoke on the much-loved Psalm 23, and brought fresh insights into this familiar part of the Bible, illustrating her talk with many examples from her own experience.

Psalm 23, as we know, was written by David, the shepherd-king, and his experience of tending his father’s flocks as a boy inspired him to see God as his Shepherd.  Connie reminded us that a good shepherd gives guidance – “He leads me “, protection – “He restores my soul”, healing  -“He anoints my head with oil”, provision – “He prepares a table”.

Jesus is not only our Good Shepherd, He is also the door of the sheep-fold, guarding and protecting us. We can rest safe and secure in his care.

Wednesday Prayers – 15th November, 2023

Jane Leads our online prayer time this month focussing on praying for the persecuted Church.

Thursday Fellowship – Malcolm Haines

We welcomed Malcolm our former pastor and a regular visitor to Thursday Fellowship to our meeting.

Malcolm brought a very helpful word around his experiences as a Teaching Assistant at a local Catholic Primary School – with reference to being salt and light and highlighting the passage in Matthew 5 v 13-16.

We thought about what salt does – mainly to preserve things and enhance the flavour of something better.  What if we were like really good salt! What does that mean for us?  How might it help others and bring glory to God? We were encouraged to not live selfishly but to live the Jesus way of serving others.

We also thought about the power of light and how it dispels darkness.  It can, if we allow it to shine in our lives, show a clear path towards friendship with God!

Malcolm has been blessed for the many opportunities he has had to shine for Jesus in his new role and Psalm 39 has spoken to him powerfully. Why not read it and see if God speaks to you too?!

Do we watch our ways?  Do we take time to stop and listen to others? Do we say and do things which are good and build others up? We may fail at times but our hope is in Him. – His grace is sufficient for us.  We can get up and try again because His mercies are new every morning. Let us all strive to serve God to the best of our ability.

Malcolm left us with this challenge – Let’s be salt and light because you never know who is watching!

Thursday Fellowship – Jane Leaver

Readings: Psalm 104 v 1, 10-25, 31-33 and John 15 v 9-17

An in-house afternoon this week with Sue leading and Jane bringing us a talk around the charming book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesey.

This delightful book with beautiful illustrations doesn’t centre around a story but rather a series of one liners focussing on love, friendship and kindness – a world of course that we all wish to be a part of!

Jane felt that on reading the book, she couldn’t help but apply Godly principles to the thoughts expressed and so linked four of the many sayings in the book with scripture to encourage and challenge us in our faith journey.

Looking at:

Kindness – Something our world is desperate for.  Everyone needs a kind word or gesture.  It leads to good in our society and can change lives. We were encouraged to be kind, and smile, not just with our mouths but with our eyes also! Ephesians 4 v 32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another.”

Comparing yourself to others – This is such a big waste of time! God made us, us! We are not a mistake.  We are His perfect design made in His image.  Be thankful, praise Him that we are fearfully and wonderfully made – Psalm 139 v 14.  His works are wonderful!  Do we know that full well? We should!

Thinking about being less afraid – Remember that there are 365 fear nots in the Bible, one for every day of the year. Isaiah 41 v 10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”

Asking for help – So many people want to be in control all of the time or they fear that asking for help is a sign of weakness or can make them appear incompetent or even inferior. Generally you find that people do want to help if they can – they want to make a difference. Where do you go for help?  Who can you turn to? A little talk with Jesus helps and can make things right – Jane testified to that fact. Trust Him!  Seek counsel from someone you trust also.

Charlie Mackesey’s book is all about friendship and Jane finished by linking back to our reading from John 15 v 9-17. The greatest friend we can have is Jesus.  He has called us His friends if we do what He says.  Let’s live the Jesus way and seek Him in all that we do. We finished by singing that lovely old hymn, What a Friend we have in Jesus.

Thursday Fellowship – Graham Dawson

Faith started our meeting by reading a few verses from Hebrews 12 – Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus – let’s consider Him! What a great start to our time together!

We welcomed Graham Dawson for his first visit to us.  Graham’s message was all about Love – that agapé love – the spontaneous feeling which leads to self-giving – a love that longs to give rather than to receive. God expresses His love for us; He is concerned for our welfare and wants the best for us.  He also gives without expecting anything in return. While we were still sinners and sunk in all of our mess, Christ died for us. 1 John 4 v 16 says, “we know and rely on the love God has for us.” Amen!

It is so comforting to know that God is loving towards all He has made (Psalm 145 v 17); that He loves us with an everlasting love, has drawn us with His unfailing kindness and that nothing can separate us from His love – absolutely nothing (Romans 8 v 28)! His love is deep enough to meet all of our needs.

And because He loves each one of us personally,  Graham shared that:

We are able to love God in return.
We must love our brothers and sisters – Jesus commanded it!
We should have a desire to tell others about His love.
We can be secure in whatever is happening in our lives because He will hold us fast.

We were reminded of that old song:

Jesus’s love is very wonderful – Oh wonderful love.
So high you can’t get over it,

So low you can’t get under it,
So wide you can’t get round it,
Oh, wonderful love.

A beautiful message which left us all with a cozy glow.  How wonderful is our God!

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