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Thursday Fellowship

Thursday Fellowship meets in the Parish Room of the Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean at 2.15pm.

We would love you to join us for fellowship and friendship.  All welcome.

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

Our motto for the year is –

“Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”

1 Chronicles 16 v 11 (NIV).

Our spring session commences on the 5th March when we welcome Pastor Malcolm Haines.

12th March – Sue Cunningham

Verse of the week

“If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8 v 31b (NIV)

Thought: The last words of Jesus link His presence with our calling. Are you living under God’s kingship – for Him and His way? If you are, then be encouraged by His words – “I am with you always.”

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


Flipping Marvellous Pancake Party – Tuesday, 25th February @ 6-8.30pm

After the success of last year’s party, Margaret has decided to do it again!

Why not come along and raise funds for CAP (Christians Against Poverty)!

Give Margaret a ring on 01273 230286 if you would like to know more!

Like last year, Malcolm will use the party to launch the first of the Lent Group Bible Studies.

New Teaching Series

Pastor Malcolm commenced a new teaching series entitled Bible Encouragements on Sunday, 23rd February. 

If you are unable to join us for any in the series then head to our sermon page to hear a recording.  Week 1 – “I am with you always.” Enjoy!

All-age Service – Sunday, 9th February

We had a great time at our all-age service.

Malcolm retold the story of the feeding of the 5000 and we got to eat bread and fish in the service! Some people who didn’t like fish even brought some cheese shaped as fish!

For a flavour of our special family time together,  head to our sermon page and listen to the two short extracts.

The miracle showed us the power of God and that we need to take Him seriously.  Jesus is simply amazing! Let’s feed on Him, the Bread of life!

Keep an eye out for our next family service.  We would love to see you!

BMS Birthday Scheme

BMS works among some of the most marginalised and least evangelised people, in some of the most fragile places on earth. It aims to bring life in all its fullness through seven key ministries: church, development, education, health, justice, leadership and relief.

As a church we support their work and have signed up to their Birthday Scheme which is administered by Maria, one of our members. To find out more, head to

The DBC scheme raised £275 in 2019 and the money will support two projects:-

1.  Guinebor II (G2) Hospital – a mission hospital in the desert outside Chad’s capital city providing life-changing healthcare to some of the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world. In Chad, there is only one doctor for every 25,000 people, and many die from treatable illnesses.

2.  BMS water engineers who work with rural communities in Uganda, digging boreholes and providing clean water, thus bringing health and life to the rural villages.

Thank you to all those who gave via this wonderful scheme during the past year.

World Day of Prayer – Friday, 6th March

The World Day of Prayer (formerly The Women’s World Day of Prayer) is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.

This year’s service has been prepared by the women of Zimbabwe and the theme is

“Rise! Take your mat and walk.”

Our local Committee invites you all to the service which will be held at :-

Woodingdean Methodist Church
The Ridgway
Woodingdean. Brighton. BN2 6PA

on Friday, 6th March at 2pm

Refreshments will follow the service

DBC Christmas Appeal

In an effort to help Brighton and Hove’s homeless community, members and friends enthusiastically filled toilet bags made by one of our members with essential hygiene supplies. These were then given to local charity Off The Fence for distribution to the homeless women they are in contact with. We were able to collect items for the men too.

Nigel Sarjudeen a Community Keyworker at Antifreeze wrote:

“I am writing to express our thanks, and that of our clients for your recent kind donations of home-made toiletry bags containing underwear, hand gel, feminine wipes, roll on deodorant, pack of tissues and chocolate. These bags will be much appreciated by our female clients.  Thank you also for the socks and boxer shorts for the men.  We thank God for your partnership in our work, your thoughtfulness for the needs of our clients and your ongoing prayers.”

To find out more about the work of Off the Fence, either have a word with Jane Leaver or head to their website at

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and for your willingness to help some of the most vulnerable and needy people in our community.

DBC Community Greengrocers Shop Slot charity Donations

You will remember that over 250 Christians died as a result of churches being bombed across Sri Lanka last Easter.

We are pleased to announce that our Shop Slot donations raised £200. Thank you so much for your generosity.

We will ensure that your gift reaches the people who desperately need it so that they can rebuild their lives and communities.

Shop Slot donations over the Christmas period and into 2020 will support Sussex Homeless Support.  You can read all about their work by clicking the link below:


All Age Nativity Service – Sunday, 22nd December

We had a fun time at our all age Nativity Service in Woodingdean school hall. The theme of our morning was – “With love from God to you!”

Pastor Malcolm (as you have never seen him before – dressed as Planet Earth then as a zebra!), retold the Gospel story in his inimitable style encouraging congregation participation of course.

The children and some of the grown ups dressed up as characters from the nativity and everyone played their parts well. We all followed the story from the beginning of creation –  Adam and Eve – the fall – the wonderful birth of the Lord Jesus – His death on the cross to save us from our sins so that we could be friends with God for ever.

How wonderful to know that Jesus was able to lift every wrong thing than anyone has ever done or will do onto His own broad shoulders and carry them far away. Anyone who is truly sorry and turns away from their sin will be forgiven.

So, this Christmas, let’s celebrate the birth of Jesus our Saviour. The baby is a precious gift…….with love from God to you!

The children sang to us Mary’s Boy Child and they did so with such gusto. Have a listen to their song below…….

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