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Verse of the week

This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4 v 10 (NIV)

Put your faith in Jesus who said – “I am the way, the truth and the life.”

The verse this week is inspired by the previous Sunday’s message.  To hear a recording of this message, head to the Sermons page.


Celebrating Easter 2019

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

Palm Sunday – 14th April – Walk of Remembrance and Witness at 10.30am from Woodingdean CP School Hall

Thursday Fellowship, Maundy Thursday Communion Service – 18th April at 2.15pm , at Holy Cross Parish Room

Good Friday – 19th April – Fellowship Breakfast and Communion at 9am – Woodingdean CP School Hall

Easter Sunday Reflection – 21st April at 9.45am (Outside, weather permitting) followed by Easter Sunday All-age Communion service at 10.30am.

DBC’s vision and Purpose

To know God and to make Him known


Jesus said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14 v 6


Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.” Luke 10 v 27

Brighton & Hove Citizens Listening Campaign 2019

What’s the most significant issue in Brighton & Hove?

Community groups and individuals are working together to bring about positive change and to develop people to participate in public life across the city.

At their Lunch Assembly on April 29th, members will present the most significant issues facing residents of Brighton & Hove, and how they aim to tackle/change them.

For more information about the listening campaign, contact Brighton & Hove Citizens at

Kenya update

Doctors at Great Commission Medical Centre – Dundori

The Medical Centre at Dundori in the Rift Valley region of Kenya near Nakuru started from modest beginnings as a health clinic, but has now grown into a medical centre with overnight accommodation and male and female wards.  Originally there were just one or two beds for inpatients, but since then there has been a lot of expansion, rebuilding, redecoration and development in drainage and pipe-borne water.

Initially, Gideon Oyienga was the only medical officer and he was aided by a nurse. The number of staff has now risen to 10 workers including 2 more clinical officers, a lab technician and a dentist.  Gideon has always been the medical director overseeing the work, and he conducts operations.  Although not a trained medical doctor, he has lots of experience and some medical training. Some years ago he visited the UK to attend a medical course organised by Peter Armon, a former member of DBC and a doctor. He stayed in Woodingdean with the late John Bracey.  Illnesses treated include malaria, typhoid, epilepsy, hypertension, child birth problems and dental problems. By January 2012 there was a rise in the number of outpatients treated and a total of 12 inpatients.  Serious cases are referred on to the Provincial Hospital in Nakuru.  Gideon’s slogan is “We treat but God heals” and each day starts with prayer, praise and Bible study.

Hospital ward

A trust has been set up called The Great Commission Trust, Kenya. Pastor Daniel Gitau is the director, and the vision for the various projects around Dundori is his.  The trust takes care of the business and financial matters relating to Dundori and the medical centre now has an accountant on its staff.  The trust is a charity – a non-profit making organisation.  There are also a total of 52 Friends and Supporters of the Great Commission Medical Centre Dundori.  Among them is DBC which has helped fund medical work in Dundori for nearly 20 years. Other partners included John Bracey until his death in 2016, and MEDS (Medicines for essential drug supplies).  Supporters also include the Brighton Christian running team, the Habakkuk Harriers, led by Roger Sisley.

John Bracey

Until his death in October 2016, John Bracey, a longstanding member of DBC, was a major supporter, encourager and instigator of the clinic for many years.  He visited Dundori nearly every year and helped the clinic so much practically.  He practically rebuilt it!  He regularly took out cash and equipment, sometimes at a danger to himself.  He also advised the clinic on setting up a proper accounting system because their accounts were in a dire state. The clinic is always in debt and in trouble with the chemist due to the high cost of drugs and medical bills.  This is largely due to the fact that the patients are not always able to pay for their treatment.  DBC makes a regular quarterly contribution towards the cost of medicines for the clinic.

There is a growing group of Chrisco churches in the area which Pastor Daniel Gitau has responsibility for – about 10 fellowships including Dundori and Molo.  The latest is the ‘Worship Centre’ in central Nakuru.  God is working in these lively Pentecostal churches.  The projects we as a church want to support are embedded in the church and part of it.  Staff members at the clinic come from the churches.

Other projects DBC supports:-

  1. Molo Feeding and Rehabilitation programme which Leonard Mbae supervises.  2 eco-friendly ovens have been built and also a rural 2-acre plot of land has been bought to be used at first for growing crops.
  2. Dolphin Academy school – a rural school, which now has had the electricity supply connected and paid for, and a computer installed to help with administration.
  3. The incinerator project is still ongoing and the clinic now has the document from NEEMA.


Lent Course

A gentle Bible Study series on the fruit of God’s Spirit in our lives through Lent.

The course will explore how to grow in Christ-likeness and bring transformation to those in need.

The sessions will be held on 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March, 2nd and 9th April 7.45- 9pm at Margaret’s home.

For further details, contact Malcolm Haines on 07505 118634

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, friendship and fun! For further information head to the following link:- Thursday Fellowship

Our 2018/19 motto:

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

The spring session will commence on Thursday, 7th March and the speaker will be our very own Pastor, Malcolm Haines.

14th March – Sue Cunningham

21st March – Sue Cunningham

28th March – Win Funnell

4th April – Peter & Penny Woodcraft

11th April – Spring Lunch with Connie Croly

18th April – Maundy Thursday – Communion Service

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

Family fun – Sunday, 10th February

What a super family service we had! We had a bit of everything!

The children performed a special set of songs and they were really excellent. Well done to our young soloists and percussionists. Thank you Linn for leading them so well.

We had Bible stories, action songs and fun experiments which everyone enjoyed doing.

The best one was where Malcolm gave each table two eggs. He said that one was hard- boiled and the other was just an ordinary egg. One egg had an even number on it and the other an odd number. Each table had to try and work out which egg was which and Malcolm took us through a series of experiments to help us decide.

Malcolm told us that knowing what something is like on the inside can be difficult to know. People can be like that also!  People may look ok on the outside but there could be evil and mischief in their hearts.  God can see all and He knows what we are really like.  Malcolm read the story of Samuel who was told by God to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as King.  It’s a great story in 1 Samuel 16:1-13.

We should not judge others by the way they look.  Samuel did!

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

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

Look out for the next one and come and join us.

Traidcraft Update

Good news!

At a recent meeting of the Board of Directors a scheme was drafted and approved to enable Traidcraft to continue selling their goods on a very small scale.  To this end a new catalogue will be sent out at the end of March 2019.  All foodstuffs except Geobars will continue to be traded as well as all drinks.  Some crafts will also be available to buy, but Traidcraft will be selling crafts made by overseas producers that have already been imported into the U.K.  Sadly they will no longer deal directly with their former overseas producers.

Traidcraft Exchange, its sister development charity, is fundraising in order that Traidcraft’s former overseas partners receive some compensation and recoup some of their lost income.

Traidcraft needs your support now even more. Please therefore continue to make every effort to buy their fairly traded foodstuffs and drinks from our DBC Community Greengrocers shop in Woodingdean. Thank you for your support in the past.

“Open the Book” Schools’ programme

For several months a small group of Christians from local churches (including DBC) have been visiting Woodingdean Primary School taking scripted Bible stories to share with the children.

Following the success of this project it is hoped to be able to extend into Rudyard Kipling Primary School, if enough volunteers can be found.

Please pray for the continuing work and proposed expansion of this valuable outreach to children in our area. 

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