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Verse of the week

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

Luke 5 v 5 (NIV)

Thought – “God does not call the equipped, God equips the called!

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


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.

The first session on the 5th March will start with pancakes and an introduction to the course at 7pm.

For further details, contact Malcolm Haines on 07505 118634

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.

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 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

A list of speakers will follow shortly.

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.

Go flat out against poverty!

We’re mixing things up to raise funds for Christians Against Poverty (CAP) on Tuesday, 5th March.

Should be fun!

If you are interested in popping along for an evening of whisking, flipping and scoffing then please speak to Margaret!

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.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019:  Feb 25 – March 10

Fairtrade Fortnight is a celebration of our Fairtrade achievements and of our commitment to making trade fair.

Events already planned:-

  1. Feb 27th 6pm – 9pm ‘Chocolate Tastes Party’, Brighthelm Centre, North Rd (Queens Road end)

Competition for best chocolate cake!

  1. March 8th 6pm – 9pm ‘Brighton & Hove Fairtrade Bake Off’, B & H Food Partnership Kitchen, Queens Road

A fun evening, chocolate tasting, games, talks etc.

Why not pop along and get involved; should be fun!

“Open the Book” Schools’ programme

For several months a small group of Christians from local churches (including DBC) have been visiting Woodingdean Primary School twice in a half-term, 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.

An “air and share” session was held at the Holy Cross on Monday 11th February led by the Brighton and Hove City Mission. 

Watch this space for further details on how you can get involved.

World Day of Prayer – Friday, 1st 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 Slovenia and the theme is

“Come – Everything is Ready.” 

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

St Patrick’s Church
119 Cowley Drive
Woodingdean. Brighton. BN2 6TB

on Friday, 1st March at 2pm

Refreshments to follow service

“Encountering God” – a time of retreat

Our “Encountering God” study group, based around the book of the same name by Joyce Huggett, continues for a fourth session.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the joys of an intimate relationship with God. It is insightful and practical and will transform your spiritual walk with God!

The group next meets at 2pm on:-

  • Monday 28th Jan
  • Monday 25th Feb
  • Monday 25th Mch
  • Monday 29th April

Interested? For further details please contact Malcolm.

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