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Movement in Worship

Our friends at Seaford Baptist Church are hosting a Movement in Worship training session on Saturday, 29th June, 10am-12.30pm.

Come and learn how to play the tambourine.  There will also be a free dance session and some teaching on worship.

All welcome – no charge though donations are of course welcome.

For further details contact Jane

Barn Dance

Habbakuk Harriers Barn Dance – 6th July

Once again the Habbakuk Harriers will be holding their annual Barn Dance to raise funds for the street children of Molo, Kenya.

Tickets and all info from Roger Sisley – 07590 806682

“Encountering God” – a time of retreat

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

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 3rd June @ Wendy’s home

Like to know more? Speak to Malcolm or Wendy

Verse of the week

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14 v 26 – 27 (NIV)

Remember: No matter what life throws at you, you have the victory! Be in step with the Spirit; love God, trust Him, obey Him and allow His will to become yours. If you do then peace will reign in your heart and life.

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

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

Programme for the Spring session:

18th April – Maundy Thursday – Communion Service

25th April – Wendy Young from Off the Fence

2nd May – No meeting – Polling Day

9th May – Rev Penny Blanch (Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team)

16th May – Major Muriel Calder (Salvation Army)

23rd May – Cynthia Tudor. NB Today’s meeting will take place at
37 The Ridgway.

Other dates to be confirmed.

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

Parent/Carer and Toddler Coffee Mornings

The term-time coffee mornings are changing from their usual Tuesday morning slot. For information on venue, day and time please speak to Cassie Reynolds.

Marathon Man!

A big shout out to our intrepid pastor, Malcolm who completed the Milton Keynes Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May in a personal best time of 4 hrs, 11 mins and 50 secs.

Malcolm was raising awareness and funds for Off the Fence’s Antifreeze project tackling homelessness in Brighton and Hove. He has raised £999 so far and if you would like to sponsor him, there is still time: Head to –

Well done Malcolm – a fantastic achievement.

Would you Adam & Eve it?

Following a successful 30 date tour in 2018, with over 2,000 people attending, Searchlight Theatre Company and Bible Society are back on the road from 15 June – 3 July 2019 with the hilarious and award winning, ‘Would You Adam and Eve it?’ show!

Our friends at the Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean are hosting the production on Sunday, 16th June, 2019 at 7.15pm

‘Would You Adam & Eve It?’ shows what happens if you tell two chaps who like to make people laugh; dramatise all 90 chapters from the first two books of the Bible.

With a few strategic speedy bits to help it achieve it’s running time – it has amazed audiences around the world for the last 10 years, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received a 5 star rating.

The show is being toured in partnership with the Bible Society who believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.

The show caters for anyone aged 9 or over – and for each show there are a number of free tickets for children so book early to avoid disappointment.

Pop along to the Friday drop-in at the Holy Cross to purchase your tickets or head to

All tickets: £10

Drowning In Waste

Tearfund Update:   Environmental issues

Tearfund is helping to transform the environment of communities around the world, for example, the slums of Pakistan where communities are literally drowning in waste. Uncollected waste is endangering lives as well as the environment.  Pakistan generates around 20 million tonnes of waste every year, of which only half is collected.  In slum communities the waste is dumped into watercourses or burnt when the volumes are overwhelming.  Communities are battling to survive in ever-growing mounds of waste.  When the heavy rains come the rivers rise at an alarming rate and the floods then sweep the rubbish into people’s homes causing the families to leave.  They are in great danger of drowning while they sleep!  Also, the build-up of waste – plastic and organic – allows rats, snakes etc.  to enter their houses, bringing the threat of disease.

But Tearfund is serving these slum communities with the help of their partner, Pak Mission Society.  Newly established recycling hubs have been set up which are supervised by paid ‘guardians of the environment’.  Rubbish is first collected, then sorted and used for compost or the recyclable material sold on.  Each hub provides employment for 25 people.  By doing this, they reduce the amount of plastics in the oceans, prevent the flooding of watercourses blocked by waste and lower greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of waste.

Tearfund is doing so much through its partner, PMS, to improve the environment, health and wellbeing of the slum communities of Pakistan.

If you would like to support this work and many other schemes around the world to prevent many tonnes of waste entering local rivers, to tackle plastic pollution and to improve the health of families head to If you donate via Direct Debit before May 17th, all donations received up to the 17th July will be DOUBLED by the UK government up to a staggering £3million.

Help save the environment

Are you concerned about the amount of single-use plastic items you are using? Have you been thinking that you ought to do something about it? Why not pop along to our Greengrocers shop in Warren Way and check out the new refill station!

There are lots of good quality products to choose from and the prices are very competitive.

Sue Foster, the shop Manager will be happy to explain how it all works so stop by and take a look.

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