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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

on Friday, 1st March at 2pm

Refreshments to follow service


Verse of the week

So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female he created them.

Genesis 1 v 27 (NIV)

Remember – you are special!

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

Ecumenical Service for Christian Unity

St Margaret’s in Rottingdean will be hosting the Ecumenical Service for Christian Unity on Sunday, 20th January at 4pm. 

Every year, churches across the world mark this week, to pray together for Christian unity.

In times like these, this prayer for unity is all the more urgent.

The theme for this year – Justice and only justice you shall pursue (Deut 16:18-20) – has been prepared by Christians from Indonesia.

This service is a major part of the week of prayer for Christian Unity from the 18th – 25th January, 2019.

Come along and join the “Deans’ Churches Together”  – all welcome.

“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.

All Age Nativity Service – Sunday, 23rd December

It was lovely to see so many visitors at our all-age nativity service. Thank you to the children who dressed up and got involved with retelling the Christmas story.

It was good to come together as a family to remember, celebrate and take to our hearts the birth of Jesus.

God loved us so much that He had a master plan – to send His only son into the world – to become as one of us. Jesus is the way to the truth and life, life now in all its fullness and life to come for eternity.  Isn’t that a good thing to be reminded of? Oh the wonder of Emmanuel – God with us!

Dean Wood Carol Service – Sunday 16th December

On the third Sunday in Advent, DBC decamped to Dean Wood Care Home in Woodingdean to conduct a morning service for the residents. Members of staff joined us to swell the numbers and around 50 people gathered for an hour of traditional carols and readings.

It was a joyful occasion. John asked the questions, what is the essence of Christmas? Why did Jesus come? Well, one of the reasons is to bring lasting peace on earth. We all need peace!

John retold the beautiful story of the Christmas Truce in 1914.  It is often celebrated as a symbolic moment of peace in an otherwise devastatingly violent war. We may like to believe that for just one day, all across the Western Front, men from both sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts  and play football, however this brief festive reprieve was far from a mass event. Where it didn’t occur, Christmas Day was a day of war like any other. Where it did, accounts say that men from both sides sang carols, left their trenches and met in No Man’s Land. It was only a brief respite of hostilities though – a fragile peace! John reminded us that God sent His son Jesus into the world. He is the Prince of Peace and the bringer of peace; a peace that will last for ever. This brings us hope and comfort.

It is such a blessing to go and share the good news of Jesus with the lovely folk at Dean Wood.  There isn’t the opportunity for residents to go to church and so to visit the home on a monthly basis and to conduct a carol service is a real joy for the DBC team. It is evident that it means so much to the residents. To sing hymns/carols and listen to familiar Bible stories and verses jogs the memory and brings a sense of well-being and peace.

We look forward to continuing our visits to Dean Wood in 2019.

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 autumn session has now finished and Thursday Fellowship will be taking a break over January and February. Keep a look out for dates of our coffee mornings. The winter months can be long and lonely and the coffee mornings are a great opportunity to meet up.

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

Churches Together carol singing – Saturday, 8th December

A 25-strong team from the Churches in Woodingdean gathered outside DBC Community Greengrocers to spread some Christmas joy by singing carols. 

This coincided once again with the Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions who were out in force at the crossroads collecting for the many local causes they support throughout the year.

It was a happy and joyful occasion despite the biting wind and it brought smiles and waves from passers-by.

It is so good working together to share the love of Jesus in our community.

Thank you to Gareth for supplying us we tea and coffee to help keep us warm and lubricated!

DBC Community Greengrocers shop slot donations

I am very pleased to be able to report that our shop slot donations for Marissa raised £239. Thank you for your generous support.

Our donations for the next few months or so will be for Time To Talk Befriending, a local Charity that helps older people who feel lonely, invisible and forgotten to feel like they are living again” and “no longer feel trapped inside their own home.”

Time To Talk Befriending is a charity rooted in the Sussex communities it serves. They offer a personalised model of inter-generational befriending, community outreach and seasonal campaigning, signposting and group befriending across the City of Brighton and Hove. They  work with vulnerable older people aged 65+ who experience chronic loneliness and social isolation. The foundation of the Charity is built on Christian values. They are motivated by their belief that older people should be honoured and respected. “TTTB” continue to work collaboratively with individuals and organisations from different backgrounds, faiths and beliefs to tackle the serious issue of loneliness head on.

Head to to find our more information especially if you are interested in volunteering.

It is great to support this local charity as it is working in Woodingdean and impacting the lives of many of our older residents.


Term time Coffee Morning update

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