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Thursday Fellowship – Sue Cunningham

On Thursday 23rd September, Sue and Ginger the Cat came to speak to us about feet! Boots, having just completed the marathon was far too tired to accompany them!

There are numerous references to feet in the Bible and Sue mentioned three in particular:

Psalm 119 v 105 – “Your Word is a lamp to my feet.” The Bible is our guide in life and it shows us the way we should live.

John 13 speaks of Jesus washing His disciples feet – the ultimate picture of humble service! Jesus set us an example to serve others.

Isaiah 52 v 7 -“How lovely on the mountain are the feet of those who bring Good News.” This stresses the importance of sharing the love of Jesus wherever we go.

You would be very welcome to join us at 2pm on Thursday at the Parish Room of the Holy Cross in Woodingdean.

Maybe see you there or until next time – blessings to you!

Thursday Fellowship – John Cassé

On our 3rd meeting (16.9.21), John Cassé, a DBC church member, spoke on the subject of Peace, referring to various Bible references as he did so.

With the world being so full of doubt, uncertainty, confusion and bad news in these days, John reminded people that there is still Good News of Peace available to everyone through Jesus.  He drew attention to some of the words of Jesus to His disciples when He said things like, “Peace be still” and “My Peace I give to you”, as well as in His encouraging words, “go in Peace“, spoken to a woman He healed from a long-term illness.

Some Bible verses from Philippians chapter 4 were read and John spoke about the apostle Paul’s teaching (in verses 7 and 9 of that chapter) about the “Peace of God” and the “God of Peace“.  John also referred to Paul’s teaching which talks of the importance of people having (and knowing) “Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” and “letting the Peace of Christ rule in our hearts”.

He brought his comments to a close by telling the story of how the hymn “When Peace like a river attendeth my way” came to be written which we then sang together.

Each member was able to take home a copy of the Bible verses on which John had based his comments for further reflection.

If you would like to join us, we meet on Thursday afternoons at 2pm in the Parish Room of the Holy Cross, Woodingdean for fellowship and friendship.

Children’s Ministry – JAM/RAP

We are delighted to say that from 26 September we will be recommencing our Sunday morning activities and teaching for children. Much careful consideration has been given to ensure that this can take place within current guidelines, and every family will be contacted beforehand with details of all the safety measures which will be in place. However, if you have any questions before (or after) this please feel free to speak to Judith, Gareth or Kathy.

For further details, head to: Children’s Ministry – September 2021

Thursday Fellowship – Sue Cunningham

For our second meeting, one of the Thursday Fellowship Committee – Sue Cunningham brought along a couple of her glove puppet friends, Ginger and Boots to help illustrate her devotional talk.

Sue was thinking about our hands or in the case of Ginger and Boots, their paws!

Our hands are all very different but they are very important to us!

Psalm 139 v 5-6 – God holds our hands when we’re frightened, lonely and confused. How awesome that God, who created the universe has His hands on each one of us and He upholds us and will not let us fall! Psalm 37 v 23; Psalm 63 v 8.

Mark 7 v 31-37 – Jesus touches us gently at our own pace and at our point of need.

When I feel the touch of your hand upon my life, It causes me to sing a song that I love you, Lord.
So, from deep within, my spirit singeth unto thee,
You are my King, You are my God, and I love you, Lord.

Keri Jones & David Matthew
Copyright – 1978 Authentic Publishing

If you would like to join us, we meet on Thursday afternoons at 2pm in the Parish Room of the Holy Cross, Woodingdean for fellowship and friendship.

Thursday Fellowship is back!

What a great time we had after being apart for 18 months! It was so good to be back together again and lovely to welcome two new members to our gathering.

Pastor Malcolm’s message focused on 2 Timothy 3 v 16-17 (NIV) – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

We were encouraged to read it (perhaps obtain a contemporary version in modern language), to think about it every day and allow it to affect every part of our lives. Certainly much food for thought to take into this new season!

We will continue to meet in the  Parish Room of the Holy Cross Church, Woodingdean at 2pm each Thursday – please do consider joining us – you would be most welcome.

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

Prayer Together opportunities from September 2021

During the pandemic we have been blessed by Wednesday Prayers at 7.45pm each Wednesday to encourage us and sustain us. These have been very precious times and been appreciated by all who have been able to listen in.

As we now get back to a new kind of normal and enjoy meeting together once again, the format of our prayer opportunities will change.

The plan from September is to meet in person once a month for Prayer Together with another opportunity once a month live on our FaceBook page.

Malcolm will put out reminders on FaceBook and of course we will keep you informed by adding the dates and any details needed to our Upcoming Events side bar on the website.

Please do join in with us. Prayer changes things!

DBC Community Greengrocers Shop Slot charity Donations

The donations for the next few weeks will be sent to Yemen in the Middle East through Tearfund, a Christian emergency relief and development charity which is also a member of DEC (Disasters’ Emergency Committee).

There have been 6 years of conflict in Yemen that have left 20 million people without enough food or safe water. Millions of children are facing starvation and over 85,000 children have already died from hunger or disease since 2015. The health system has collapsed and coronavirus is thought to be aggressively spreading across the country. Yemen, therefore, is on the brink of the worst famine the world has seen in decades, and in the absence of immediate action millions of lives may be lost.

In spite of the unimaginable suffering of the people of Yemen, the UK government is cutting its aid to Yemen by more than half, a decision that the UN is calling a ‘death sentence’ for Yemen that will have catastrophic effects on the people. The government is also still selling weapons to parties involved in the Yemen conflict.

As well as donations we ask for prayer for the people of Yemen, for their protection from illness, disease and conflict, that there will soon be peace, and that the UK government will show compassion on these very poor people and restore spending on foreign aid to previous levels.

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

Financial donations for 2020:- £225 + £15 extra gift aid = £240

Our gifts through the Birthday Scheme provide life-saving medical treatment and care to some of the poorest and most marginalised people around the world, for example, at Guinebor II hospital in Chad. Any additional funds are used in other areas of urgent need, such as development projects that are promoting positive health by providing clean drinking water or alleviating hunger.

G2 is a shining Christian light in the Chadian desert. Our donations enable staff at the hospital to keep providing quality healthcare to the local community and to keep praying for the patients as they introduce people to Christ. The staff includes an amazing team of midwives who are battling the fifth highest infant mortality rate in the world. For example, our money enables the hospital to provide life-saving Caesarean surgery for mothers during childbirth. Our gifts also help to upgrade wards at the hospital so even more people can receive the healthcare they need.

Our BS donations are also helping those who are suffering during the Coronavirus pandemic. They help to provide medical equipment and supplies. For example, they have enabled temperature screening in Chad and provided PPE in Nepal. They also help with the distribution of food to those who cannot find work and so cannot afford to buy food.

NOTE: Please pray concerning the instability in Chad at the moment, where the president, Idriss Deby, has just been killed in battle with rebel fighters. This Central African State has been a vital ally in international efforts to combat Islamist militants in the region.

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

An Introduction to Proverbs in about 3 minutes!

Why a cross?

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1 v 18 NIV

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