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Welcome to Calvary Church, Brighton, UK!

cropped-logo-square.jpgWe are here to preach, teach, learn and live out the good news of Jesus Christ today in the centre of Brighton.

The new University and College term is upon us. If you are new to Brighton please come and look in on our meetings where you can meet Jesus Christ through hearing the Bible simply explained among a caring community of believers. We have a long history of being blessed by, and being a blessing to, students of all sorts.

  • If you cannot join us in person, you may be interested to listen to some of our sermons on MP3 or read one of our newsletters.
  • You can follow us on twitter @CalvaryCh_Btn.
  • Finally, we’d be very glad to hear by email from people who have visited this site.

We are an evangelical church in the Reformed tradition – affiliated to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.

Brilliant Musical Evening in support of Refugee work of Brighton Housing Trust (BHT)

Over £280 was raised at the November 2015 Musical Evening. The money was raised in support of Brighton Housing Trust’s refugee work. Andy Winter CEO writes: “on behalf of Kate Jessop and all at teh Immigration Legal Service … thank you for your incredible generoisty at the muci evening – which I really enjoyed”.

Contributions reflected the cross generational family nature of the church. Some jazz from senior member Colleen Moss, something from the “Jungle Book” by Argie Benwell and Corinne Lamb (aka “Lambargie”) taking in Johnny Cash’s “Aint no grave can hold my body down” and the Beatles en route.

Thanks to all who helped organise, set up and run the event. We thank God for the many gifts of musical and other talent – but it is not about excellence so much as making a contribution.


Kate Jessop explains the work of the Immigration Legal Service of BHT

The hall was packed and the atmosphere was “full of good energy” as one visitor put it – we had certainly prayed for Christ’s presence to be there.

There is a Facebook video here.

International mission – report from Albania

On Wednesday November 18th 2015 we were pleased to welcome Jamie and Lori Clarke and children. Once upon a time Jamie used to come to the youth group in the church. But his  visit this time was in connection with the ministry that he and his wife are conducting in Albania where he is a Christian missionary.

We were told about the way that God is working among children and young men, in the city and in the villages in this spiritually needy country.



Welcome to new students!

If you are a student coming to Brighton for the first time, whether from the UK, or from another part of the world there will be a warm welcome for you at Calvary.

We can offer you

  • the opportunity to meet and know Jesus – perhaps for the first time
  • upbuilding and heartfelt meetings where the Holy Spirit speaks through the word of God in the Scriptures which you can understand even if English is not your first language
  • the opportunity to be known by most people in the church, and to get to know them
  • the opportunity to be part of a group of people of your own age including people from all parts of the world
  • the hearing of the word of God, spoken with seriousness, including the difficult and unpalatable bits, in dependence on the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit
  • the opportunity to learn, grow and serve and be changed for ever during your time in Brighton

Very pleasant musical evening in support of “Brighton Voices in Exile”

Musicians and performers varied and sundry brought their contributions to a very pleasant musical evening July 18th 2015. We were raising money to support “Brighton Voices in Exile”.

Performers ranged in age from not actually 6 to not actually 60 and quite a lot in between. There was  trance track from DJ Ross the Red, and a sweet rendition of a “Teamwork” song from her school by Cui Xhang.


Cui wows the audience with her school song

Aaron Reeves and Jon Bickley brought rock stardom to the stage with a guitar duo, and Wells-Rayfield renditions of Simon/Garfunkel classics was a great favourite. The closing pieces were some very moving acappella pieces from the very talented Ruthi Muinde, followed by a rocking version of “Johnny B. Goode” from the ensemble.


Aaron and Jon – rockstars!

Mary-Jane Birkett – CEO of Brighton Voices in Exile – gave a brief explanation of the work of the charity. It aims to put humanity back into the process of seeking asylum, which can be a procedure which treats people without compassion.

Mary-Jane explains the work of Brighton Voices in Exile

Mary-Jane explains the work of Brighton Voices in Exile

Find out more about Brighton Voice in Exile here

The evening raised over £120 for the charity. Thanks to all who prepared, brought food, played, tidied up afterwards, attended, and gave generously!

A moving baptism – June 28th 2015

On June 28th 2015 the morning meeting was pretty full as regulars and visitors came to witness the baptism of brother H. from Persia. (Detailed information is being treated with caution to avoid problems for friends and family)


A moving testimony was read out mentioning the attractiveness of Jesus Christ and Christian faith especially when compared other experiences and teachings.

The message from the bible outlined how Christianity is a religion of humble love, as epitomised by Jesus himself who came to serve us. He left us an example that we should lovingly serve others. The text was John 13 – where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. P.W.




Great time celebrating gospel unity with FIEC churches in Sussex – 5th July 2015

IMG_20150705_165108577We had an encouraging time together with other Mid-Sussex Fellowship of Independent Churches (FIEC) at the invitation of our generous hosts Grace Church, Bolnore.

There were about 120 in attendance, the music was provided by a combined group of musicians from Grace Church and Christ Church, Haywards Heath. John Stevens – National DIrector of FIEC – preached on the five marks of a gospel church from 1 Thessalonians 1

It was great to meet up with old friends, people we have prayed for, and to make new friends too.



Looking to the future – gifts, Elders, Deacons

As we look to the future we know that reliable people will be needed to take responsibilities in the running of the church. Not least we need to train up, and most probably, take on those who can grow into significant word-ministry and pastoral oversight. In order for us as a church to understand this better we are conducting a series of morning sermons on the subject of

gifts: the God-given ability for each one to be a blessing to others. In other words, what everyone can contribute because they are part of the body of Christ. The dominating idea in the New Testament is that gifts are aimed not at excitement or spectacle, but at the “building up of the church”

Elders: the men who are the pastoral overseers of the flock, at least some of whom have a particular role in teaching and preaching.

Deacons: those men and women who have a particular role as Servants in, of, and for the church.

The talks are being recorded and uploaded to sermon.net and the internet link is referenced here


Congratulations – Mr and Mrs Akpan

The bridegroom waits patiently while the bridal party run down New England Hill in the absence of the expected taxi

The bridegroom waits patiently while the bridal party run down New England Hill in the absence of the expected taxi

Another lovely wedding gifted by Calvary Church to Harold and Zane on 16th May 2015. The international flavour was supplied via Harold’s Nigerian heritage and Zane’s Latvian heritage – with contributions during the ceremony reflecting both.

The address was given by Pastor Philip Wells who spoke on the nature of marriage as God’s gift to humankind in creation, and as and expressive of the union of Christ and his church (Ephesians chapter 5:32Harold and Zane family group) – which is the loving union of two unlike entities.


The service was followed by loads of scrumptious food prepared by Calvary people, and also by friends and relatives.

We wish them all God’s blessings for many happy future years together.

And another new church member

We were really pleased to welcome Corinne Lamb into church membership on Sunday 19th April 2015.



She has been worshipping with us for some months, and is a keen supporter of Young Adults Group and was previously studying on the Sussex Gospel Partnership Ministry Training Course till a job lured her understandably away.