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Welcome to the website of Calvary Church, Brighton, UK!

CEC-exterior-side-view02We are here to preach, teach, learn and live out the good news of Jesus Christ today in the centre of Brighton.

The London Road area is developing and changing rapidly. If you are visiting, we would be delighted to welcome you to one of our meetings where you can meet Jesus Christ through hearing the Bible simply explained among a caring community of believers.

  • 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.

Good things to report and pray for 13th August 2014

From our mid-week meeting: it is good to report a number of interesting conversations were had with various passers-by on London Road.

Topics of discussion included – “where do we come from?” “hasn’t science disproved Christianity”, “I believe in Jesus but am not keen on church”. Some people took the booklets and pamphlets offered and read them with great care.

The Bible says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” Romans 10:15

Students welcome!

Maybe you are looking here because you are planning to come to Brighton as a student in Autumn 2014. Brighton offers a very rich and varied experience for students from all over the world – hopefully a great time is ahead of you!

If you are looking for a church you will find information about us on the rest of the site and especially here.

When you choose a church remember, it’s not all about music, and smaller churches like ours also have a lot to offer in the way of opportunities to build relationships in the church family and to get actively involved in growing and serving.

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Looking at God and ourselves – Sunday morning teaching series, August 2014

A swiss pastor, wishing to give an all-round course of instruction to his flock once wrote:

Our wisdom,in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves” John Calvin (1509-1564)- Institutes of Christian Religion, Book 1, Chapter 1.

We’ve been following his outline and have been looking briefly at who God is : (1) Creator, (2) Trinity (3) Ruler (4) God who is good. And now we are looking at who we are – humanity (1) in the image of God (2) spoiled by sin, (3) redeemed by Christ.

These can all be followed via the talks and sermons page.


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Combined Mid-Sussex Group prayer meeting – 23rd July 2014

Representatives of the 15 or so churches in the Mid-Sussex Group (MSG) of Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) met together at Christ Church, Haywards Heath for a combined prayer meeting on Wednesday evening 23/7/14

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Trevor Archer, FIEC director for training, gave an update on the wide range of FIEC initiatives and activities. Across the UK church attendance at gospel churches is at best staying level, and otherwise facing decline. We need to grasp the opportunity to re-evangelise the UK, and time money and effort is being expended in doing so.

Trevor also spoke briefly and encouragingly from a text in 1 Peter.  David Sprouse of Cuckfield Baptist Church chaired the meeting.

We also had bullet points for prayer from each of the churches. We broke up into groups of 6 or so to pray together.

It was really good to be together and meet up with people for whom we pray, but whose faces we see only on special occasions.


Sad goodbyes – June 30th 2014

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Goodbye Stephie Holmes – ceramicist

Last Sunday we had the sad pleasure of saying good-bye to two talented and creative Christian young women.

Stephie had been with us for 4 years during her course at Brighton University. She leaves to take up a career in her chosen craft of Ceramics.






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Katharine Kofoed-Nielsen nee Crompton

Katharine had been with us for three years during her Masters at Brighton University, and her two years as Associate Worker. She leaves to get married and serve God in Peru.

She doesn’t look too sad about it, does she?

*Another* wonderful wedding July 4th 2014

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Samuel and Katharine’s wedding

The Vikings used to come over to England and consume our food, remove our property, and take our women.

…It seems that they’re still doing it.

But in this case we were delighted to be part of it – that is, the wedding of our Associate Worker Katharine Crompton to Danish Theological Student Samuel Kofoed Nielsen on Friday 4th July at Bishop Hannington Church. There was a cake-reception at the church followed by a meal and speeches (many, many speeches – in the Danish style) at Hollingbury Golf Club.



Samuel and Katharine – photo by Ray Wingate

All in all it was a splendid and joyful occasion.

Our prayers and best wishes go to the happy couple. Their plan is to serve God as missionaries in Peru – but first they have over a year of training ahead of them.

When there are some more official photos available we will put them on view.

What a delightful way to express partnership in the gospel with another SGP church

Website back up and running

Apologies for the outage for the past week. Sadly we were the victim of hackers who used the  website to generate 1000′s of deceptive spam emails. They would have used this to direct people to a fake website, and thus to steal usernames and passwords. Because of the huge volume of abnormal activity the website hosting system removed our site from service.

We have rebuilt the site and cleansed the malicious files – if there is any thing that doesn’t work properly please let us know.

Thanks to Alex Wolski for alerting us to the problem, and to Alex Wells for his expert remedial work.

It all seems to prove the gospel doctrine of universal sinfulness.