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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. 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.

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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.

P.W.

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-Nielson 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.

 

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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.

 

Buying the Building update 2 – June 25th 2014

We are holding a Pledge Day (Sunday 23/6/14) for money to be donated on or before 28th September 2014.

At the time of writing we have received donations of approx £131500, meaning that if  an amount of £31000 were to be given we could purchase the building outright, without need for bridging loans, mortgages etc.

We thank God for his undeserved kindness to us.

Further details including methods of giving can be found here.

- Philip Wells 25/6/14

Vision Morning – June 14th 2014

“How should we be praying and planning in faith for the next five years?”

This was the question that we believe God would have us consider, and we gathered on the Saturday morning 14th June to discuss together.

The Elders opened the morning with prayer and a reflection on the past.

There was a seven-year period when we didn’t even know whether the church could continue to meet in the current building. The ceiling fell in, the church looked abandoned from the outside and we prayed. Since then God has enabled us to have security of tenure and make investments in the building. Numbers attending have increased considerably, the demographic of the congregation has changed with more younger people, and a lovely group of children.

2014-06-14 13.21.16We broke into smaller groups to consider

  • evangelism/witness/outreach (feedback sheet shown in picture)
  • how to be church if there are more people present
  • future ministry of the word and admin
  • children’s ministry
  • buildings (currently part of the building is being sub-let to Brighton and Hove City Mission)

We finished with a feed-back session and prayer.

We thank God for a very positive morning, with a good spirit in which to discuss and look forward.

- Philip Wells

Thanks for great Musical Evening in support of Brighton Housing Trust

We’re thankful for an epic musical evening on 7th June 2014.

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Singing sisters

 

About 60 people – neighbours, friends, classmates etc -  were present to hear “various musical items from performers of all ages”. The two youngest performers – Maggie and Cui Cui (“Choi”) gave us a karaoke number from “Frozen”, followed by an acapella rendition from one of our older members Sylvia Anderson. What a great voice!

 

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Sylvia Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piano and vocals from Katharine Crompton with Katy Melua numbers, closely followed by “Johnny B. Goode” from Aaron Reeves took the tempo up several notches.

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Katharine Crompton

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Aaron Reeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first session was closed by a rip-roaring set from Mark Rayfield (lead vocals), Alex Wells (rhythm and vocals), Philip Wells (bass and vocals) and Aaron Reeves (lead) featuring rocking numbers from the early Beatles era.

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Rayfield, Wells and Wells – Help! I need somebody …

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second set featured Alyson and Matt’s beautiful folky songs,

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Alex (right) and Philip Wells “Try to Keep the customer satisfied”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The evening was brought to a breathtaking climax by Ruth Muinde’s atmospheric show-stopping unaccompanied gospel solo.

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Ruthie Muide

 

 

*There is quite nothing quite like the buzz of live music*

 

 

 

 

 

 

BHT CEO Andy Winter gave a moving appeal and over £200 was raised in donations.

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BHT CEO Andy Winter

 

Thanks to all who made food, set up the hall, and contributed in any way. What a great evening!

 

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Food, glorious food