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Welcome to Calvary Church, Brighton, UK!

We are here to preach, teach, learn and live the good news of Jesus Christ today in the centre of Brighton, UK.


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.

If you are a student you may like to know that we have a long history of being blessed by, and being a blessing to, students of all sorts, from all sorts of places.

  • 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.
  • and, of course, 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.

Our week of prayer – September 2018

“you have not, because you ask not” – James 4:2

This week we are setting aside time to ask the Lord Almighty for his guidance and provision in our week of prayer.

Last year, many of the people praying were themselves the answer to prayers prayed two years before. So we – in our weakness – look to the Lord, in his Almightiness.

55+ years of service – April 2018

On 28th April 2018 we had a celebration to mark 55 years of Christian service rendered by Ray Wingate.

Ray had served on the Railway Mission Advisory Committee, then, following Pastor Les Hill’s teaching on Church Government as a Deacon. He served as Youth Coordinator, then as Church Secretary, then additionally as Church Treasurer.

The value of service is not always seen “up front” in the church of Jesus Christ, but often “behind the scenes”. Thank you to Ray for such sterling service.

Many old friends came along to the afternoon. A framed print was presented to Ray in appreciation. It was a lovely time for which we thank God in very many ways.


We’re looking for an Assistant Pastor during 2018

An exciting opportunity in a growing gospel church engaged in the local community at the heart of a creative and diverse university City.

Calvary Evangelical Church Brighton is prayerfully seeking to take on an Assistant Pastor during 2018, to serve and train in that role for 3 years. The current lead teacher-elder Philip Wells  and will be looking to hand over a significant portion of his workload by August 2021.

At the time of writing the congregation has grown so that the main church hall is sometimes nearly full. (Average morning congregations of 75+ with seating capacity of 90 to 100 max). The options for expansion on the site are limited, and the personal and relational “small church” ethos is very important to us. This means that the issue of church planting/revitalisation or similar growth strategy will – by God’s grace – need to be actively considered and actioned soon.


Please send application letter (including CV) and a completed copy of the modified FIEC Application Form to philip “at” calvary-brighton.org.uk   (cc frymail “at” ntlworld.com) 

The application letter should state how you believe your convictions, gifts, experience and vision fit you for this particular situation.

Please read the Church Profile document and the Job Profile carefully .See elsewhere on this website and listen to some of the recorded Sunday messages.

N.B. Other Church documents (e.g. church manual) are currently under review, but copies of recent drafts will be sent on request.

Thank God for our workshop morning on church membership – September 23rd 2017

We spent a very useful morning reviewing how God had led us and the previous congregations going back to 1872.

Chris Fry gave a conducted tour of the buildings, and pointed out the effort initiative and gospel motivation of the original builders and inhabitants of the premises. He showed how enlargements had taken place to make space for the people God had brought in.

We also visited the rooms currently leased by the Brighton and Hove City Mission, in their service for God.

Philip Wells brought a session of teaching on church membership and reflection on the recent history of the church.

Thank God for our week of prayer – 2017

We spent the past week in prayer to the Almighty to bring our desires, hopes, aspirations, uncertainties, and burdens to him in prayer.

We met for about an hour each morning, and for more than an hour each evening of the week.

The meetings were well attended. At one meeting half the people there were, in person, answers to prayers prayed last time we had such a week – in 2014.

May God go on to answer more prayers in 2017 and 2018, for his glory!

UBM mission to internationals and international students – July 2017

A time of young people volunteering to give time with the United Beach Missions (UBM) organisation spent a week in Brighton based at Calvary Church, and Ebenezer Church.

They went out each day to befriend internationals and others and to seek opportunities to talk about Jesus. There were many interesting conversations. People from this country often overlook how radical and amazing is the Christian message. It says that the God who made all things and us came to earth and died a horrible death to atone for our sins and remove our shame and disgrace.


Splendid baptism 9th July 2017

This morning’s service was very special in many ways. During this meeting we witnessed the baptism of Penny Armstrong and Maciek “Mat” Kawczak in the name of Jesus.

We heard moving testimony of how Penny turned to the Lord after suffering much bullying at school, and – in contrast – security and understanding among the fellowship of God’s people.

Matt told us about the witness he had received from good Polish friends – including some people who were present at the meeting.


We heard an explanation of the meaning of Baptism, and a some challenging preaching on the topic of “What is a Christian? Answer – a follower of Jesus”


We had a bring and share lunch. Afterwards people were invited to tell everyone their response to the baptism. Polish friends gave warm words of encouragement to Matt.

We thank God for his work in these dear people’s lives.


What a wonderful church weekend at Dalesdown April 2017!

The 2017 church weekend away took place at Dalesdown this year April 7,8,9th.

The conference centre is located deep in the countryside, north of the south Downs. The weather was truly wonderful – bright sunshine and record high temperatures.

Hello from Dalesdown!

An opportunity to sit and chat

The programme was fairly relaxed, inlcuing bible studies. walks, games, prayer, delicious food and just sitting and chatting in the sun. The theme of the bible and prayer sessions was “Fruitfulness”, and the Sunday morning meeting was for all ages and took the subject of “Introducing Jesus” from John chapter 1.


All ages enjoy a walk together

Even the young men grow weary … but not just yet.

Having fun.