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NO 11.00 am MEETING AT VIADUCT ROAD on April 11th – because of church weekend away

We are looking forward to the weekend away Friday 11th April to Sunday 13th April  afternoon.

We will be having an evening meeting at 18.30 at Calvary Church Building on Viaduct Road, but the morning meeting will take place at Dalesdown Conference Centre.

If you would like to join the meeting on Sunday morning, please ask about getting a lift by car.


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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.

Report back from Sri Lanka trip 2015

Our church has had links with Sri Lanka going back more than 25 years. Students who came from Sri Lanka to study returned home to serve the Christian faith, found churches, and – in one case – found a theological college.

The visit paid by Philip Wells during February on behalf of the church was for the sake of maintaining and developing those bonds of fellowship.

Last Sunday evening he reported back on his trip.

There was a week of sessions at Baldaeus Theological College, founded by Dr. Charles Hoole. This is in the north east of the island.

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There was a week’s visit to see friends in Mannar district (north west)

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There are other associate churches at Keeri, and on Mannar Mainland.

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The final days of the visit were spent in Colombo visiting and encouraging other old friends.



Another delightful wedding – 28th Feb – Jon and Lindsay

jon-lindsay-groupWe were delighted to be part of another wedding celebration – that of Jonathan Bickley (Ebenezer Baptist Church, Brighton) and Lindsay Debach (Calvary Church, Brighton – but who has been living in her home country, the USA).

The wedding took place at Holland Road Baptist Church, the reception was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and members of Calvary Church were fully involved in setting up, helping out, and washing up.

The service included some very beautiful music played by a string Trio, sung by the Bride’s sister, and a piano piece played by the Bride’s brother. Adam Englebright accompanied the singing of the hymns. The service was conducted by Pastor Philip Wells.

We wish the happy couple all good things for their future together.

A new year – new challenges

At our first members’ meeting of the year the Elders set out an ambitious agenda. To make plans for the increase and continuity of word-ministry, to add more labourers into the harvest, to graft new members into the body of the church, to recognise new men and women Deacons, and to progress the remodelling of the interior of the building.

Christmas has gone

- but we had a great time thinking about the coming of the Lord to earth as a baby.

We were pleased to welcome a good number of visitors and new faces.

On the evening of 21st December we sang *both* “While shepherds watched” to the tune Cranbrook AND “Shepherds Arise” to the tune from the Copper family of Rottingdean. To the glory of God we rocked!

Autumn – some sad goodbyes

The Autumn months were marked by a succession of goodbyes.

The funerals were held of

– Dr Martin Warburton, husband of Rosemary Warburton, and former member of Montpelier Place Baptist Church.

– Jenny Long, member of Holland Road Baptist Church, previously dear and longstanding member of Brighton Railway Mission – Jenny had just reached retirement.

– Mike Benwell, father of Argie. Had been coming along to our church, and others, prior to becoming ill with cancer.

– John Wells (aged 95, resident of the Isle of Wight) – father of Pastor Philip Wells.


Our condolences to the bereaved and prayer that God will be the God of all comfort to them. For the believer to depart and be with the Lord is far better (Philippians 1:23)


Buying the building update – 28/9/14

We are thankful to God that we can report that as at 17.00 on our gift day 28th September 2014 the shortfall on our planned total (i.e. to clear the purchase and estimated associated expenses) is £475.47.

A year ago our most ambitious plan was that at this stage we should be looking to take on a loan of £70k. For us to arrive at this stage with what is – by comparison with our plan – a tiny shortfall is simply miraculous.

God is faithful.

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Week of prayer – 21-28 September

“Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into the harvest” Matthew 9:38

We are told to pray for workers in the harvest, and during our week of prayer we have been praying about this matter and others.

Each day we have focused on one aspect – though, of course, there is a lot of overlap. Monday – ministry of the word, Tuesday – workers, Wednesday – fruitful ventures, Thursday – people, Friday – the future.

Each weekday 10.00-11.00 in the morning, and 8.00-9.00 in the evening. Do join us in person if you can come along to pray, or join us in spirit wherever you are.