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 firstname.lastname@example.org (cc email@example.com) by 25th November 2017 Late applications will only be considered if they are very strong.
The application letter should state how you believe your convictions, gifts, experience and vision fit you for this particular situation.
N.B. Other Church documents (e.g. church manual) are currently under review, but copies of recent drafts will be sent on request.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hemsby in November is a curious beach front ghost town with its amusement arcades and fish and chip shops locked up for the winter. The grey sea hammers against the long beach of sand and dunes. This is the venue for the FIEC leaders’ conference.
Some 500 delegates met together to hear talks and attend seminars on the topic of “Evangelism”.
The key-note speaker was Ed Stetzer from USA. His main point was that churches should be always involved in the “seeking the lost” ministry of Jesus. Jesus went to people where they were – e.g. Jesus meeting Levi at his tax-collection booth. He also made loads of jokes.
There were several seminar streams with helpful topics. For exampe we were able hear about the following topics and ask questions: How to help churches to think evangelistically, ministry on an “estate” (= scottish “scheme”), how to support single mums in the church etc.
The preaching on Wednesday evening opened up how Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem was particularly breathtaking. We were humbled and inspired to worship God.
It was good to meet with other Christians on the same mission, facing many of the same problesm, and enouraging one another to press on in serving Jesus Christ.
On Sunday October 9th 2016 we were privileged to witness the baptism of Nick Hopgood.
He told us his story – how his life had been one which included dissipation and despondency. He came along to church at the invitation of a friend and heard a sermon “Who is Jesus?” which seemed to be aimed exactly at him.
Over a period of about a year he has been reading the Bible and seeking to know more. Now, at last, he is confident to state publicly his faith in Jesus, and receive the assurances of God made to all who are baptised in faith.
The whole thing had the ring of authenticity as the quiet depth of God’s work in a person’s life was recounted.
We were pleased to welcome his Mum and Dad, and have a celebratory church lunch together afterwards.
“Baptised into Christ – baptised into his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” Romans 6:1-5 slightly paraphrased