Musicians and performers varied and sundry brought their contributions to a very pleasant musical evening July 18th 2015. We were raising money to support “Brighton Voices in Exile”.
Performers ranged in age from not actually 6 to not actually 60 and quite a lot in between. There was trance track from DJ Ross the Red, and a sweet rendition of a “Teamwork” song from her school by young Cui Xhang.
Aaron Reeves and Jon Bickley brought rock stardom to the stage with a guitar duo, and Wells-Rayfield renditions of Simon/Garfunkel classics was a great favourite. The closing pieces were some very moving acappella pieces from the very talented Ruthi Muinde, followed by a rocking version of “Johnny B. Goode” from the ensemble.
Aaron and Jon – rockstars!
Mary-Jane Birkett – CEO of Brighton Voices in Exile – gave a brief explanation of the work of the charity. It aims to put humanity back into the process of seeking asylum, which can be a procedure which treats people without compassion.
Mary-Jane explains the work of Brighton Voices in Exile
Find out more about Brighton Voice in Exile here
The evening raised over £120 for the charity. Thanks to all who prepared, brought food, played, tidied up afterwards, attended, and gave generously!
On June 28th 2015 the morning meeting was pretty full as regulars and visitors came to witness the baptism of brother H. from Persia. (Detailed information is being treated with caution to avoid problems for friends and family)
A moving testimony was read out mentioning the attractiveness of Jesus Christ and Christian faith especially when compared other experiences and teachings.
The message from the bible outlined how Christianity is a religion of humble love, as epitomised by Jesus himself who came to serve us. He left us an example that we should lovingly serve others. The text was John 13 – where Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. P.W.
We had an encouraging time together with other Mid-Sussex Fellowship of Independent Churches (FIEC) at the invitation of our generous hosts Grace Church, Bolnore.
There were about 120 in attendance, the music was provided by a combined group of musicians from Grace Church and Christ Church, Haywards Heath. John Stevens – National DIrector of FIEC – preached on the five marks of a gospel church from 1 Thessalonians 1
It was great to meet up with old friends, people we have prayed for, and to make new friends too.
As we look to the future we know that reliable people will be needed to take responsibilities in the running of the church. Not least we need to train up, and most probably, take on those who can grow into significant word-ministry and pastoral oversight. In order for us as a church to understand this better we are conducting a series of morning sermons on the subject of
– gifts: the God-given ability for each one to be a blessing to others. In other words, what everyone can contribute because they are part of the body of Christ. The dominating idea in the New Testament is that gifts are aimed not at excitement or spectacle, but at the “building up of the church”
– Elders: the men who are the pastoral overseers of the flock, at least some of whom have a particular role in teaching and preaching.
– Deacons: those men and women who have a particular role as Servants in, of, and for the church.
The talks are being recorded and uploaded to sermon.net and the internet link is referenced here
The bridegroom waits patiently while the bridal party run down New England Hill in the absence of the expected taxi
Another lovely wedding gifted by Calvary Church to Harold and Zane on 16th May 2015. The international flavour was supplied via Harold’s Nigerian heritage and Zane’s Latvian heritage – with contributions during the ceremony reflecting both.
The address was given by Pastor Philip Wells who spoke on the nature of marriage as God’s gift to humankind in creation, and as and expressive of the union of Christ and his church (Ephesians chapter 5:32) – which is the loving union of two unlike entities.
The service was followed by loads of scrumptious food prepared by Calvary people, and also by friends and relatives.
We wish them all God’s blessings for many happy future years together.
We were really pleased to welcome Corinne Lamb into church membership on Sunday 19th April 2015.
She has been worshipping with us for some months, and is a keen supporter of Young Adults Group and was previously studying on the Sussex Gospel Partnership Ministry Training Course till a job lured her understandably away.
The hustings event 20th April was attended by about 75 people, making a comfortably full gathering in the main church hall.
The five parliamentary candidates were all present as promised.
The gift of the church to the community was to organise, host and chair this opportunity to further the God-given precious gift of democratic freedom.
The questions were wide ranging, and community-based rather than christian-based, although some very sensitive issues were touched upon – notably abortion. All the candidates pronounced themselves “pro-choice”, though their comments were not without nuance and qualification on this important but difficult subject.
The atmosphere had been a matter of specific prayer, and there were many comments that this particular hustings had a very constructive vibe. We thank God for this.
For an interesting opinion and comment please read Andy Winter’s piece here.
Many thanks to all who helped make this event possible.
It was good to receive into membership our good friends, formerly of Montpelier Place Baptist Church, Stefano and Katya Del Prete on March 15th. Stefano is orginally from Italy, and Katya orginally from Ukraine.
Calvary Church is hosting a community hustings in the form of “Question Time” on the evening of Monday 20th April 2015.
Doors open 19.15, deadline to submit questions 19.30, event starts 20.00 and is planned to finish around 21.15/21.25
Questions can be submitted for selection by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or in writing by 19.30 on the night itself.
The candidates who have agreed to be present are (in order of surname):
Chris Bowers (Lib-Dem), Nigel Carter (UKIP), Caroline Lucas (Green), Clarence Mitchell (Cons), Purna Sen (Labour)
Any further details will be posted as they become available