NO 18:30 Meeting at Calvary Church, Viaduct Road – June 4th
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.
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 2017, 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 2020.
At the time of writing the congregation has grown so that the main church hall is sometimes nearly full. (Average morning congregations of 70+ with seating capacity of 90 to 100 max). The options for expansion on the site are severely 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 24th March 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.
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
There was no meeting on the Viaduct Road premises on the evening of June 5th.
Instead we will joined together for the Mid-Sussex group of FIEC churches joint meeting at Cuckfield Baptist Church, by their kind invitation. We had a great time of fellowship – and enjoyed the encouragement of listening to the preaching of Rupert Bentley-Taylor.
There were more leaves on the trees than in this rather wintry picture of Cuckfield Baptist Church’s new building.
We had a great time at the weekend away at Dalesdown Conference Centre.
More details and pictures to follow, when available.
What sort of internal organisation do churches have, according to the New Testament?
The bible is quite sparing in its answer to this question. It is strong on principles (e.g. love, service, respectfulness, selflessness), but fairly flexible on implementation.
It seems clear that within New Testament churches there were a variety of people serving in various ways:
- Every church member is part of the body of Christ – as expressed in that particular church – thus, every member has and is a gift of God with a part to play.
- It also seems clear that, as the New Testament era developed, the emphasis settled on the role of the Elders who lead and feed the flock through the word of God, and also …
- Deacons, who exemplify and focus serving the people of God.
In the previous post we mentioned our prayerful quest to add to the Eldership as the years go by, and currently we are carefully and prayerfully working through the appointment of Deacons.
We can report with thanks to God that the current phase of this process has come to a conclusion at the mini-members meeting 23/3/16, with the recognition and appointment of 7 deacons, as follows:
Lindsay Debach – Administration
Rachel Rayfield – Children’s ministry
Ray WIngate (for one year) – Treasurer (oversight, with assistance), and Secretary
Ben Alltimes – Evangelistic and Discipleship Opportunities
Ruth Muinde and Roger Kinross (till September 2016) – Care and Concern – including discipling and supporting both men and women
Steve Ellacott – no specific role, but undertaking a project to revamp the Constitution and church manual documents.
We thank God for these people, and for leading us together as a church
The newsletter for Winter 2015/2016 is ready to be viewed or downloaded as a pdf document here
Here are the lovely people featured on page 2, we hope you enjoy reading all of it!