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 email@example.com, 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
We look forward to sharing a Good Friday service with Ebenezer Reformed Baptist Church in Richmond Parade, Brighton. We will begin at 10.30
Parking – is fairly limited in the vicinity of the church building. You might find it easier to park in a place you have already used to access the Calvary building, and then allow time for a short walk.
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.
There was a week’s visit to see friends in Mannar district (north west)
There are other associate churches at Keeri, and on Mannar Mainland.
The final days of the visit were spent in Colombo visiting and encouraging other old friends.
We 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.