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
Over £280 was raised at the November 2015 Musical Evening. The money was raised in support of Brighton Housing Trust’s refugee work. Andy Winter CEO writes: “on behalf of Kate Jessop and all at the Immigration Legal Service … thank you for your incredible generoisty at the musical evening – which I really enjoyed”.
Contributions reflected the cross generational family nature of the church. Some jazz from senior member Colleen Moss, something from the “Jungle Book” by Argie Benwell and Corinne Lamb (aka “Lambargie”) taking in Johnny Cash’s “Aint no grave can hold my body down” and the Beatles en route.
Thanks to all who helped organise, set up and run the event. We thank God for the many gifts of musical and other talent – but it is not about excellence so much as making a contribution.
Kate Jessop explains the work of the Immigration Legal Service of BHT
The hall was packed and the atmosphere was “full of good energy” as one visitor put it – we had certainly prayed for Christ’s presence to be there.
There is a Facebook video 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.
Goodbye Stephie Holmes – ceramicist
Last Sunday we had the sad pleasure of saying good-bye to two talented and creative Christian young women.
Stephie had been with us for 4 years during her course at Brighton University. She leaves to take up a career in her chosen craft of Ceramics.
Katharine Kofoed-Nielsen nee Crompton
Katharine had been with us for three years during her Masters at Brighton University, and her two years as Associate Worker. She leaves to get married and serve God in Peru.
She doesn’t look too sad about it, does she?
Samuel and Katharine’s wedding
The Vikings used to come over to England and consume our food, remove our property, and take our women.
…It seems that they’re still doing it.
But in this case we were delighted to be part of it – that is, the wedding of our Associate Worker Katharine Crompton to Danish Theological Student Samuel Kofoed Nielsen on Friday 4th July at Bishop Hannington Church. There was a cake-reception at the church followed by a meal and speeches (many, many speeches – in the Danish style) at Hollingbury Golf Club.
Samuel and Katharine – photo by Ray Wingate
All in all it was a splendid and joyful occasion.
Our prayers and best wishes go to the happy couple. Their plan is to serve God as missionaries in Peru – but first they have over a year of training ahead of them.
When there are some more official photos available we will put them on view.
What a delightful way to express partnership in the gospel with another SGP church
All life is here this week.
We mourned with those who mourned on 20th May 2014. Church member Colleen Moss and her family grieved for the loss of her daughter Michelle who died aged 60 in Cyprus.
The commital was held at Woodvale Crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving service at Calvary. There were heartfelt contributions from Michelle’s sisters Gina and Dionne and son Reggie.
Afterwards we ate together. The delicious Indian cuisine was brought from Leicester by son-in-law Atul.
Even though it was a sad occasion we experienced the comfort of God as we met together as extended family and spiritual family. There was the anguish of tears but also the healing warmth of love.
We were delighted to congratulate Mr and Mrs Zac and Darlene Alexander on their wedding May 17th 2014 which took place at Calvary Church.
The celebration meal also was held in the main church hall which was decked out for the occasion. The meal was prepared by people in the church as a gift to the couple. It was a really beautiful family occasion for which we thank God.
Today was the second Gift Day in which we hoped and prayed to see more money dedicated to the “buying the building project”.
The aim has been to raise £40k on the first Gift Day and £40k on the second. As we approached this second Gift Day the giving stood at around £74k. This second Gift Day closes with a sum of £50,557.50 raised during the day.
This leaves a total outstanding of £37,442.50.
We are left feeling rather overawed at the goodness and generosity of God – through the sincerity and sacrificial generosity of his people.
Heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to this in any way at all.
– Philip Wells 27/4/14