Sussex Gospel Partnership Training Courses Announced

Our training courses focus on building a deeper and richer understanding of the Bible and equipping for confidence and competence in Bible-handling. Hundreds of men and women of all ages, not just from Sussex, but also from Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and London have found these courses beneficial over the twenty or so years that they have been running.

There are two formats:

The Sussex Ministry Training Course (SMTC) which meets weekly at Cuckfield Baptist Church (near Haywards Heath) on a Tuesday (daytime) during school term-time. A one-year course with the option of doing a second year.

The Saturday Morning Bible Training Couse (SMBTC) which meets monthly on a Saturday morning with a break in August. From September 2024, this two-year course will be running at St Andrew’s Church, Furnace Green, Crawley.

Further information and application forms are available at:

Christian Men’s Breakfast – 8th June

Our next breakfast is on the 8th June at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club at 8.00 am when Fr Anthony Fiddian-Green, retired Vicar living in Eastbourne will be sharing his Thought for the Day.

For newcomers, the breakfast is a full English breakfast served buffet style, the cost is £12.00, cash if possible, cards will be taken if required.

The breakfast starts promptly at 8.00 am to finish at 9.00 am, please arrive around 7.45 to collect a coffee or tea from the drinks station.  With the increased number of guests an early arrival does help to smooth entry.

For newcomers who might be interested in attending, please contact me.

For our regular attendees, if you are unable to attend, please give me your apology by 3pm, the Friday prior to the breakfast, replying to this email, the number I submit is the number I will be charged for.  I do hope to see you there.

Our July speaker on the 13th is, Fr Adam Ransom, who is the Vicar of St Mary’s the Virgin Church, Willingdon.

God Bless

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Prayer Walk Old Town (north) – Saturday 8th June

Christians from all churches are invited to pray God’s mercy and blessing over the north Old Town area of Eastbourne.

Start from the Co-op in Albert Parade (Green Street) at 10.30 am3.5 miles.  Estimated time: Two hours.  Walk to include Pashley, Ocklynge, Ratton and Cavendish Schools, East Sussex College, St Gregory’s, St Elisabeth’s, Victoria Baptist and Old Town Community Churches, shopping areas, care homes and residential streets.  Just turn up.

Bring your Eastbourne Prayer Resource if you have one.  There may be some left at your church!  Also available on the day.

The momentum of prayer is rising!

We will prayer walk the south area of Old Town (Albert Parade to Gildredge Park etc) on Saturday 21st September.

More info about Pray Eastbourne 2024, check out the website / facebook: (20+) Facebook / Contact Martyn Relf

Deaf Ministry in Eastbourne

Tracey Hughes from St John’s Meads has a passion for Deaf ministry in Eastbourne. Victoria Baptist Church holds a monthly community café within which they have an area for BSL users and learners and occasionally have services signed. Tracey has recently gained her Level three signing and has 14 years of experience and has occasionally signed services at St John’s Meads. Are there any other signers in Eastbourne who would be interested in joining her in signing in services? Are there other churches interested in providing signed services for the Deaf? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could facilitate a monthly signed service in Eastbourne and, in time, a weekly service possibly at different churches? Let’s help make things accessible for this community. If you have skills or are interested in pursuing this, contact Rev George Fisher –
Email: Message: 07579 058653.

Could you volunteer at Crowhurst? Find out more on Monday 3rd June

Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre are holding a volunteer morning on Monday 3rd June for anyone interested in finding out what is involved in volunteering at CCHC.  It’s a drop-in event starting at 10am with our usual weekday service in the chapel followed by tea and coffee.  At 11.30am there will be an information session for potential new volunteers.  Lunch is our treat at 12.45pm.  We do need to know numbers for lunch so please book for lunch by calling 01424 830204 or emailing


Retreat Charity Seeks Finance Assistant

Opportunity for a Bookkeeper

Are you well organised with good attention to detail? Penhurst Retreat Centre is looking for a Bookkeeper to process sales and purchase invoices, bank and petty cash reconciliations, month end accounts, process gift aid and other bookkeeping tasks. Candidates should have a good knowledge of Xero accounts software and Excel spreadsheets. The post is for 8 hours per week and can be worked flexibly to work around other work or family commitments.

We are a small non-denominational Christian trust offering ‘a place of rest with a heart for mission’ just outside Battle, East Sussex. We provide a warm welcome and hospitality to all guests, whether staying residentially or visiting for the day. Our passion is providing a safe place where people can encounter God and be strengthened in their journey of faith. We are open to all, but also specialise in supporting mission partners, cross-cultural workers and full-time Christian ministry workers, through specific led retreats and opportunities for debriefing.

Applicants need to be in sympathy with the Christian ethos and culture of the charity and committed to the charitable aims of the trust. Appropriate bookkeeping qualification(s) or proven track record and minimum 5 years’ experience required.
We will consider both employment at up to £15 per hour or self-employment at up to £20 per hour, depending on experience.

For further information and how to apply, please see

Closing date for applications: Sunday 16 June 2024

Baby Support Charity Seeking Operating Venue in Eastbourne

Baby Bank & Beyond CIC is volunteer run and accepts good quality, donated items of clothing, equipment (like prams and highchairs), bedding and  toys and distributes them to families who, for whatever reason, may be unable to provide basic items for their baby to be, baby or child.

Although we mainly cover Eastbourne, we also reach Heathfield, Hailsham, Polegate, Pevensey and Lewes.  We are open to requests not only from health and community professionals but also from families directly.

We are currently hosted in Eastbourne by Simon Rooksby at Computers for Charities who has been very kind and generous to us over the last 12 months and without whose support we would not still be operating.

In the next 18 months it is likely demand will dictate that we will outgrow the space we have been given and sadly, we will be seeking an alternative venue.

We hoped that a space inside a community church would be suitable as many of our Baby Bank values are also Christian values.

We seek a large room that we can access independently, that will be suitable for families to pick up and deliver to and will have access to facilities for our volunteers (all of whom are DBS checked).

I will need to apply for funding to cover the costs associated with any venue.

I am hoping that someone might consider sharing some space with us in 2025 so we can increase the number of families we assist more effectively and increase our volunteer numbers.

Nicky Walker