Covid-19: Christians must be at the forefront when it comes to recovery and healing

Following COVID-19 we need to begin by asking: “How do we best care for our communities, including the people in our church?” We should also ask how we help people cope with ongoing uncertainty. COVID-19 is going to be a part of life for a long time; we can expect some restrictions and practical challenges to remain for months and even years. So how do we, as the Church, help people to cope with the anxiety and loneliness that this has already caused and will continue to produce?

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Faith Groups and Local Authorities During The Pandemic










On 5th November 2020, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society launched their latest report. Almost six months on, we wanted to remind you of the findings from this important report and give you an update on the activity that has occurred since its launch.

Keeping the Faith was a report conducted by researchers at Goldsmiths, University of London, with the aim of evaluating how local authorities had worked with faith communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In short, their survey of 194 local authorities found that collaboration between local authorities and faith communities had increased drastically.

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Prayer Breakfast in Parliament – 25 June – Online

The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2021 Online, will be livestreamed on Friday 25 June from 8:00-8:45am.

The event will include prayers led by parliamentarians, hymns led by special guest singers and a keynote address by The Rt Revd Professor NT Wright.

As we start to think about life beyond the coronavirus pandemic, we want to bring together parliamentarians, church leaders and Christians from across the UK to pray for our country, parliament, government and politics, and reflect on the message of renewed hope that the Christian Faith brings to our society.

Following the event, our principal partner Bible Society will be hosting a webinar for church leaders from 10:00-11:00am, titled ‘Re-imagining Mission’, and this will be followed by a programme of webinars hosted by our partners from 11:00am-3:00pm.

Everything is free to attend, but you must register via the Christians in Parliament website in order to receive access.

If you are a church leader, please consider if you could organise a local event for other church leaders and your MP to watch the Breakfast together (subject to government restrictions at the time) and to discuss ways that you can work in partnership to support people locally. Find out more information about organising a local constituency breakfast here.

More information is available on the Christians in Parliament website.

Crowhurst Healing Centre Cafe Returns


Howard’s Well re-opens with a new menu & extended opening times!

Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre are glad to announce that Howard’s Well will be re-opening on Tuesday May 4th.  We plan to be open from that date, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 3.30pm for breakfast and lunch, teas and coffees and a wide range of sandwiches and cakes. Everyone is warmly welcome to come and enjoy good food and the peace of our grounds. For those who would like, we will also be holding a short service of about 20 minutes in our Chapel at 10am each weekday, and prayer will be available too!

We are looking forward to welcoming residential guests again from 18th May.  You can book a stay and enjoy the quiet of the house, the beauty of the grounds and find opportunities to encounter God.

Please see our website or telephone 01424 830204 for more information.

It will be lovely to see you!

Steve Thornett Fondly Remembered by Eastbourne Publishers and Bookshop


It is with sadness but also some joy that we heard last week of the passing into glory of our dear friend and colleague, Steve Thornett.

For over twenty years Steve was a trustee and also Chair of Trustees of the Helmet Trust, which operated the Christian Resource Centre in Eastbourne. In addition to his involvement with the charity, Steve was well-known across the UK trade from his time with Christian Art, Nova, David C Cook, Kingsway, No Frontiers and the S&J Stationers shop in Winchester. His career in Christian retailing began as a schoolboy working in the SPCK Bookshop in Gloucester in the 1950’s.

His wisdom and experience were of great value to us as Trustees and we shall miss his wise counsel and dry sense of humour. A real man of God, with a heart for spreading the Gospel widely, he will be missed by us all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ursula and family.

Rest in peace Steve and as Bob Clark said on Facebook ‘don’t keep fiddling with the cards on the rack’!

Clem Jackson – on behalf of the Christian Resources Centre

Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse?

Are you a survivor or victim of church related abuse? Could you help the Diocese of Chichester to learn from the past and protect the future?

In line with the national Past Case Review 2 (PCR2) project in the Church of England, the Diocese of Chichester is currently reviewing all its records, across all its parishes, to ensure that all safeguarding concerns and allegations have been identified, reported, and appropriately actioned. Critical to this, is the voice of survivors and victims. The Diocese of Chichester wants to listen to and to learn from your experiences and ensure that your voices are heard throughout this review process.

Information about PCR2 can be found at:  Past Case Review 2 (PCR2) – Diocese of Chichester Safeguarding (

Growing Good; Growth, Social Action and Discipleship in the Church of England

This research, done in partnership with the Church Urban Fund, draws on three years of extensive qualitative and quantitative research, including 350 interviews in over 60 parish communities across England and new analysis of existing parish data. It explores the relationship between social action, church growth and discipleship in the Church of England. It finds that social action can be a route to church growth in both numerical and spiritual terms. Further, social action is one of the key ways in which congregations can build wider networks of relationships resulting in people initiating a faith journey and joining the church.

Find more information here