Monthly Breakfast to Feature Catherine Butcher

The next breakfast is on the 12th August at the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club at 8.00 when Catherine Butcher, Lay Reader at St John’s Church, Eastbourne, author, Christian Historian and broadcaster will be sharing her Thought for the Day.

For newcomers, the breakfast is a full English breakfast served buffet style, the cost is £12.00, cash if possible, but cards will be taken if required.  Please ensure you register at the payment station as you come into the Millennium Lounge before taking your seat.

The breakfast starts promptly at 8.00 to finish at 9.00, 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 midday, by replying to this email, the Thursday prior to the breakfast, the number I submit is what I can be charged for.  I do hope to see you there.

Our September speaker on the 9th is Terry Boatwright, Team Leader at Gateway Church, Eastbourne.

God Bless

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A Call to Holiness


Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre’s next teaching day “Call to Holiness” is on Wednesday 9thAugust led by Revd Steve Gendall. 

Here’s what Steve says about the day: Have you ever been apologised to when people learn you are a follower of Jesus?  I sometimes get it, as a Vicar. Usually, it’s because they have used dirty language.  Bishop Richard Jackson once said that we should consider ‘holiness’ as a tool to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is hard not to be moved, in the presence of holiness.

The Scriptures reveal the impact holiness can make. Yet they also show how easily it can be missed.  The command is very clear; ‘Be holy, for I the Lord you God, am holy’.  All followers of Jesus are holy, are being made holy (we have a significant part to play in this!) and will one day be completely holy.

If you’re interested in your call to holiness, come along and let’s learn to be more confident in who we are in Christ.  To book call 01424 830204 or visit  £30 per person including lunch and refreshments or £10 via Zoom.  The day runs from 10am – 4pm.


Alfriston Church Seeking Admin Support for Cuckmere Churches

St Andrew’s Church, Alfriston, East Sussex.

We wish to appoint a Benifice Administrator to provide administration support to the Cuckmere Churches.  Based in the dedicated Benefice office at St Andrew’s Church – the ‘Cathedral of the Downs’ – in the idyllic village of Alfriston, this post offers the successful candidate a fulfilling and challenging opportunity to contribute fully within our busy and thriving community .

The mission of the Ministry Team is not only conducted at St Andrew’s, but also at the four other churches in the Benefice; at Westdean, Litlington, Lullington and Folkington.  Services, including Sunday worship, weddings, baptism, and funerals are conducted throughout the Benefice, and thus the Administrator holds a pivotal enabling position.  This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and is well-suited to an enthusiastic, proactive and engaging individual who is looking to manage and develop the ouput of the Benefice office. Responsible to the Rector, you will assist the Rector, Ministry Team, Churchwardens and others in the work of ministry and mission of the Benefice, by providing efficient administrative support.

The succesful candidiate will be:

  • Well organised, proactive, and self-motivated and able to multi-task to tight deadlines.
  • Personable, friendly and welcoming to all in contact with the Benefice.
  • Able to communicate clearly, verbally and in writing and able to use internet and email.
  • In sympathy with the Christian Faith and the ethos of the Church of England.

The Post:

Based in the Benenfice office, this is a part time role, offering employment for 50 hours (0.3 pro rated) each calendar month (ideally including from 9.30 to 12 noon each weekday) though this can be flexible and subject to discussion. You will enjoy the happy and active community while being paid at a starting rate of £12.00 per hour (£7500 per annum).

How to Apply:

  • Interest in the post should be expressed by emailing in the first instance, or by phoning the Benefice Office on 01323 871093, and requesting the necessary application form by return.
  • Applications will close by 12 noon on Monday, 28th August 2023.

PARCHE Facing Closure But Seeking Help From Local Churches

Dear Fellow Church Leaders,

I speak as the outgoing Chairperson about the immediate action needed by you and the churches you represent to prevent closure of this amazing ministry.

For over 25 years PARCHE – The Church in Care Homes, has been helping to coordinate and equip our Eastbourne churches to minister to the many care homes in our town. Many lives have been blessed and changed by this wonderful work. This charity was set up to coordinate how WE, the church, minister to the elderly in care homes so it is our joint responsibility to support this ministry.

However, unless you take immediate action this important Christian charity will not be able to continue.

In recent years many church teams have had to cease going into care homes to take services, befriending residents and staff because of the age or illness of the team members themselves. BUT the lack of succession planning amongst the churches means there simply are not enough people anymore who are able or willing to take up their precious mantle.

What can we do you may ask?

  • Trustees: we need new trustees to take responsibility for leading this valued ministry into the future and to help the existing trustees.
  • Administration: We are currently interviewing for our Office Manager role – so prayers into this would be great (our wonderful Office Manager Marylou is leaving to focus on her other  commitments)
  • Local coordinator: (our existing coordinator Debbie, who is my wife, and I are moving to Uckfield where I am now stationed) we need someone to coordinate between the care homes and the churches. We currently have many more care homes wanting services than existing teams able to go in.

The hours required to help are variable according to need.

  • Finance: PARCHE has always been mainly funded by the local churches but in the past few years that support has decreased dramatically as various demands compete for attention within our church communities. We have also been able, from time to time, to secure other external funding, but we need help to secure further grants.

Please don’t let this valuable Eastbourne ministry die, respond today, let us know now how you can help.
Please reply by return to

God Bless you


Rev Andy Melvin
Chair of Trustees

Bible By the Beach Seeks Part Time Operations Manager

Operations Manager– part-time

Bible by the Beach is a charity which provides an annual, weekend Christian conference based in Eastbourne but focusing on the whole southeast region and beyond.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced part-time Operations Manager to join our small team to help deliver this annual event.

The key responsibilities of this role are-

  • Managing the whole event in conjunction with BBtB Trustees
  • Act as clerk to the Trustees
  • Develop relationships with local venues, churches and other organisations and draw up contracts for use of.
  • Liaise with heads of departments (Youth, Children, Speakers, Musicians, Technical etc.) to ensure smooth running of the event.
  • Oversee all aspects of Publicity and Marketing of the event.
  • Give financial support to the Charity and the event.

Our ideal candidate will have exceptional organisational and interpersonal skills and have knowledge and experience across the above areas.  You will have excellent communication and IT ability as well as being able to liaise with venues and help draw up contracts. You will be able to work under pressure and think on your feet.  Used to working in a team, and leading others, you will enjoy the variety of work that event management brings.  You will have worked with a wide range of people spanning all walks of life, which means you will also have a good knowledge of Safeguarding.

There is a genuine occupational requirement for this role to be filled by a committed Christian who agrees with the Bible by the Beach Statement of Faith.

For this position you will be based at home and living within proximity of Eastbourne, the hours are flexible with an average over the year of 20hrs per week but will be heavily weighted towards the run-up to the event itself which takes place at the beginning of May each year.

If you think you have what it takes to join our team and help Bible by The Beach continue to grow, then please contact Vanessa Redhouse at or via telephone 0794 1966855 for further information and application pack.   Applications must be returned by 5.00pm on FRIDAY  1st September 2023.


Old Bank Trust Seeks Administrator

The Old Bank Wellbeing Trust

Part-time Administrator Hours to be agreed

We are seeking an administrator to join our growing team. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced administrator to join The Old Bank Wellbeing Trust as it develops as a charity. Our administrators are the first point of contact for all public enquiries. They provide an efficient and effective reception and administration service to team members, clients and others visiting or contacting The Old Bank.

As an administrator you will have a strong relational approach to your work, ensuring all our clients feel accepted and welcomed. You will have experience of working in a therapeutic environment or a customer orientated role. You will be able to maintain role confidentiality and boundaries with clients. You will also have:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong administration and organisational skills
  • Good IT skills, with experience of using systems for data recording
  • The ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure.

If you would like to know more contact for our application pack.

Deadline is 31 July 2023, although applications will be reviewed as received and therefore an appointment may be made sooner if we find a suitable candidate.

Jesus Revolution Film Comes to Eastbourne


The growth of Calvary Chapel and the subsequent impact of it’s music via Maranatha Music will be a familiar story to many Eastbourne people whose family members may well have worked with Kingsway Music or similar companies. The impact of their pastor Chuck Smith on the wider Jesus revolution of the late sixties and early seventies is also an important part of the spiritual journey of many in the town.

The Jesus Revolution film tells the story of some of that time and is receiving warm reviews from many who were ‘there at the time’.

It is scheduled for one showing in Eastbourne at 6pm on Thursday July 6 at the Cineworld complex within The Beacon. You can book via their site.

Make Lunch Seeking Volunteers to Help Children Avoid Food Poverty

MakeLunch is a project that feeds hungry families in the school holidays.

We have a team of volunteers from different churches in the town and we need more people to help.

The project started in 2018 and is overseen by River of Life Community Church and hosted at St Barnabas Church in Langney.

We need people who can: Put up tables and chairs to set the dining room, help in the kitchen with food preparation and serving, talk with and engage the parents and children, help with clearing away and cleaning up.

The kitchen team are needed from about 10am, others are needed from 11. Those coming to help clear away are required from 1pm and everything is finished by 2.30pm. We are running 4 Thursdays in August.
If you could spare some time to help with any of these things, please contact Julie Smith on 07882 497078 or

Christian Film at Cineworld

Local Christian media company Kingsway Trust are encouraging us to check out a new Christian film on the 4th of July.

A new Christian film will be shown Cineworld in Eastbourne on 4th July at 12:30pm and 7pm. It will only be on this day unless demand is great and then they will add more days/times. So it is key to get these times booked up!

Here is the trailer:

Stephen Kendrick, executive producer of Lifemark encourages us to go the the cinemas to watch their film:

About the movie:

David’s comfortable world is turned upside down when his birthmother unexpectedly reaches out to him, longing to meet the 18-year-old son she’s only held once. With the encouragement of his adoptive parents, David embarks on a journey of discovery that leads to a staggering truth from his past. From executive producers Kirk Cameron and the Kendrick Brothers—creators of War Room and Fireproof—comes LIFEMARK, inspired by an incredible true story that celebrates the gift of life.

More details on

Link to book tickets:

Cross at Crematorium Response

Further to concern about the absence of a cross at the Lagney Crematorium the local authority has responded to correspondance from the public with the following comment:

‘In the main chapel at the Crematorium, we have a cross, which has to be removable for us to deliver multi faith funerals, but is always in position unless asked to be removed.

In the recently refurbished Family chapel, given the number of different funerals that we conduct including a significant number of non-religious, those arranging are asked if they want a cross, which will then put up at their request.