World Day of Prayer Seeks 2025 Venue

Childrens Choir at World Day of Prayer – Eastbourne

Only God planned to have the Christian Women of Palestine write the Service for 2024!

We were so encouraged to have a full Church in the brand new building and a collection of £650.00 to send towards the work of WDP in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and projects run by Christian Charities around the world.

The annual World Day of Prayer Service was celebrated at Emmanuel Church, (Methodist-URC) in Upperton Road, Eastbourne on Friday 1st March at 2.30pm.

The Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Candy Vaughan, attended and she was moved by the Service written this year by the Christian Women of Palestine. The home-schooled children’s choir led singing in both Arabic and English before and during the Service with their Musical Director Marylou Cockshoot.

Members of Emmanuel Church, Gill and Garth Hewitt, Gospel Singer, took part in the Service. Gill read a prayer from Susan, their Christian friend in Palestine and Garth sang one of his songs ‘My Name is Palestine’ (Garth Hewitt | My Name Is Palestine) based on a painting he saw in Banksey’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem by Suleiman Mansour.

After the Service we enjoyed homemade cakes using Palestinian recipes and a cup of tea in the hall. Two committee members narrated the slideshow presentation on Palestine.

The Eastbourne WDP Committee are looking for a local Church to host next years’ Service on 7th March 2025 written by the Christian Women of the Cook Islands – ‘I made you wonderful’. Further information from Kathryn Anderson at: east.wdp23@gmail.com

Kind regards,

Kathryn Anderson on behalf of Eastbourne’s WDP Committee.

PARCHE seeking Coordinator

Are you passionate about reaching older people for Christ?
PARCHE (The Church in Care Homes) invites applications for a part-time Local Coordinator.
The post is for 20 hours per calendar month (flexible) for 2 years minimum, and working from home.
You will need to raise the profile of PARCHE in the Eastbourne area by:

Speaking in local Church meetings and raising volunteers
Leading Basic training and Safeguarding training for all volunteer teams
Linking new teams with a local Care Home to lead a monthly time of worship
Arranging and leading local Prayer Meetings every month (to be shared with others)
Giving ongoing support and encouragement to teams
Liaising with Office Manager as necessary
Reporting to Trustees approximately every 3 months.

Full details of pay and conditions available.
Please apply to the Parche office: 01323 438527
email          info@parche.org.uk
or reply to     buddyreeve10@hotmail.co.uk

Crowhurst Easter Egg Hunt

Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre’s FREE Easter Egg Hunt returns!

Starting Good Friday, bring your children to CCHC to hunt for the hidden eggs, around the grounds, and claim a chocolate treat!

The Easter Egg Hunt runs Monday to Friday 9.30am – 3pm in the Easter school holidays (29th March – 12th April).

 Afterwards, why not relax with a well-earned cuppa and slice of homemade cake in our Howard’s Well café.

 

Mothers Union Action On Domestic Abuse

 

On our Mothers’ Union Global Day of Action, the first day of the #16DaysOfActivism and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, local Mothers’ Union members and Church family including our Vicar, Revd James Knowles, and Curate, Revd Chris Webster, gathered for our ‘Rise Up against domestic abuse’ Service at All Saints’ Church in Eastbourne.

The homily read was taken from Restored Red Chair resources (Restored are a Christian Charity working with Survivors of Domestic Abuse in our Churches nationwide)  ‘A message for the International Day to End Violence Against Women’ – very powerful. Next we marched quietly with our banners up Grange Road to the Town Hall at the top of Grove Road, and held a 3 minutes silence at 1.03pm to remember those 1 in 3 women who are affected worldwide by domestic abuse during their lifetime –


We have re-established links with the Refuges in East Sussex: One of our Mothers’ Union members commented: ‘I was shocked and saddened to hear that all of the Women’s Refuges in East Sussex are full. It’s sad to think of so much fear and unhappiness especially at this special time of the year. I heard a news report later in the week about the way financial pressures are causing stress in many relationships as people struggle to pay their bills, never mind being unable to provide for Christmas. I know the toiletries we collected and the £10 vouchers we have provided for the women will show them that we care about their plight.

I know that the All Saints’ congregation have provided toiletries in time for Christmas. Meanwhile I am spreading the news that East Sussex’s Refuges are full and in need of prayer and suitable housing for the women and children to move on into.’’ At our Global day we collected toiletries and £260 – changed into 26 x £10 vouchers for the Women. Staff have invited us to share craft and cookery sessions in one of the Refuges in the Spring!

Picture – Sue Lockhart

Crowhurst – Intercede for Current Issues – The Wisdom of the Prophets

Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre are holding a series of Prayer Days in 2024.  Using the wisdom of the minor prophets they will be interceding for the world on some of the big issues of the day.  The first of these days is Friday 12th April where Chaplain, David Mayhew, will be considering the book of Joel.  David says “The book of Joel famously speaks of the land being ruined by locusts, of monumental climatic changes, of the need for repentance and the Lord’s desire to bring renewal as He pours out His Spirit on all flesh…among many other things in 3 short chapters.

We will meet together to sense God’s heart for our nation and indeed the world, and to pray He will bring needed renewal and revival to ourselves, our families, our nation and the world. Come and draw closer to God’s heartbeat!”  Each prayer day costs £30 per person and includes a 2 course lunch and refreshments.  To book call 01424 830204 or www.crowhursthealing.org.uk/retreat.php?retreat=814

 

Meeting God in the Stillness

Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre are holding three Quiet Days this year on the theme of stillness.

 Is quietness the same as stillness? The dictionary defines quietness as ‘absence of noise or bustle; calm, without agitation, excitement and speech’.  Stillness is defined as ‘the absence of movement or sound’. Psalm 46 verse 10 says ‘be still and know that I am God’, suggesting that stillness is desirable, although probably for most of us, we need quietness in order to achieve the possibility of stillness.

 You are warmly welcome to participate, either in person (£30 to include a 2 course lunch and refreshments) or online (£10 via Zoom), in our Quiet Days where we will encourage each other to step aside from our normal routine into a quiet place.  The next two Quiet Days are: Finding stillness in our world – Friday 17th May & Finding stillness in the temple (in our places of worship) – Wednesday 28th August. 

The day will consist of times to come together to be led in a scripture based reflection, followed by individual time spent alone to find stillness.

 Please book by calling 01424 830204 or online at https://www.crowhursthealing.org.uk/programme.php.

 

Asking Our Politicians The Right Questions

2024 is very likely General Election year.  With the support of Our Lady of Ransom Church, former Head Teacher John de Waal wants to be ahead of the curve.

He plans to ask all the candidates in Eastbourne the same set of questions from a Christian perspective which will reflect particular concerns of Christian voters.  Hopefully their answers will then help guide people on how they should vote.

John would like to draw up the list of questions in consultation with other local Christians.

You are invited to join him on Tuesday 12th March at Our Lady of Ransom Church Hall at 7.30 pm to help draw up the list.