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Last Night Shelter at St Peter's 25Mar

Last Saturday was the final Night Shelter at St Peter's. For the past 18 weeks, 15 rough sleepers have been staying in our church hall every Saturday night. We provided a hot meal, showers and entertainment in the evening including a quiz and big screen film nights. A cooked breakfast was served every Sunday morning by our dedicated breakfast team at 6.30am!  It was an incredible 4 months, with a real sense of community having developed amongst the guests and volunteers. more...
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Tags on Trees 18Mar

Vision Sunday this year saw 100s of people across all the services at St Peter’s hanging tags onto the branches of trees at the front of church – each expressing an area of life (work, home, relationships, church) in which we want to “Be the Vision.”  Archie spoke on the vision of St Peter’s, “to help play our part in the evangelisation of the nation and the transformation of society”.  Have a listen HERE   more...
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Russell Brand 18Mar

Safehaven and the Recovery ministries received a visitor last Saturday when Russell Brand dropped in to St Peter’s.  He was in Brighton to perform his show, The Messiah Complex, at the Brighton Centre, and had organised to arrive early to see the work of Recovery at St Peter’s.  He stayed for 2 hours, participating in a 12 Steps Christian Recovery group, and then experiencing Safehaven, our weekly meal with the Street Community, meeting guests and volunteers. more...
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Russell Brand 23Sep

Safehaven and the Recovery ministries received a visitor last Saturday when Russell Brand dropped in to St Peter’s.  He was in Brighton to perform his show, The Messiah Complex, at the Brighton Centre, and had organised to arrive early to see the work of Recovery at St Peter’s.  He stayed for 2 hours, participating in a 12 Steps Christian Recovery group, and then experiencing Safehaven, our weekly meal with the Street Community, meeting guests and volunteers. more...
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Tags on Trees 23Sep

Vision Sunday this year saw 100s of people across all the services at St Peter’s hanging tags onto the branches of trees at the front of church – each expressing an area of life (work, home, relationships, church) in which we want to “Be the Vision.”  Archie spoke on the vision of St Peter’s, “to help play our part in the evangelisation of the nation and the transformation of society”.  Have a listen here  http://www.stpetersbrighton.org/service/weak-way-part-4-be-vision more...
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Vision 02Sep

Over two Sundays this month, Archie talked about the Vision of St Peter's, and how we can play our part in "the evangelisation of the nations and the transformation of society"  You can listen to his talks here. more...
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Whitehawk 10Jul

A new partnership between St Peter's and Whitehawk, East Brighton, will be launched on 28 October, when the Bishop of Chichester licenses Archie as Priest-in-Charge of St Cuthman's Whitehawk. A new style of Sunday service, The Eleven, with cafe and kids groups, will begin on 3 November, as well as other activities on weekdays more...
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Alpha weekend 10Jun

100 of us took over the Pier Hotel, Eastbourne, on the sunniest weekend of the year so far – for the Alpha weekend away, led by Archie.  Guests came from both this term’s morning and evening courses, and, for the first time, Safehaven Alpha, being run on Friday afternoons.  As well as talks, discussion and prayer, the weekend also featured an evening of “Alpha’s Got Talent”, with 5 outstanding acts from among the guests. more...
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Summer Sunday 10Jun

On 30 June, we’ll be taking over the green to the north of St Peter’s after the Ten service for BBQ, bouncy castle, picnics, craft, face painting, games.  Great day to build community and bring your friends!  more...
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Leadership Conference 13May

Over 50 from St Peter's are at the Royal Albert Hall this week, joining with 6,000 others from across the world for the HTB Leadership Conference.  Speakers include Nicky Gumbel, Bill Hybels, Steve Furtick, Patrick Lencioni, and the Archbishop of Canterbury. To find out more click here. more...
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Give it a Go 13May

Three young people spoke for 5 minutes on one topic and bible passage last weekend at the Six - one talk, three speakers - in our first ever Give it a Go, an opportunity to develop in the gift of preaching. You can listen to the results here. more...
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Changed lives 26Apr

Two guests from the most recent Alpha course spoke about their experience of finding faith through the course, at last Sunday’s services.  Neither were churchgoers at the start of 2013, and both had pasts that included addiction and substance misuse.  One said that he now felt “reborn”, and the other that she had discovered a “relationship with God”.  The next Alpha courses at St Peter’s begin on 1 May and 8 May.  For more info  http://stpetersbrighton.org/alpha   more...
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God’s Great Dance Floor 26Apr

700 people attended a Martin Smith gig at St Peter’s earlier this month.  The ex-frontman of Delirious? performed material from his first solo album, God’s Great Dance Floor.  Both Martin and his band are members of St Peter’s, and regularly lead worship on Sundays.  Check out http://martinsmith.tv/     more...
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Recovery and Bereavement 11Apr

2 courses are starting this month – one for anyone struggling with any kind of addiction or compulsive behaviour; and the other for anyone who has suffered any kind of significant bereavement.  These are open for anyone inside or outside the church.  For more info and to register http://stpetersbrighton.org/recovery-course and http://stpetersbrighton.org/bereavement-course   more...
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God’s Great Dance Floor 29Mar

Martin Smith will be performing at St Peter’s on Friday 19 April, including material taken from his new album.  Martin is the ex-front man of Delirious? and, with his family, recently moved to Brighton to be part of St Peter’s.  Tickets are £10pp, with £10 for a St Peter's family ticket, and Safehaven guests go free.  For more info http://martinsmith.tv/en/live/gods-great-dance-floor-tour   more...
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Good Friday 25Mar

Join us for one hour at 12 noon for quiet, reflective meditations, silence, beautiful choir and music, gathered around the cross.  A wonderful way to start your holiday weekend!  Not suitable for children. more...
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Safehaven 25Mar

Last weekend saw the largest ever Safehaven, our Saturday evening meal with Brighton’s street community.  100 of us sat down at tables arranged in the chancel area of the church for hot food and good conversation.  At the end of the meal, every guest was given an Easter goody bag, including a free ticket to attend Martin Smith’s gig God’s Great Dance Floor, in the church on 19 April. 20 guests stayed behind for a brief Easter service in the church, led by Jonny Gumbel.          more...
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Alpha weekend 07Mar

70 of us booked out The Pier Hotel, Eastbourne, earlier this month as part of the Alpha course.  The weekend included talks and discussion groups on the theme of “the Holy Spirit”, time to relax & make friends, and a Saturday night entertainment, featuring some remarkable talent from within the group! Check out the Flickr feed for photos.  The next Alpha courses start 1 May in the evening and 08 May in the morning, http://stpetersbrighton.org/alpha more...
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Youth café 07Mar

We’ve opened our doors on Wednesday afternoons for anyone in Years 7-10, for hot chocolate, indoor football, music, table tennis, chilling & chatting, run by a team of students and young people from St Peter’s.  For more info, follow us on twitter: @_youthcafe   more...
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Six on Tour 27Feb

120 young people, mainly from the Six and Student teams, went away to Butlins, Bognor Regis, for a weekend of fun, learning, and deepening our life with God.  Tim and Rachel Hughes (WorshipCentral, Director of Worship at Holy Trinity Brompton) were the keynote speakers, Paul Nelson led worship, and, on Saturday night, there was an American themed party.  To find out more about Joining a Team: http://stpetersbrighton.org/join-team more...
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Valentine's Day 13Feb

We're celebrating Love here at St Peter's with the start of the Marriage course: practical tools to improve your relationship.   In the context of a date night, restaurant food & atmosphere, video presentation and time to chat & discuss with your partner.  Find out more here. more...
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Matt's Grammys! 13Feb

Congratulations to singer/songwriter Matt Redman, who picked up two Grammy awards in LA last week, alongside artists such as Kanye West, Mumford & Sons and Jay-Z. more...
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Sussex University 30Jan

A group of students from St Peter's, led by Chaplain Alex Wood, have begun a new-look service in the Meeting House at Sussex University, especially for undergraduates living on campus. "The Eleven" has an informal feel, with fresh coffee & croissants, a time of worship, a short talk, prayers, and an opportunity to discuss questions of faith. For more info on Student ministry, http://www.stpetersbrighton.org/students more...
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Team Hubs 30Jan

20 midweek groups have started meeting fortnightly in venues across Brighton and beyond! The ideal way to make friends, connect to the vision, learn & grow in faith, and feel like you belong! Check out http://www.stpetersbrighton.org/join-team more...
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Vision 16Jan

We’re launching the new year with a week of Vision nights & training for our teams – Kids/Youth, Helping People, Ten, Six, Alpha.  Lots to get excited about for the term ahead, including the launch of our new Team Hubs – 20 groups starting to meet in homes all over Brighton & beyond.  We’ll be talking some more about these on Sunday 27 January! more...
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Get this 08Jan

Archie launched the new year at St Peter’s last Sunday with a talk on God’s Grace, called “Get this”. Part 2 next weekend, but if you missed Part 1, have a listen via iTunes more...
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Light a Candle 19Dec

 New Year’s Eve 4 – 8pm the church will be open for anyone in the city to drop by and light a candle for the year ahead.  Beautiful music and lighting, prayer stations for those who want, and a quiet space to sit and reflect for as long or short a time as you wish.  Bring your families and friends, and children too!   more...
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Children’s Carol Service 19Dec

100s of families and friends packed out the church last weekend for carols led by the band and kids church. more...
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Sussex Police 14Dec

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Bumper weekend 14Dec

Over 1000 attended our two carol services last week, the most we’ve had through the doors on any given Sunday in our 3-year history. The hour-long service featured readings from actors, a short video story, traditional carols led by the band and choir, a solo of “In the bleak mid-winter” by singer Sarah Bird, and a Christmas message by Archie. Afterwards, mulled wine and mince pies were served to everyone. more...
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Carol Services 28Nov

1000 attended last year’s carol services, and this year we will be having 2 services on Sunday 9 December at 5 & 7pm, for carols led by the band and choir, solo pieces, actors reading, mulled wine, mince pies – in the stunning setting of “Brighton’s Cathedral”.  Bring your friends!   more...
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Nightshelter 28Nov

Seven churches from across the city will be putting up 15 rough sleepers in our church halls every night this winter, as part of a scheme run by churches in cities right across the country.  Referrals will come from the Council and local charities. more...
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Anniversary Party 21Nov

300 guests donned fancy dress and let their hair down at a party in church last week to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary of the re-opening of St Peter’s.  Live Band, DJ, Licensed Bar – and an incredible (!) “Make Believe” theme, with a stunning set design complete with a Ginger Bread House, Magic Carpet, Narnia and Disney zones.  Check out the photos on our Photo Stream!   more...
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Weekend Away 21Nov

75 from St Peter’s attended this term’s Alpha course weekend away in Chichester, joining with 300 others from Holy Trinity Brompton.  more...
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Bishop of Chichester 12Nov

Dr Martin Warner joined us at the Six last Sunday for the latest in our series of The Big Interview.    more...
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ANNIVERSARY PARTY 05Nov

We’ve been at St Peter’s for exactly 3 years this month and, as in previous years, we’re having a party to celebrate with all our friends! Friday 16 November 7pm – 11pm – licensed bar, house band, DJ, and fancy dress theme (Make Believe). Entry just £2 on the door. more...
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BONFIRE PARTY 05Nov

Toffee apples, sparklers, coconut shy, candy floss – and a big bonfire on the green outside St Peter’s. All part of a big party laid on by the students at St Peter’s last weekend, for the Six service and their friends. At the service beforehand, which was many people’s first experience of church, Archie interviewed a student, Gabe, about how she started coming to church, and then spoke on the theme, “Your greatest challenge” more...
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Higgidy 22Oct

"Dream big, start small, act now” was part of the message given by Camilla & James Foottit, founders of Higgidy, the pie making business, last Sunday when Archie interviewed them at the Ten service, as part of our current series “Everyone a Leader.”  Higgidy sells 150,000 pies/week, and employs 180 staff, based in Shoreham.  The two answered questions about leadership, work-life balance and their perspective on St Peter’s.  Listen to their interview here  http://stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks   more...
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Hope 22Oct

"There is no situation that God cannot bring reversal in”, said guest speaker Andy Croft last Sunday at the Six service.  “We have no right to give up hope when we worship the God of the Resurrection.”  Andy is the co-director of Soul Survivor, which last summer laid on Christian festivals for 28,000 young people.  Listen to his talk here http://stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks   more...
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Andy Croft 17Oct

On Sunday 21 October at the Six, our speaker will be Andy Croft who, together with Mike Pilavachi, leads Soul Survivor and Momentum – summer festivals attracting 20,000 young people each year   more...
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From £10 to £768 17Oct

The story of 7-year old, Emma Nathaniel, made the Argus last week – how she took part in Grow It, the church’s latest fundraising initiative for Safehaven, our work among Brighton’s street community.  Read the whole story here  http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9982284.Schoolgirl_turned___10_into___768_for_Brighton_church_campaign/ more...
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How I first came to church 01Oct

At last Sunday’s services, Archie interviewed Anthony, Rhona, Matt and Jess about their experience of finding faith on the Alpha course.  more...
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Matt Redman & the Student Welcome Party 01Oct

Goody bags, Candy floss, Pick n Mix, Bar, Covers band, intro video, worship led by Matt Redman – just a flavour of last week’s event attended by over 200 students, including many new to Brighton.  The evening was hosted by Student Pastors, Alex & Liz Wood.  During the evening, Archie & Sam Coates spoke about the church’s heart and mission for Students.  Team nights for Students are on Tuesdays.  Check out the intro video http://stpetersbrighton.org/students   more...
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Matt Redman 19Sep

40,000 students arrive in Brighton over the next week or two, and we are hosting a party for them! Thursday 27 September – candy floss, drinks, games, short talk by Archie, and music led by congregation member, singer songwriter Matt Redman. For further details http://stpetersbrighton.org/students more...
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Do not hold back 11Sep

At Vision Sunday last weekend, Archie spoke from Isaiah 54, “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back”, about the term ahead at St Peter’s, full of expectation and new things, and how everyone can get involved. Have a listen to the talk here – and Part 2 is next Sunday 16 September http://stpetersbrighton.org/service/vision-part-1 more...
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24/7 Prayer week 9-16 Sept 31Aug

With the launch of the new term, once again we will be setting aside a dedicated prayer space in the crypt at St Peter’s for one week’s round the clock praying. more...
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The Department of Culture, Media and Sport 23Aug

…have given us a grant. more...
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Focus 01Aug

300 of us, including 80 kids, went away to Mablethorpe, joining with 4000 others from Holy Trinity Brompton and other churches, for five days of sunshine, BBQs, teaching, music and arts, and fun. To check out what we got up, check out (the flash mob dance at the end is us!) http://vimeo.com/m/46561591 more...
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Nicky Gumbel 18Jul

18 million people in 170 countries have attended the Alpha course, a practical introduction to the Christian faith, and this month at a Six service, Archie interviewed its pioneer, Nicky Gumbel, who is also the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton in London, the Church of England’s largest church (5000 attending on Sundays).  During the interview, Nicky talked about Leadership, church planting and personal spirituality, and then led the church in prayer.  The present St Peter’s is a church plant from HTB, at the invitation of the Bishop of Chichester in November 2009. more...
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Scaffolding down 18Jul

The restoration of St Peter’s took a giant leap forward this month when the English Heritage project to repair the roof and make the building watertight was finally completed after two years of planning, fundraising and contracts.  The newly-opened up space will allow the church to grow again: more than 600 people came to the services on the first Sunday after the scaffolding came down.   more...
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SPEW 28Jun

Our 30-strong worship and production team attended this annual glittering awards ceremony – for St Peter’s Excellence in Worship.  After-dinner awards were given, along with acceptance speeches, for "Most rock n' roll moment", "horror moment" and "shortest microphone stand" to name a few! more...
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Nicky Gumbel 28Jun

On Sunday 15 July at the Six, Archie will be interviewing the Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton and Pioneer of the Alpha course in the next in our series of “Big Interviews”.  Previous interviews in the past 12 months have been the Bishop of London, Ken Costa, and Matt & Beth Redman   more...
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Sound it Out 27Jun

Last Friday was the first Sound It Out event held at St. Peter's.  Our youth had great vision for a gig night for the teenagers of Brighton, and it was so exciting to see this vision just begin to unfold. more...
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Matt and Beth Interview 22May

It was so brilliant to have Matt and Beth Redman being interviewed at the Six on Sunday evening. They have really lived out and continue to live out their faith - it was so inspiring! They talked about everything from growing in compassion, how they first started dating, how important the Bible is in their lives, and about what it means to live a life of adventure and faith. Full of incredible wisdom and reflections - definitely check it out on the Sunday podcasts! more...
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Week One of Alpha, the student group 10May

Last night at 7pm, the doors opened for Alpha – a course to explore the meaning of life. more...
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Recovery course 30Apr

“5 years ago I started self-medicating with Alcohol, I never thought it would happen to me, I couldn’t see a way out, I felt so hopeless” is the story of one woman who attended our most recent Recovery course, based on the 12 Steps, and for anyone – inside or outside the church – struggling to shake off any kind of compulsive behaviour. The next course begins 2 May. For more details and to register http://stpetersbrighton.org/recovery-course more...
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Grow it 25Apr

On the first Sunday of its launch, over 80 people took £10 each (funded through local businesses), pledging to “grow it” over the next six months into a greater sum, to then plough back into the ongoing ministries and the building work at St Peter’s. more...
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Hunger Games 25Apr

The first of Archie’s two-part series on how to develop a (greater) hunger for God featured a doughnut and a rucksack. Have a listen! All Sunday talks from St Peter’s are available via iTunes, the media tab on the website’s homepage http://www.stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks , and the Facebook page (search ‘St Peter’s Brighton’, and Like) more...
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Good Friday 29Mar

Join us for a quiet, reflective one hour service 12-1pm - classical music, choir, readings, short meditations on the Cross, silent reflection and prayer. Now established as one of the "set piece" events at St Peter, and an invaluable "space" to work into your Easter holiday weekend plans more...
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Men 29Mar

A growing number of guys from St Peter's, and their friends, are meeting each Saturday morning in Preston Park to play football. Competitive games (and shirt sponsorship!) and are now being organised against local teams. And - keeping with the theme - the next Men's Breakfast is on Saturday 14 April, St Peter's hall, 7.45 - 9.15 am for food, thought and prayer. A great way to get to know other guys at St Peter's. more...
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The 4 most powerful words in the Bible 28Mar

Pete Greig, founder of the 24/7 Prayer movement and Director of Prayer at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) and Alpha International, spoke at St Peter’s earlier this month on the subject of Prayer.  more...
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Alpha weekend 12Mar

50 from St Peter’s attended the Alpha weekend in Chichester, joining with 350 others from Holy Trinity Brompton, led by Nicky Gumbel. more...
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3.5 baptisms 12Mar

Last Sunday, we borrowed a baptism pool from our friends up the road at Church of Christ the King (CCK) and baptised 3 young adults at the Six service. more...
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God’s Great Dance Floor 08Mar

St Peter’s was the venue for Martin Smith’s comeback gig last week, two and a half years after Delirious? 600 people from all over the region packed the heavily-scaffolded church, and Martin’s band was entirely made up of musicians from St Peter’s. more...
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Uganda 08Mar

A team of 6 undertook St Peter’s first mission trip last month – to Jinja, Uganda, to train local leaders in how to set up and run an Alpha course. The team was entirely made up of members of the congregation, including Fiona, who herself came to faith on an Alpha course four years ago. more...
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Martin Smith 27Feb

We’re thrilled that Martin has chosen St Peter’s as the venue for his comeback gig on Friday 2 March – with his first new material since Delirious. Tickets (£5) for God’s Great Dance Floor at http://martinsmith.tv/en/live/gods-great-dance-floor more...
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27 Million 27Feb

The Six service last Sunday saw 100s of young people get out their phones to download the anti-trafficking song Twenty Seven Million, just released into the iTunes chart and already riding high. Written by Matt and Beth Redman with LZ7, the song aims to raise awareness and hope for the 27 million people caught up in human trafficking today.  more...
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Post-its and Milkshakes 27Feb

We shook things up a bit last week for Vision Sunday, covering a huge map of Brighton & beyond with handwritten notes on post-its to express our hopes, dreams, prayers and vision for the work of our church in Brighton. Then we celebrated all that God is up to with…..milkshakes for everyone! Check out Archie’s Vision Sunday talk at http://www.stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks   more...
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The Six on Tour 27Feb

The Six on Tour weekend was brilliant. We went to Butlins holiday park in sunny Bognor Regis and had a great time! more...
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Holiday Club 16Feb

40 local children came each day to our first ever half-term holiday club, run for three mornings this week, in the hall and church. Kids team leaders from St Peter's, several of whom took annual leave to help out, led activities, craft and games, under a "Jungle" theme. The fun continues weekly on Sundays too!   more...
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Spirit break out 13Feb

Over 500 packed half of St Peter's (the other half is currently scaffolded - is that a word?) on Friday night for the Brighton leg of Worship Central's 9-date UK tour. Fantastic production, worship and ministry with Tim Hughes and band from Holy Trinity Brompton. Next gig at St Peter's? Friday 2 March - Martin Smith's first gig in two and a half years!   more...
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Student Team Nights 06Feb

We are well into the term now and 2 team nights in, and the student team nights are the highlights of the term so far for me. more...
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Morning Alpha course 25Jan

For the first time at St Peter’s, we are running two Alpha courses! The evening course (7-9pm) starts on Wednesday 1 February, and the (new) morning course (9.45-11.30am) on Wednesday 22 February. An opportunity to explore the meaning of life! To find out more or register http://stpetersbrighton.org/alpha more...
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Homeless Nightshelter 25Jan

275 people from 7 churches of 5 denominations gathered at St Peter’s this week for an evening’s training ahead of the opening of the Winter Nightshelter on 1 February. The scheme, already run in many towns and cities across the UK, will see 15 rough sleepers housed every night through February and March in church halls across Brighton & Hove. more...
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Watertight 19Jan

For the first time in three years, the east aisle of St Peter’s is open for use. The scaffolding came down this week, revealing watertight, replastered – and safe – walls and ceiling. We’ve now moved the scaffolding to the other aisle, and the back. At this rate, the whole church should be opened up again by Easter (then to tackle the tower….) more...
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Bible in One Year 11Jan

A bunch of us are having a go at this in 2012, with a schedule of exactly which parts of the Bible to read each day, and helpful accompanying notes to help work out what it’s all about! To find out more, or to sign up, visit http://www.htb.org.uk/bible-in-one-year more...
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The Money Course 05Jan

New this term, we’re running a free, 3-session evening course in basic money management. Recommended for anyone who wants to get control of their finances. Registration is essential http://stpetersbrighton.org/cap-money more...
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Winter Night Shelter 05Jan

St Peter’s is one of seven churches taking in up to 15 rough sleepers once a week this winter. This is part of the Brighton Churches Homeless Shelter, a multi-denominational churches project in Brighton & Hove. The seven-churches model is already being run in many towns and cities across the country, including Eastbourne, Crawley and London.  more...
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Safehaven Women Christmas 22Dec

More than 20 guests from the street community sat down for Christmas lunch and live entertainment last week. Afterwards, each guest was handed a “Christmas bag”, stuffed full with winter essentials and goodies. We’re inviting the street community to lunch on Christmas day too, an event that has evidently caught the imagination of the church itself: so many want to get involved, that we’ve had to start a waiting list for volunteers who want to help! more...
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Light a candle 19Dec

We’re opening the church on New Year’s Eve from 4-8pm and inviting anyone and everyone to drop in to “Brighton’s Cathedral” to light a candle for the new year. The church will be beautifully lit and decorated and peaceful, and all are welcome for as long or as little as you wish, on your own, with your family or friends, to have a moment of quiet reflection and light a candle for your new year. more...
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Packed out carol services 19Dec

Over 1000 people attended our 3 carol services this year. more...
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Would Jesus use Twitter? 01Dec

Equip is St Peter’s Theological School run by Jonny Gumbel 3x/year on Saturday mornings. more...
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Tashes V Lashes - Anniversary Party 24Nov

The St Peter’s 2 year anniversary party was amazing! The theme and whole idea was created by Josh Robinson, and together with Sarah Lawrence, who decorated the whole church, they pulled off an amazing night. So many people wore lashes and tashes related fancy dress, particular shout out to one of the students who dressed up as a Giraffe with very long lashes! more...
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Our 2nd Anniversary 03Nov

We’ve been open exactly 2 years, and we’re celebrating with the Anniversary Party here at St Peter’s on Friday 18 November: house bands, licensed bar, Tashes and Lashes theme. more...
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Light Party 31Oct

The Kids Light Party 2011 was an immense party! This years theme: Under the Sea! Over 130 children (many of whom were friends of children that come to St Peter’s), plus all their parents flooded into the Hall and the Church on Friday night! There was so much to do... rock painting, cake decorating, treasure hunting, badge making, a 32ft pirate ship bouncy castle, enough sweets to make every child full and lots lots more! more...
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Student Team Night 19Oct

Last night was our second ever student team night, and if you missed it – you missed out! more...
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Life is worth exploring 12Oct

Over 70 guests attended the opening night of the Alpha course in the church.    more...
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100s of Students @ St Peter's 12Oct

The student term has got off a to full and flying start – with loads of new and returning students coming to the launch event with Matt Redman and Martin Smith, joining the Student Team (Tuesdays), and bringing friends to the Alpha course (Wednesdays) and the Six (Sunday evening church).  And we’re eating our way through boxes and boxes of Papa John's pizza. more...
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New to Brighton 28Sep

My husband and I moved to Brighton a couple of months ago for his job as a doctor at the Royal Sussex.  We found the transition in to life at St Peter’s so much easier than we had hoped and for us joining a team from the beginning really helped (we have joined the Six Team – which aims to make St Peter’s the most welcoming place to be on a Sunday evening). more...
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1000s of Students 21Sep

Matt Redman and Martin Smith are leading worship and prayer at Students at St Peter's 2011 Launch Event. This takes place on Thursday 6 October at 7.30pm. We are looking forward to welcoming some of the 1000s of students - old and new - who will be coming to the city over the next few weeks.     more...
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What’s the Vision? 21Sep

Youth, homeless, family life, relationships, Recovery course, kids, Alpha...  At the start of this new season, Archie has been talking the last couple of Sundays on the vision for the St Peter’s.  Have a listen here.   more...
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Life is worth exploring 21Sep

The Alpha course begins at St Peter’s on Wednesday 5 October (7-9pm), and people from outside and inside the church are signing up.  Run by Archie, this series of evenings facilitates discussion about the big questions in life, in small groups over a meal.  15 million people in the UK have done an Alpha course – if you haven’t yet, come and join us!  Click here for information on our course. more...
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Top 10 14Sep

Many of the songs we sing at church are featured on “Spirit Break Out” by Worship Central, currently charting in the top ten on iTunes (sandwiched between Coldplay and the Beatles!).  St Peter’s is a church plant from Holy Trinity Brompton, London, where Worship Central is based.   more...
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Church without walls 08Sep

The Summer Nights programme has been brilliant this year with Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Paella on the beach and many other social gatherings being pulled together by lots of different people. It really led me to reflect upon what an open and accessible community St Peter's continues to be. The early concept of a Church (meaning the people), "without walls" really stands true. more...
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Kids go camping 05Sep

Families and children made the most of the last weekend of the school holidays to go camping – muddy stream, open fire, marshmallows, wide games. Over 150 children aged 0s-13s regularly attend kids church at St Peter’s on Sunday mornings more...
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Revving up 30Aug

A monthly gig night, student event, leadership community, youth network – just some of the new things we’re getting excited about for the new term, along with lots of people moving to Brighton and getting involved at St Peter’s. We’ll be focusing on the Vision over the next few Sundays, and bringing everyone up to speed with who we are and what we’re about. more...
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SCAFFOLDING 21Jul

I didn’t think it possible to get excited about scaffolding until last week, when the East side of the church was suddenly clad with it: work has begun on the first phase of the English Heritage project. In a year’s time, we’ll have a watertight, re-plastered inner shell to work with. Well done, everyone, for all your support, fundraising, faith and enthusiasm. We’re on our way! more...
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How Far 20Jun

36 hrs to get as far away from Brighton and back – on NO money. more...
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Only in Brighton 20Jun

One of those surreal Sundays this week – our baptisms took place in the sea by the Pier on the wettest windiest June day imaginable (fully immersed they were), before an audience of surprised lifeguards. And the city’s “Naked Bike Ride” (don’t ask!) going past the church – also in the rain. What a great place to plant a church! more...
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Bishop of London 23May

More than 350 were at the Six service last night to hear Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, interviewed by Archie. Just three weeks after preaching at the Royal Wedding before a global audience of 2 billion, the Bishop spoke about his experience of the big day, his own journey of faith, advice for students, the challenges facing the church, and the impact we can make on society. more...
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Womens Breakfast 18May

We couldn't have asked for more at the Women's Breakfast. From the home-made cakes to the beautiful flowers, everything was perfect. As always the worship lead by Hannah and Sarah was fantastic and there is something about singing altogether as women, very empowering. Being in such a comfortable, relaxed environment allowed us to talk openly about intimate relationships, sex, singleness and all sorts of other personal things. Rounded off with time to pray for one another, we had the full package. Lots of eat, think about and friendships made and strengthened :) more...
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Hope 18May

You can go weeks without food. You can go days without water. You can go a few minutes without air. But you can't go one second without hope. You gotta have hope to cope.” (Rick Warren, Author Purpose-Driven Life). Find out the “3 Ps” of hope that everyone can have – my talk from last Sunday http://stpetersbrighton.org/service/hope-0 more...
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Struggling with life? 11May

Our work amongst some of Brighton’s most desperate people – addicted, lonely, hopeless – has started up again for the new term, including Safehaven (Saturday evening meal with the street community), Safehaven women (Thursday afternoon drop in) and the Recovery course (support group for those struggling with addictions). To find out more or to get involved, be in touch! contact@stpetersbrighton.org more...
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Match Report 27Apr

What more could a church want? The sun was shining, the church was more full then I have ever seen it and then over 50 of us went The scene was set, the pitch marked out with flip flops and jumpers. The oldies were stretching while the youngsters were sipping cool cider (we shall see later on which was the more successful warm-up). more...
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Auntie 19Apr

We made a brief appearance on BBC1’s documentary last Sunday, “Does Christianity have a future?”, presented by Ann Widdecombe, featured as one example of a growing church. Spot us on the BBC website, via iPlayer! more...
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God's Got More 11Apr

What an amazing term it’s been with the young people at St Peter’s. Great discussions at our Sunday afternoon meetings in the hall, a brilliant afternoon out ten pin bowling and eating pizza, and seeing friendships grow amongst the young people and the team. One of the best bits has to be seeing the group getting stuck in with the Six Team and then being up front lost in worship at the service itself. more...
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Does God heal today? 30Mar

Sarah had been suffering back pain for more than 18 months, unable to walk about or stand up for more than a few minutes. At the Alpha course last week, her small group prayed for her back, and she immediately felt better. At work, she felt no pain the next day or the one after, and at the weekend she trekked all over town - still no pain. By Sunday morning, to everyone's delight, she told the church that God had indeed healed her.The next Alpha course begins Wednesday 4 May. more...
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Hot Off The Pitch! St Peter's Men Play Rugby 29Mar

On Saturday morning, last week, the 'Under 30s' challenged the 'Vets' to a gentlemanly game of touch rugby. At 10:30 am, twenty of St Peter's men met up in Preston Park for a game of 7-a-side, along with several friends (from Brighton, and some ringers who happened to 'just be visiting')! With the sun shining brightly - and with plenty of the friends, wives, fiancés, girlfriends (and children!) cheering them on - there were huge displays of commitment, speed and creativity by everyone who had the ball in their hands. more...
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Connecting the Everyday with the Eternal 21Mar

Singer-songwriter Matt Redman spoke on Worship last Sunday, in particular how we can live our lives breathing in a revelation of God and breathing out our response, how to create a culture of “readiness”, why we raise our hands in worship, and why there is so much at stake Sunday by Sunday at St Peter’s. Have a listen http://stpetersbrighton.org/service/worship-1 more...
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Price Tag 07Mar

We rounded off an amazing week of prayer and vision last Sunday with our Gift day, raising money for the next stage of development at St Peter’s – ministries such as Safehaven, kids, youth, Recovery course, Tots & Toddlers, Divorce and Separation recovery course, Alpha, Marriage course, as well as the building itself. “We just want to make the world dance.” more...
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Cocktails 01Mar

Living the Dream was the theme of last Sunday’s Vision day. We put together a 5 min DVD of different people’s experience of St Peter’s, and celebrated all that God is doing with “sea-breeze” cocktails at the end. And we needed a lot more quantity than last year’s equivalent, Bucks Fizz. Check out the DVD here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=10150118304265747&oid=140638266459&comments  and my talk: http://stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks more...
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We’re all going… 24Feb

...on a summer holiday. Focus 2011 is our annual week away for the whole church. For 51 weeks in the year, we are doing our best to be a mission station in Brighton, and for one week at the end of July, we shut up shop (almost), go away together to have loads of fun and barbeques, and hopefully come back refreshed and re-fueled. For more info http:/stpetersbrighton.org/focus-2011 more...
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Kid's and Younger Youth Worship 21Feb

It was such a privilege to worship with the Kids' and Younger youth group on Sunday morning. We set up a band over in Gloucester Place and gave our all in worshipping the King – I haven’t jumped around like that in ages! more...
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Young and Old(er) 07Feb

Thanks to Tots & Toddlers on Thursday mornings and Over 55s (or thereabouts!) Tea Mornings monthly on Saturdays, we’re seeing wonderful growing numbers of people from outside the church coming into St Peter’s. And the beautiful thing is some of the older generation are helping out at Tots & Toddlers, and it’s the young people who are putting on the Tea Mornings. Now, that’s family.   more...
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Changed lives 31Jan

I’ve loved interviewing different people the last few Sundays about how God has changed their lives at St Peter’s – through the Alpha course and the Marriage course – and all so recently, in the last three months. Sometimes, we can approach church life as a kind of project or just “something we do.” But it’s about nothing less than transformation! more...
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Growing Spiritual Warriors 21Jan

My 5 year old son was so pleased when he came out of his kids’ group this week. more...
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Mover and Shaker 17Jan

At last Sunday’s Ten service, we gave a huge welcome to the Bishop of Chichester, The Rt Rev Dr John Hind.  The Bishop is at number 20 in this month’s Sussex Life’s list of “Movers and Shakers” (a little above Katie Price and Sir Paul McCartney!), and in November 2009 invited a group of us to Brighton to plant Holy Trinity Brompton’s first church outside London.  As well as preaching and presiding at Holy Communion, he led us in the collect prayer for the day, “…in the renewal of our lives, make known your glory.” more...
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Big God 14Jan

We kicked off 2011 asking, How big is your God? Living with a big God instead of a “shrunken” God will have consequences for the way we live this coming year, in our personal, working, relational lives – and as church.  At the end of the services, many people came forward for prayer, wanting to live with a “bigger” God this year.  Check out Sunday’s talk at http://stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks more...
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Angels and Shepherds 21Dec

Our two big set-piece Christmas events, the Alternative Carol service, and the Christingle Children’s Carol service. They were stunning occasions with many people bringing friends and family for multimedia drama, traditional carols led by band, choir and organ, solos pieces, readings by actors, mulled wine and mince pies. Check out the photos on our Flickr feed more...
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Alpha Weekend Away 02Dec

Meeting at Brighton station we made our way to the one and only New Horizon Holiday centre in Chichester for the Alpha weekend. more...
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A Rising Level Of Goodness 02Dec

This was the title I chose for a short presentation to a forum of Sussex’s most senior police officers and bishops discussing how the church and police can work together to reduce crime and make our neighbourhoods safer. Safehaven, Safehaven women, the Recovery course and Tots & Toddlers are all examples of how all of you at St Peter’s are contributing to the vision to play our part in the transformation of society, primarily by providing a positive alternative social community for those struggling with addictions, homelessness and exclusion. more...
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Secret Millionaire 18Nov

“hot sit down meal, best there is, always free” was the description on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire last Sunday given to Safehaven, our Saturday evening meal with the street community, in partnership with two other local churches. Well done everyone! more...
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A Rare Mix 18Nov

I loved popping into St Peter’s last Saturday morning. Not only were we hosting a tea morning for the over-50s – proper cups and saucers, homemade cake – but meanwhile there was a final rehearsal for our house covers band ahead of next Friday’s Mods & Rockers themed Anniversary Party. Come to think of it…the over-50s and Mods & Rockers may not be such a rare mix after all: see you on Friday! more...
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Light Party 04Nov

The Light Party last Friday, the church’s alternative to Halloween, was an amazing evening. The hall was packed with 80 kids and their grown-ups, a mixture of church members and plenty of visitors too. With the Knights and Princesses theme there were some fantastic costumes on display. The children were kept busy making crowns, decorating cakes (and eating them) playing games, dancing to the disco and enjoying the bouncy castle. When all that got too much, the little princesses were pampered at the salon and there were some very busy face painters at work too. more...
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1st Year Anniversary 01Nov

We’ve been re-opened exactly one year, and we had a prolonged round of applause at church on Sunday, to thank God for all he’s done in the space of a short 12 months.  We’re getting ready for The Anniversary Party itself in a couple of weeks’ time, with house covers band, DJ, dancing, Mods & Rockers theme, but the children got ahead of the game and already celebrated with The Light Party last Friday night – 80 church kids and their friends for bouncy castle, Wii, facepainting, crafts, games, DJ.  Year 2, here we come! more...
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Men's power hour 25Oct

So a month after our first men's breakfast we decided we would do it again and 20 of us got together in the church hall to drink coffee, worship and get stuck into the Bible. James Courtis-Pond led us in a study of Luke 15 and the Prodigal Son, and for everyone who got up early, there was an amazing opportunity to hear from all ages, of one anothers experiences of being a son, brother, father and friend, and how our heavenly Father loves us as we are, not anymore or any less then anyone else. more...
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Grown up church 21Oct

How does a church expect to deliver mature, “grown up” Christians, the kind of people who can put Vision into practice, and be carriers of “the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (St Paul)? This is what we talked about one Sunday recently – and how we are not so much running a programme at St Peter’s, as creating a culture and environment. Have a listen to the talk G.R.O.W at http://stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks   more...
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Alpha moves to a bigger venue 12Oct

The opening night of Alpha is probably the most exciting part of my job: it’s 7pm, we’ve set up a team of fantastic leaders and helpers, the church looks stunning with lighting and music (and warm!) and the food is cooked – now, who will come through the doors, to discuss “Is there more to life than this?” more...
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Divorce recovery and Marriage courses 04Oct

It seems entirely appropriate to be launching two new courses on the same night this coming Thursday (in different venues!) – one “making good marriages better”, and the other to help people move on from the pain and reality of separation or divorce. more...
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Safehaven Cooking 29Sep

At 3pm on Saturday 25 September, the 4 volunteer cooks for the Safehaven project gathered in the kitchen of the Church hall to prepare the first meal of term! Luckily there had been a lot prayer for us (!) – None of us had cooked in the kitchen before, and there recently had been troubles with the oven – we needed God to provide for us, keep us in check and to keep us on time. more...
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Students 28Sep

We’re in super-welcoming mode right now towards the 36,000 students who are landing up in Brighton right now. Students make up a lot of those in our teams, as well as setting the culture for a lot of what we do, and it’s great to see the place beginning to fill up again for the new term – and especially with Freshers. We’re laying on special stuff for students after the Six on 3 and 10 October, so we can bring everyone up to speed with what’s been happening over the summer and what we’ve got to look forward to. more...
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Charlie Mackesy 28Sep

A world-class artist, Charlie has exhibited with Nelson Mandela, and, most recently, Rembrandt’s etches. Last Sunday, he was our speaker at the Ten and Six – about his spiritual hunger, his journey of faith, Christopher Hitchens, and loads more. A great prelude to the Alpha course, which starts on Weds 6 October. Have a listen to Charlie at http://stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks   more...
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Prayer For Brighton 22Sep

On Friday 17 September, 40 or so of us gathered inside the church hall for the St Peters Night of Prayer. From 7pm until midnight, we worshipped God and prayed for matters like Students, Kids Church and the Alpha Course (starting 6 October), and it made me think of the beginning of St Peters and the excitement that the Holy Spirit brings when we bring our prayers before God. more...
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All aboard 20Sep

Everyone praying, helping out and giving has been the core message these couple of weeks as we've looked again at the Vision for the church in Year 2. Very exciting to see everyone getting set to play their part again in this next phase - and students starting to flock back.   more...
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New Term 13Sep

Though the Church calendar does not recognise it, I always think September represents something of a new start. Some really are starting something new: a new job, a new housing situation, a new academic year. But for all of us, there’s that sense of starting over again – fresh back from the summer and off we go again, with many excitements just round the corner. To whet your appetite for what’s ahead, have a listen to 'How to start a new term' and 'What’s the vision for Year 2?' http://stpetersbrighton.org/sunday-talks   more...
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Momentum... 24Aug

What a day, Archie, Paul, Hannah and myself went to Momentum yesterday to watch Archie deliver the sermon at the main service in the evening. The place is amazing; seminars going on anywhere, students and twenty something’s learning about and praising God everywhere. We met up with the St Peter’s crew that were already there who just couldn’t give the event enough praise. more...
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Summer bubbles 16Aug

It’s holiday time – time to rest and relax and recharge our batteries. I’ve been enjoying having a little more time to read and spend time with friends. more...
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Summer Nights - BBQ 12Aug

Well it took me 3 showers and much scrubbing to get the smell of smoke off me but it was all worth it. We had around 55 people turn up to Hove Lawns last night for a BBQ and a laugh together. There was more meat then anyone could eat, chicken, beef, pork, and lamb, some of the meaties even brought veggie burgers to share. more...
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Focus - St Peter's on Tour 11Aug

On 24 July 156 of us headed up to Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire for our church week away. We joined HTB for their annual holiday along with a load of other church plants. more...
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Summer Nights - Beach Volleyball 09Aug

Volleyball was the order of the day and although the weather conspired against us, it couldn't stop us! In true Brighton style, even though it was raining all day, 25 intrepid explorers made it as far as Yellowave BeachSport Centre last Wednesday for an evening of smiles, laughs and the occasional bit of volleyball. Some of us traveled further then others, some even went to the wrong beach volleyball court but eventually we were there, the sun was setting and the teams were picked. more...
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Balaam’s ass 11Jul

Pete Greig, the founder of the 24/7 prayer movement, Director of Prayer at HTB and Alpha International, and author of “God on Mute”, came to speak at the Six last Sunday night, and chose this extraordinary passage as his bible reading (Numbers 22:21-35). more...
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How Far road trip 07Jul

On Saturday the 26 June, 12 How Far challengers plus a couple of the homebase team met at St Peter’s church at 5am. more...
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Alpha Weekend 05Jul

So, about 10 weeks ago or so I started doing an Alpha course at my church and this weekend I had the opportunity to go to Chichester for an Alpha weekend with other people from both St Peter’s (my church in Brighton) and HTB. more...
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How Far 2010? 28Jun

36 hours to get as far away from Brighton and back – without spending any money! more...
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I HEART Brighton Photo Comp 21Jun

Awoke to a glorious blue sky day over Brighton. Things were looking good for today I LOVE Brighton Photography challenge. Then i looked across at my 10 mega pixel point and shoot, no zoom on it camera and thought 'Mmmmm, maybe I won't be winning quite yet!' more...
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Summer Sunday 21Jun

Yesterday, after the Ten, we moved out as church for the first time onto the green immediately outside and set up BBQs, bouncy castle, facepainting, craft, inflatable sumo wrestling (!), and games – our first community “Summer Sunday” in the heart of this great city, and with 27,000 cyclists going past at the end of the London-Brighton bike ride. Then all down to the beach for seven baptisms in the sea, young people from the church, publicly declaring their commitment to Christ in the shadow of the Palace Pier. more...
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Organ blast 16Jun

Spontaneous applause erupted in worship last Sunday when David, playing keyboards, slipped across to the organ while the band were leading "The Splendour of a King", pulled out the stops of "Father Willis" (4-gauge, built 1888) for the first time since we re-opened, and let rip to the words, "How great is our God." What a noise! Fantastic!   more...
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Ordinary Time 08Jun

Last Sunday was the first Sunday after Trinity, known in the church calendar as the start of Ordinary time. more...
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Everything is Possible 20May

I love this that we've been singing at church - our first home-grown song, written, and now recorded, by our own worship band. Check it out here and enjoy! more...
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Brighton Freak Show Opening Party 12May

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A new term at Safehaven 11May

After a break for a few weeks, Safehaven, our weekly food kitchen for the street community reopened its doors to serve lovingly-prepared Chilli-con-carne followed by apple crumble and custard on Saturday evening. more...
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Fringe Festival Fun 06May

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First Baptisms 29Apr

Three beautifully-behaved babies accompanied by huge family and godparental support were the centre of attention last Sunday for our first church christenings. A new portable font arrived in time the previous week (the main fixed one is in the closed-off section of the church), loads of visitors swelled our numbers to over-capacity, and Flora, Sophie and Rachel were appropriately welcomed with loud cheers. A great way to mark our 6-month anniversary. more...
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Women's Breakfast 19Apr

90 turned up and crammed in for our first occasional breakfast last Saturday in the hall – yummy (healthy) food, worship, talk and ministry. I don’t know what it is about women getting together (!), but there was a buzz around the place that can’t be accounted for simply in terms of sunny weather, children left at home for a morning, and decorous touches (everyone went away with a homemade heart-shaped lapel brooch). more...
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Our first Easter 07Apr

40 of us, including dogs and children made it for the short walk to the Old Steine on Good Friday morning to join with other Brighton churches for an open-air service, followed by hot cross buns. Then back to St Peter's at midday for an hour of meditations on the cross, interspersed with music and silence. Happy chaos on Easter morning, rammed full for our family service which included dozens of children playing an Easter version of "Captain's coming" (don't ask....). more...
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The Cross 30Mar

Grace and Peace were the themes of our services yesterday with a particular focus on the cross at the start of Holy Week. St Paul talks about the “power of the cross”, and it was easy to see what he meant as through the day people experienced afresh the love of God in worship and ministry. In the evening, dozens of people went forward after the talk with pieces of paper on which they had written private prayers, fears, burdens or sins, and dumped them in a basket at the foot of a wooden cross. more...
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On the Radio 23Mar

I’m not sure BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey is necessarily everybody’s station of choice at 7.30 on a Sunday morning, but there’s a great show hosted each week by Gavin Ashenden, chaplain at Sussex University, and yesterday morning he was kind enough to ask me a few questions about how we’re all getting on at St Peter’s and to give a “Sixty second sermon” Listen to it here. more...
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Out and About 15Mar

I love catching up with people on Sundays and hearing about what everyone's been getting up to over the weekend, returning to "base" at St Peter's on Sunday with lots of fun and stories to tell. This weekend, the band recorded our first homegrown song, "Everything is Possible", and joined 2000 others in London at Worshipcentral; it was week 6 of Safehaven on Saturday night, with 60 guests and 35 helpers in the hall; and 40 of us went on the Alpha weekend to Chichester. more...
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Hard Hats 08Mar

It's exciting that just four months into this great adventure, we are already overflowing our available space, and setting about getting together reports from church architects, structural engineers and quantity surveyors to help us move on out into the rest of the church. On Sunday, we slid back the curtain between the chancel, where we are currently meeting, and the main part of the church, and talked about what it would take to open up the next bit of the building to meet in on Sundays. more...
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Bucks Fizz 02Mar

Last Sunday was Vision Sunday and to celebrate all that God has been doing in the first four months we've been open, we reviewed the original "Follow Brighton" video (the hair was shorter then!), and put together a photo montage, set to a Fat Boy Slim track, of loads of great stuff that has been happening. Then at the end of the service, we cleared away the chairs, celebrated with a couple of songs, and brought out trays of Bucks Fizz and cakes for everyone. See the original Follow Brighton video more...
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What's the point of Lent? 22Feb

We celebrated (is that the right word?) the first Sunday in Lent at church yesterday by taking our time over Holy Communion, and each coming forward to kneel at the front of church to take the bread and wine, as a way of expressing not only our penitence, but also our gratitude and total dependence on Christ and his work in our lives. Jonny spoke about making sure our lives are on the right track - doing the right things, in the right ways and for the right reasons. more...
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Prince Charles 15Feb

Archie, Jonny and Tara were in London last Friday to meet HRH Prince of Wales, who came to visit St Mellitus, the C of E’s newest theological college, where Jonny trained. He was particularly taken with church planting in London and beyond (St Peter’s is HTB’s first church plant outside London), “the fact that you able to plant churches and encourage congregations in some of these previously unused churches is enormously encouraging…I think that is truly wonderful and inspiring…I hope you have great success in the future.” more...
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Safehaven 08Feb

Last Saturday evening saw the start of our Safehaven project for the homeless, run in St Peter's church hall in partnership with two other local churches. 25 guests came for Shepherd's Pie and a warm welcome and were served by more than 20 people from the church, a mixture of students, single, married, parents, retired. more...
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Alpha Begins 25Jan

The first evening of the Alpha course is about the most exciting thing in church life for me - I love seeing who turns up, what made people come along and what we can do to help them feel welcome. But last Wednesday was even more of an adventure than usual as we'd never done Alpha at St Peter's before; we had very little idea of who was going to turn up and how many. As well as friends inviting friends and family, work colleagues and neighbours, we did some advertising - in the Argus, the Leader, and some free online listings. more...
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In the Round. 18Jan

We've been experimenting at The Six! Last Sunday we not only had a talk via DVD - Pete Grieg (founder 24/7 Prayer) on the Lord's Prayer - but we set up with the band in the middle and the cushions (kneelers - did you know they're actually called "hassocks"?) spread around so everyone faced in to worship. I guess however we set up "says" something - rows in lines facing forward says we're all pointed in the same direction, we could all face outwards, which would signify an outward-looking church (but not very sociable). more...
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The Power of the Bended Knee 15Jan

We're focussing on Prayer at the beginning of this new year, in particular praying for our favourite city, Brighton. Someone once said that prayer is "the slender nerve that moves the muscles of omnipotence". So alongside the new Alpha course, the Teams, Helping People and Sunday services, we want to realise "the power of the bended knee" this term. more...
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Happy New Year! 11Jan

Great to see the church filling up again yesterday morning and evening after the holidays - and warm too, with the three space heaters we hired. OK so maybe the board outside scribbled with the words "warm church" strictly-speaking could have been questioned under the Trade Descriptions Act, but certainly people were shedding layers (I was down to 3 from the usual 4), and five people came in off the street during the service to feel the wamth and see what we do. more...
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Christmas gift anyone? Free download of Unplugged Concert at St Peter's 23Dec

Check out the worshipcentral album recorded live at St Peter's last month with Tim Hughes, Al Gordon, Ben Cantalon, Nikki Fletcher, and a whole bunch of us - live, raw and unplugged. Free as a download. more...
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Christingle and the Alternative Carol Service 14Dec

A wonderful weekend with everyone involved and playing to their strengths, and with over 400 attending. It began with a great turnout on Saturday morning to decorate the church, designed by our artists. On Sunday morning, the children's choir, dressed as angels, led the carol singing, and we had a "rapped" memory verse, prayers led by a family and christingles for all the children - then mulled wine and mince pies. more...
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"Pastoral care - what pastoral care?" 27Nov

In these early stages, it would be fair to say we don’t have a very complex structure for looking out for each other – the model is basically, erm… look out for each other. more...
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Mel’s memorial service 23Nov

Forty people attended an informal memorial service last Wednesday, followed by lunch.  Mel was just 24 when she died of a heroin overdose on the steps of St Peter’s in September.  She used to inject on those steps, she told her friends, because she felt she wasn’t alone there.  more...
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Alpha and Worship Central: Midweek meetings start 16Nov

We've had an extraordinary few days with over 300 people joining us in the week, on top of our three regular Sunday services. 35 attended the first night of Alpha last Wednesday, although week 2 is really the ideal time to join the course, so do come along if you'd still like to :-). Plenty of buzz and discussion, "exploring the meaning of life". Meanwhile, a further 35 were at the first get-together for the Helping People team, led by Jonny and Tara Gumbel, discussing all sorts of ways that we can make a difference to the community and society around us. more...
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The Second Sunday 10Nov

Week two was always going to be interesting.  Sure, we had over 500 through the doors the first week, for the re-opening services, but we weren't kidding ourselves: lots of friends were supporting us from London, and clearly they weren't going to come back every week!  So it was immensely encouraging to see so many once again, including loads of people for the first time.  In the evening, we asked for a show of hands, and discovered that we had a lot more studen more...
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Re-opening Services 02Nov

We really had no idea what to expect on our first Sunday.  Beyond our 50 or so team, who would show up at the three services (8.30, 10, 6)?  In the event, we had 600 through the day - many of them in the morning were friends supporting us as a one off - happy mayhem in the children's church!  We loved every minute of it - the cafe with homemade cakes, the buzz of expectation before each service as the place filled up, the presence of God amongst us as the worship took off, the making of new friends and building community throughout the day.  In the evening, taking the ch more...
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Most Godless City? 22Oct

Following The Argus report on Friday 16/10, Archie responded  with a letter to the editor, which led to a more...
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Publicity 09Oct

This week sees us beginning to let people know properly that St Peter’s is re-opening – posters on the 8 noticeboards around the church and banners on the security fencing.  Best, last week the team wrote postcards to 450 of the many, many people who signed the petition to keep the church open, thanking them for their support and letting them know we are re-opening in a few weeks’ time, with the times of the services and our new website.  When they were ready to go, it was very moving as we all held up a handful, prayed for each addressee by name and then went ou more...
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From the vicar 05Oct

We are delighted to welcome you to this great adventure – the reopening of St Peter’s! If you like a bit of mess, getting stuck in with whatever needs doing, and helping to build a fun community in the heart of a great city (by the sea!), then this may be the place for you – we need everyone! more...
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Work parties 30Sep

There are work parties going on every weekend in October in the church hall at St Peter's - alongside the professional work being done in the church chancel itself: heating, lighting, sound etc - all making the place fit for purpose in time for our reopening services on 1 November - a date fixed in people's minds in Brighton as the day of the Old Crocs (vintage cars London-Brighton), which goes right past St Peter's, and also, of course, All Saints Day. more...
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Goodwill 23Sep

V encouraging to see the amount of goodwill there is towards St Peter's - I'm beginning to understand why as many as 6500 people signed a petition to keep the church open as a place of worship. In the few short weeks we've been here, I have had meetings with Council leaders, church leaders, Chief Superintendents, local businesses and charity CEOs, all initiated by them, to discuss how we might work together for the city. more...
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