It's that time again. We do hope you will join us at some time over Christmas. Whether you are from Bolnore, the wider town or beyond. Whether you are someone of faith or not. All are welcome. Come, enjoy, and consider.

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Grace Church hosts all sorts of events to help Christians grow in their faith, and for those who might just be considering Christianity to progress in their thinking. Here's something of what's coming up. Click on the image to view its information.

Midlife - 21 Nov: A humerous flyer but a serious evening for those in their 40s, 50s even 60s, and anyone else starting to feel the pressures and suprising feelings that go with midlife - or those wanting to be prepared. This is instead of the wednesday evening community groups that week. A great one to come to as couples too.

Wreath making - 1 Dec: Our very popular yearly ladies event in preparing for Christmas. Come and learn how to make a wreath, hearing something of what it means, and go home with your very own to hang on yoour door. Whether you come to Grace Church or not, do book in with Bethan and bring a friend (0784878985)

A season with a reason - 6 Dec: A warm and accessible evening for those who are intrigued about Christianity to hear something of what we believe. Cafe Nero baristas serving, live music and a great atmosphere. To get a feel, click the video here.

Christmas - 16-25 Dec: It's that time of year. We do hope you will join us, whether you are from Bolnore, the wider area or beyond, whether you have a faith or not. Come, enjoy and consider the message of Christmas.

The difference - 9 Feb: Tom Mawer was dealing heroin from his push bike when aged 11, and grew up to play his own part in the brutal world of drug crime. During this evening of live music and interview, we will hear Tom tell the story of his journey from hard crime to Christ, and consider what lies at the heart of the Christian message that can make this sort of difference.

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What is God actually doing in space-time-history? What is it all about? What are we all about? Where are things heading? How should that affect us now?

There are few questions more important or engaging than these ones. And they will be answered as we plot the story of everything from Genesis to Revelation, from the moment the universe began to its renewal and beyond.

We have a few one of sermons, explaining the gaps in the dates below. But the series will be as follows:

Episode 1 : 16 Sept : God creates humanity: Why we are here (Gen 1v26-31)
Episode 2 : 23 Sept : God deals with a rebellion: Why life is hard (Gen 3)
Episode 3 : 7 Oct : God makes a promise: Why there's always hope (Gen 12v1-7)
Episode 4 : 14 Oct : God forms a people: We're called to be his (Gen 50v15-26)
Episode 5 : 21 Oct : God re-establishes his rule: We're called to obey (Ex 19)
Episode 6 : 28 Oct : God gives a land: A choice we all face (Deut 30v11-20)
Episode 7 : 4 Nov : God appoints his kings: A ruler we really need (1 Chron 17v1-14)
Episode 8 : 18 Nov : God builds anticipation: Appreciating grace (Ezek 36v16-38)
Episode 9 : 25 Nov : God proves a point: Waiting patiently (Neh 9v22-39)
Episode 10 : 2 Dec : God sends his Saviour: Delighting in Christ (Lk 1v67-79)
Episode 11 : 9 Dec : God re-forms humanity: Living for the future (Acts 2)
Episode 12 : 16 Dec : God puts all things right: Be steady and be ready (Rev 22v12-17)

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Whether you consider yourself a committed Christian or not, we are delighted that you are seeking a church. Just turn up any Sunday at 4pm. You don't have to dress a certain way or bring anything with you. And you can be sure of a warm welcome.

Some come along just because they're interested in Christainity and want to find out more.

Others join us in support of what we're trying to do. South Haywards Heath lacks churches, and Bolnore Village had none. Our vision is therefore to grow a church for the Haywards Heath area centred on Bolnore Village. And we're always in need of more people to help in that.

Others are with us because they value our distinctives. They comment on five in particular:

(1) We are of a size that enables them to enjoy a genuine depth of friendship with others in the church. There is a real sense of being a caring and supportive church family that is made up of a whole variety of people.

(2) We have a vibrant children's and youth work that is not too large to feel intimidating, nor too small to lack benefit.

(3) We have a strong concern for those of all ages to feel equally a part of the church family. So children and teens benefit from properly getting to know others in the church rather than just their own peers, and from playing their own part in our services and other activities.

(4) We seek to ensure that at all levels of church life, we provide Bible teaching that is faithful, relevant, understandable and of a high quality.

(5) We meet at 4pm, benefiting those who are caught up with sport or other things in the mornings, as well as those needing to visit friends or family over the weekend. Some can't imagine meeting at this time. But those who try it come to really appreciate it.

If you are new to the area or without a suitable church, do pop along and get a feel for what we get up to. As we seek to establish a church for the area, we are especially keen to hear from any who live in Bolnore, South Haywards Heath and North Burgess Hill. Just turn up on a Sunday or give our minister a call.

Rob and Sarah joined us with their two daughters. They say:
The 4 o'clock start is great for families who want to spend time being together resting for the first part of a Sunday, and finishing off with church. We received a warm welcome at Grace Church when attending for the first time - the correct balance between being welcoming and not smothering new arrivals. We have been to to other churches where children were put first but Grace offers a more Jesus centred preparation for secondary school and adult life. The hospitality is great too.
Links you may find useful are:

How can I decide which church?
If you are a committed Christian, the Bible's priorities would suggest the following questions are key in choosing a church:
1] Am I (and my family) able to attend it most weeks?
2] Is Christ central and the Bible well taught so that we can be thoroughly built up in faith and equipped in service?
3] Do the church family display genuine love for God, one-another and the world and have a community life in which we can be welcomed and supported?
4] Is the church located sufficiently close to my home so that we can reach out to our non-Christian friends through it? 

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