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.

The Big Breakfast - 4 Nov: A chance to consider together how to grow in our relationship with God, our prayer life, our engagement with the Bible, and our processing of all things with the Lord.

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 - 30 Nov (TBC): 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.

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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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Members of Grace Church comment:

"Our teenagers love it. It used to be so hard with them."

"Every Sunday I used to wake in a panic because of the stress of getting our children to church by nine thirty. Now we enjoy rest and family time at breakfast and really enjoy the day as the Lord's Day."

"I used to find that by the end of Sunday I had totally lost what I'd gained from church in the morning. I love being able to finish the day with God as I do now."

Some wonder why we meet at 4pm. For Christians, this time seems strange because many of us are in the habit of going to church on Sunday mornings. However, we have found it a particularly good fit for the modern life.

Better for friends and family
Those who are not yet Christians are reticent to lose their Sunday mornings, and so more likely to attend church on an afternoon. Teenagers and older children are the same, especially those involved in Sunday morning sport. Because of the time we meet, we are delighted to have children and young people coming to church every week in a way that is quite rare.

Better for busy weekends
For busy Christians too, Sunday morning can be the only opportunity they have to truly rest - and some may have to work. Because many spend weekends visiting friends and relatives, a number of Christians also struggle to be with their church family more than a couple of times a month. This means that they and their church profoundly miss out. Yet meeting at 4pm enables people to get back from elsewhere in time for church so that all can benefit from them being there each week.

Better for younger children
We would add that those with younger children find the 4pm time benefits them too. It saves having to interrupt daytime sleeps for babies and toddlers, and as younger children enjoy tea together after our service, they can be fed and home by 6pm, and so ready for bath and bed.

A better time making a better Sunday
Records show that the early church may have met during the night because this was the best time to ensure that everyone was able to gather together. We feel that meeting at 4pm serves a similar purpose. We would encourage you to give it a try for a few months and see how you find it. You will be surprised by the difference it makes.

To find us on a Sunday, click here.

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