For much of the summer and autumn we will be considering Paul's letter to the Philippians.

Written from prison it's a passionate, open-hearted call to let the gospel we believe change everything about how we live. Here we see what drove Paul himself to count everything loss for the sake of knowing Christ.

To read the NIV introduction to Philippians, click here.

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Grappling with God

Join us for
Saturday 1-2 July 2017
(Friday night too if possible)

Cost: £15 per person
(Years 6 and under go free)

We hope that every regular at Grace Church will come. Our yearly weekend away is a always a highlight in the year, and a fantastic way to get to know one-another.

Past Grace Church folk and anyone else are of course welcome too. The more the merrier.
Spending time and having fun with the church family in beautiful countryside. Great Bible teaching from Steve Rees, Vicar of All Saint's Crowborough. Separate teaching and activities for the children run by Emma and Mic Brough. Fun, games, bouncy castle, lovely walks, maybe a dip in the lake for the brave - and Sanderson-quality food, which once experienced is never forgotten. 

We will have two teaching sessions on Saturday morning and one straight after lunch. The rest of the day and evening will then be given to all the fun of being together in such lovely grounds. On Sunday morning we will have an all age celebration (with creche) followed by coffee and then clear up. The final teaching session from Steve will be at our normal 4pm service at the Woodside in Bolnore. 

You can arrive from 5pm on Friday for a social evening and camping, or before 8am for breakfast on Saturday, or 9.30am on Saturday for the first teaching session.

Where? Guy and Laura Sanderson’s house: Little Sele, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6PR.

I’m in. How do I sign up?
Reply to Jon's email or respond through the contact form below on this website to book you/your family in - and if possible say what time you intend to arrive.

The cost of food will be £15 per head for the weekend (primary school aged children and below are free). The actual cost, however, will be at least £22.50 so if you are able to donate more to cover your full cost or help towards others please do. 

Please either pay online (details from Jon or on church email) or give a cheque payable to Grace Church Haywards Heath to Jon. 

Once you have paid you are then booked in, so why not do it online now? We do need people to book for catering purposes. So we would ask that you would book by Sunday 18 June at the latest. 

If the cost might prevent you from coming, please don’t let it. Rather speak to Jon in confidence – we would love as many as possible from the church family to come.

What will I need to bring?
Tent(s) to sleep in, sleeping bags, mats/airbeds, clothes suitable for exploring the countryside. Do ask around if you need to borrow anything.

Can I get a bed?
There are a very limited number of beds available at the Sandersons’. If you cannot or really would rather not camp, please contact Laura on 07900 898263. Beds will be given on a first come first served basis. Alternative, some choose to commute each day from Haywards Heath. It is only a 15-20 min drive.

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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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