The 31 October marks 500 year since what's known as "the Reformation" - a hugely significant period in the history of the church that has formed western culture as it is today. And as God is unchanging, so his truth is as relevant in our day as it was then.

Starting on Sunday 29 October we are therefore going to mark this 500 years with five sermons that consider the contemporary significance of the five wonderful truths that were rediscovered during the reformation:

1) We rely on SCRIPTURE ALONE for our knowledge of God, so we can truly know him and his will.

2) We rely on CHRIST ALONE for the salvation and new life God gives, and so can have confidence that it really can be ours.

3) We rely on FAITH ALONE for receiving all he gives, and so are free from the burden of never managing to be good enough.

4) We rely on GRACE ALONE for acceptance before God, and so can be sure that his love for us will remain.

5) Everything is TO THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE and so our goal and purpose is found in joyfully giving all to him.

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The average person spends over half their time in the workplace, making it all the more important that we think through what it means to serve and honour Christ there.

That's what we'll be doing at this autumn's WORK MATTERS evening.

Wed 8 November
1 Kingfisher Drive

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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 that will serve Bolnore and the wider Haywards Heath area. 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.
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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.

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