A parish by the sea

A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church, which has been at the heart of the community in the Seaside area of Eastbourne for 163 years.
In 2009 we merged with our neighbouring parish to become
Christ Church with St Philip

We worship in the Anglo-Catholic tradition with a main Parish Mass at 10.30am on Sunday.

Since 30th May 2022 we have been in an Interregnum, awaiting the appointment of a new Parish Priest. Until we have a new Vicar, times of services may vary and a few may only take place once a month due to the lack of clergy - but there will always be a Parish Mass at 10.30am every Sunday morning. Keep an eye on our "Services" page, our Facebook page, or contact to enquire if a specific service or activity is going ahead.

In normal circumstances, there is a Said Mass at 8am on Sunday morning; an evening Mass at 6.15pm on Tuesday and a mid-week service at 11.30am on Wednesday, which all take place in the Memorial Chapel. For people who are working during the week, there is also a Mass on Saturday morning at 10am. Additional services are held for special Feast Days and Church Festivals throughout the year, when incense is used. 

With a thriving social life, groups at Christ Church include Knit & Natter on Tuesday morning at 10.30am; a Coffee Morning every Wednesday from 9.30am-11am; a Playgroup for younger children on Thursday morning at 10.30am, and a Prayer Group on Friday mornings at 10am. 

Christ Church is renowned for its Father Willis organ, which is said to be one of the finest on the south coast. The church also has an excellent grand piano.

With comfortable, flexible seating, the church is frequently hired by local clubs, groups and societies for events, concerts and as a rehearsal space, and there are kitchen facilities for making teas and coffees at the back of the church. There are also church halls, with a fully fitted kitchen, that are regularly booked by the local community for meetings, and by private individuals for birthday and anniversary parties.

Christ Church is home to the Matthew 25 Mission charity, which occupies the Brodie Hall adjacent to the car park.

Matthew 25 gets its name from the Bible and is a community-based charity that assists those in need, offering practical support and advice to all within our community regardless of race, religion or gender. Matthew 25 provides a listening ear and sympathetic pastoral care and guidance, as well as addressing practical issues such as the provision of food, clothing and furniture. 

35 'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  

Matthew 25: verses 35-36

If you are a visitor to Eastbourne, take the opportunity to come and look around our beautiful Victorian Church, which was designed in the Gothic revival style by architect Benjamin Ferrey (a pupil and biographer of Augustus Pugin) and was opened in July 1859.


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