A parish by the sea

Chancel (c) Sean Steward, 2011 West front (c) Sean Steward

 Photo © David Horne, 2015                           

A warm welcome awaits you at Christ Church on the 'sunshine coast' of Eastbourne, where our church has been a landmark in the area known as Seaside for 155 years.  

We worship in the Anglo Catholic tradition. The congregation covers all age groups and we have activities and services for everyone. We have a thriving social life, with weekly coffee mornings, a knit and natter group, quiz nights, two Fairs a year, and a host of other social and fundraising events to keep everyone entertained. There is also a Tots and Toddlers Play Group on Thursday mornings; an After School Club for older children; a regular Prayer Group and occasional Bible Fellowship Meetings.
There is a less formal Family Mass on the first Sunday of every month.


With a spectacular 'Father Willis' organ and a baby grand piano, we are able to hold recitals and host concerts from visiting musicians, performers, choirs and orchestras. Our comfortable, flexible seating can be adapted to suit services and events, plus we have no less than five halls - which are regularly used by clubs, societies and organisations from the local community, including being the base for two local nursery schools, as well as our own parish activities. Our oldest hall, the Brodie, is now also home to the local Christian outreach charity The Matthew 25 Mission. 

If you have never visited - why not call in and look around the church where '
Alice in Wonderland' author Lewis Carroll worshipped every summer for over 20 years (1877-1898), and where Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Alice was also a frequent visitor, taking a particular interest in the Sunday School, and see the magnificent Chancel window that was installed as a tribute to her in 1880. Or simply sit quietly in the stillness of the Memorial Chapel for a few moments of private prayer and contemplation.

 Memorial Chapel altar (c) Sean Steward       

Although officially The Parish Church of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ  we are known to everyone quite simply as Christ Church.

In January 2009 we merged with a neighbouring church community to form a single parish in the Benefice of Christ Church with St Philip.

We hold the main parish Eucharist each Sunday at 10.30am, which is sung, and an earlier service at 8am, that is said. Our servers wear robes and, with the gowned choir members, process at the start and end of the service. Our worship is based on the Common Worship liturgy, with the Sunday 8am service using traditional language.  

We value the sermon or homily as commentary that makes the readings and the Gospel relevant and focuses our perceptions of the world. In this way we are made to feel that all of us are included in the words of ministry. The Vicar is currently assisted by a Curate, a Lay Reader, and two retired Priests. Bible readings and intercessions at services are undertaken by various members of the congregation. 
The church boasts a strong musical tradition and our hymns are heartily sung. We have a choir anthem most Sunday mornings. Our young people lead our monthly Family Service in music, reading and prayer. 
The church acoustics are excellent, and there is an effective Public Address system with a hearing loop.
There is a monthly Walsingham Cell Mass in the Memorial Chapel on the first Monday of each month at 6.15pm and local churches join us on an annual Pilgrimage to Walsingham every summer.

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 In the name of
Jesus Christ
we welcome you
to our Church.

Here, in quiet,
you may speak to God; 
Here you may
give thanks.
Here you may cast your  
burdens upon Him.

Here you may seek
strength for the present
and courage for the future.  
Then go on your way

May God bless you
and grant you
His peace for evermore.

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