A parish by the sea
Community & Fundraising

“We understand that in learning more about one another, we learn more about God, seeking always to love and not to judge.”  
Christ Church Mission Statement

Christ Church is known for its variety of social and fundraising activities, which are supported by the congregation and the wider community. 
Fundraising is very important to our church life and we try to make the activites enjoyable and innovative. The profit made is divided at the end of each calendar year between the local and international charities that the church supports.
Weekly Coffee Mornings are well supported and provide additional funds, and there is an annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.
Parishioners also support the Love In A Box campaign to provide Christmas presents for disadvantaged children of central Europe. There is a Toy Service and a Christingle Service each year which provide gifts and funds for Family Support Work and The Children's Society. There are also annual collections during Christian Aid Week and special collections amongst the congregation at times of major natural disaster around the world.
Social & fundraising activities in recent years have included:

 Call My Bluff  ♦ Magic Night   Wine Tasting   Fifties Night   Variety Shows    Quiz Nights 
 Countdown   Race Nights   Cream Teas   Parish Lunches   Bingo with Fish & Chip Supper
 Dedication Festival Lunch & Entertainment   Harvest Festival Lunch & Entertainment
 ENSA Show   Villains & Dames - Pantomime Entertainment   Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
 Dickens Performance by actor David Horne   Talks e.g. 'Black Diamonds & White Cliffs'
 Dowagers Reunited, an evening of comedy and song with Lady Crabtree & Dame Margot Hamilton  
 Behind the Scenes: Theatrical Reminiscences from Jo Sands & Paul James    Visiting performers
 Diamond Jubilee Tea Party   Lunchtime and evening recitals from organists, soloists, orchestras and choirs

Spring and Autumn Fairs are held annually in the church, the halls and grounds, with the profits going towards church funds and 10% to charity. Each raises in the region of £1,500 - £1,800. To add to the fun and to increase publicity, the Fairs are often themed, with stallholders in costume. These have included:
♦ Victorian Fair to coincide with the Eastbourne Victorian Festival ♦ Alice in Wonderland Fair to celebrate Lewis Carroll, who worshipped at Christ Church ♦ Royal Fair in 2006 to mark the Queen’s 80th birthday ♦ Dickensian Fair ♦ Christmas Fair ♦ VE Day theme in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the war ♦ Michaelmas Market in 2011 ♦ Diamond Jubilee Fair' in 2012 ♦ Coronation 60th Anniversary Fair in 2013 

Sunday afternoon parish walks and picnics have also proved to be popular, and occasional outings too such as a recent day trip to Goring.
Concerts and recitals have been held at various times, and have included visiting orchestras, choirs, and musicians. The superb ‘Father Willis’ organ has enabled us to attract some top class organists, and occasionally there have been a series of summer lunchtime recitals – which was revived in 2013 and was enhanced by the recent generous gift of a baby grand piano.
The PCC has a dedicated Social & Fundraising Committee, which works hard to provide entertainment, excellent food at events, and makes sure that the local community is aware of church activities.
Our church and its halls are in constant use and many organisations benefit from their facilities. In addition to regular users, the halls are also available to hire by casual users. 
  Regular Church and Church hall usage: 


  • Rising Stars pre-school
  • Zumba
  • Drama Group
  • Rainbows
  • Whist Drives
  • Coffee Mornings
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Sparkles
  • Music Group
  • Townswomen's Guild
  • Portugese Dance Group
  • Film Forum
  • Ballet, Tap, Modern dance
  • Eastbourne Allotments
  • Family Support
  • Slimming World
  • Matthew 25
  • Titan Kick Boxing
  • Karate
  • Compass Arts
  •  Pooh's Nursery


We have dedicated the Brodie Hall to Matthew 25 which 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. 

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