Brighthelm United Reformed Church

Photo:Stall in Brighthelm garden

Stall in Brighthelm garden

Photo:Ceremony at the Church

Ceremony at the Church

Photo:A Church service in progress

A Church service in progress

A local church in the heart of North Laine

By Rev David Coleman and Rev Zam Walker

An inclusive outlook

Brighthelm United Reformed Church, in our Church & Community Centre in North Road, is part of the whole world-wide Church.  One hundred thousand people make up 1,600 United Reformed congregations, with more than 700 ministers. The URC seeks to work with Christians of all traditions, believing that everyone is united and equal. We also value good relations with those of other faith groups. Our faith leads us to cherish human diversity: our inclusive outlook is no mere afterthought.

What kind of church?

People often ask what sort of church we are. The answer is: a mainstream Christian Church, celebrating baptisms, weddings (including CP blessings) and funerals. Questions about all of these should be addressed to the ministers, Rev Zam Walker and Rev David Coleman.

Several Free Church congregations

Brighthelm brings together a number of Brighton Free Church congregations, with several centuries of local involvement, in a building developed from the 1825 Hanover Chapel.

Relaunched in 1987

In 1987 Brighthelm was relaunched with a special concern for partnership with the community. The welcome we are able to offer from day to day depends on the valued contribution of a number of volunteers. Our projects include a pre-school, the café, and Drop-In on Sunday afternoons. All of these actively welcome people of all backgrounds, as does the church itself.

Today it's about partnership

Mission today is about partnership, and we are delighted to be developing a special relationship with three other city centre churches, including Chapel Royal.

Times of worship

Worship, the centrepiece of our life together, is usually at the following times and in the following shapes:

Sunday 10.30am - Traditional, stimulating worship, enriched with multimedia. Holy Communion/Eucharist 2nd Sunday and major festivals.
Sunday 3pm approx - Quiet time during 'Drop-in'
Sunday 4.15pm (usually 3rd Sunday: look for notices) - Creative/alternative worship.
Weekdays 12 noon (Tuesday-Friday) in the small Sanctuary Chapel for about 15 minutes: Reflections, with Holy Communion/Eucharist (open table) on Fridays.

Leadership and pastoral care

Our ministers, Rev Zam Walker BA MTh and Rev David Coleman BA BTh PGDip give leadership and pastoral care to Brighthelm, in all its aspects.

This page was added on 17/10/2008.

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