On 7th January 2018, we merged to form Emmanuel Church, Eastbourne. Emmanuel is a Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP), which honours the traditions and beliefs of both the Methodist and United Reformed denominations.
We use the current versions of the hymn books, and the communion services of both denominations. We also have ministers from both denominations.
We presently meet at the former Greenfield Methodist Church building at the corner of Green Street and Greenfield Road, in Eastbourne Old Town.
A project is underway for a new premises on the Upperton United Reformed Church site. It will be a modern and flexible space, suitable for both worship and community use, and will enable the church to fulfil its mission long into the 21st century.
New premises mean new opportunities to serve the local community. Our facilities will include a modern, welcoming café for the local community; the provision of showers and space so that the church can support the night shelter in town, and rooms for community groups to use.
The new building is largely paid for by the sale of the previous church sites –
their development will provide a number of residential units for the town – and our lively new congregation are putting in a major effort to raise a funding shortfall estimated to be around £475,000. This ambitious sum is being achieved through a variety of local fund-raising initiatives – direct giving by the members, fund-raising events, financial support from both the Methodist and United Reformed Churches and applications to various grant-making bodies. We have already raised a substantial sum by direct giving, local fund-raising initiatives and the sale of church assets. We have also issued an appeal for help from the people of Eastbourne.
Our aim is to ensure that the new building will be completed and will have all that it needs for the future. Together, we can share the vision of making Emmanuel Church a reality that will serve the people of Eastbourne for generations to come.