Immanuel Church, based at Graylingwell Chapel, is an informal and growing church which is becoming a Bishop’s Mission within the Church of England. That means they will be able to pioneer new forms of church, whilst respecting Anglican traditions.
Immanuel Church, based at Graylingwell Chapel, is an informal and growing church which is becoming a Bishop’s Mission within the Church of England. That means they will be able to pioneer new forms of church, whilst respecting Anglican traditions. Immanuel Church is not a Parish Church, but is located in the Parish of St Paul's, Chichester. Its two ministers are Revd Steve Flashman and his wife Sarah. Visitors are most welcome at any of the church services.
Their main Sunday service is at 10.00am and is informal in style. A music group leads sung worship and there are separate activities for children for part of the service. There is also a special interactive service for children and parents at 4.00pm on the first Sunday of each month, followed by tea.
There are Communion services at 8.30am each Sunday, and once a month at 10.00am.
The new community choir has got off to a good start and will be giving regular performances in the Chapel.
Conker Club is the parent and toddler club which runs in St Michael's Hall (Summersdale Road) from 10.00 to 11.30 on Mondays during term time. Babies and toddlers with their parents and carers are welcome to come along for play and fun activities in a friendly environment.
Café Blue is the drop-in youth cafe on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 to 8.30. It runs in St Michael's Hall and is for 10-15 year olds.
Two neighbourhood parties are held each year. In the middle of the summer, the seaside is brought to the area with the Summersdale Seaside Special. Just before Christmas the "Winterbourne Wonderland" event brings many local residents to an afternoon with games for the children, mulled wine and hot dogs, a live band and, of course, Father Christmas.
Every fortnight a small team leads an informal service for the residents at the Augusta Court care home.
Alongside these regular activities, there will be concerts, exhibitions and drama performances in the Chapel, in a wide range of styles.
To find out more, have a look at the church website at: www.graylingwellchapel.org.uk.
Graylingwell Chapel was built in 1897 and served as the chapel for Graylingwell Hospital until about 2000. It was then unused until Easter 2010 when Immanuel Church began to hold its services there.
It is situated not far from the Graylingwell Park Marketing Suite. The chapel will be refurbished when about one third of the Graylingwell Park homes have been built. In the meantime Linden Homes have connected power and water, and Immanuel Church have installed temporary heating, lighting and a small kitchen. This allows the Chapel to be used for both church and community events.