KING’S CHURCH NEWS


7th April 2017

Foodbank 5

Hastings Foodbank hits its five-year anniversary on Easter Monday. It was opened by King’s Church on 17 April 2012 with significant support from other churches in the town and has distributed 148,000 tonnes of food during that time, which equates to 354,578 meals.

As Paul Mann mentioned on Sunday, we have seen a 53% increase in demand over the last four months, and so we are asking church members and other churches in the town to take part in the Foodbank 5 campaign: please bring five items of food or five pounds to donate on each of the next five Sundays.

At the moment we particularly need: tinned meat, UHT milk, tinned fruit and veg, teabags, tinned rice pudding and tuna.

Gary Dyer, who is part of the foodbank core team, said: “We are really pleased that over the last five years we have been able to help literally thousands of local people who have found themselves facing a crisis situation, but this is not an anniversary to celebrate – we would prefer it if there wasn’t a need for a foodbank in Hastings at all. We’re very grateful to the people of Hastings and the surrounding areas for their incredible generosity over the last five years.”

Local people are referred to the foodbank by a number of organisations, such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, health visiting teams, schools, and housing associations. They can be referred for a variety of reasons, from long-term sickness to low wages and from benefit delays to debt. Many of those referred are in work, but struggling to make ends meet.

For more information, visit: www.hastings.foodbank.org.uk.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
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27th October 2015

Giant 'gift box' at Priory Meadow

Shoppers at Priory Meadow were intrigued on Saturday by a giant ‘gift box’ in the central area of the shopping centre. Designed to look attractive on the outside, but inside telling stories of modern-day slavery, the box was brought to Hastings by King’s Church on behalf of Sussex Police and the Safer Hastings Partnership to raise awareness of this issue.

Throughout the day on Saturday 24 October, local police officers and members of King’s Church’s anti-human trafficking group talked to members of the public about how to spot the signs of human trafficking (also known as modern slavery). We also gave out information cards about what to look out for.

Anna Wilson, who heads up Stop the Traffik Hastings on behalf of King’s Church, said: “This was a great opportunity for us to highlight an issue that many people are surprised still happens today. We had lots of conversations with people who said, ‘Surely it’s not happening here?’ We were able to tell them that it is and that there are many organisations locally – including Sussex Police, the Safer Hastings Partnership, AmicusHorizon, the WiSE Project, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and King’s Church – working together as part of Hastings Against Human Trafficking to not only raise awareness of the issue, but also to tackle it.”

The Global Slavery Index estimates there are 35.8 million men, women and children trapped in slavery across the world today. According to Government records, the most prominent form of modern slavery in the UK is trafficking of foreigners and UK citizens for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour, affecting both adults and children. Modern slavery also includes domestic servitude, forced benefit fraud and organ removal.

To find out more about Hastings Against Human Trafficking, email: antitrafficking@kingshastings.org.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
17:27

 

30th September 2015

Review of the year + giving update

On two Sundays in September we have shared a review of the last year and an update on the church finances. If you missed them, or want to hear them again, please watch the two videos below...




Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
15:43

 

5th June 2015

Capturing the tides of local life

The local Coastal Currents Arts Festival is at the heart of the Hastings & St Leonards calendar. It's a fantastic three weeks celebrating the incredible creativity of our town's renowned artistic community, attracting thousands of visitors and tourists. This year, for the first time, King's Church Hastings will be playing its part – and that's where you come in!

During Coastal Currents, we will be running an exhibition in Coffee Box, open to everyone. So whether you're a photographer, painter, illustrator or fine artist – beginner or advanced – we'd love to showcase some of your work.


We've chosen the theme Tides for our exhibition, which will capture the ebb and flow of life in Hastings & 1066 Country. Tides will be a collaborative exhibition of photographic and creative works from artists living in the area, touching on the seasons, the memories, the hopes and the realities of life in our town. This is a brilliant opportunity for us as a church to use our creative gifts to participate in this festival that is such a key part of our town. We love being part of such an artistic community and are excited to step out in this area and get involved.

The brief is simple: produce a single photo or a collection of portraits or scenic photographs, representing your view of the tides of life in Hastings & 1066 Country. For each image or for your collection as a whole, please provide a brief story, memory or hope, explaining your chosen theme. Please bear in mind that we will print some photos at A3 for the exhibition, so please use the highest resolution settings on your camera and submit uncompressed versions of your photos (RAW if possible). Hand your work in on a CD or memory stick, or email jothurston@kingshastings.org by Friday 31 July.

If your work is selected, it will be displayed in Coffee Box throughout Coastal Currents, including at our launch event on Saturday 5 September (more info coming soon).

We'd love to see your work and showcase some of the outstanding talent we have at King's Church and from the local community. Other Coastal Current exhibitions will be taking place across Hastings' public spaces between 28 August and 13 September, too, promising a colourful exhibition of creative arts, so note the dates and don't miss this great event in our town.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
15:00

 

1st May 2015

Free dance classes!

Free dance classes may not seem like a typical thing for a church to offer, but here at King's we launched some three weeks ago! Called Move. dance company, we're offering kids and adults of all abilities the chance to dance and perform together and have fun; 40 people have already signed up and come along.

The dance classes have an emphasis on contemporary dance technique, fitness, creativity and performance, and are suitable for people with previous dance experience and complete beginners.

Classes run on Thursday evenings during term-time at the Hastings Centre, and started on 16 April. Kids’ classes for 4-7s run from 4.15-4.45pm, and for 8-11s classes run from 5-5.30pm. These are a great opportunity for kids to learn to get fit, learn basic techniques and express themselves creatively. For adults (12+) classes run from 6.30-7.30pm and incorporate contemporary techniques, fitness, project-based work and opportunities to perform. Feel free to turn up one Thursday if you'd like to. 

Joanna Thurston, a qualified dance professional, leads the programme. She says: "The reason we're running Move. is to enable people to explore creativity through dance, and by holding free classes we really want to make it available to everyone. We're hoping to see everyone who takes part build confidence and enjoy being themselves."

Don’t miss this great opportunity to build friendships, improve your fitness and dance techniques, and have fun. If you’re interested, you can find out more here, or for further information, contact Joanna at hello@kingshastings.org or call 01424 755990.


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
13:00

 

26th March 2015

Making a big noise!

We had a great time on Sunday morning, gathering to celebrate the 31st annual Hastings Half-Marathon. Nearly 200 of us enjoyed a continental breakfast in Coffee Box and took part in a marathon-themed quiz before heading outside to cheer on the runners with drums, musical instruments and handmade signs, making plenty of noise! We had lots of fun and it was great to see friends, families and visitors join us to celebrate together and show an outward expression of God's love in our community. Below are some of the pictures from the morning.







Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
12:20

 

21st October 2014

'Pray without ceasing' at Downs Farm

Downs Farm Community Group is offering an exciting chance to join in with 24 hours of prayer this weekend (25-26 October).

Each one-hour session over the course of a night and day are open to anyone from King's who is passionate about seeing lives in the local community transformed.

The event will kick off with a bring and share meal this Saturday from 6-8pm at the Downs Farm Community Centre, and after this you will be given the opportunity to stay at the centre and take one of the hour-long slots to pray for the local community, and specifically the nearby council estate. Different stations will be set up, with cushions, music, maps and a whole range of other things to help you focus on the community and really enjoy an hour with God.

The aim is to have each slot filled, so book in quick by contacting Sarah Stone on 07796 222913 or at fossilfrenzy2@gmail.com. Downs Farm Community Group would love to see as many people as possible sign up from King's and join in the call in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to "pray without ceasing" – at least for 24 hours!


Sian Francis-Cox

Posted by Sian Francis-Cox
16:17

 

25th September 2014

Community Small Groups

On Sunday we mentioned that we are starting Community Small Groups soon. In this short video, Steve Young tells us more...


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
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5th June 2014

Community Groups update

As part of our What's Next? series, we gave an update on our Community Groups and some thoughts about the way forward...


Steve Young

Posted by Steve Young
18:27

 

6th May 2014

Teddies galore!

Knitting Group
Over 30 knitted teddies were donated to the Mothers’ Union on Monday 31 March by 'The Knitting Group', which is part of St Leonards Community Group.

Mothers’ Union representative Chris Emson was delighted to receive the teddies and informed the group that each teddy would be distributed between a Contact Centre, the Ambulance Service and local prisons, who use them to ease anxiety in young children.

The Knitting Group meets every other Monday from 7.30pm to 9pm at Coffee Box. Members have also recently knitted Easter gifts to raise funds for local charities.

If you would like to join the group or find out more, please email hello@kingshastings.org.


Janice Cousins

Posted by Janice Cousins
15:13

 

16th January 2014

Freed from debt

CoinsLast year we joined with six other churches in the town to set up the Hastings & St Leonards CAP Debt Centre. CAP stands for Christians Against Poverty and the centre was desperately needed in our town.


A recent report by the Money Advice Service, which was set up by the Government, found that 23,000 people in Hastings & St Leonards are 'over-indebted', which means they have either been three months behind with their bills within the last six months or would describe their debt levels as a 'heavy burden'. This means that around 30% of the adult population are struggling with debt.

Since the local CAP Debt Centre's official launch here at King's in June 2013, it has started to help over 70 local adults who were overwhelmed by debt. In December we celebrated seeing the first of our clients to become completely debt-free, and we're expected at least another two to be debt-free later this month. What's more, we've given out over 40 Foodbank vouchers; supplied cookers, washing machines and hoovers to families in need; taken one family on a CAP Discovery Break holiday; and given out 40 Christmas hampers via the partner churches.

We're also very excited by the fact that in our first six months, four of our clients have found faith in Jesus!

Please keep praying for the Hastings & St Leonards CAP Debt Centre and for all those struggling with debt in our communities.

If you need help to overcome debt, call 0800 328 0006, and please pass on the number to anyone else overwhelmed by debt who would like help.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams
17:51

 

12th November 2013

Packed auditorium for annual Quiz Night

Quiz winnersQuiz Night 2013











Our annual Quiz Night was a great success, once again, with over 300 people taking part and many others serving as scorers, table hosts, bar staff and more!

The winners this year were The Royal Males (pictured), a post office team who chose the meal for their team of 10 at Porter's Wine Bar as their prize. In second place were Rother Plan B, made up of planning staff from Rother District Council, who won a wine-tasting experience at Carr Taylor Vineyard. The team that came third was Hop Back, who won tickets to bowling at David Lloyd Lanes in Eastbourne.

Thank you to everyone who came along on Friday night and especially to all those who served at the event. See you at the next one!


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

20th September 2013

Answers to prayer!

We enjoyed some great times in God's presence during our Week of Prayer last week, and have already seen fantastic answers to some of the issues about which we were seeking God.

For example, we prayed that the Hastings Foodbank would have a bumper collection day at Sainsbury's on Saturday and they did! Over one tonne of food was donated, and we are so thankful to the local people who gave so generously and to God, who answered our prayers.

We also prayed last Thursday night for St Leonards Community Group as they launched Play+ in London Road on Saturday. They were delighted to welcome 10 families, many from other nations. The children really enjoyed the activities and the parents had a great time together. This was a real answer to our prayers. If you'd like to know more about this fortnightly activity, speak to one of the St Leonards CG members.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

17th July 2013

Big Choir aims to raise big money for foodbank

A renowned local choir and conductor are performing a special Queen's Coronation Jubilee Proms at the Hastings Centre opposite the Conquest Hospital to raise money for Hastings Foodbank.

Under conductor Roger Wilcock, the Hastings Big Choir recently performed a hugely successful event to a crowd of 2,000 in Alexandra Park when they presented the Battle of Hastings Proms the night before the Beer Festival. At the foodbank fundraiser on Saturday 27th July they will sing set pieces from shows, opera and the traditional Last Night at the Proms favourites. All proceeds from the event will go to Hastings Foodbank, and the tickets include an encouragement to attendees to donate an item of food on the night from the list found on the back of the ticket.

Choir member Doug Edwards said, "Hastings Big Choir is delighted to be able to support this fantastic cause. Today in Hastings there are over 5,500 children living in poverty. Families are struggling to put food on the table. For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis-redundancy, benefit delay or even an unexpected bill can mean going hungry. Every day parents skip meals to feed their children and people are forced to choose between paying the rent and eating. Hastings Foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis."

Tickets are £5 and are available from the Hastings Information Centre, the Hastings Centre on The Ridge and John Newman's Dry Cleaners at 62 Bohemia Road.

Doug added, "We are delighted to be able to hold this fundraising event for the Hastings Foodbank. Audience participation by wearing red, white and blue, hats and waving Union Jacks is actively encouraged. Tickets are strictly limited so don't delay!"

Parking at the event will be free. For more information and ticket sales, call the Hastings Centre on 01424 753322.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

7th July 2013

A ton of generosity!

Yesterday we were overwhelmed by the generosity of local shoppers at Tesco in Hollington, who donated a ton of food (1,000kg) as part of the supermarket's Every Can Helps event with the Trussell Trust.

Tesco staff collected over 200kg of food on Friday, while Hastings Foodbank volunteers received 800kg in donations from customers yesterday – a record high for one day!

Since the foodbank opened 15 months ago, we have fed over 2,500 local people, and in recent months the need has been increasing to the point where we are giving out more food than we are receiving in. Supermarket collections such as this are absolutely crucial for replenishing stocks, so we are grateful to Tesco for their support and for promising to top up the 1,000kg donations by an additional 30%!

We were also pleased to have the support of local politicians during the collection, with local Conserative MP Amber Rudd spending an hour with us asking shoppers to pick up an item or two for our trolleys, and local Labour Parliamentary Candidate Sarah Owen donating a trolley-load of food for local people in crisis situations.

MP at foodbank collectionSarah Owen at foodbank collection


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

28th June 2013

Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

It is not everyday that breakfast is accompanied by an incredible orchestra, a renowned Oxford University professor and 600 politicians and politcally engaged Christians! But on Tuesday King's Church's Paul Mann and Natalie Williams met up with local MP Amber Rudd in the Great Hall at Westminster for the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast.

We were delighted when Amber accepted our invitation to the event, which this year focused on the theme of 'God and Society: Belief in God in 21st Century Britain', as we are keen to honour those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-3) and to get to know those who make decisions affecting our communities. Over breakfast, we heard a little about Amber's life as a fairly new MP (she was elected in 2010) and the pressures of a busy constituency, from which she receives 200-300 letters each week.

The breakfast included an excellent address by Professor John Lennox (the transcript is here), prayers led by MPs from each of the three main political parties and different church leaders, and a clear presentation of the Gospel from Tim Farron MP.

If you would like to hear more about our time at the breakfast, please feel free to ask Natalie about it on Sunday.

Parliamentary Prayer BreakfastParliamentary Prayer Breakfast 2


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

24th March 2013

Cheering on the Hastings half-marathon runners

Well done to everyone who ran or walked the Hastings half-marathon in the bitter cold this morning, raising thousands of pounds for charities.

After meeting a little early this morning to enjoy croissants, pain au chocolat, worship and a short preach, members of King's Church went out into the cold to cheer on the courageous Hastings half-marathon runners as they headed towards the half-way point.

Drummers making noise to support runnersLining the half-marathon route


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

16th October 2012

Overwhelming generosity

We have enjoyed a fantastic Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving over the last three weeks. We've given and pledged an incredible £212,000 during this time, for which we are so thankful to God for blessing us and to the church for your overwhelming generosity.

This giving also means that the 20% we're giving away will be an amazing figure in its own right – approximately £42,000 to serve the disadvantaged in our town and get behind Dave Holden's group of churches, New Ground.

The prayer meetings during this Season have been great: we've prayed in different places across the town (our meeting at the George in Rye is pictured left); we've welcomed chief inspectors and apostles; and we've sought God's blessing for our town, the surrounding areas, and many aspects of church life.

This is an exciting time for King's Church Hastings!


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

10th October 2012

Chillz wins award from local council

One of our Community Groups has been presented with an award by Hastings Borough Council for its work with local teenagers.

Chillz is a late-night, cafe-style event for under-18s who hang around in Hastings town centre on Friday nights. Run from Central Hall in the heart of the town centre, it provides a safe place where young people can relax, warm up, get hot chocolate and toast, listen to music and find a friendly, listening ear.

Hastings Borough Council presented Ian & Bridget Partridge, who lead Chillz, and the team with a 'certificate of appreciation' at the Hastings Youth Awards on Sunday afternoon. The framed certificate says the award is given: "In recognition of great work with the young people of Hastings and District."

To find out more about Chillz, click here.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

2nd October 2012

Great response so far

Sunday morning was the first Gift Day in our current Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving. Thank you to those of you who have already given/pledged so generously - the total from Sunday morning's meeting was almost £71,000!

This is a great response so far, and we know many of you are still seeking God about how much to give. There will be opportunities for you to give/pledge over the next two Sundays, as we continue to press into God and all that he has for King's Church Hastings.

Bexhill prayer meeting

We've also enjoyed some fantastic prayer meetings over the last 10 days. On Sunday night we had a great time praying for Bexhill, in Bexhill (pictured left), and at lunchtime today we prayed about various health issues affecting Hastings & St Leonards, as well as for our friends working in healthcare locally.

Join us tomorrow night (Wednesday 3rd October) at 7.30pm at THC as we gather to seek God, or see the calendar for details of other prayer meetings during the Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

26th September 2012

A college, a chief inspector, and praying for our town

Praying at the college

The Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving got off to a fantastic start! We felt the presence of God clearly with us at the early morning meeting on Sunday (23rd September), and it was great to gather at Sussex Coast College in the town centre on Sunday evening, when we heard some information about the local economy before praying for the council and other agencies, our church and other churches across the town, the poor in our communities and revival!

We also prayed for Santino, following the exciting news that morning that he is being commended to the church for eldership, and for God's grace for us all through the building project, which is due to start in just a couple of weeks' time!

The Tuesday lunchtime prayer meeting was another good time together, and we were delighted to be joined by Chief Inspector Heather Keating, who is responsible for policing in Hastings and shared with us some of the privileges and pressures on officers at the moment. It was a real pleasure to be able to pray for her and our police, and to reflect that in God's kingdom, convicted criminals can stand alongside police officers and worship God together!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to get involved in these exciting times together! Click here for details of upcoming meetings.


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

28th June 2012

Empowered for impact

At our Vision & Finance Day on Sunday, we heard about the many ways in which God has really blessed us over the last year. We shared some of the key statistics – for example: 17 people became Christians; 13 people were baptised; at least 700 people visited one of our nine Community Groups; over 50 people have benefitted from the foodbank; many reported being healed of different conditions – from long-term back problems to mental health issues; 14 pastoral deacons were appointed.

We also remembered our phenomenal giving over the last year: significantly over £300,000 from the autumn 2011 Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving, and general tithes of about the same amount again in the 2011-12 financial year! We've given away over £60,000 to various charities, projects and supporting church plants overseas, such as Montpellier.

Paul spoke from Luke 4:14-19 about Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, setting out the mandate for his ministry: that he came to preach good news to the poor; freedom for those caught up in addictions, debt or other entangling situations; recovery of sight – physically and spiritually; release for the oppressed, those with no hope; and to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour – NOW! Jesus was empowered by the Spirit for ministry: the Holy Spirit is poured out on us that we may have power to impact our town and our communities.

Paul explained: "We desire to glorify God, grow disciples, reach our communities. We cannot do it in our own strength: oh, how we need him! If Jesus – the Son of God – was empowered by the Holy Spirit, how much more does King's Church Hastings in June 2012 need to be empowered by the Spirit if we're going to do all that God has called us to do?!"

To listen to the Vision & Finance information in full, click here.

Verses: Luke 4:14-21
Paul also referred to: Acts 1:8; Acts 10:38; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:4; Ephesians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:7


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

14th June 2012

660kg of food collected

Members of King's spent the day at Tesco in Hollington on Saturday (9th June), collecting food for the Foodbank. Generous shoppers donated two-thirds of a metric ton of food during the day, which is approximately 660kg. The food will be distributed to local people facing crisis situations.

There are over 5,500 children living in poverty in Hastings & St Leonards*, and we set up the Hastings Foodbank in response to a growing need. Working with others such as St Helen's Church, the Foodbank is providing emergency food and support to local people who are referred via a range of agencies, including Citizens' Advice Bureau, the Council's Housing Services, Family Outreach Services and others.

To find out more, visit: www.hastings.foodbank.org.uk.

*Hastings Borough Council's Anti-Poverty Strategy 2011

 


Natalie Williams

Posted by Natalie Williams

 

28th November 2011

Community centre clear-up

Ten of our older youth joined Downs Farm Community Group on Saturday 19th November to help clean the community centre where the group holds its events for the residents of Downs Farm.

The morning was spent cleaning windows, sweeping and mopping floors and cleaning the toilets. When we arrived the gardens surrounding the centre were overgrown and full of litter, including crisp packets, chocolate wrappers and the occasional shoe. By the end of the morning, the gardens had been tidied up and emptied of litter, making the whole area look a lot more attractive. The teams cleared enough rubbish to fill the big wheelie bin at the centre, which was very surprising that so much litter could be in one small area!

A great time was had by all, and many people passed the centre and were able to see us hard at work helping the community. We pray that they will be impacted by the willingness of our group to help, and they will want to know more about it, through the Downs Farm Community Group.


Bekky Andrews

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20th March 2011

Hastings Half Marathon

Hundreds gathered at King's Church Hastings to support the Hastings Half Marathon, but first the church held a short meeting in somewhat different format to usual. Sat around tables in cabaret style the band led songs of worship interspersed with stories from people whose lives have been transformed by the power of God.


Kevin Rose

Posted by Kevin Rose

 

4th July 2010

Summer Fair success

The first King's Church Summer Fair was declared a great success yesterday after hundreds of people attended. The weather was beautiful and this certainly made the afternoon enjoyable. With a variety of stalls, an outstanding acrobatic display from Acromax and even a visit from the Fire Service gthere was something for everyone. A huge inflatable assault course kept the children occupied and the human table football was extremely popular with participants and sepctators alike. The Summer Fair proceeds will support St Michael's Hospice.


Kevin Rose

Posted by Kevin Rose

 

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