Special Services

Sunday Service - physically distanced - 10.30am each week.

The church is open every day for private prayer - 9.30am - 6.00pm and is cleaned daily.

Joining us by zoom is also possible for Morning and Evening prayer every day as well as for the Sunday morning service - call the church office 681593 or by email: [email protected] to be sent an invitation link.

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For information about regular activities - look in 'Our Community' scroll down to 'Woodingdean'

For details about up-coming events - look in 'What's On'.

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How to get involved

All meetings are currently suspended during the Covid19 pandemic. Normal activities will be resumed as soon as possible.

In the meantime, there are many ways to get involved with making a real difference in the local community through Whatsapp groups, Community Facebook pages etc. Some of those contacts will be posted here as soon as possible.

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Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cross.

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all keeping well and strong in these very difficult times.

Many of you will be self-isolating and I pray you are able to use the time to do the things you do not usually have time to do whether that be reading, gardening, knitting, sewing, DIY or catching up on the latest films on Netflix. I imagine you have found the time to stay in touch with friends or colleagues by letter, email, phone or social media.

The television and the radio have played a big part in our lives of late as we get the most recent updates on COVID-19 from our government and from around the world. It is extraordinary that something that is invisible to the human eye, microscopic, can create so much havoc.

It is so easy to experience a sense of overwhelming and feel tempted to run away if only we could, and this is understandable.

In the psalm this morning for morning prayer Psalm 73 which is one of the most human of Psalms. The psalmist begins by professing the benevolence of God, but just like Peter he notices the waves and his faith begins to wobble. He looks around him and starts to observe those who do not trust in God. Not only do they prosper materially, but they are also held in great esteem and looked upon as leaders of society. The psalmist honestly asks himself if the demanding way he has been walking is actually worth it.

If we are truthful with ourselves we might too feel inadequate and unable to cope and have been tempted to abandon this way of life for an easier life.

But this Pandemic not only presents challenges but also the gift of the life God calls us to. God is the God of relationship not of materialism, the God of generosity, not greed, of love, not hate, God is with us not far away but right here in the mess with us. Like Peter walking on water, God is holding us to comfort, leading us on the right path.

So in these difficult times, I will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts as we trust and lean on God staying together through prayer.

Stay safe and well.

Reverend Helen


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We are a living Christian community, set in glorious countryside with stunning views of the sea and the South Downs.

We see ourselves as part of an incredible local community, a community where people are encouraged to meet others, where the distressed or grieving can be supported, where those struggling can find places to go where they know they will get the care and support they need. As a church, we welcome believers, doubters and those who are searching. We believe in a church which is inclusive, questioning and on a journey.

On these pages you can discover more about our life and faith, about worship, get involved, and read our mission statement and about our values. You can also find out about all our news and upcoming events.


If you have any concern about any safeguarding issue, whether for yourself or for another person, please contact one of the following immediately:

Reverend Helen Rose - Incumbent - 01273 679015 or 07971779284

Mrs Sheila Smith - Church Warden and Parish Safeguarding Officer 01273 309502 or 07827 510514

Holy Cross is part of the Church of England, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and in the Diocese of Chichester. As an inclusive church within Brighton Deanery, we are also proud to be LGBTI.

If you need to contact the Diocese about a Safeguarding matter, please follow this link:https://safeguarding.chichester.anglican.org/