ABCs Easter Party

Men@HPC: Breakfast at Callendars

Community Carol Singing

ABCs Christmas Party Fun!

Women2Women Gingerbread Evening

Coffee Morning and Craft Sale

ABCs Easter Party

We had great fun with ABCs at their Easter party  – a bouncy castle, exciting Easter craft an story, lots of yummy food and an Easter Egg hunt… what more could we cram into one session!

Men@HPC: Man Up Breakfast

On Saturday 27th January the men of HPC enjoyed a hearty breakfast at Callenders restaurant in Hailsham, there was plenty of good food and good conversation to be had.

After the breakfast was finished Rev Simon Allaby from Bolney Village Chapel, an Evangelist and writer spoke about Life Under the Bonnet. He spoke about how we all remember our first car and how he discovered the Haynes Manual and how that told him all he needed to know about what was going on under the car’s bonnet. He then went on to tell us how life is rather similar, we take it for granted when all is going well, but where do we turn to when something goes wrong and how he discovered Jesus and the Bible, which has something to say about every aspect of what’s going on under the bonnet of our lives. It was a very enjoyable and thought provoking talk.

We meet bi-monthly for breakfast followed by a different speaker talking about their walk with Jesus and all men are welcome to come along.

Community Carol Singing

A group from HPC led some Carol singing in Hailsham, in 2 locations, where there were spectacular Christmas lights displays raising money for charities. They were singing for about 20 minutes each time – thank you for coming out to support them!

ABCs Christmas Party

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at ABCs

A big thank you to Waitrose, Hailsham for their generous gift  to ABCs – the children loved the Snapper toys and book!

Build a Gingerbread House Evening

At the end of November 60 women of all ages were welcomed into the Christmas decorated church building to build and assemble gingerbread houses (no baking involved!). Many were from ABCs as well as friends invited by HPC family. 

Creative Craft - Coffee Morning and Craft Sale

In November we held our second yearly Coffee Morning/Craft Fair and we thank God for a dry, sunny day.

Some of our members had their own stall with their particular craft being sold.  We also had a bric-a-brac stall and of course tea and cake.

Denise had organised for us to coincide with “Open Church” so we had some visitors who came to look round the church.    We had many favourable comments including how welcoming and colourful the church looked.

With the help of God we hope to be able to do it again next year.

… watch this space!

Harvest Services

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The church was full of colour for our harvest thanksgiving services!

Many thanks to the flower arranging team at HPC and other kind volunteers from Hailsham Flower Club, the church was adorned with flowers, greenery and lots of colour. Thanks also to Dan, for the amazing harvest loaf!

Donations of food and toiletries were gathered to support the work of the Foodbank in Hailsham.

This donation will provide enough food for 56o meals for people in Hailsham .

Razzamatazz Robots Summer Holiday Club

Around 60 children joined a huge team from HPC
to enjoy another Holiday Club Adventure, with a Razzamatazztic Robots Theme!

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and to see photos showing the fun had by everyone.

MenatHPC Event: Walk and Pub!

On a sunny July early evening a group of 25 men from HPC went for a pleasant circular walk via the lake in Abbotts Wood. It was good to walk and talk and get to know some who are newer to HPC and have time together. After the walk there was time for some refreshment in the local pub garden to carry on conversations and encourage one another in our Christian walk.

 

Youth Zone Event: Boat Trip

Youth Zone enjoyed an adventure in Eastbourne in July – a boat trip with the East Sussex Sovereign Harbour Maritime Volunteer Service.

Joel said: “I really enjoyed the Youth Zone boat trip. We did a boat trip bingo game, we had a chance to have a go at steering the boat, and we watched the dummy being rescued. I enjoyed all of the things we did equally. Thanks to the crew!” 

Women 2 Women Event: Pimms and Pudding!

This is a photo collage of the behind the scenes setting up for the women’s pimms and pudding evening, moving chairs and tables over from the church building to the Vicarage Garden, getting the all important pimms and pudding areas set up and prepared ready to welcome around 70 women, many of whom had invited friends.

The weather was kind, it was good to be in such a lovely garden relaxing and enjoying a glass of pimms and a great selection of puddings. During the evening Michelle Lashley certainly gave us food for thought and shared about her faith and trust in Jesus and why choosing to follow Jesus is so important in the sweet, spicy, savoury and sour times.

If you want to know more about following Jesus and what the Christian faith is all about then think about coming along to Christianity Explored from 7 September.
See our Christianity Explored page for more details.

Church Weekend Away 2023

What a Wonderful weekend Away!

After a very cold first night, the HPC family were blessed with amazing weather for the weekend at Coldharbour Meadows.

It was a fun and relaxing weekend which provided an opportunity for everyone to catch up with
old friends as well as getting to know better others they didn’t know so well.

As well as plenty of time to physically and mentally unwind, it was an opportunity to be
spiritually refreshed through the teaching programme. We had both adult and children
teaching throughout the weekend which focused on the book of James.

Everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery and amazing food, and there was plenty to keep
people busy (if they wanted to be!) – games of cricket, King and Kub, a local walk,
crafts, a quiz and the ever popular campfire songs!

The Coronation of King Charles III

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort
took place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May, 2023. 

The Coronation was a great opportunity to come together as a nation and as communities across the country to celebrate and mark this special occasion in the life of our country.

Hailsham Parish Church extended a warm invitation to our local community to join us
to celebrate this historic occasion.

Friday 5th May, 5pm

A Special Civic Service of Thanksgiving – A special service for Hailsham Community to join together to mark the occasion of
The Coronation of King Charles III 

Saturday 6th May, 11am

Coronation Service from Wetsminster Abbey.
The church building was open to show the Coronation Service
as it was broadcast on the BBC (on the big screens)

Sunday 7th May, 10.30am

All Age Morning Service
A service of celebration and thanksgiving, suitable for all the family

Mountain Rescue - Easter Holiday Club

A fantastic 2 day holiday club, bursting with great activities, crafts, singing and fun, plus stories from the Bible.

Women2Women Breakfast

On Saturday 4th Feb over 40 ladies gathered for a healthy(ish!) light breakfast at Hailsham Parish Church.

We last met in this way 3 years ago in February 2020 here at HPC and what a lot has happened since then!   There have been so many changes globally, nationally, within Hailsham, HPC and also for many of us there we have had changes too in our own lives.  Its so good to know that we have an unchanging God – who is the same, yesterday, today and forever – our faithful, unchanging, promise keeping God.

It was brilliant to meet together again and get to know some of the newer ladies.  There were lots of conversations over breakfast.  It was great to use the main church building with its welcoming entrance and lobby area and with the sun shining and the tables decorated with coloured table cloths, napkins and vases of flowers it set the scene for a very convivial morning.  

Mary Dalton shared her testimony with us of when she put her trust in Jesus as her Lord and Saviour and the difference it has made to her life from the ‘before’ and now to the ‘after’.  There were some really helpful bible verses and these were on the tables so that we could chat with those we were sitting with on our tables afterwards.

Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 5 verse 17

‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

Bible verse:  Titus 3 verses 3,4,5

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit

The questions we were asked to think about were:

  • What do these verses say about life before knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour ?
  • What do they say about the promises we have knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour ?
  • What do these verses say about Jesus ?

There were some great conversations and we left encouraged by God’s Word (the bible),  Mary’s testimony and our time together.      Grateful thanks to all involved.

Christmas Cracker

“What is so special about the baby?”

 

Christmas Cracker was a fun-filled afternoon with lots of families going on an interactive journey to meet the characters of Christmas where they heard why Jesus was such a special baby. Jesus is God’s Son, God with us and a King who came to die to save us. Once the journey was completed, families enjoyed Christmas crafts and a delicious tea. and as the icing on the cake, we had real snow!

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 

21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022

We are all very saddened by the recent news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A Special Service of Commemoration
For the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Sunday 18th September 2022, 3.30pm

This special service of commemoration was be an opportunity for thanksgiving to God for the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to pray for King Charles III and all the Royal family at this sad time.

Monday 19th September, 11am.
doors open 10.30am
Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey
will be shown on the large screen at Hailsham Parish Church

Holiday Club, Magical Fun and Outdoor Service

Cops N Robbers
Summer Holiday Club

Wed 31st August – Fri 2nd September the church was full of hustle and bustle as HPC held it’s Summer Holiday Club – with a Cops N Robbers theme!

To get a taste of the fun, see our Cop N Robbers Holiday Club update

A Morning of Magical Fun

HPC regulars, children attending holiday club and other HPC groups were invited to bring their families for a morning of great entertainment on Saturday 3rd Sept.  There was a bouncy castle, crafts, table football, glitter tattoos, other fun activities and
a short talk about the Christian faith and refreshments. 
The highlight of the morning was highly entertaining magic show by Bertie Pearce which was enjoyed by everyone!

All Age Open Air Service in the Vicarage Garden

The Holiday club fun was drawn to a close at the All Age Service on Sunday 4th Sept, it was a beautifully sunny morning – Rory spoke about the story of Joseph, a true story from the bible which is part of a much bigger story – God’s story – a story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. 

Special Service of Celebration


A Service of Celebration was held on Sunday 28th August 2022, 3pm at Hailsham Parish Church

In praise and thanksgiving to our ever faithful, ever gracious God and to mark the retirement of Rev’d David Bourne – after 17 years at HPC and 43 years being paid to do what he loves)

The service was followed by a hog roast (with all the trimmings!) and fun in the Vicarage Garden

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Church Picnic with the Milsons


A few pictures from a recent HPC picnic in the Vicarage Garden, where we were joined by our mission partners Julian and NIcky Milson and their children Jemima and Theo

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at HPC

The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations were a great opportunity to come together as a local community to pay tribute and celebrate the Queen’s historic reign marking 70 years of service. HPC was excited to be part of these celebrations in
Hailsham, with a number of events taking place over the weekend in the church building.

Thursday 2nd June, 6pm – Special Service of Thanksgiving for
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A service (45 minutes) to come together as a local community to mark this special occasion, to reflect and give thanks for the Queen’s 70 years of service.

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Thursday 2nd June, from 7pm – Open Church

Following the service, the building was open for the rest of the evening for drinks and light refreshments. Community events also took place in Vicarage Field, culminating with the lighting of a beacon at 9.45pm.

Friday 3rd June, from 11am – Livestreamed Morning Service from St Paul’s Cathedral, London

This provided an opportunity for the commnity to come together to watch this livestreamed service on a big screen together in the local church building. Followed by Coffee and RoyalTea refreshments.

Friday 3rd June, 7pm – Quiz Night

A quiz evening with a hint of Jubilee and royalty theme – a fun evening (which was ideal to invite friends along to) with an interval, where there will be a short reflection on the Queen’s Christian faith. 
Teams of up to 6 tested their general (and royal) knowledge to compete for a chocolatey prize!

Saturday 4th June, 10am-1pm, – Open Church

The church building was open to visitors, so that they could pop in during the special Jubilee
shopping day in Hailsham.  

Floral displays marking key stages of the Queen’s reign

Jubilee refreshments

Simple crafts for children

Digital Presentation showing of Queen’s reign

Sunday 5th June, 10.30am – All Age Family Service

A service suitable for all the family which looked at the true story from the bible of Queen Esther.

SALT - Easter Monday walk with Warbleton

Young people from HPC SALT group joined with youth from Warbleton church and a few others (and one dog) for a circular walk from Warbleton church on Easter Monday 2022.
It was planned to take 2hrs 30mins but took 3 hrs 30mins and that included cutting out part of the planned walk.
The weather was good and we walked through countryside, including many wooded areas with bluebells, wood anemones and small streams. We walked through part of the Hidden Spring Vineyard and part of the Cuckoo trail on the old railway line. The total distance was reported by two of the group using mobile apps and step counters to be just over 7miles; so a good effort by all, rewarded with hot dogs or burgers in a bun, with side salad and drinks of squash.


Thanks to Tony the leader of the youth group at Warbleton who had prepared a question sheet and checked the route beforehand. Thanks also to the Warbleton ladies for preparing and cooking the food which was devoured with delight and relish or ketchup depending on taste.
Finally thanks to the speaker who was a retired judge and spoke about the resurrection and gave out free copies of the book “The case for easter” by Lee Strobel.
It was a lovely day, the weather was good, obstacles were overcome and we finished with a sense of achievement.

ABCs Party - Connect for Life

We had a great time at our Easter Party
with lots of fun activities including a bouncy castle and decorating Easter cupcakes. 

 

During our story time we talked about Easter eggs and how the best eggs have surprises inside. Lyn had a real egg which she cracked open but it was empty!

What a surprise!

Just like the tomb was empty because Jesus was alive….that was a surprise! Jesus came to give us new life, and today he rules as King over the whole world. Jesus is amazing!


We finished off our party with a delicious party lunch followed by an egg hunt around the church and every child took home a chocolate egg (with a surprise inside!) and an Easter story book.

Pulse Party - Connect for Life

Pulse celebrated Easter with an Easter Bakealong, a puppet show
and a delicious party tea!

Great fun was had making Easter Egg Brownies and while families mixed and bashed and stirred and decorated, Susie and Lyn told the amazing true story of the first Easter using mini chocolate eggs…..

The White Egg~The Last Supper

A white egg for white bread with Jesus’ best friends. Jesus broke the bread and said, “My body is about to be broken…..for you” Jesus knew all that was about to happen to him. He was still in charge.

The Purple Egg~Trial and Sentence

This is the hard part of the Easter story when Jesus got bashed and beaten up by the soldiers even though he had done nothing wrong. The men who arrested Jesus hurt him and made fun of him, putting a purple robe on him as a joke, because he said he was God’s king. He was brought before the most powerful judge in the land. He’d done nothing wrong but the crowd shouted and the religious leaders demanded. Jesus was found guilty and sent to death.

The Pink Egg~The Cross

A pink egg for the blood of Jesus. His blood spilt as he died on the cross, by dying he was rescuing us to live with him forever.

The Yellow Egg~Empty Tomb

A yellow egg for the sunrise on Easter Sunday. The tomb was empty – Jesus was alive! Jesus had beaten death. He had made death just a doorway to new life with him.

While the brownies were cooking, the children enjoyed a puppet show by the Saint’s Alive puppet team which continued the story of Jesus when he had risen from death and met with his friends. A delicious party tea finished off the party.

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Easter Brownies
Leaders

Opening of the West End and Victoria Gate Entrance

On Sunday 10th October, the new West End Entance of HPC was formally opened by Bishop Will Hazlewood, Bishop of Lewes.

Monday 11th October also saw the opening of the Victoria Gate, following the recent renovation of the footpath leading to the West End Entrance.

Service of Baptism and Confirmation

We were very thankful to be able to celebrate with 7 members of HPC as they publicly declared their faith in Jesus through baptism and confirmation.

As part of the morning service, 2 of our young people were baptised, and Lee Gatiss (Church Society) spoke. The service finished with Will Hazlewood, Bishop of Lewes,  formally opening the new West Entrance to the church.

The church family shared a delicious lunch together and then the Bishop led a service of Confirmation for all 7 candidates.