The Church

 

The church meets for worship for all ages every Sunday at 10.30am. There is also a short service on Thursdays at the same time. Both services are followed by refreshments.  The service includes Holy Communion on the first Sunday and the third Thursday of each month. Baptisms, dedication of children, weddings and funerals take place by arrangement. House groups meet midweek for Bible study and discussion. Enquiries to the  Revd Jim Thornycroft. Telephone 01273 844923 or email jimthornbth@aol.com


Many local organisations use the premises. To enquire about bookings, contact Sally Haines tel. 01273 831632 or email sally.marples@hotmail.co.uk

 

History


URC
From The Stoneywish Collection
The church’s story began in 1881; a Mr Wheeler, visiting from Brighton, was concerned for the spiritual needs of Hassocks, and particularly the absence of any opportunity for non-conformist worship. He rented the assembly room at the Hassocks Hotel to hold services until a village centre site, next to the Infant School, became available to build a church. The first service was held in what was called the Hassocks Mission in 1886. It became Hassocks Congregational Church ten years later and Hassocks United Reformed Church when Presbyterian and Congregational churches united in 1972.


Magnus VolkPerhaps the best-known worshipper in the church’s history was the inventor Magnus Volk, founder of Volks Electric Railway which still runs along Brighton seafront. He designed the church hall, which was erected in 1907, and also invented a blower for the church organ, driven by water power.


During the 1939-45 war, the hall was used as a classroom for children evacuated from London; later there were several further extensions, as the congregation grew.

 

Our Mission Statement

 

Today, the witness to God continues, with the congregation and the building being very much at the heart of village life.  The church’s theology could be described as broadly-based and open-minded. Our Mission Statement says:


We believe in the good news of Jesus Christ. We seek to understand God’s word for today and to share God’s love in service and witness to the community.


 

We are committed to:

 

  • Provide an environment that is welcoming, caring and accessible to all.
  • Make the facilities of our church available for the use of the community.
  • Offer guidance and teaching to those who seek deeper meaning in their lives and space to those wishing to explore their spirituality.
  • Nurture the spiritual development of all who attend to enable them to use their gifts to play a full part in the life and mission of our church.
  • Develop work among young people and families in the community.
  • Extend opportunities for varying forms of worship, prayer and reflection.
  • Continue to serve alongside our sister churches.
  • Respond to the worldwide needs of God’s people by supporting agencies, which strive to combat justice and poverty.