Day 22

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

Matthew 2:9 – 10    

Image from The Lumos Project

The wise men, being astronomers, had followed a bright star first seen in the east, foretelling of a new king to be born. They must have been pretty sure they were going in the right direction on arrival in Israel, but from there they were probably not quite sure of the exact location where the birth had taken place. 

Probably the most obvious place to them was Jerusalem, being a large city, where you would expect a find a king, perhaps in a grand palace. The most logical thing to do would have been to go into the city and ask around. Herod had heard of some strangers in town, asking questions about a new king, so called the local priests and teachers of the law to ask for information. They told him Bethlehem was the place, as the prophet had written about it in the scriptures.  

The wise men must have been relieved when Herod revealed the exact location to them, hurrying off with great excitement. Can you imagine the joy they must have felt when they arrived and saw Jesus for the first time?!

Each year, as a family we go for a 6 week camping trip to Guernsey. It’s such an exciting adventure that warrants plenty of careful planning ahead! I remember one year being told that we had to sail from Poole instead of Weymouth. Changing our destination made me anxious as it was unfamiliar to me. I programmed our new destination into the Sat Nav, and we left Brighton that morning, excited and full of hope for another wonderful holiday. However, just outside Poole our Sat Nav seemed to be directing us away from our destination. Panicking, I explained what had happened to a local and he told me that I must trust the Sat Nav implicitly and all would be fine. I did just that and we got to our ferry in plenty of time, on route to our beloved Guernsey!

Life can seem like an uphill struggle at times, and sometimes we are unsure of which path to take.  Unfamiliar paths can make us feel anxious and scared, or perhaps we have gone down a path and it has brought us nothing but misery and we want to find a way out. If we face things alone, our journey can be even more difficult as we have to make all the decisions alone, with no companion to advise and reassure us. Just imagine having someone with you, helping you up that hill when you are struggling, walking alongside you on that unfamiliar path with a light to shine through the darkness. Someone to rescue you and bring you out from that path of misery and despair. Believe me, Jesus really can do that because he came into this world to bring light and hope, so that we never have to face anything alone again.  His love is unconditional and is for everyone. All you need to do is put your trust in him.


Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

There must be lots of people finding things an uphill struggle right now, what could you do to help in your community? Perhaps make a donation to a local foodbank or volunteer organisation? How could you be someone who shines a light in their community?

Jacalyn Boyes
I’m a community carer and it’s a job that I love. I try to bring some light and hope to the people I visit, with God’s help. I have three beautiful, loving children as well as a wonderful family. I feel blessed each day knowing that Jesus walks alongside me, with whatever I have to face and loves me unconditionally.  

Day 21

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. In Bethlehem in Judea, they replied, for this is what the prophet has written: But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.

Matthew 2: 3-8

To view the reflection on video via YouTube click on the image, or read it below…

Was this really what Herod intended- to worship Jesus? Why was he disturbed? Well he was Herod the Great, King of the Jews – but he had no right to this title and many Jews despised him for it. If Jesus really was the rightful heir, then no way would he let that happen. Prophets had said the arrival of the Messiah was soon, so Herod was alert, ready to take action. His plan was to kill Jesus.

The Jews were uniquely a people of remembrance and anticipation. They were connected to stories of God’s acts in the past and believed His promises for the future. Not a bad principle for us too! We know from Scripture that when God is working out His purpose through His people, he is not about to let the malign plans of others get in the way. What hope this gives us! He will use any means to achieve our good and His glory. We can trust Him even when we are up against hard times. 

Have you ever felt under pressure from circumstances beyond your control? Ever faced a situation with dread? Ever wondered how God might appear for you? Back in the 80s, we were in that position and I will never forget the evening. It was early June, yet the sky went black and a thunderstorm began with torrential rain. We were arriving at a critical meeting in fear and trepidation. As we ran across the road to the venue, a man under an umbrella was outside; he turned towards us and said: God told me to be here to show His love for you. It was an angel!! Well actually it was a dear man well known to people in our church, who had somehow heard of our plight and weathered the storm to encourage us. I cried – and I was already soaked – but I was borne up in a remarkable way through the awful meeting that night.

God knows what we need – and often it is His people who respond to His prompting, who deliver on His promise that He will not leave us or forsake us. I look back with deep gratitude on our angel! 

Just like the Jews, God calls us to remember who we are and what we are to be. We are destined to a better way of life – not just for us but for all with whom we share the world. We are people of Hope. A sure and certain hope, a hope that breeds confidence because ‘he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion.’

The Wise Men had no doubt they would find the new-born king and with this hope they mounted their camels and headed off to find him. And so it is with us, facing the relentless onslaught of the corona virus; it is our biblical hope that enables us to weather this storm. That baby, through His life and death, came to be our Hope. Our faith is in Him. Jesus will never fail us. 

Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

Could you be an angel to someone else – to encourage them, support them, remind them of God’s love, bring them new hope?  Jesus says: Whatever you do for these brothers of mine, you do for me. 

Hazel Gaydon

Hazel is a retired teacher, trainer, trustee and adviser. She has 2 sons, 2 daughters and 11 grandchildren. She is a singer, writer and student of culinary medicine and how to enjoy later years.

Day 19

When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them

Luke 2: 17-20      

Today’s verse shows us about some of the many ways hope is expressed. First we see the shepherds who have come to meet Jesus. They have come after trusting in God, leaving their fields and obeying what the angels have told them to do. When they meet Jesus they are filled with so much hope that they tell anyone and everyone about the good news and later, when they return, they praise and glorify God for all that he had shown them. These actions are actions of joy. This new hope that God had given to the shepherds had such an impact that they started to express an outward joy. This joy then impacted all those around them. People were ‘amazed at what the shepherds had told them’(vs 20).

However, we also see how hope isn’t always expressed outwardly. Mary displays her hope inwardly. She ‘treasured all these words’(vs 19), and doesn’t let them pass her by, she holds these memories close to her heart and is hopeful about God’s plan for her son. In a word, Mary’s hope seems to be expressed as peace. She has an inward peace in her heart from the knowledge that God has a plan for her and her family. It would have been the least likely situation to have peace, having had a stressful time finding a place to stay and then giving birth to a child in a stable so far away from what she knew as home. And yet the hope that God gives also brings her peace.

Over the past year, the interaction between hope, joy and peace have been particularly on my mind. This time last year I was living in Kosovo for six months as a part of a gap year. I was there in a team of four, all of us volunteering at an educational centre, running the nursery and teaching English to the older children and young people. 

Before we left the UK, as a part of our training, we picked a team verse. We chose Romans 15:13:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

At the start of each day before the children arrived we would pray together as a team for the children, for our work and anything that was worrying us or particularly on our hearts. As we did this we trusted that God would guide us throughout the day in all of our actions and words as we taught the children and young people, and we found that we became more able to exercise his joy and peace in our day. By the end of the six months we realised that just by trusting God and trying to live in joy and peace, we had an impact on the lives of our friends there and they began to ask us where our hope came from.

You see, when we trust in God, the ‘God of Hope’, we become motivated to live in his joy and peace, and when we do so, we have an impact on the world around us. We become ambassadors of hope through the good news of Jesus who was the ultimate ambassador of hope in our world. And, the amazing thing is, is that anyone can be an ambassador of hope, from whatever background or situation. God chose the shepherds who were considered to be some of the lowest of society to be the ones to share the hope of Jesus!


Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

Hope inspires us to live with joy and peace, which can both look like the outwardly overflowing praise and good news spreading of the shepherds or the reflective and heart-warming memory keeping of Mary. However, what we can learn is that it starts with trusting God with each and every little thing in our days. Is there anything that you need to entrust to God as you start your day? Ask God to fill you with joy and peace and at the end of the day look back to see how you shared hope to those around you.  

Katie Darling
Katie is the youth intern at TRINITY this year before she starts university at Swansea in 2021. As a part of the internship Katie often sings in the worship band, helps at the cafe and is one of the leaders at the weekly youth events. In her spare time, Katie loves to go on dog walks, draw, read books, travel to different countries and have a good cup of tea!  

Day 18

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

Luke 2: 15-16      

Image from The Lumos Project.

When I read this passage, I think about what the shepherds must have been feeling. They have just been visited by the angels and told the incredible news of the birth of Jesus. 

They were just sitting on the hills tending their sheep, in an ordinary setting, when they were told extraordinary news. ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that happened, which the Lord has told us about.’  This verse shows their awe and curiosity. A desire to know more; maybe a desire to play their part. And they didn’t just sit and wait – ‘they hurried off’. There was a sense of urgency; the sense that they had to leave their home and their sheep, and go in search of Jesus. 

I have the privilege to work for Tearfund. Over this past year that has been difficult and challenging for us all and many around the world, I’ve been amazed at where God has shown up, where He has revealed his love and hope. 

We’ve been supporting churches around the world from Brazil, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Myanmar, and Zambia. Churches are there within communities, responding to crisis – not just Covid-19 but also hurricanes in Latin America, and on-going conflicts. They are loving and nurturing individuals and communities, reaching out and sharing love and hope through word and deed. 

It has been incredible to see the church and its people responding, just as the shepherds did. They’ve ‘hurried’ to the places where and hope have been needed. And they continue to hurry where the need is greatest. 

Jesus is in the ordinary every day moments. In the dirt and grit of life. The image of baby Jesus lying in a manger is so powerful for me – peace, love and hope found in the ordinary. 

Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

In this season where are you ‘hurrying’ to bring hope, peace and love to others? It may just be in the ordinary events of the day. Maybe it is a smile to a neighbour, doing the shopping for someone, making a phone call to say hello to someone on their own, saying thank you to key worker or a shop assistant. Whatever it is, let’s remember that Jesus is in the ordinary, and we can play our part in sharing the extraordinary message of hope and love this Christmas time.

Catriona Dejean
Catriona has worshipped at TRINITY since 2012. She lives in Eastbourne. She enjoys long walks in the hills and countryside, playing jazz music and baking bread. 

Day 17

…to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,and on earth peace among those whom he favours!”

Luke 2:11-14       

I feel that God gives us hope in many ways. For most of us, we have not seen a host of angels to help us on our way. But we have been ‘nudged’ forward, little-by-little at times, and sometimes given clear messages. We can take hope from this, that God cares about us, and wants the best for us.  

I know in my own life especially when I was working in IT and really not liking it, there were many ‘doors’ that God seemed to open. I was made redundant from my computing job. At first, this didn’t seem to be helpful. But it helped me decide that I really didn’t want to carry on in computing. And within weeks, I cannot say effortlessly, I had started on a program of study that eventually led me to a pharmacy degree at Brighton University and becoming a pharmacist.  

Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

Is there something that has been niggling you to change?  Can you pray about it and ask God for more direction? Feel hopeful that God is with you and can help you.  

Pamela Charman

Pamela is a pharmacist based at a GP surgery, and lives in Lewes with her husband and daughter. She likes learning about new vegan recipes, and taking long walks along the river with her little family.  

Day 16

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people…”

Luke 2:8-10       

How we would love to predict the future sometimes, to never be frightened of the unknown and have complete control over the unpredictable! I don’t think we are alone in feeling a little overwhelmed with a fear of the unknown. Sometimes we find our relatively ‘normal’ lives can be suddenly turned upside down and that loss of control can be extremely frightening. 

Those shepherds had it sorted – just doing their job, no real stress, chatting to their flock, life ticking by… when suddenly everything they had known and held onto was challenged and new decisions were needed. They were about to embark a roller coaster of a journey, yet are intrigued – Good News? Hope for the future?

We all see life’s challenges differently, but I have a very simple outlook in life. Choose to look forwards – hope for a future that delivers loving relationships that are fulfilling both in human kind and with God; or choose to run… frightened by the unknown and become bogged down with all the challenges thrown at us – I think it would be easy for so many to ‘run scared’ at the moment! 

But I choose hope. The constructs optimism and hope can have on our physical and mental health, are well documented in our house and I have been often asked: “How do you show such humour and hope when facing tricky times?” The answer is simple – I hand over my fears and draw strength from God: so, I need not really worry about those frightening ‘unknowns’. What will be, will be – because I am not in charge. God has the plan and I am just one tiny part of that complex journey. Do I get frightened when Luke and I constantly face oncology appointments? Of course – but actually we are so lucky. I don’t have to carry these fears alone, but instead can live in hope, smile, laugh and just ‘be’.

Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

Being frightened sometimes is ok! Allowing God to hold our hand sometimes can provide the hope for security, love and comfort. So today, if you are frightened, why not ask God to hold your hand? Will you place your fears with God and live with optimism? Is there someone who needs their hand held – a young person who you have assumed is confident but is hiding daily fears behind bravado; someone in isolation; a friend who just needs an ear? You have choices in life. What will you choose today?

Helen Fines

Helen is still standing, after teaching teenagers for 30yrs! Good humour and the young people have been the daily medicine that keeps her sane in the everchanging educational landscape. She loves spending time with family and friends, walking and nattering. She loves her music (especially musicals and worship songs) and can even be seen slowly jogging and playing stoolball to enjoy the fresh air.

Day 14

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,and a branch shall grow out of his roots.The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,the spirit of wisdom and understanding,the spirit of counsel and might,the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:1- 3a

Around this time of year, my default has always been hibernation. I love being snug indoors, looking out at the almost leafless trees. All the better if I can hear the rain against the window while I’m warm inside with a cup of tea.

But over the last few years I have come to learn the value of being outdoors in all seasons and whatever the weather. While deep winter is not so clearly brimming with colour and growth, taking the time to spot berries on branches, birds in the garden, and squirrels darting about has encouraged me to be more intentional in tuning in to quieter signs of life and hope.

This past year especially, like so many others I have come to value connection with nature more than ever. And as I’ve pottered outdoors from spring time all the way through to deep winter, a now much quoted encouragement from Arundhati Roy often comes to me:

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

Hope isn’t always easy to spot. Sometimes it feels completely absent. But it is there. In the passage we read that ‘A shoot shall come’. As I reflected on these words I realised afresh that ‘the shoot’ might not even be visible yet. But it ‘shall’ come. It’s on its way. In these dark days, let’s be encouraged. A shoot shall come. Perhaps on a quiet day this advent, we can take a moment outdoors, or even indoors by an open window, and hear it coming. 

Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

Shoots of hope always start small. Can you find a small shoot of hope today? Maybe go for a walk, look at the buds on a branch, or even look at the sky. Why not take a photo to capture the moment, or share this small but growing hope with someone who could do with some encouragement at this time of year.

Charlotte Evans

Charlotte runs a social enterprise called Story Chaplain, encouraging everyday creativity and quality time for people living with dementia, and everyone. At the weekend she can be found wild pottering around Sussex, whatever the weather, and especially if a picnic is involved.

Day 13

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him
may not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

I love that God’s invitation into an eternal relationship with him is available to everyone wherever they are in the world. A few years ago, I served on the mission field in Rwanda living in Cyangugu a beautiful but very poor region in the south-west of the country, on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. For many years, Cyangugu had been cut-off from the rest of the country by Africa’s largest mountain rainforest and was referred to as “the land beyond the forest.”

Despite many hardships people faced there whether resulting from poverty, malaria, HIV, malnutrition or dealing with the trauma and scars of the 1994 genocide, I witnessed in many a strong faith who lived in hope for a better future. There seemed to be an acceptance of how hard life was and despite the daily challenges they encountered, people didn’t complain much as their faith gave them an eternal perspective. As a privileged westerner, I was humbled and blessed by them in so many ways. I observed that despite being materially poor they were spiritually rich whilst for us, in the West, it can seem the other way around.

Since returning from Rwanda, I’ve been working for an African led community development organisation Life In Abundance International. Our transformational model, based on the mission of Jesus, creates wholistic impact to break the cycle of poverty in some of the poorest and most marginalised communities in Africa and the Caribbean. We see how the gospel brings about the restoration of health, a renewal of hope, lasting transformation and an eternal perspective to those living in destitute conditions where hope is fleeting and change seems impossible. 


Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

We find, in our Western culture, we like to plan for the future – our holidays, our careers and our retirement! Given the current situation, it’s hard to plan for anything but what does it mean to look beyond all of this, to have an eternal perspective and to understand that God has it all planned out for us anyway? How about sharing with a friend, a work colleague or a neighbour what it means to you to live with an eternal perspective and what it could mean to them?

Jonathan Lamb

Jonathan’s experience of living in Rwanda and visits to many African countries, has given him a love for the continent and its beautiful people. He is trying to get fit to do a sponsored climb of Mount Kenya in April 2021 to raise funds for Life In Abundance.

Day 12

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

I remember looking at my newborn baby daughter and marvelling at this little bundle of joy. As she grew up, I wondered what she would want to do with her life. I always prayed and hoped that she would be fine, whatever lay ahead, and that God would watch over her. 

Mary and Joseph would have had their own hopes for their newborn baby, Jesus, but I wonder if they fully understood that He truly was, is, and always will be, the only and eternal hope of the world. Centuries before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah had foretold of His divine nature and of this hope. Two thousand years later, there continues to be endless testimonies of Jesus still saving and restoring hope to broken lives. 

I remember a particularly sad time in my life when I would keep my windows and curtains closed all day, as I couldn’t bear to see or hear people laughing and enjoying themselves. I felt alone and forgotten. Then somehow, I became strangely aware of God ‘s love for me, and I would keep telling Him how rotten I felt, and in turn I was comforted by His knowing all about my struggle. Gradually I found a renewed hope, a resolve and courage to take steps out of the ‘cocoon’ and start to be able to connect with people again.

Now I do rather like the sound of laughter; my own and others’, for it reminds me of that journey from despair to hope. I know that Jesus is always with me, my everlasting Father and friend who knows everything about me. I know that He nudges and helps me back to hope and positivity when I’m down. I know that because all authority rests on His shoulders (and thankfully not mine) good is a possible outcome from an impossibly bad situation. I know that I don’t have to be burdened by worry and can experience His peace even in the face of adversity.

Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

Can you share hope today by a phone call to someone you haven’t heard from in a while?  Or perhaps offer a smile or simple hello to a stranger you pass by, or say a quiet prayer for them? Your actions may just be the cord that pulls their curtains of darkness open and lets the light of Jesus into their heart and situation.

Adenike Hyde

Adenike lives in Hove and enjoys walking and doing jigsaw puzzles in her spare time.

Day 11

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder

Isaiah 9:2-3

This is Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesus being born and saving us all from our sins – now and forever! Giving the people HOPE that the light (Jesus) will be seen and SHINE on the people of the land in times to come. Not just in this life but in heaven. ‘The people’ at this time were living in great darkness because they had lost their connection with God; hearts of unbelief, blinded by their own ignorant ways and judged after death (the sad birth-right of all humanity at the time). God is giving the people HOPE in a world of darkness

Verse 3 states the people will rejoice like they do at harvest. This is the time when the hard work has paid off and there is great reward. And in Matthew 4 13-14 Jesus went to Capernaum to fulfill what was said through Isaiah. Jesus said “On those living in the land of the shadow of death… a light has dawned.” This is evidence of a fulfilled prophecy. These verses give HOPE to us. 

So even in the darkness that was created through human own doing… God was promising LIGHT the light of Jesus to come to them and shine on them.And he did! Giving us all the chance to live with Jesus forever. 

This still applies today!

Darkness is all around us… the virus, money trouble, day to day stress, family worries. Everyday we can accept and re accept the light of Jesus and allow him to shine in our lives.The darkness in this world is real, the darkness in our personal lives and thoughts are real, however, 1 John 5 reminds us “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” The darkness may or may not fade but God’s light in our lives can shine brighter. Now this light Isaiah prophesied was to be so pure and vast that it would be able to be seen by not only the people at this time, but every soul that saw life – before Jesus’ birth and every soul after.  And it’s our choice to have hope in this light, to accept it and let it shine on us. 

The light that will never go out, we have eternity with our Lord. THAT is his promise.

Daily Share

The ‘daily share’ is a hint each day for how you could share some hope in your life, today.

Do you have darkness in your life? Will you allow Jesus to shine on you? Do you have hope and trust in heaven?Why not think about making that choice today? 

Joy Shave

Joy is a 26yr old young professional, she works in TRINITY’s community café, Café12/31 and is the activities coordinator for an over 75’s social group called Monday Club.

About the Ringers and Ringing

In common with thousands of other towers in the UK and a few around the world, we ring the bells ‘full circle’ and so can perform ‘change ringing’. More general information can be found HERE

Today, Southover has a strong band of nearly thirty ringers. We practice on Tuesday evening from 7.00 to 9.00 and for Sunday services from 10.00 to 10.45. We have a strong teaching ethos and hold a beginners’ practice on Monday evenings from 6.00 to 7.00 using a ringing simulator, so that novices can learn the basics of bell handling.

Visitors are always welcome to the Tuesday practice and to service ringing, although we try to ring a quarter peal for evening service on the last Sunday of each month. Please check before you visit; email our secretary at And if you’re not a ringer but just curious, do come up and say hello!

Details of our regular ringing and any special events can be found on our calendar below.

About the bells and the past

Bells have rung out from TRINITY Church Southover for over five hundred years. After its predecessor collapsed in 1698, the tower was rebuilt between 1714 and 1738 with a ring of eight bells, and they were recast in 1839 and augmented to ten in 1905. The church (now part of TRINITY Church, Lewes) is currently one of only six rings of ten bells in Sussex. CLICK HERE to view a pdf with bell weights and inscriptions.

Southover has for many years been at the forefront of ringing in Sussex. In the past, ringers here included John S. Goldsmith, who founded the “Ringing World” – the weekly national journal of church bell ringing - and George Elphick, who was an authority on bell founding and who wrote the books “Sussex Bells and Belfries” and “The Craft of the Bellfounder”.  Many peals and notable pieces of ringing have taken place at Southover over the years, including in 1893 a peal of Stedman Triples rung entirely by ringers named George!

MAF, believe nothing should stop people from receiving the love of God and the essentials of life – no matter how remote they are. Their vision is to see 'isolated people physically and spiritually transformed in Christ's name.' They use aviation and technology, because in many places those are the only ways to reach isolated people in need.

For more information about MAF, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

John Norris

John Norris is an aspiring part time metal sculptor from Hurstpierpoint. He bought a welder in December 2018 and started tinkering in his spare time. He dreams of one day being able to make a full time career out of metal sculpting. The pieces on display at the Lewes Art Wave festival are still some of his very first creations!

'I get a kick out of being able to give old and redundant materials a new lease of life, everything from cutlery and old machine tools to bicycles and sheet metal off cuts. It gives me tremendous satisfaction to be able to turn obsolete scrap in to interesting, innovative and recognizable forms that I hope will bring pleasure and enjoyment to others for years to come'

You can check out Johns' story so far on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook at the following links. See his work come to life ….




Martina LaTrobe Bateman

Martina is an artist and theology student with a background in professional photography and this is her second time exhibiting at TRINITY. Her photographic work this year considers how experiencing the world through digital media has changed our perception of it, while her community sculpture project invites to look inward and explore themes of holiness and wholeness.

Join her on her quest and journey to learn to encounter the physical world afresh in a way that requires all senses and personal dimensions of body, mind and soul as a countercultural gesture vis-à-vis our ocular centric society.

Sarah Horne

Sarah is an award-winning Illustrator, author and painter. With an illustration career spanning 18 years, Sarah has illustrated for many clients including Kew Gardens, IKEA and The Guardian. Her staple work comes from illustrating funny children’s books. Her latest book CHARLIE CHANGES INTO A CHICKEN is the best selling debut middle grade book of 2019.

The work displayed here as part of the ARTWAVE Festival is Sarah’s painting practice. In contrast to her children’s publishing work, this work is quieter and more contemplative. This is work produced over 13 years and inspired by times of prayer, worship and meditation.

The theme JOURNEY is a very wide and poignant one. Sarah’s paintings explore themes of journeying: the stepping out, the wide spaces, the finding of true north and the concept of home.

Suzanne Hennegrave Artist and Educator BA Hons, MA

Suzanne is a semi-abstract, contemporary landscape painter and a teacher. She is inspired by the land, sea and big skies. She paints in oils and mixed-media from memory and experience, and her work is developed using artistic intuition.  She says ‘my greatest loves are atmospheric weather and fleeting light and this I try to capture in my work, through my own emotional response.

My work for Artwave 2019 reflects on the theme ‘journeys’ in many ways. It depicts my physical journeys into the beautiful countryside that surrounds Lewes; misty pathways, rolling hills, waves crashing on the shore or an arresting sunset. It reflects my creative journey; my art is continually evolving. I try to dig deep inside of myself to bring out what is true for me in the hope that this will make my art more alive and full of wonder.  Being an artist is often about not knowing, it is about taking risks and experimenting; mistakes are my friend. The creative journey is by nature similar to the spiritual and emotional one.  The spiritual life is also largely about process rather than product. A dominant metaphor for spirituality is the journey, which evokes a sense of constant movement and progression. We never fully arrive but are always unfolding and discovering. Spirituality is also about a process of integration – of slowly bringing the whole of ourselves and our experiences to our crafting of meaning. Engaging in the arts as a spiritual practice means honouring the process of meaning making, of cultivating a relationship to mystery.’


Having served as conductor for Lewes Sings Gospel since its inception in Autumn 2009 Karen Gibson has handed on the baton to Marsha Morrison to continue leading the choir forward as Karen herself focusses her time on "The Kingdom Choir" following their appearance at the Wedding of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle and their subsequent rise to prominence.


Marsha is herself heavily involved in The Kingdom Choir both singing live and arranging a number of tracks on their recent album. She is an extremely accomplished performer, arranger, conductor and coach and brings all her experience to her work with LSG.


Marsha brings a fantastic mixture of energy, passion and encouragement to get the best from the choir, enable quick learning and ensure a really positive experience at every rehearsal.

Jeremy Bamber
Associate Vicar

Jeremy has been at TRINITY since 1989, although only in an ordained capacity since 2009.  Before the privilege of getting the very best job in the world (Associate Vicar at TRINITY), he had the second best job in the world (being a much-travelled project manager for BP for 30 years)!


Jeremy has been married to a long-suffering Fiona for almost 40 years, and they have 3 grown-up sons.  He loves just about any physical activity, but especially cycling, walking and people-watching.


Contact Jeremy


Christine Angell
TRINITY Administrator

Contact Christine

Janette Watkins
Pastoral Minister

Janette has been coming to the church since 1997 and is the Pastoral Minister, looking after those people in the community going through difficult times. Her back ground was in banking for 26 years and was also 12 years Treasurer of the church .


She is married to husband Graham, who she met whilst singing in the worship group that he was leading at church. She also started the ministry of Southover Community Care, seeing that there was a desperate need for good community care in Lewes


We are both very involved with our Nieces and have been doing all the University runs over the years. A keen tennis fan, watching and playing and enjoying the countryside.


Contact Janette

07866 301384

Revd Anita Colpus

Anita became Rector at TRINITY in November 2021.

She was ordained in July 2003 and has served in London Diocese, Canterbury Diocese & latterly Southwark Diocese for over 11 years as Vicar at St Luke's Reigate.  She is married to Richard and they have two children, Hannah & Rachel.  She is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.  In her spare time, she enjoys sport, jigsaws, musical theatre, holidaying in their caravan and a bit of gardening.

Contact Anita

Jo Marks, Figurative artist

Jo Marks is a British figurative artist. Using graphic lines, her chalk and charcoal drawings are developed from a fascination with the human form.

Having studied life drawing and sculpture for years, Jo says she is “always looking for the perfect line which says a lot with very little”.

Her unedited marks reflect the energy and urgency with which the subject was observed. Whether these marks are intuitively abstract or more true to life, they always express an authentic understanding of form.

Exploring femininity as her central theme, Jo’s drawings are simultaneously tender and strong. She says: “Having recently become a mother I am in awe of how wonderfully we are made. We are incredibly strong, although I know at times I feel the opposite. It is this contrast, this vulnerability which I try to communicate”.

While Jo tries to reflect this sense of dichotomy in her carefully balanced compositions, she also aims to ensure her work brings a sense of peace. “Knowing when to stop is a huge challenge, I never want to over-bake my pieces but instead reflect the joy with which they were made.”

Martina La Trobe-Bateman, Photographer

‘What Lies Hidden’

Martina was struck by the stories of pain, suffering and incredible strength and integrity she discovered just among friends and family. All hidden behind the socially acceptable facade of: ‘I’m fine’.

Using the limitations of photographic representation to mimic human interaction that can be limited to a skin-level or outside interaction, she highlights the fact that all of us have another story to tell, and to awaken the senses to the complexity of the “other” we are meeting every day.

For this series she has photographed women with a hidden illness or trauma. The women choose a flower, branch or other foliage to represent the fact that there is more to discover than can be seen on the outside. The choice of foliage or its positioning may reveal something about their illness or struggle and how it affects their relationships and identity.

Julie Janvrin, Sculptor

Although I have been sculpting in clay for many years, it was as a mature student that I went to study ceramics at Falmouth College of Art. Returning to Sussex I set up my own studio producing figurative stoneware sculpture. Singers, dancers, performers, some written over with sonnets or songs, my work reflects my love of literature and my early career in the theatre. I constantly go back to basics, which for me is an endless exploration of the human form.

The theme of Communication for this exhibition is a broad one. Visibly, verbally and tangibly, art is the great communicator, giving us fresh insight into the human condition. I like the image in the bible of the body being the temple of the soul. I hope these quiet abstract nudes have a meditative quality - meditation being perhaps one of the purest forms of communication.

The other two figures were inspired by events in the life of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago, but they are very modern tragedies. A Syrian refugee, her child in her arms and her possessions on her back, flees her country. A mother cradles her son after violence on a Hackney street. Only you, the viewer can say what, if anything they communicate, but if you have paused to look and wonder for a moment why these things happen, then thank you.

Suzanne Hennegrave, Artist and Educator BA Hons, MA


Suzanne Hennegrave is a semi-abstract, contemporary landscape painter and a teacher. She is inspired by the land, sea and big skies. She paints in oils and mixed-media from memory and experience and her work is developed using artistic intuition.

Her greatest loves are atmospheric weather and fleeting light and this she tries to capture in her work, through her own emotional response.  She hopes that her paintings will encourage viewers to foster a greater appreciation of their natural surroundings also.

‘If we do not engage with God’s creation in a joyful way, there is no hope of healing.’


Hmmm Cake…

Our cakes are all homemade and baked with love – as priced

Daily free from gluten and dairy cake choice

Vegan option

Fruit scone, cream and jam                          2.50

Cheese straw                                                    60p


A spot of lunch…

Homemade soup of the day (vg / gf)          3.90

With a chunk of local bread & butter

Grazer plates

Cheese, ham or hummus                               4.90

With local bread, homemade chutney & coleslaw

(gf bread & df spread available)

Puff Pizza

Tomato and mozzarella                                 3.00

Caramelised red onion & goats cheese       4.00

Jacket Spuds

Just butter (dairy free available)                  3.00

Cheese / beans / hummus / coleslaw          50p per filling

Tuna Mayo                                                         90p

Piece of fruit                                                      40p


For the kids…

Mini soup of the day                              2.10

Mini grazer                                             2.90

Carrot soldiers with

Cheese or hummus                              2.20

Bread and butter                                  1.50

Apples / Bananas                                 60p

Ellas Kitchen Sachets
& Organix snacks

Love in a mug…                                          

Organic Triple Certified Espresso Beans

100% Arabica. Fairtrade Papua New Guinea 60%

Fairtrade Rainforest Alliance Honduras 40%

Hot Drinks One Shot Two Shot
Espresso £1.50 £1.80
Americano £1.60 £1.90
Cappuccino / Latte £2.10  £2.40
Flat White   £2.30
Mocha   £2.60
Hot Chocolate   £2.50
Tea (Clipper) £1.00 Pot £1.60
Speciality Tea (Clipper) £1.50 Pot £2.10
Mini Me Babyccino 60p Lil' Hot Chocolate 70p


Cream & Marshmallows 30p
Flavoured Syrup 60p
Extra shot of coffee 30p
Dairy alternatives (Soya/Oat) 25p
Cold Drinks
Shake of the day £2.50
Glass of milk 60p
Fruit Juice Carton 80p
Folkingtons £1.75
Ubuntu Cola £1.00
San Pellegrino £1.30
Belvior Presse £1.80
Sussex Orchard Apple £1.90
Jug of squash £1.50
Aquapax Water £1.00
Sparking Water £1.00


The TRINITY Centre
Abinger Place

Manager // Joy Shave

Opening Hours

10am - 4pm

Tuesday // Wednesday // Thursday // Friday

Food served all day

Dogs welcome


Saturday // 9am - 1pm // Drinks and cakes only


Please get in touch if you would like to know more about Café12/31 or just drop in to see us!

Loving our neighbour //

Café12/31 is a project of TRINITY church, built on the ethos of being a place of love and welcome. In fact, our name comes from the bible verse Mark 12:31 ‘love your neighbour’ and that’s exactly what we are aiming to do. All that we do at Café12/31 is rooted in the love of God and we want to show that love to all our customers by aiming to become a true community café, a place for all to feel welcome and that they belong.

Café12/31 is especially friendly to young families, with our onsite playroom for pre-schoolers, and plenty of space to stash buggies. We have been developing links to other organisations and groups, creating a hub for the whole community, as well as hosting a range of fun events.

Loving our environment //

As part of an 'Eco church', Café12/31 is guided by the TRINITY Creation Care team, so that we can be as environmentally friendly as possible. We’ve sourced the best take away containers from 'Vegware' and are also big fans of ‘Plastic Free Lewes’, aiming to use as little single use plastic as possible.

Wherever we can we are supporting the Lewes area and stocking local produce, keeping down our carbon footprint. Our coffee is triple certified - fairtrade, rainforest alliance and organic soil association.

Loving our customers //

We’ll also have some delicious ‘free from’ options on our menu, including vegan and gluten free. We offer soya and oat milk alternatives at no extra charge. TRINITY also aims to be nut free and whilst we cannot guarantee our premises are nut free, we do not use any nut containing ingredients and are aiming to make the venue as safe as possible for those with nut allergies.

We are blessed with lovely customers of many ages and our four legged friends. Do pop in and see us sometime.


Serving In Mission is an international mission organization with more than 4,000 workers serving in more than 70 countries. Convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God’s good news, SIM members serve God among many diverse people groups in every continent.


We had supported the work of MECO (Middle East Christian Outreach) for many years and in 2016, MECO UK & Ireland merged with SIM. Now SIM is recruiting and sending workers to serve in the Middle East, continuing the work of MECO by serving together with Middle Eastern believers to strengthen the Church and to share Christ’s love with others.


SIM workers cross barriers to proclaim the crucified and risen Christ, expressing His love and compassion among those who live and die without Him, and making disciples who will become part of Christ-centred churches.


For more information about SIM, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

Established in 1848 BHCM seeks to serve the City, with the Church, for Christ.


BHCM care practically and spiritually for many with needs around the city. They currently serve through three teams, Schools, Food Bank and Rest Homes.


The Brighton Food Bank exists to help families and individuals going through times of crisis.  This is done primarily through food parcels, but also through supporting clients emotionally, physically, and spiritually, whilst also signposting them to other agencies across the city for expert advice. As a Christian food bank BHCM are privileged to share their faith with clients, and offer prayer when welcomed.


For more information about Brighton & Hove City Mission, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

A Rocha UK are a Christian conservation charity working to protect and restore the natural world both nationwide and through local projects as in Southall where the A Rocha UK Centre is located.


TRINITY member David Melville has been working part time for over 7 years with ARUK, latterly as Education Manager in west London in two areas – Minet Country Park a living legacy and in the Wolf Fields Community Gardens, a new venture.


He has encouraged the next generation of local primary school children (3000 footfall 2017) by having an environmental encounter through activities all linked to the national curriculum, always giving credit to the Creator.


For more information about A Rocha, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

Passion for Sport uses media to introduce sports fans to Jesus.


Passion for Sport traces its roots back to 1991 when missionary radio producers from Reach Beyond reported from the World Student Games in Sheffield. Their sports content with a Christian perspective is so well received they report the following year from the Barcelona Olympic Games in English and Spanish.


Passion For Sport reports from major sporting events including the FIFA World Cup™, Cricket World Cup, Rugby World Cup, World Championships in Athletics and Olympic Games. An increasing number of commercial radio stations broadcast their content, and they plan to add video reports and expand their reach into social media and digital channels.


In 2014, 1,350 radio stations broadcast content produced in English and Spanish from the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.


For more information about Passion For Sport, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

For several years we've been supporting the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea (PNG),
specifically the Iduna Translation Project. 

The Iduna New Testament was first published in 1982, and is currently being revised, and the Old Testament is a work in progress.  Teams of translators visit the Alotau Regional Centre, in the Milne Bay Province, on a regular basis, in order to carry out translation checking. Joe and Heather Patrick are the current centre managers.


Our support of the Iduna translation is specifically in the area of travel to, and accommodation at, the Centre, and also in supporting other language groups which do not have outside funding.


For more information about Wycliffe, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE


Tearfund is a Christian organisation that's "passionate about ending poverty".


They follow Jesus where the need is greatest, working through local churches to unlock people's potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. Tearfund responds quickly when disasters strike and won't stop until poverty stops.


For more information about Tearfund, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

Life In Abundance is an African founded, faith-based community development organisation serving in 14 countries throughout Africa and the Caribbean. They seek to partner and empower the local church to break the cycle of poverty within some of the poorest and most maginalised communities by restoring health, renewing hope and inspiring lasting transformation.


Their unique, proven and sustainable model of transformational development builds on the spiritual truth that the Gospel should bring about changes within the spiritual, social and material dimensions of a community to improve the human condition with a “wholistic” approach.


For more information about Life In Abundance, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

Prison Fellowship UK exists to reach out to prisoners with the love of Jesus.
Its work is based largely on volunteers, who can be found in many different roles.
Volunteers from TRINITY Lewes & other churches are involved in many different activities - visiting Lewes prisoners on the wings, helping in prison chapel services, talking and praying with prisoners showing them love and acceptance.  Volunteers run a creche for prisoners’ children during families’ visiting hours, guitar courses, Sycamore Tree courses to enable prisoners to look at the effect of their crimes on their victims and seek to make changes in their lives,  Alpha courses,  letter writing and correspondence; and helping prisoners send Christmas presents to their children, through Angel Tree.
We also meet privately for monthly prayer, and  prayer requests from prisoners and Chaplaincy team are  emailed to those willing to pray.
New volunteers are always welcome to join the team . There are many opportunities to get involved in this “mission field on our doorstep".
Not all these activities take place all the time. but if you are interested in any particular activity please contact:
Howard Taylor - 01273 472185
Dick Field - 01273472884


For more information about Prison Fellowship, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

Feba is working to inspire people to follow Jesus.


They are making it a priority to work in places where it is hard to be a Christian, which often means working in communities that are rooted in other faiths. They work in places where people’s lives are often affected by war, crisis or disaster.


Feba always work with local partners on the ground and wherever possible alongside the local church.  They believe God has called them to use the power of radio and other audio media to help people come to know Jesus Christ and then support them in their ongoing lives as his disciples.


For more information about Feba, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

Open Hands was founded in England in 2010 by TRINITY member Rebekka Maughan. The charity works in Romania with the most vulnerable and neglected children.


Rebekka and her team, which includes two Trustees from TRINITY congregations, bring the transforming love of Christ where the need is the greatest and currently work with 90 children and families, from extremely poor backgrounds. Children are reached through two programs which focus on education, health and practical help.


Open Hands bears witness that with the love of Jesus nothing is impossible and that through the power of His love all things can be achieved.

For more information about Open Hands, take a look at their WEBSITE HERE

Lisa Meadows - Pearl Of Grace

For more information about Pearl Of Grace please take a look at their website HERE

Standing Order

After PGS which is the simplest, the next easiest way to give is to set up a bank standing order that comes direct from your bank/building society account at a time to suit you.


If you are a tax payer then for every £1 you give a further 25p can be claimed by the church from the Inland Revenue; all you need to do is to sign a 'Gift Aid'  form.


Useful Links

A Rocha website (international site)


Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals

Ethical Purchasing

As a church we are committed to creation care and want to make responsible and ethical choices in all areas of church life. To support us in the endeavour we have agreed a policy on Ethical purchasing and created an accompanying set of guidelines.


Download our Ethical Purchasing Policy HERE.


Download our Ethical Purchasing guidelines HERE.

Managing Lifestyles

Everyone has a part to play in looking after God’s creation through our lifestlyes. Areas to consider are:

Cutting down on how much we consume by living more simply.

Modifying our purchasing choices.

Increasing the opportunities for biodiversity within our own gardens.

Join the team

If you have a passion for the environment then we would love to have you as part of our team. Working in our churchyards at Southover, South Malling & St John's is an ongoing part of our work and we regularly have fun and friendly working parties for gardening and maintenance of the grounds.


In the future we will be working on renewable energy solutions to the heating and lighting in our church buildings. Any expertise on the energy side of our work would be gratefully received.

Contact Us

Our telephone number is 07852 221449. Anyone can contact the service by telephoning or texting and leaving a message. We will respond as soon as possible, normally within one to two working days.


Please use this number to enquire about counseling availability, or to make or change appointments.


For other enquires we would appreciate contact by email or by letter to:


Southover Counselling.
Church End,
1 Cockshut Road,
Lewes. BN7 1JH
Or email Southover Counselling

Useful Links
Coastal Wellbeing -
Rise: Helpline for Domestic Abuse - 01273 622822 - Bereavement support services

Bereavement Course - 6 weeks starting in May 2023

The next course starts in May 2023 at Church End, TRINITY Southover.

If interested in attending then please contact Southover Counselling

Walking through grief takes a long time and no two people have the same loss or the same journey.

We offer a 6wk course called "The Bereavement Journey" on Mondays at various points each year. It's held at Church End, TRINITY Southover from 7- 9 pm providing support and community for anyone who would like to share their journey within a small group.

It is run in partnership with TRINITY Church and is open to anyone with faith, no faith, whether recently bereaved for some months or years.  There will a small charge (£12) for the course booklet and light refreshments.


If you feel you would like to join this group or know someone who might be interested. Contact Jeanette Clifton for further information. 07852221449 or via email.

What our clients say

When a client completes a programme with a counsellor, we always ask for feedback. With the clients' permission, here are some comments we have received.


'A counselling service that has been professional and that I could truly trust. '


'more at peace with myself and my life as it is now. It has been a wonderful experience for me. I would recommend Southover Counselling to other people. My counsellor listened and suggested strategies, and helped me understand myself more and like myself again. Thank you'


'I am clearer about my past and more optimistic about my future'.


'Very friendly, welcoming and patient service. Always professional'


'This has been a truly wonderful and helpful journey for me. I have learned so much, and have looked forward to each session'.


We aim to make our service affordable. At present our costs are £40 for an individual and £50 for a couple.  A reduced rate is available depending on circumstances.
It is our policy that no one should be excluded on financial grounds but we ask for a minimum fee of £15-£20.
If you have to cancel please give us 24 hours notice otherwise 50% of the agreed fee will be charged.
In order to maintain our services we regularly fundraise and receive donations form organisations and individuals.
We appreciate all contributions to aid the continuation of our service.

What to expect


There are times in life when we need someone to aid us on our journey.  A professionally trained counsellor can help. Our approach is client centred and we work within various counselling models, with an individual approach. You are a person with a unique life  experience and our approach is to help you gain new insights about yourself and circumstances in a supportive relationship.
We aim to avoid long waiting lists, so you can start to make the changes you need in your life.
Counselling sessions are usually weekly, lasting approximately 50 minutes.  The number of sessions will depend on how you and the counsellor feel about your needs which may mean a period of a few weeks or longer.


For more information about how we handle sensitive data and comply with GDPR please CLICK HERE

Our Team


All our counsellors are professionally trained and either members of the B.A.C.P. (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) or A.C.C. (Association of Christian Counsellors).
They all have life experience and regularly update their skills and knowledge. Some have specific skills with aspects of trauma, autism, bereavement, special needs, relationships, teenage years and loss of many kinds.
We have provided expect, effective counselling in the Lewes and wider area fo East Sussex for 14 years.  We currently have five counsellors; four women and one man.



About us

Southover Counselling is a professional counselling service based in Lewes, East Sussex. It is a service that was established 14 years ago and works with clients from youngsters to older people.


It employs a team of professionally trained counsellors who are all members of a recognized professional body. Its services are offered to all irrespective of belief, gender, race, disability or sexual orientation.


Our Carers

All our carers are fully DBS checked, and monitored to ensure they give the care you expect and deserve.


Care Quality Commission

The CQC certificate can be viewed HERE.

You can view Southover Community Care's Data Privacy Notice HERE.

What services can
Southover Community Care provide?

Help with getting up or going to bed

Preparing meals

Washing & ironing

Cleaning your home

Personal hygiene

Taking you out for leisure activities


Help for the blind e.g. with correspondence

What we do

By assisting you with daily tasks our friendly staff will help you to live your life to the full, by giving you the freedom and dignity to make your own choices.

For more information contact Janette Watkins the Registered Manager on 07866 301384.

The Prospects Team

The Team are all Christians with a personal faith and a passion for sharing Jesus with people who are often over-looked in society.

What happens at Prospects?

Praying & learning about God

Making friends & chat

Music & singing

Drama & dance

Games & quizzes

Craft activities

Food, tea & coffee!

Prospects Ministry focuses on making worship, Christian teaching and fellowship accessible to people with a learning disability or difficulty, using multi-sensory teaching, drama, craft and music in small groups.


TRINITY Prospects is affiliated to the Count Everyone In organisation who provide training and teaching materials.

Where & When?

Lewes Goes Strictly runs for 6 weeks with a Beginners class at 7.30pm, tea, coffee and practice time at 8.30pm.


The venue is TRINITY Church Southover and access is via the back door on Cockshut Road.

All our evenings are delivered under the expert tuition of East Sussex Dance.

Cost & Sign up

Cost is £30 for the 6 week course and sign up is done online. When a new term is due to start further information about sign up will be found here.


Dances each term vary but Social Foxtrot, Tango, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha and Rock Jive.

What's Involved?

Have fun and meet new people while dancing in the beautiful, historic setting of TRINITY Church, Southover.


Sessions are relaxed and informal - novices and experts equally welcome!

Join as an individual or a couple - either way is fine.

LSG is open to all

In 2014 Lewes Sings Gospel were the winners of the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year award. While our musical standard and public profile has increased, our vision remains the same: LSG is for all, and anyone can join regardless of ability or experience. You do not have to have any particular beliefs or the ability to read music.

The next concert with be on the 7th January 2023

Click below to find out more and buy tickets


Legacy Gift in your will

Finally, you can leave a legacy to the church in your Will which will help the ongoing mission of the church.

Christian Mission Support

Are you planning to go overseas with a Christian mission or charity organisation? We would love to support you.

Whether you would like us to; put you in touch with experienced missionaries or overseas charity workers, help you with fundraising ideas and events or pray for you while you are away; please let us know and we will make every effort to support your specific needs.

1-2-1 Mentoring

Perhaps you’re considering a leadership role within the church or a Christian organisation, or maybe you’re going through a particularly challenging season in your life. If you feel you would benefit from additional spiritual support then we can arrange for you to have 1-2-1 mentoring with either a senior volunteer or a member of the church leadership team. Please contact Tom for details.

Bible Study

For those who would like to grow in their Christian faith together, we meet fortnightly in a local home for Bible study and prayer. If you decide that this is for you then we offer you a complimentary Life Application Study Bible (NIV) and invite you to commit to the sessions for a term at a time.

These sessions are designed for Christians with a fair knowledge of the bible, who want to unpack things at a deeper level using study notes.

Young Adult Alpha

We offer a young adult only Alpha Course for anyone who is interested in learning more about Christianity. The course is run twice a year and - due to the complexity of the subject - we ask you to commit to a couple of hours on a Thursday evening for six consecutive weeks.

Each Thursday evening a meal is provided and then there is a teaching session for about 30 minutes followed by a time for Q&A. Please contact Tom for details.

You can read more about the national Alpha Course here.

Online Community

We stay connected during the week through two different Facebook Group pages. The main page, ‘Eighteen25’, provides the opportunity to share news, request support and generally tap into the young adult online community at TRINITY.

Community Care

We actively encourage everyone to support other people within our church and local community. We currently make gifts and craft items for an older adult group of over 70s called ‘Monday Club’. We are currently looking to get more involved in local charity work and local environment preservation initiatives.

We also see many of our young adults support the life of the church by regularly serving at church services in a range of roles; from making tea to playing in bands.

Student Support

We have four part-time volunteers who are able to offer 1-2-1 support to students either (1) studying in the area or (2) who live locally and are studying away. By ‘support’ we mean help with any aspect of student life.

Emotional Support - from offering advice and information about counselling services, to assigning a volunteer to check in with you regularly during a particularly stressful period.

Practical Support - from financial advice and support, to help with application forms, to a volunteer taking you to a doctor’s appointment.

Spiritual Support - 1-2-1 prayer, bible study and spiritual counselling is available from some of the volunteers and can also be made available from TRINITY Church leaders.

Informal Gatherings

In addition to formal events we encourage informal gatherings too. These are mainly communicated online (see Online Community) and include; cinema trips, music gigs, board/computer gaming meet ups, walks and meals. Volunteers are not usually present at these gatherings.

If you find the thought of meeting a new group of people intimidating, please contact Tom. We can arrange for you to meet one or two ‘regulars’ informally before you try a formal event night.

Sunday Events

We meet regularly on Sunday nights from 8pm for organised events.

These have included; craft/engineering/drama/choir/cooking/percussion/fitness workshops, pub quiz/board game nights, ‘Escape Rooms’, night walks, ‘The Apprentice’ challenge, volleyball/baseball/gladiators and a murder mystery dinner.

Organised event nights are open to anyone aged 18-25. You do not need to have a faith or attend a TRINITY service.

Lighthouse - Preschool group

Tuesdays, 9.30 - 10.30am

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30am

Two weekly groups for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers. There will be toys, snacks and activities for the little ones, including craft, singing and stories - plus a cuppa is never far away for the grown ups too with all our usual café deliciousness.

Tuesday £1.50 per family

Wednesday £2.50 per family

Places need to be booked on the Children & Families Page

Year 7-13  //  Fridays 7:30 - 9:30pm during term time

TRINITY - Southover Hall

The Edge is open to anyone in year 7 - year 13. The group is jam packed with mad activities, chill out time and off site adventures! We meet every Friday during term time at Southover Hall.

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Sunday collection for church ministries.

If you want your Sunday collection money to go to the church rather than the monthly mission partner put it in one of the envelopes with red printing.  If you are a taxpayer then put your details on the front of the envelope to add the Gift Aid which we claim back.

Sunday collection given to mission partners.

Each month we give to a different mission partner and if you wish the money to go direct to them you need to use the envelopes with the BLACK writing on. Put your details on the front of the envelope to make it eligible for Gift Aid.  Details of which mission partner it is for the month appears on the back of the notice sheet.

Regular Giving via envelopes

If you prefer to give what you can regularly on a Sunday you can have some envelopes from the Deputy Treasurer, with your own giving number written on them, this unique number identifies you, and again tax can be claimed back if you complete a Gift Aid form.  All you do then is to place the envelope in the collection bag on a Sunday.  The Deputy Treasurer can give you your number (or you can select your own if it is not already taken).  The Office will supply envelopes.

TRINITY Church, South Malling:
A Historic Guide

The current church building was built in 1628, replacing an earlier medieval church.  We have memorial stones in the churchyard dating back to 1609.

If you would like to know more about the interesting history of our church, you can download a copy of a history of the church HERE which was written in 2002.  Printed copies are also available which include some photos and illustrations.

Church and Churchyard Memorials/Gravestones

CLICK HERE if you would like to download a transcript of the wording from each stone.

CLICK HERE to view the plan of the churchyard

Family History & Records

The registers containing historic details of baptisms, weddings and burials at the church are held by:

East Sussex Record Office
The Keep
Woollards Way
Telephone: 01273 482 349




A list of the records held there and other information can be found HERE.

TRINITY Church, St. John sub Castro:
A Historic Guide

You can find a huge amount of additional information about St John sub Castro HERE on the dedicated history website.

There is evidence to suggest that the site upon which the present church of St John sub Castro is built, together with its churchyard, served as a Roman camp. The site was probably chosen because of the steep natural banks to the West, North and East, and its ability to command a nearby crossing point on the River Ouse.

There is also evidence to suggest that a church may have existed on the site in the 8th or early 9th centuries – perhaps to establish a Christian presence amidst the pagan burial mounds which were both on the site and in close proximity to it. The dedication to St John supports this theory – the feast day of St John coincides with the pagan rituals associated with mid-summer.
There is strong evidence to support the existence the church by the 11th century.

In the early centuries following the Norman Conquest, evidence points to St John’s having acquired minster status.

In the 17th century, the St John’s rector is recorded as being the best endowed in the town, but notwithstanding this, the church had fallen into disrepair – probably due to a decrease in the local population.

In the early part of the 19th century however, residential development in the immediate area gave rise to the need for a much larger church. The mediaeval church was therefore demolished in 1839, and the present church built adjacent to it on the site of one of the remaining pagan burial mounds.

The new church comprised a large aisled nave, with a small Sanctuary at the liturgical East end, and an iconic castellated tower at the West end. There were galleries to the North, West and South sides. It was consecrated on 3rd June 1840.

The chancel slab of the original church can still be seen in the churchyard, and other features of it are built into the external fabric of the present church – most notably a Triple Arch doorway (generally recognised as being of Anglo-Saxon origin); the inscription commemorating a Danish anchorite of royal descent whose cell was in the medieval church (c.1200); and the James Lambert memorial. All of these are believed to be in need of conservation.

Relics of the original church are also to be found inside the present church – for example the mediaeval font, the three bells (two of which are listed and dated 1724), and a number of memorials.

The church was altered in 1883 by the removal of the liturgical West gallery, and an extension at the East end to form a Chancel, Sanctuary, and vestries.

The Powell stained glass in the apse was designed by Henry Holiday, and there are Kempe and Savell windows in the North and South aisles.
The two-manual organ was built by Bishop in 1882, rebuilt by Morgan & Smith of Brighton in 1927, and restored in 2011.

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Our choir sings almost every Sunday

at our 10.45am Southover Service

We are a growing SATB choir and are open to all ages and abilities.

As well as regular services we also sing at special TRINITY events and at other churches.

Throughout the year we also put together an orchestra for special occasions.

If you play an orchestral instrument to a reasonably proficient standard (Grade 5-6 or above) please do contact us if you would like to be involved.

For more information about the choir or orchestra please contact Stella Hull

Our sung worship is supported by a fantastic team of sound and screen operators

As much part of the worship team as the musicians and singers, the Sound and AV operators

enable our worship each Sunday across all our congregations.

If you have some experience or skill in technical areas or are willing to learn we'd love to have you in the team.

Get in touch and we'll arrange to meet up and discuss the next steps.

Our worship team is made up of contemporary musicians who play guitars, keys, bass, drums, sing and melody instruments.

This group serves our 9:00am and 10.45am congregations  each week.

We love to encourage anyone who wants to develop their gifts in music; please to get in touch and let us know which instruments you play.

We will arrange to meet with you to discuss the next steps.

The contemporary musicians meet monthly for a team night, rehearse before each relevant service and serve on a rota basis.

Walking, Cycling & Sailing!

TFM holds walking weekends twice a year and organises an annual cycling trip to France each summer. We've also been known to form a crew and sail over the channel!

Each walk is carefully chosen to include beautiful scenery, an interesting route and plenty of good food. Recommended for anyone who needs a good dose of fresh air and light exercise.

Le Tour is standout fixture in the annual TFM calendar - with great company, some friendly competition and European cuisine, the men’s cycling weekend is always a winner.

TFM Socials occur throughout the year

A great chance to get to know other men in the Church or invite new friends, events are organised throughout the year. Sometimes around food, playing sport or watching national sporting events even organising BBQs for the whole church!

Men's Weekend Away
Bowles Development Centre

Every year we use a weekend away to encourage each other in life, faith and friendship. This year we're returning to Bowles Development Centre to engage our bodies as well as our minds!

Men's Breakfasts
Church End, TRINITY Southover

A Full English breakfast and food for thought: groups meet regularly for a hearty breakfast and either discussion on a chosen topic or an in-depth bible study.

1st Thursday each month, 2:30 - 4pm, Chapter House, TRINITY Southover

Links meets fortnightly for friendship and support, speakers and outings. Open to both Church and community members

Social Events for women

Throughout the year various events for women are organised. More details in the upcoming events calendar, in the Notice Sheet and on the TRINITY Facebook page.

3 residential opportunities each year

House Party - Our annual weekend away together, packed with activities, games, seminars, workshops and opportunities to explore what Jesus is all about - Normally in the 2nd half of the Autumn term. Open to anyone year 7 - year 13

May Camp - New for 2020 we'll be going to May Camp, a great long weekend camping together jammed with fun activities, outdoorsy madness and chances to worship together! Over the late May bank holiday weekend, this is open to anyone in year 7 - year 11

DTI  (summer festival) - The highlight of the year! We take a group away to a Christian summer festival which this year will be DTI (Dream the Impossible) in stafford. Rammed with cafe's, sports, activities, seminars, teaching, worship, games, madness and hot chocolate mountains this week is not to be missed! Open to anyone in year 9 - year 13.

Pathfinders is our group for school years 7-10 at our 10:30am service

Pathfinders is a fun and relaxed program for Junior youth (years 7-10). We explore the bible and its relevance to our lives in an interactive way.

Meet us at TRINITY St John sub Castro at 10:45am each Sunday (during term-time) where we are in the service for 10 minutes before heading off for activities.

For Young Adults Aged 18-25
Sunday nights, 8 - 9:45pm
TRINITY Southover

A community of young adults focused on supporting one another in our faith. We meet at 8pm on Sunday evenings in the Chapter House to have dinner together before the programme begins.

For Young people in year 9-13
Sunday nights, 6:45 - 9:00pm
The TRINITY Centre

Our brand new weekly youth gathering! We have dinner together cooked for you by your wonderful youth leaders, followed by time exploring what being a young Christian looks like in 2021 - with talks, video's and time in small groups to chew it all over! We ask for £2 per young person to cover food costs.

Sunday nights  //  6:30 service followed by "After Hours"

TRINITY Southover

Food, fun & faith for 14-18 yr olds. We normally join together for the 6:30pm service and then have desert together followed by a fun programme.

New this year is our Milkshake and Toasty bar every Sunday night!

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TRINITY Voices is our friendly "cafe choir" for retired people. Every Tuesday 10:45am -12:15pm at TRINITY St John sub Castro

If you are retired, love music, singing and like the idea of meeting new people whilst having fun, come and join us! No singing experience necessary.


Refreshments from 10:45am. Singing from 11:15am - 12:15pm


£3 per session including refreshments


Contact Emilie Watson on 01273 470144 for more information.

Monday Club is a group for over 70s.
Every Monday from 10am to 2pm.

Monday Club is primarily for those who live on their own, who value the chance to meet up with others and share community together.


We have a regular programme of fun activities, and guests speakers, and a quality home-cooked lunch is served every week.  Our friendly team ensure a welcoming and safe environment for everyone.


Throughout the year we also put on regular trips to places of interest.


If you or a relative is interested in joining us at Monday Club, contact Janette Watkins.

We have a range of Sunday services with special care available for Seniors.

People of all ages are welcome at all our services. For those seeking to be Grandparents of the church we have our 9:00am South Malling, 10:45am Southover and 10:45 St John sub Castro services with members ranging from infant through to 80+.

If a quieter, more traditional style is preferred our 4:30pm St John sub Castro service or 9:00am Wednesday Communion at Southover may be more suited.

Click here for details of all our Sunday services.

CAMEO - "Come And Meet Each Other"
Thursdays, 1:45 - 4pm
Church End, TRINITY Southover

Cameo is a relaxed afternoon drop-in group for parents and young children.

Come for friendship, relaxation and termly bring and share lunches which begin a bit earlier at 12:30pm.

Contact Neil for more details

TRINITY Home Groups

Home Groups form a central part of our church life. They provide a basis for Bible study and discussion, and enable us to care for one another within a group of friends.

Home groups take place fortnightly, and most are on Wednesday evenings. If you would like to become more involved in the life of TRINITY Church, joining a home group is a good place to start. For more information contact Anita Colpus.

Prayer & Praise

At Prayer and Praise meetings we come together to praise and worship, to seek God and to pray for the ministry of the church and beyond.


Southover Hall

St. James Street, BN7 1HR

Our Church Hall is located on St James Street, off Southover Highstreet and is used by TRINITY Church ministries, Southover Nursery, community groups and private hirers.

Many of our Youth and Children's groups and events are run here as well as other special TRINITY events throughout the year.

Church End, TRINITY Southover

Cockshut Road, BN7 1JH

Church End is used on Sundays alongside our services as a base for some of our youth and children's programmes, during the week for meetings, Monday Club, Alpha and other groups.


It is also home to Southover Counselling and the registered offices of Southover Community Care.


Church End is accessed via Cockshut Road and has Disabled parking available for those attending events.

TRINITY St John sub Castro

Abinger Place, BN7 2QA

A historic building, churchyard and highly visible landmark located in the town centre on the corner of Abinger Place.

Also known at The TRINITY Centre, this location is home to our 10.45am & 4.30pm congregations and a community Cafe. It also hosts a number of other midweek events such as Lewes Sings Gospel, Lighthouse, Boogie Bunch, Games Cafe and is used by a variety of community groups.

Information on the history of all our buildings can be found on our Historic Guides page.

TRINITY Southover

Southover High Street, BN7 1JH

A historic building and churchyard with links to the nearby Priory located on Southover Highstreet

This location is home to our Sunday 10.45am congregation, Wednesday 9.00am BCP service and also hosts a number of other events throughout the year

Information on the history of all our buildings can be found on our Historic Guides page.

The parochial church council (PCC) is the executive committee of TRINITY Parish and consists of clergy and churchwardens of the parish, together with representatives of the laity. Legally the council is responsible for the financial affairs of the church parish and the maintenance of its assets, such as churches and church halls, and for promoting the mission of the church.


Revd Anita Colpus, Revd Jeremy Bamber


Trevor Meadows, Andrew White, John Jardine


Ian Graham

Elected Members

Sandra Denton, Rob Hoy, Ian Hempshall, Jacalyn Boyes, Letchimi Wall, Joy Shave, Tim Telford, Ros Toomey,

Deanery Synod Representatives

Biddie Mutter, Anne Almond, Sharon Philips, Ian Taplin, Milly Murphy


Ruth Jayawant (Treasurer)

Licensed Lay Worker

Janette Watkins


Dave Sinclair

TRINITY South Malling

Church Lane, BN7 2JA

A beautiful building and churchyard tucked away at the end of Church Lane!

This location is home to our 9:00am congregation and also hosts a number of other events throughout the year such as Children & Family Craft mornings & community BBQs.

Information on the history of all our buildings can be found on our Historic Guides page.

The Alpha Course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, non-threatening manner over ten thought-provoking evenings and an away day.

All evening sessions take place at Church End, Southover, starting with supper at 7:30pm followed by a short talk, coffee, and a chance to ask questions and discuss.

Week 1: Who is Jesus?
Week 2: Why did Jesus die?
Week 3: How can I be sure of my faith?
Week 4: Why & how should I read the Bible?
Week 5: Why & how should I pray?
Week 6: How does God guide us?
Week 7: How can I resist evil?
Week 8: Why & how should I tell others?
Week 9: Does God heal today?
Week 10: What about the Church?
Away Day: Who is the Holy Spirit & what does He do?

We run two Alpha courses each year usually starting February & September.

To find out when the next Alpha course starts and to book yourself a place please get in touch with the office.

TRINITY’s Five Building Blocks

There are five purposes of our Church’s mission, based on the dynamic life of the early church in Acts Chapter 2. These purposes are:

1. Preaching & Teaching

We want to be hungry to know God deeply and personally through the Bible, and for our lives to be shaped and directed by His word.

2. Fellowship & Pastoral Care

We want to be an all-embracing and outward-looking community, in which we support, care for and love each other as God loves us.

3. Worship & Prayer

We want to glorify God and experience His love in our worship, be refreshed and sustained by a real encounter with Him and see Him move in response to our prayers.

4. Service & Social Action

We want to be so motivated by Jesus’ sacrificial love that we will serve others to make a radical difference to our Church, Lewes and beyond.

5. Mission & Evangelism

We want to share the joy of God’s good news in a natural and relevant way, so that many come to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

Our mission is to build wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, ”Love the Lord our God with all your heart , and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength; … and love your neighbour as yourself”. Mark 12v30

As a church family we are from many different backgrounds: from lighthouse keeper to architect; we’re single, married, widowed and divorced; young, old and somewhere in between. We long to grow in every aspect of our being (e.g. deeper in our understanding of God, more caring in our relationships, largely through helping people find God). This desire to move on and to grow in our love of God and for each other is at the heart of who we are. For TRINITY, maintaining the “status quo” is not an option, we hunger to respond to God’s love, to be transformed, to grow.

TRINITY Church exists to build wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ. This is our mission and it shapes who we are and everything we do.

"to see lives transformed by the love of Christ."

Jesus said: ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.’ John 10:10


Jesus Christ came to teach, to serve and to heal. Most importantly, he came to die for us, so that we might be offered a life lived in relationship with God. Jesus invites us to find in him the security, joy, friendship and adventure which we have all been made to enjoy. We believe in the power of this Good News to change lives and communities, and Jesus sends us to be agents of that change across our town and beyond.


This vision is the heartbeat of TRINITY.

6:30 Service - TRINITY Southover

The 6.30 service is our most lively service, with music led by our worship band. The congregation is made up of youth, young adults, and older folk, usually totalling around 90-100 people.


The service format is simple: after a short introduction, we sing worship songs for around 15-20 minutes with space for open prayer, after which there is a reading and sermon.


After the sermon we respond with some more sung worship, during which there is prayer ministry available. We take Communion together on the first Sunday of every month.

4:30 Service - TRINITY St John sub Castro

The 4:30 service meets fortnightly on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday each month and has a more traditional style with music led from the organ or piano.

11:15 Service – TRINITY St John sub Castro

The 11:15 service meets every Sunday morning at St John sub Castro. Families with young children make up much of this congregation, usually of around 50 adults . After some tea and pastries, we start at 11:30 with worship altogether with the children.


After the children go to their groups, we sing for around 15-20 minutes, led by a contemporary band. There is a 20 minute sermon, followed by closing songs during which prayer ministry is available.


On the first Sunday of the month, we have an all-age service which is more informal in feel with shorter talks and livelier music and normally lasts 45-50 minutes.

10am Service – TRINITY Southover

The 10am service is a very busy service, attended by about 160-180 adults, sometimes more. Do arrive 15-20 minutes early for the best choice of seating! There is always a lively buzz at this service, with plenty of families also attending. After an opening all-age song followed by a hymn on the organ the children leave for their groups, and the service continues with a mix of readings, hymns, songs, prayer time and a sermon.


The 10am service mixes both traditional and contemporary styles of music evenly, led by an organ or a music group, plus our choir of 10-15 people. The service includes a 20-25 minutes sermon and normally lasts between 65-75 minutes. On the second Sunday we celebrate Communion.


After the service there are refreshments served, during which lots of people hang around to meet one another and chat! On the first Sunday of the month, we have an all-age service which is more informal in feel with shorter talks and livelier music and normally lasts 45-50 minutes.

9:30 Service – TRINITY South Malling

The 9:30am congregation meets every Sunday. Throughout the month you could expect all age services, more structured liturgical worship with music led from the organ, Communion services and band led “Morning Praise” services.


The services include activities for children and there are refreshments afterwards.

8am Communion – TRINITY Southover

The 8am service is a quiet and reflective service, hosting a handful of people (between 10-15) each week. There is no music, but the service follows the traditional ‘Book of Common Prayer’ service. You will be given a prayer book and a notice sheet as you come in, and invited to sit wherever you please.


The service includes a 20-minute sermon, after which communion will follow: anyone who considers themselves a Christian is welcome to take communion. The whole service usually lasts about 45-50 minutes, after which tea and coffee is served.

Lunch Bunch is not currently running.

Any details about it's return will be posted here and on social media. Please take a look at our other groups for pre-schoolers, Lighthouse and Boogie Bunch

For Parents, babies and toddlers
Every Thursday in term time
10:00 - 10:45am
TRINITY St John sub Castro

Our weekly singing group for parents and preschool children
Places need to be booked on the Children & Families Page of the Website

Sunday Groups

Children aged 4-11

9:00am  TRINITY South Malling

10.45am  TRINITY St. John sub Castro

 Sunday morning children's groups happen at TRINITY St John sub Castro and Trinity South Malling.

We hope to restart Children's groups at Southover later in 2022

After singing one or two songs together with the adults, children continue to learn about and worship God in their groups with their leaders.

Our sessions aim to help children build a relationship with the living and true God, through fun and interactive teaching, including games, bible stories, craft and more.

School Years 4-6
Friday 5:15 to 6:45pm
Church Hall, TRINITY Southover

Generally each week we will start off playing games and buying tuck (bring some pennies), followed by finding out something amazing about God. Then it’s time for our activity that week! We wind down by finding out who our blobs are that week (blobs are a bit like stars of the week)!

Cost is £1 entry and there is a tuck shop, so bring some extra pennies!