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 email@example.com. 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.
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!
We are so pleased to have made it through the lockdown season of covid19 and out the other side.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.’
OUR FOOD MENU IS CHANGING! DROP INTO THE CAFE TO SEE THE NEW MENU OR WATCH THIS SPACE FOR CHANGES!
Our cakes are all homemade and baked with love – as priced
Daily free from gluten and dairy cake choice
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
Cheese, ham or hummus 4.90
With local bread, homemade chutney & coleslaw
(gf bread & df spread available)
Tomato and mozzarella 3.00
Caramelised red onion & goats cheese 4.00
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|
|Cappuccino / Latte||£2.10||£2.40|
|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|
|Extra shot of coffee||30p|
|Dairy alternatives (Soya/Oat)||25p|
|Shake of the day||£2.50|
|Glass of milk||60p|
|Fruit Juice Carton||80p|
|Sussex Orchard Apple||£1.90|
|Jug of squash||£1.50|
The TRINITY Centre
Manager // Joy Shave
10am - 4pm
Tuesday // Wednesday // Thursday // Friday
Food served all day
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
1 Cockshut Road,
Lewes. BN7 1JH
Or email Southover Counselling
We do not currently have a date for the next course but this will be confirmed later in the year.
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 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.
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'.
For more information about how we handle sensitive data and comply with GDPR please CLICK HERE
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.
All our carers are fully DBS checked, and monitored to ensure they give the care you expect and deserve.
Help with getting up or going to bed
Washing & ironing
Cleaning your home
Taking you out for leisure activities
Help for the blind e.g. with correspondence
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 Team are all Christians with a personal faith and a passion for sharing Jesus with people who are often over-looked in society.
Praying & learning about God
Making friends & chat
Music & singing
Drama & dance
Games & quizzes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Finally, you can leave a legacy to the church in your Will which will help the ongoing mission of the church.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The registers containing historic details of baptisms, weddings and burials at the church are held by:
East Sussex Record Office
Telephone: 01273 482 349
A list of the records held there and other information can be found HERE.
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!