The choir sings God’s praises from Hastings Castle with the new Hastings Pier in the distance
Handel’s Messiah 2016 at Hastings Castle, 13 August
Over 175 singers and musicians came together to worship and sing Handel’s Messiah on a sunny afternoon in Hastings
This extraordinary community effort to perform one of the world’s greatest oratorios depicting the life of Jesus, included organist Nigel Howard conducting world class trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and a choir comprising singers from churches, choirs and other organisations from across East Sussex, including the Darvell Community, part of the Bruderhof, based at Robertsbridge.
ANOTHER HASTINGS CHURCH NOW OFFERS HOT SOUP AND SPIRITUAL RESPITE TO SATURDAY NIGHT REVELLERS WHO MAY BE FEELING A BIT TIRED AND EMOTIONAL. Keith Leech reports on his church’s new venture in Hastings. Night Church opened on 15 March and is held monthly on the third Saturday.
FOUR HUNDRED church-goers from many Hastings and St Leonards churches gathered for their annual unity service on 26 January at Kings Church to be addressed on the theme “The Call of the Kingdom” by Rev Richard Jackson, who has since been appointed Bishop of Lewes.
HASTINGS Street Pastors have something extra to celebrate as they mark their fourth birthday. For they’ve been asked by Sussex Police to patrol their town for an additional night.
The call came from Chief Inspector Paul Phelps. Street Pastors Co-ordinator Martin West said the high-ranking officer had requested they go out on Thursdays “to help support young revellers in the town centre for what is now being dubbed ‘Student Night’ in the town”.
Last issue we reported on the miraculous purchase of a new building for a Hastings church. Now Wallace Boulton gives an update on its vision – and the simple lifestyle of its minister
HASTINGS pastor Chris Sears may have been awarded the MBE for his work with street people – but this modest man gives the credit to God.
Keith Hayden invites Christians to get involved in restoring the pier to spiritual as well as visual glory
IN OCTOBER 2012 Hastings pier suffered a devastating fire that left it totally wrecked.
Happily the metal infrastructure was later found to be sufficiently in order for it to remain, so following local authority investigations a plan was unveiled earlier this year to fully restore the pier.
Street Pastors ‘rescue’ drunken teenagers
FOR MANY TEENAGERS, NEW YEAR’S EVE is a chance to get drunk – but few know when to stop.
That’s when Street Pastors step in and this New Year’s Eve in Hastings saw them rescuing many youngsters from danger as they tottered around the town centre.
Martin West, the team’s leader, reports: “We’re always there to help but this year we were all really touched to receive an email from a grateful mum next day.” The lady wrote: