Below are a range of activities that the church community is involved with and others that we support in some way.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Sometimes we face particular crises in our lives and we may need help. Ashburnham Church seeks to provide such help and support to any who are sick in hospital or at home, recently bereaved, or isolated through a lack of mobility or old age. Please get in touch with any of the people below, who will be happy to have an initial discussion about how we can be of help.
We also welcome requests for prayer. We have two prayer points: one on the notice board at the foot of the steps into the churchyard, and one just inside the church door. All requests for prayer are held in strict confidence.
Vicar: The Revd Peter Walker,
Tel: 01424 892941
We firmly believe that prayer is effective, and we welcome requests for prayer. We have two prayer points – one outside under the main Welcome notice at the foot of the church pathway and the other inside the church entrance door. There are cards and pens available for use. You are also welcome to contact myself as vicar or a member of the pastoral team direct. Requests will be prayed for on a regular basis and held in strict confidence.
The following will be held at Ashburnham Place beginning promptly at 8.30am. To book your place please contact:
John French - 01424 892580 or email
Richard Hann - 01424 893130 or email
A donation on the day of £5 to cover the cost would be welcome
Nick Heasman - “A sojourn in Zim”
Those who came to Nick’s talk last year will understand will know that Nick is worth a listen to. This time he unpacks his family’s recent adventure in Zimbabwe.
Nick is Kitchen Garden Manager & Employability Co-ordinator – at Ashburnham Place.
Malcolm Richards - “Grace & Mercy”
Malcolm will unpack his faith journey that has threaded its way through a variety of settings.
Malcolm is a retired Police Inspector, former Emergency Planning Officer, Church Administrator and Manager of Hailsham Foodbank. Currently he is Debt Centre Manager at ChristChurch Hailsham. He is a fatherand grandfather and a keen cyclist who no longer looks good in Lycra, but doesn’t care!
Mike Cooper - 'Being Prepared’
Drawing together stories of his time in the RAF, Mike will reflect on his journey as a Christian.
After joining the Royal Air Force at 17, Mike served in Early Warning stations around the UK.Michael became a Christian as a chorister in Maidstone and he still supports Maidstone United FC, as well as loving Pink Floyd and real ale.Mike joined Christian Vision for Men in 2013 and is now Director for England and Scotland.
Rev Peter Walker - ‘Yes, we have no Mananas’
More reflections on the Spanish road of Peter’s Christian journey
Peter served for three and a half years as chaplain to ex-pats on the Western end of the Costa del Sol, Southern Spain.
Bishop Richard - “It’s the end of the World as we know it: Are Christians so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good?”
Richard didn’t get out of the way fast enough, and was made Bishop of Lewes in May 2014. He has responsibility for the Anglican Church in East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.
Help us to support the Bexhill Food Bank by donating tinned goods. You can bring items along when you come to church and place them in the basket in the porch. In order of urgency, the following items are needed: tinned meat (corned beef, ham, luncheon meat), tinned fish, tinned vegetables, tinned sponge puddings, tinned rice pudding, small jars of jam and marmalade, small jars of peanut butter, small tins fruit, tinned tomatoes, instant mashed potato, custard and cereals. Please check “use by” dates and ensure the items all have at least three months’ shelf life.
Kasama - creating safe spaces
Kasama is a physical and online community that aims to offer Safe Spaces, to explore the following:
* Love Without Prejudice
* The Spirituality of Jesus
* Forgiveness and the Possibility of Reconciliation
* Being Human
Read more at http://kasama.org.uk/
Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue is a local fundraising body supporting charities promoting mental well-being and awareness of suicide and depression. These include Winston's Wish and Dragonflies who both support bereaved children. It was established by the family of Will Beckett, a local man who took his own life at Beachy Head in January 2013, at the age of 42. Our contact person is Jay Ashworth.
Life And More Abundant Ministries
LAMA recently marked 25 years of nurturing children and strengthening families in the Philippine Islands. Lesley and Peter Gomez provide education and support services to teenage boys in a family setting, including runaway teens, at-risk children and youth, and developmentally, emotionally and behaviorally challenged children. LAMA House cannot replace a healthy family unit, but they seek to help the boys in their care enter into a personal relationship with God, who can break the patterns of abuse and dysfunction that cripple so many of them. Our contact people are Ian and Pat Tindall.
Hastings Street Pastors
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Christian response to urban problems, engaging with people
on the streets of our towns and cities to care, listen and dialogue. On Friday and Saturday nights, from 10pm to 3am, 48 Street Pastors drawn from 25 churches across East Sussex are on rota to patrol
Hastings Town Centre and Old Town hotspots. In teams of four to six people, they are always backed up by a Prayer Team at their resident base at the Prayer Centre in the basement of Wellington Square
Coordinator Martin West can be contacted on 07864 167870 for more information. Or speak to our Churchwarden, Catherine Duggleby, if you would like to join her – either as a Street Pastor, or as a Prayer Partner.
Penhurst Retreat Centre Bursary Fund for Mission Partners
Penhurst Retreat Centre runs regular retreats for small groups and individuals, and in particular offers a breathing space to those working full time for God as missionaries or Christian workers. The Bursary Fund enables those who would not otherwise be able to afford the fees to come and spend a restorative few days at the Centre. Richard and Storm Hann will be happy to answer any questions about the Fund, or about their programme of events.They can be contacted on 01424 892088, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashburnham Christian Trust Bursary Fund
The Ashburnham Christian Trust is dependent on young volunteers who come from countries all over the world to help with the work of the conference centre. Consistently for these young people their stay has life-changing and future-shaping consequences, and they return to their home countries with their faith deepened, their world view expanded, and with a determination to be salt and light to their home nation. Each volunteer is responsible for raising the money to pay for their return flights, and their visas for the UK. Some come from countries where poverty restricts their ability to buy their air tickets, and a bursary scheme has been set up to help these young people come to Ashburnham and have what is hoped will be a life-changing experience.
Our contributions will also support the Care and Recovery project at Ashburnham Place - caring for and helping people who are vulnerable or rebuilding after life crises to return to healthy, sustainable and inter-dependent living.
For more details, contact Paul Wenham at Ashburnham Place on email@example.com
The Filling Station at Ashburnham Place is an informal way of expressing the Christian Faith.
We meet on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7.15pm in the Great Hall, Ashburnham Place for fellowship, worship, teaching and prayer.
The Filling Station offers high quality speakers and teachers, contemporary sung worship and powerful, accessible prayer ministry. Many people meet God through these meetings and faith is built up.
For more details contact Catherine 0n 01580 881816 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Filling Station Speakers:
January No Meeting
February 11th Mark Hirst - ‘Sent’
Mark is a Baptist minister based in Battle with a passion for God and His mission. He leads the Turning in East Sussex, an evangelistic initiative that seeks to see believers equipped to share the gospel and disciple those who respond.
March 11th Kate Patterson - ‘Living in the Light of Eternal Love’
Kate is author of "The Promise of Blessing" described by Canon J.John as "not just a book on blessing but of blessing" and of The Gift of Blessing described by Mark Batterson as making "deep biblical truths accessible... a book to treasure and share!" Kate loves to help people encounter our wonderful Saviour who changes lives.
April 8th John Coles - ‘The God of the Impossible’
John and Anne have been in Church leadership all their married life of 41years. They watched God grow their North London church from a handful to hundreds, then led New Wine for 14 years, John remains as the chair of trustees. They are now co-leaders of a house church and mentor other church leaders. They have 4 adult married children and 5 small energetic grand children
May 13th Rachel Hickson - Theme TBC
At the age of 24 Rachel, with her husband Gordon, worked alongside Reinhard Bonnke and the Christ for All Nations team in Africa. In Zimbabwe she almost lost her life in a horrific car accident, but was miraculously healed by God. After returning from Africa in 1990, Rachel and her husband, Gordon, pastored a group of four churches in Hertfordshire and it was during this time that that they established HeartCry Ministries with the call to train and equip people to be released into effective prayer and missions for their communities, cities and nations. Rachel travels internationally, visiting Europe, North America, Africa and India. Rachel and Gordon have a passion to see cities transformed through the power of prayer and evangelism. Rachel is the author of 7 books: Supernatural Communication - The Privilege of Prayer, Supernatural Breakthrough - The Heartcry for Change, published by New Wine Ministries. Stepping Stones to Freedom, Pathway of Peace, Run Your Race and Eat the Word, Speak the Word all published by Lion Hudson with study guides to accompany the teaching books too. Her most recent book is Release My Frozen Assets published by HeartCry for Change.
June 10th Andy Glover - Theme TBC
Andy and Gunilla are the international Directors of Revival to the Nations. They currently reside in Sweden and minister extensively throughout Europe, North America and Africa. Andy and Gunilla spent the early part of their ministry in Youth with a Mission (YWAM) before they pioneered Revival to the Nations 10 years ago. They have three children: David, Josef and Hanna. All of their children were born in Scotland.
Andy is originally from Eastbourne in the south of England, and Gunilla is from Malmo in Sweden. They went into full-time Ministry in 1985 and since then, they have ministered in over 40 different nations, pioneered churches, led bible schools, ministered at conferences, and have been involved in multi-media Andy and Gunilla are the international Directors of Revival to the Nations. They currently reside in Sweden and minister extensively throughout Europe, North America and Africa. Andy and Gunilla spent the early part of their ministry in Youth with a Mission (YWAM) before they pioneered Revival to the Nations 10 years ago. They have three children: David, Josef and Hanna. All of their children were
born in Scotland. Andy is originally from Eastbourne in the south of
England, and Gunilla is from Malmo in Sweden. They went into full-time Ministry in 1985 and since then, they have ministered in over 40 different nations, pioneered churches, led bible schools, ministered at conferences, and have been involved in multi-media
July 15th (3rd Monday) James Nickols -Theme TBC
James is the South East Coordinator for the National Filling Station
August No meeting
September 9th Paul Wenham - Theme TBC
Paul lived in Manchester for almost 20 years, where he was involved in several charities and social enterprises including running the Mustard Tree that works with people struggling with issues such as homelessness, addiction and offending. In order to develop his understanding and usefulness Paul studied an MSc in Management, focussing on the impact of cross-sector collaboration on charities. Paul is convinced that the coming of the Kingdom of God is always good news for the poor and weak. He is married to Penny and has three daughters who keep them busy and happy. Alongside the usual day-to-day shenanigans he ‘enjoys’ training for and running/stumbling in ultra marathons
October 14th Simon Guillabaud – Theme TBC
Author, speaker, social entrepreneur, family man, cyclist and charity founder, Simon Guillebaud had a very clear call to Burundi in 1999, when it was regarded as the most dangerous country on earth. Having unexpectedly survived 7 years of genocide and civil war, he set up GLO with the vision to transform Burundi and beyond through holistic mission, working with gifted local leaders of integrity. Now married with three young children, he still lives in Burundi, which is one of the hungriest and unhappiest countries in the world. He and his wife Lizzie have both been awarded an MBE for their services to Burundi.
Simon is author of the bestselling Choose Life – 365 readings for radical disciples, voted 'Devotional of the Year 2015'. He is also author of 'More than Conquerors', 'Sacrifice' and 'Dangerously Alive' and has over 25,000 social media followers who read his challenging, frequently shocking, sometimes amusing and always authentic tweets and blog posts.
November 11th Perry Britton - Theme TBC
Perry is a mum who married late to a good man who finally turned up after years of prayer! I am originally from Zimbabwe and after coming over to the UK to do some travelling in my early 20s I find myself still here 28 years later! I have spent most of my adult life working for churches and small charities. Before getting married I was the Community Pastor at St Paul’s Church Hammersmith but haven’t worked full time for the last 6 years (I am not ordained but have an MA in Pastoral Theology). We live a very simple life in a little cottage in the middle of a field and I do spend a large chunk of my life perfecting my limited football skills and building lego space ships (with boosters) with our energetic 6 year old boy.
I am passionate about seeing people flourish and believe I have the gift of ‘giving faith’, encouraging people to step into what they have been called into. I am very passionate about teaching about the power of thankfulness to bring breakthrough and about God’s miraculous provision. Our church (Ashington Parish Church, in West Sussex) is currently very much pressing into encountering with the Lord and so I am particularly excited about that too.
December 9th TBC