All posts by Pete Dibdin

An amazing day out at the Funday Sunday

Despite a few heavy rain showers, we had an amazing day at the Funday Sunday in Horsham Park, organised by the Horsham Rotary Club. At the Horsham Churches Together stall, we offered free children’s crafts, gave away Bible story booklets and talked with people in our community. We also had a prayer tree where people were invited to write a name on a ribbon before tying it to the tree.

A big thank you to the volunteers Life Community Baptist, Holy Trinity Horsham and St Mary’s who helped run the stall, along with Jon White (Trafalgar Road Baptist), Michael Hogg (Brighton Road Baptist) and Rachel Abbot (Salvation Army).

Funday Sunday 2024

Horsham Churches Together are hosting a stall in Horsham Park at the Rotary Club’s Funday Sunday on 7th July 2024, 12 noon til 5pm. There will be free craft activities for children, information about HCT, and a prayer tree.

St John’s Broadbridge Heath, Horsham Matters and Turning Tides also have stands at the Funday.

Hustings 2024

250 people attended the general election hustings organised by Horsham Churches Together, listening to six parliamentary candidates answering questions from the public, and sharing their policies and vision for the future of Horsham and the UK.

The hustings event was chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Chris Aldridge, who posted on social media afterwards, saying “Thank you to all the candidates who joined us and faced a lively audience! Local democracy at its best!”

Questions put forward to the candidates included addressing the root causes of the need for food banks; welcoming refugees and asylum seekers; the affordability of local housing; end-of-life care & assisted suicide; the expansion of Gatwick airport and support for countries impacted by climate change. The candidates were also asked to talk about their policies that would directly benefit young people. In a closing question from the chair, each candidate was asked how they would spend their first one hundred days in office if elected on 4th July.

Thank you to everyone who came to the event, all the candidates for taking part, Chris Aldridge for chairing the proceedings, the volunteer stewards and the team from Kingdom Faith Church.

Worship & Prayer Events

Join us as we gather for a time of worship to Jesus and prayer for the people of Horsham town and surrounding villages.

  • Sunday 21st July, 6pm at Kingdom Faith Church, Foundry Lane, Horsham, RH13 5PX
  • Sunday 8th September, 5pm at Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park. Arrive from 4pm to enjoy your picnic on the grass.

Watoto Children’s Choir

The Watoto Children’s Choir are performing at St John’s Broadbridge Heath on the 17th & 18th of May, as part of their three-month tour. Performing act from their latest album, “Better Days – There Is Hope”, the choir presents the story of orphaned and abandoned African children who’ve received the love and care needed to help them rise above their circumstances, ready to make a difference in the world as they become Africa’s future leaders.

Like Africa, the production is vibrant and colourful, taking you on an emotional journey as the children sing, dance, and share their personal stories of restoration and hope. As people see their smiles and are embraced by their hugs, the children have the privilege of telling people, “No matter what you’re going through, Jesus is our hope and there are better days ahead. Look at what He has done in my life.”

Watoto is a family made up of people from all over the world who are working together to ensure the forgotten have a place to belong. In 1984, in a time of civil war, Watoto planted a local church in Kampala, Uganda to speak hope and life to the nation. Since then, Watoto has rescued thousands of orphaned and abandoned babies and children, placing
them in loving families. They’ve equipped and empowered vulnerable women in their neighbourhoods. And sent over 100 children’s choirs across six continents.

There are no tickets left for the Broadbridge Heath performances, but they will be performing at the Big Church Festival on 25th & 26th May.

Discover more at www.watoto.com

Good Friday 2024

On Good Friday, over 300 people gathered in Carfax to worship, pray and declare Jesus is Lord. Kath Jones from Connect Southwater Community Church spoke the gospel message, and the musicians from Trafalgar Road Baptist Church lead the sung worship.

Good Friday Service in the Carfax 2024

Join us for this year’s Horsham Churches Together Good Friday Service in the Carfax on 29th March 2024 from 11:15 ‘til 12 noon. Kath Jones from Connect Southwater Community Church will be speaking, and the musicians from Trafalgar Road Baptist Church will be leading the sung worship.

To help spread the word, share this post on our Facebook page, display the poster in your window, download the flyer to print at home or send this social media graphic.

Watoto Choir coming to Horsham

This is an HCT Event, hosted by St John’s Church, Broadbridge Heath on 17th & 18th May 2024.

Thank you to all who have managed to reserve tickets for the Friday 17th May at 7pm concert, tickets have now sold out for that date. Due to demand, a further date has been added for Saturday 18th May at 7pm. Download an event Poster, relating to this new date Here .   Enjoy this free concert featuring music from the new album “Better Days – There is Hope”.  Please register and book your tickets Here  (link to the EventBrite  website) or the QR code included in the Poster.  Watch a promo video Here, or download it along with any further promo material you would like, directly from their website at: www.watotoexperience.co.uk   N.B.  At the moment, tickets are going fast!

Charity Concert for Turning Tides

Brighton Road Baptist Church are hosting an Easter Orchestral Concert by the Dove English Orchestra, conductor Grenville Harding; in aid of Turning Tides (Ending Local Homelessness). It is also an exciting opportunity to hear the Auschwitz Violin played! Click Here for a YouTube clip about the Auschwitz Violin. Do come, it is going to be a great evening! The concert will be at 7:30pm, 30th March 2024. Tickets are £14 (on door) and £12 (when booked in advance via the booking page; booking fee applies). You can also download the flyer.

Announcement of Appointment of New HCT Development Co-Ordinator

Horsham Churches Together is pleased to announce that Rev Pete Dibdin has been appointed as the new HCT Development Co-Ordinator. The Development Co-Ordinator’s role involves working with HCT churches and partner organisations, helping us to collectively share the Good News about Jesus through joint events, shared projects, and strategic conversations.

As a local minister, Pete has taken part in many HCT events over the past five years, including the services on the Carfax Bandstand and the United Service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. From 13th February, Pete will be working 15 hours a week for HCT and serving 3 days a week at LIFE Community Baptist Church.

Pete says: “My heart is to see followers of Jesus uniting in prayer, working together in mission, and making a difference in our local communities. I look forward to working with the churches, charities and organisations that partner together through Horsham Churches Together.”

Pete continues: “When I first saw the job advertised, I was captivated by the possibility of taking on this role within HCT. But before I could apply, fear gripped hold, and I said no. But God had other ideas. Two weeks later, as I was praying, the presence of God’s Spirit moved me to tears, and I clearly heard God say, ‘Look again at the HCT Development Co-Ordinator’s role, and see what’s possible.’ In the conversations that followed, God opened the doors and led to the beginning of a new chapter for me in Horsham.”

Pete will be distributing his work hours throughout the week and will be available Tuesday to Friday. If you would like to contact Pete, please send him a message through our website contact form.