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.
Thank you to all those who participated in hosting and attending gatherings for prayer across the churches in Horsham district, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2024. It was such a blessing to be able to meet, pray, fellowship, walk and worship together.
At the various gatherings it is understood that at each of the times of prayer between 3 to 8 different churches were represented with gatherings of between 12 and 30, with a larger number for the United Service on Sunday evening hosted by St. Mary’s and led by Cornerstone Methodist.
Please continue to pray for unity and look out for further opportunities as Horsham Churches Together to gather, pray, worship, fellowship, learn, serve and witness together in mission and ministry.
Revd. Michael Hogg – HCT
For a couple of resources from the week check out our Blog Post on our website Here
The ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ takes place each year from the 18th to 25th January. It is an opportunity for Christians from local churches to come together in prayer.
Horsham Churches Together will be celebrating the week with a series of events Join us if you are able.
– Thursday 18th: Brighton Road Baptist Church (7.30pm)
– Friday 19th: Prayer Walk – Horsham Town Centre (meet at 12 noon, Carfax Bandstand) As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, there will be the opportunity to take part in self-guided prayer walks around the Horsham town centre. Rev Pete Dibdin, Life Community Baptist Church, will be at the steps of the Carfax bandstand between 12:00pm and 12:20pm with printed prayer walk guides, you can get more information and download a print and mobile versions of the Guide. HERE
Each year ecumenical partners in a different region are asked to prepare the materials. In 2024, the churches of Burkina Faso are inviting us to join with them in a process of self-reflection as they consider what it means to love our neighbour in the midst of a security crisis. Using the parable of the Good Samaritan the reflections explore how we find our common identity in the experience of God’s love. As well as the need to place love at the centre of the quest for peace and reconciliation.
This Friday (5th January 2024) I will be setting aside my responsibilities as the Development Coordinator for Horsham Churches Together. As I reflect on more than 2 years of service with HCT, I feel immensely privileged to have had the opportunity to serve alongside the Churches and Church leaders the town and villages of Horsham. I accepted this role with a strong sense of Christ’s leading, and I leave it in the same way, with confidence that there is a new season ahead for HCT. The Holy Spirit is on the move in Horsham, and I leave this role with a sense of excitement and anticipation for what God has in store for us as His people. For myself, my next step is to take a couple of months sabbatical during which I am confident that He will show me something of His plan for my own future.
My heart is always to encourage others in their faith and service, and so I am grateful to leaders, forum members, and so many others in Churches, charities and other organisations in Horsham and West Sussex who have been such an encouragement to me during my time in this role.
I am especially grateful for the friendship and support of Clive Urquhart and Michael Hogg, who provide vision and strategy to HCT. I am also hugely grateful to our administrator Anna Pisani, and to Karen Park who gives so much time and energy to leading Horsham Eco Churches.
So, thank you all for your support and your continuing friendship. My prayer is that God will continue to bless and inspire you in His service.
Be blessed and encouraged in Jesus.
You can keep in touch with Richard via Facebook or through the contact form on his website at www.crossblog.org.uk
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated between 18th and 25th January each year. In Horsham, we aim to hold a series of events during the week. This year, our programme of events will include our next joint HCT service will be hosted by St Mary’s Church, Horsham and led by Cornerstone Methodist Church at 6pm on Sunday 21st January.
It was wonderful to see so many people at the Christmas Carol Service in Horsham Market on Saturday morning (16th December). Wonderful music from the Slinfold Concert Band, and Rev Simon Shorey from St Mark’s sharing the Good News of Jesus. Thanks to the Horsham Market team and especially Sam Albrow who provided the PA system. Nine different Churches represented amongst the leading and stewarding team. Horsham Churches working together to share the message of Christmas!
The decision to hold COP 28 in the United Arab Emirates has attracted criticism from many groups who have an interest in addressing climate change. UAE, which is perceived to have a strong vested interest in continued use of fossil fuels, have also proposed that they host COP 29. Mariana Paoli, Head of Global Advocacy at Christian Aid, said:
“There’s already too many fossil fuel lobbyists interfering with the climate negotiations. Last year at COP27 there were 636 registered, more than any single national delegation apart from the UAE. We need to draw a line in the sand and see these interests removed from the talks, not allow one of the world’s biggest oil producers the job of hosting the meeting two years running. It is totally unacceptable.”
In the light of rapidly deteriorating climate stability and the growing emergency which is impacting every nation across the world, we are encouraging you to pray for good outcomes from this conference.
At 8am every morning during COP28, from 30 Nov to 12 Dec, Green Christian will be 10 minutes of prayer and reflection, focusing on the theme of the day. This will be on Zoom and led by our chaplain, Revd Andrew Norman. To register to join the prayer sessions, click here.
Horsham Churches Together is about ‘Walking Together, Working Together and Worshipping Together.’ Last night, hosted by Kingdom Faith Church, we worshipped together, praying over the towns and villages of Horsham.
A poem by Rabbi Irwin Winkler was read before a moment of silence in the Carfax marking 105 years since the signing of the Armistice. Hundreds of people in the middle of the market pausing to be part of the act of remembrance. Prayers for peace, thanks for those we remember, and for those who continue to serve led by Rev Canon Lisa Barnett.
Details of the events for Remembrance Sunday including the civic service are here