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One Church Brighton is a new church that has been around for years. I know, that doesn't make sense, but it really is true! In 1895 Florence Road Baptist Church was opened in the Fiveways area of Brighton and Gloucester Place Baptist Church followed a few years later in 1904, located in central Brighton, right on the Steine and just a stones throw from the Royal Pavillion. Both churches have been active and thriving over the years and thousands of people have been through the doors, with hundreds of children and young people attending different events and weekly activities. Gloucester Place was notably hit by a stray bomb in World War II but the congregation rebuilt the damaged walls and carried on as before. In early 2010, through the encouragement of the minister of Gloucester Place, both churches came together to consider the possibility of joining together to become one, united church. This was not a new idea, in fact it was proposed in 1962 and then again in 1990, but it was felt that the time wasn't right. However, on the 18th July 2010, the members of both churches voted overwhelmingly to become one, new, baptist church.
Our name isn't a stupid as it might first sound, after all we are two churches that have become 'one church'! And to be honest that's why the name was first suggested but since then we've realised that it also reflects some things that we passionately believe, so we decided to stick with it. Firstly we believe in one God, mysteriously expressed in three parts but essentially the one, true God, Father, Son and Spirit. Secondly, we are not called 'The One Church', we don't think we're unique or better than other churches but quite the opposite, we believe that there is only one church, one global, diverse but united community of God's people and we are just one local part of that world-wide church.