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Our Story

 

Who We Are

We are a group of imperfect people trying our best to follow and serve Jesus Christ in our everyday lives. Our faith is expressed through our community and the practical hands-on work we do with others across the city of Brighton and around the world. We are blessed with two buildings enabling us to offer a variety of activities and services in the City Centre and Fiveways areas.

Gloucester place is a hub of activity most days of the week, hosting many activities and groups such as a night shelter through the winter, barista training for unemployed people, and lunches for children during school holidays.

We meet at our Florence Road building every Sunday at 10:30am, and also run Florence Road Market on Saturdays from the courtyard. It’s becoming a hub for the local community hosting toddler groups and community meetings with great potential for growth.

It’s not just about the buildings and their activities. We also meet regularly with each other in parks, homes and cafes around Brighton and generally try to make the most of living on the coast in beautiful East Sussex.

 

THE HISTORY

One Church Brighton was once two. 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 hit by a stray bomb in World War II but the congregation rebuilt the damaged walls and carried on as before.

In 2010 both churches came 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 decades later the members of both churches voted overwhelmingly to become one new baptist church.

 

THE NAME

We called ourselves one church when two churches became one but our name also reflects what we passionately believe – we believe in one God, mysteriously expressed in three parts but essentially the one, true God, Father, Son and Spirit. 

We are not called 'The One Church'. We don't think we're unique or better than other churches; 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.