Our Development Plans

When Cross Way Church came into being in 2005 the Methodist Church on Steyne Road was used as the Worship Centre with the United Reformed Church Building - located in the centre of the town - being used as a centre for outreach. In 2015 the congregation took the decision to focus both worship and outreach in one building and the decision was made to sell the Methodist Church building and focus all activities in the United Reformed Church building in Clinton Place. The Methodist Church building was sold to Kings Church and so remains in use as a place of worship. The move took place in January 2019. 

 

When our building in Clinton place was repurposed for outreach in 2012 we upgraded the kitchen, toilets, flooring, ceilings and built a meeting room and office. We now aim to carry out further refurbishment and development to the building with the addition of a bright and airy modern vestibule, refurbishment of the main hall/sanctuary, and improvements, including the addition of storage facilities, to our other hall. The project underpins Cross Way Church’s wider objectives, especially those relating to engaging with families. We are already committed to appointing a Children and Families Worker and the appointee will be required to play a key part in making the modernised Cross Way Church site an attractive venue and the home of innovative activities.

 

When completed we will extend even further our outreach from a building that is not only well known in the town centre but that will be fit for purpose for the 21st century.  This work will be carried out by the congregation through various groups of church members to enable us to reach more of the community.  The building is already dual purpose with both Church and Church activities taking place together with community clubs, groups and charities using its facilities.  We hope the refurbished premises will attract more community groups, music recitals and other community presentations. 

Our development project will really enable us to boost our work in the community. We already have local partners such as Seahaven Storehouse (food bank), St Wilfrid’s Hospice Eastbourne, Action for Children, Christian Aid and WAVES Seaford (supporting those facing challenges in relationships, families or rebuilding their lives). Our aim is to make Clinton Place an attractive venue for a diverse range of ages and interests, which in turn will enable us to reach out even more effectively to needy and underprivileged groups in our district.

Our project is supported by Central Sussex United Area (Methodist/URC), South East District  of The Methodist Church and Southern Synod of the United Reformed Church. Rev Dr David Chapman, then Methodist Joint Leader of CSUA said at the time the plans were first put forward:  "The Central Sussex United Area is committed as its highest priority to supporting its local churches to develop strategic plans that will secure their continuing life and witness in locations and buildings suitable for the 21st century. The consolidation of Cross Way Church onto one site is consistent with the CSUA policy and has the full support of the leadership team.”

We hope that our Development Project will be the foundation for the following outcomes:

 

  • Achieve a larger, more inclusive and diverse congregation/church membership.

  • Broaden and increase outreach activity.

  • Increase income generation.

  • Increase partnership activity with other churches, charities and civil society organisations.

  • Enhance our public profile in Seaford and the surrounding community.

 

 

We are grateful for the financial support we have received for this project from:

  • Cross Way Church

  • South East District, The Methodist Church

  • Southern Synod, The United Reformed Church

  • Congregational and General Charitable Trust

  • Allchurches Trust

  • Garfield Weston Foundation

 

Work will soon be commencing on the refurbishment so watch this space for more details…….

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