Welcome to St Michael and All Angels, Eastbourne
St Michael's is a vibrant and lively Anglican Church about 1 mile
north of Eastbourne town centre. Our Mission Statement is: Sharing
Jesus' love with everyone.
We are a renewed, enthusiastic church family within the Catholic tradition with the Eucharist at the heart of our worship.
We aim to promote and develop prayer as the priority and key to renewal
and spiritual growth. We are committed to building a mission community
shaped by Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit, equipped to bear witness
to Christ in a broken world.
For all the upcoming events at St Michael's see the calendar
Our vision is for the family of St Michael’s………
- To grow in numbers and spiritually
- To continue living by faith and be a faithful church
- To see further development of the building that meets the needs of the parish for both devotional and social needs
- To continue to expand our outreach in the local community, especially to the schools
- To see a greater development in the youth ministry of the parish
- To continue to support our overseas mission links
St Michael’s undertakes no fund raising activities, having adopted a
policy of living by faith, trusting wholly and humbly in the providence
of a faithful God and the sacrificial giving of His people.
There are also regular Faith Box offerings as needs arise and self
denial offerings through Lent and Advent. As well as local ventures, we
support a number of overseas churches and social projects and the Caring
and Sharing scheme, which supports a boys’ home in Rumania and the
street children in Colombia.
The Parish and the church building
The church of St Michael and All Angels, with its 120’ tower,
illuminated at night, giving hope to many, is one of Eastbourne’s
landmarks. Standing on top of the hill in Willingdon Road, it can be
seen from almost every part of the town and from the train as it nears
Eastbourne, as well as from the sea. The population of the parish is
about 9,000. Located in the parish are the Eastbourne District General
Hospital, Sussex Downs College (College of Further Education), Motcombe
Infants School and Cavendish School, a secondary school. There are
approximately thirty residential care homes, nursing homes and sheltered
homes within the parish. Small bungalows, blocks of flats, terraced
houses and large detached houses form most of the housing stock in the
parish. There are small parades of shops, two public houses, the
municipal cemetery and a few small businesses.
Worship on the site where the church of St. Michael and All Angels
now stands began in a purpose-built mission hall, opened on 25th January
1892. It accommodated a congregation of 200 people. As the population
increased, a larger, more permanent building was needed and a new church
building was planned. The first part of the church, comprising the
chancel, vestries, chapel and temporary nave, was completed at the end
of February 1902 and consecrated on 2nd March 1902. Following a generous
donation, work on the full completion of St. Michael’s began in August
1909, with the foundation stone for the nave and tower being laid on
29th October 1910. The final consecration of the fully completed,
permanent church by the Bishop of Chichester took place on 24th January
1911.. Over the past five years, the church has been reordered to create
worship in the round with modern seating and an octagonal altar with a
suspended cross and corona which can be illuminated. A raised platform
has been installed so that the church is now fully compliant with the
Disability Discrimination Act, with all parts of the church being
wheelchair accessible. Full modern toilet and coffee/tea making
facilities were installed as part of the development. In September 2008,
the latest project to install glass screens between the Lady Chapel and
the chancel was completed. There is scope for further developments when
finance is available.
In the church grounds is a small outbuilding, called the Faith Hut,
which is used by the children and young people during their Junior
Church instruction and activities.