Hastings Old Town Parish

One Modern Parish, Two Medieval Churches

Hastings Old Town Parish

One Modern Parish, Two Medieval Churches

Hastings Old Town Parish

One Modern Parish, Two Medieval Churches

Community Church

Properly understood, the Church is not a building but the Christian community that meets there.  Although we meet together on a Sunday morning, we continue being the Church for the rest of the week too!  This conviction is at the heart of the Old Town Parish.

Because we recognise that God has created each one of us differently, but made us to work together, you can find us expressing our Christian faith in many different ways.  We are young, old, working, retired, students, nurses, teachers, builders, counsellors, carers, artists, civil servants and youth workers.  We do all these things, and more, for the glory of God.  We also volunteer with local charities, organise and participate in community events.  We serve as charity trustees, political leaders, and advocates.  We make tea and coffee, and serve soup, we ring bells, we fix leaks.

Some of the things we do are more easily recognised as the work of the Church.  Ministers, lay and ordained, visit those who are ill at home or in hospital.  Holy Communion is also taken to people who cannot come to church services, and to residents of Old Hasting House and The Laurels nursing home. Brother Aelred is the chaplain to Old Hastings House and services of Holy Communion are held regularly.

We also organise services and events in connection with local community groups and charities, including:

  • A “Passion Play” every year on Good Friday, when the last days of Jesus’s life are reenacted along the length of the High Street;
  • The annual Blessing of the Sea, a century-old tradition which is organised with the fishing community and RNLI;
  • A special Christmas Carol Service held in the Fisherman’s Chapel, with carols sung around the lugger RX278;
  • A service of remembrance for those who died when a WWII bomb destroyed the Swan Hotel, opposite St Clement’s Church;
  • The Sunday service on the May Bank Holiday weekend, attended by Morris Dancers who gather for the Jack-in-the-Green festivities.

We might not always be in church, but wherever we are, we are the Church.