Religious groups represent a lot more than being simply a place of worship. There’s no denying that the spiritual and religious teachings are the cornerstone of any church, whatever their denomination or practices.
Churches however, have been at the heart of communities for centuries, providing both services to the local area and giving people a way to get to know their town neighbours. It doesn’t matter what the face of the church might be, the social importance of them continues to this day.
Kings Church in Uckfield is one such example, placing great emphasis on being a sociable and constructive group, offering opportunities for all kinds of people to interact with like-minded peers in a friendly environment.
To give you an idea of how much they value this aspect to community life, they run on a weekly basis:
- Under One’s group for 0-12 month children
- Over One’s group for 12-24 month children
- Twos, due to popular demand for children aged 2
- 7UP, a youth club for ages 7-11
- Open Door, coffee and cake most Monday mornings
- They organise home meetups during the week
- And of course, meet every Sunday for a church service.
On top of these groups the church also runs socials. To quote their website, these have included: ‘curry nights, clay shoots, sea fishing, barbeques, picnics on Ashdown Forest, quizzes, games nights, sing-songs~’
Hopefully listing these shows how a church like Kings in Uckfield is so much more than a Sunday morning service, forming a group of friends over time who enjoy all kinds of varied activities. Of special note though should be the groups for young children; free events where parents simply bring their little ones along and have a coffee, a chat, and a play together to help socialisation and bonding. These kinds of events can be a boon for young families and have proved extremely popular.
On top of these extra groups, there are age categories for Sunday School also. 0-4, 5-11, and 12-16, which each deliver appropriate levels of education for children to introduce them to the bible, allowing them to experience some of the stories it contains, and help understand the meaning behind them.
If any of this sounds as if it might be of interest to you, please feel free to check Kings Church Uckfield’s website where more information can be found on all aspects of the church and its services offered.
Sunday morning services are held at 10:00am at the Civic Centre, Under Ones is at Foresters Hall from 1:00pm – 2:30pm on a Thursday, Over Ones also at Foresters Hall is from 10:00am – 11:30am Thursdays, Twos is held from 9:45am – 11:15am Fridays at Foresters Hall. 7up is at 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Source on a Friday. All children’s groups are for during term time.
Written by Neil Sonsthagen