THERE was standing room only as 400 people packed into a Christian community event this week.
Hastings and St Leonards Churches Together held the afternoon service at St Peter’s Church, off Bohemia Road, St Leonards, which has had a new lease of life under the Sonrise banner after it was closed following the discovery of the immigration marriage scam overseen by Rev Alex Brown.
Representatives from more than 20 churches attended and there were stalls demonstrating the work done by Christian groups such as The Street Pastors and The Hope Kitchen.
There were also an interview with Barbara Powell-Jones, the newly-appointed chaplain at Sussex Coast College, and a talk on the work Sussex Pathways does helping former prison inmates adjust to life in the community.
The main speaker was Andy Perry, the rector of St John’s Church in Pevensey Road, St Leonards. After three months spent exploring attitudes to the town, he called his talk Beauty For Brokenness – Towards a Spirituality in Hastings.
“We are not taking God to a dark place,” he said, “but discovering where he is at work here.”