King’s Church celebrates 40 years of faith

Hundreds of people attended the 40th anniversary celebration of a popular church.

King’s Church on The Ridge opened in 1974.

It recently held an event attended by more than 500 people.

Former members of King’s travelled from Northern Ireland, York, London, Chichester, Ashford, Eastbourne and other parts of the UK to be at the party.

Video messages wishing the church a happy birthday came in from former members now based in churches across the world including in the Philippines, New Zealand, USA and France.

Don and Stephanie Smith, who started the church in their basement flat in St Leonards and went on to start King’s Church Eastbourne too, were also at the party.

The celebrations included a children’s entertainer, giant inflatables for adults as well as the children, a hog roast, a snapshot of the church’s 40-year history and Brighton-based band KickBack Covers.

Current leader of King’s Church, Paul Mann, said: “This church started in 1974 with five people in a basement flat in St Leonards.

“Today we attract around 500 people to our two Sunday services and many more have called this church their own over the last four decades.

“We love being part of Hastings and 1066 Country and it was great to celebrate all of the adventures we’ve been on together over the last 40 years.”

Paul added: “We had a great time celebrating the last 40 years, but we’re even more excited about what might happen in the life of King’s Church Hastings in the future.”

King’s Church is part of the international group of churches known as Newfrontiers. In 1974 it was called Hastings Christian Fellowship and was led by Don and John Groves.

It quickly began to grow and the leaders developed a close working relationship with Terry Virgo, the founder of a family of churches called Newfrontiers and became one of the first churches to join Newfrontiers.

In 1992 the church bought and moved into its current home on the The Ridge opposite the Conquest Hospital.

To find out more about King’s Church visit: email: or call 01424 755990 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.