Connect Groups

Connect Groups

Name: Beetle Drive

Host: Alison Edwards

Time: during Early Bird Café, Wednesday mornings

Location: church hall

Come along to the Early Bird Café and join in with the fun.

Name: Bible Study: A Different Way to Study

Host: Jon Ogan

Time: Sunday evenings from 7:30pm

Location: church

On the six Sundays of Lent, starting on the 6th of March and ending on the 10th of April: a chance for those who enjoy or who want to start studying the Bible to learn from one another, bounce ideas off one another and to seek discernment from the One who inspired the scriptures. There will be a bit of reading homework each week so that we can hit the ground running at each session. Sessions will be informal and participatory. Numbers restricted to twelve so first come first served.

Name: Children & Families Lent Connect Opportunities


Tuesday 1st March: Pancake Party after school (exact time tbc ~4pm) for Primary age children

Sunday 20th March: Children and Families Pizza/Pasta Lunch in the Hall after the 10.30am service.

Sunday 13th, 20th, 27th March, 10-10.30am: Children’s ‘coffee’ corner in the hall (parent/carer supervision required – drinks, snacks, activities, games for children)

Name: Climbing Group

Host: Fiona Kennard

Time: Suggested dates (pick one or more) – Tuesday 8th March/Tuesday 22nd March/Tuesday 5th April at 8pm to 9pm, Wednesday 13th April 10.30 to 11.30

Location: Volume One, Felbridge

Less of a group more of a one off. Try climbing at Volume One a modern Bouldering centre near Felbridge. For more info see their website 

Bouldering is climbing without ropes on short routes it is close to the ground with crash matting for protection. Cost £20 This includes entry, shoe hire and 1hr coaching.

Name: Decorate the church for Easter group

Host: Annie Silver

Time: 1:30pm Tuesdays

Location: church

A craft group to make some form of Easter ‘hanging’ for church; Might be able to morph it into a ‘let’s decorate the church for Christmas/Harvest’ group afterwards; Good chance to chat 

Name: Dinner Club

Host: Joyce & Sean Mooney

Time: 18th March

Location: Joyce & Sean’s home

Maximum of 10 covers, teams of 2. Joyce will send out the theme of the week and each ‘team’ can pre-prepare and bring their dishes on the chosen evening. The categories will be Appetisers, Mains, Salads & sides, Desserts, Wine/Drinks. All costs shared.

Name: Growing vegetables and flowers from seed group

Host: Annie Silver

Time: 10am Mondays

Location: Annie & Bob’s garden/conservatory

Share packets of seeds/compost; Share growing tips; Share growing space if other people have greenhouses/windowsills for seedlings; Positive for Eco church/sustainability 

Name: “Hard talk”

Hosts: Hazel Lamb/David Mellor


Time: tba

Location: Zoom

Hazel says: A forum for airing hot topics respectfully! As an incurable talker, with strong views on many things, I’m offering to keep my views to myself and organise 6 weeks of zoom sessions, facilitated by David Mellor, in which we practice listening to each other’s positions on matters such as politics, sexuality, world religions, Covid precautions and others, as voted for by the group.

There will be a time of quiet at the beginning and end of each hour-long session. The format will include set times for two (different) people each week to explain something important to them, followed by questions from each to the other. Then the rest of the group, followed by the protagonists, will be encouraged to reflect on feelings arising and learning gained, either about the individuals or their topic, including what they hold in common. 

The purpose of this group is to practice getting out of our “echo chambers” and to be ready for more encounters and deeper relationships with others outside the church.

Name: Indoor Bowls

Host: Tony Male

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm Friday evenings

Location: The Bridge, BBH

Indoor bowls coaching and playing at H D I BC Broadbridge Heath. Adults and children over 10 years of age accompanied by a parent or someone responsible. Bar would be open if there is enough interest and the cost per bowler would be £5 00 per session. Bowls are available for use and participants can bowl in socks.

Name: KINTSUGI Group

Host: Vivien, Audrey, Heather

Contact: Please speak to Mark or Brian in the first instant if this group could be of interest to you and one of us will be in touch with further details.

Time: Wednesday afternoons from 2.30pm to 4.00pm

Location: Zoom

Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with golden glue – thus what was damaged becomes a feature, beautiful and strong.   

Kintsugi Hope is a 12-week course focussing on emotional well-being. It is a space where painful and life changing experiences can be spoken about in a safe and supportive environment. St John’s has already run two groups last year and participants reactions were very positive. (If you wish to speak directly to one of the participants, please let me know so we can arrange this).

Whilst this is a 12-week course, for the Connect groups of Lent we are offering the first six weeks with an option to continue after Lent if the group would like to. ‘We’ are Audrey Lee, Heather Nye and Vivien Herbert. We have been trained and approved by Kintsugi Hope and St John’s, however we are not ‘leaders’ but ‘facilitators’ and offer a safe space and structured approach to discuss such topics as honesty, anxiety, depression, shame, anger, disappointment and loss.    

Name: Lent Course

Host: Kirsten McCorkell

Time: evenings tba

Location: Zoom

A Lent Course created by Rev Andrew Dotchin published every day on his blog and also sent out every day by email.   He is the Vicar of Felixstowe, and is a Franciscan. I was introduced to his course by a friend who is also a member of the Order. The format will be a weekly ‘catch up’ zoom at a time that suits the people who are interested, probably an evening including a chat about whatever has come up while reading the blog, share chit chat, and finish with a prayer. Length one hour. It is as much about encouraging each other during Lent as anything else.

Name: Mid-week Communion

Host: Clergy


Time: 10:15am Wednesday mornings

Location: church

Common worship communion service including a short talk and prayers.

Name: Morning Prayer

Host: Mark Lavender


Time: 9am Mondays, starting 7th March

Location: church

A chance to start the week in prayer and in the Word using the Common Worship daily prayer cycle. This is a simple series of prayers and readings using common worship lasting around half an hour. You can either follow the readings using the published books in church or by downloading the app: . For those not able to join us in person in church you may want to still follow the readings and prayers using the website: .

Name: Muddy walking group

Host: Annie Silver

Time: 10am Thursdays

Location: Horsham countryside

Walks around Horsham district; 3-4 miles but occasional longer walk a possibility if people are keen; about 2 – 2.5 hrs; coffee stop at a cafe in middle or at the end, where possible; Likely to be muddy, off-road walking so boots or wellies required; Quite likely to get wet so waterproofs recommended; Dogs welcome; A good chance to chat; Would need to arrange transport for non-drivers

Name: National Trust Group

Hosts: Julia Forbes, Charlotte Ogan

Time: 5th/6th, 12th/13th, 19th, 26thMarch, 3rd, 9th/10th April

Location: various

A group for those who want to make use of their National Trust membership. Open to all, probably cap it at about 12 people so we get to chat to everyone. Visit some local and try a few a little further away, maybe take a picnic or enjoy tea and cake in the cafe. We hope you can join us 😊

Name: Relaxation Group

Host: Mandy West

Time: Thursday evenings 7.30pm until 9pm

Location: Mandy’s home

Fun, social, sensory based breathing space.

Covering ideas and techniques for relaxing and engaging your senses. Be prepared to channel your inner child – laughter guaranteed.

Name: Running Club

Host: Nicky Hayes

Time: Wednesday or Thursday evening.

Location: Around BBH

Aimed at existing runners, a minimum run distance of 3 miles each session.

Name: Sunday Sermons

Host: Peter & Jane Busby

Time: Tuesday evenings

Location: Zoom

Miss Sunday’s Sermon? Puzzled about bits of it? Got a lot from it? Inspired?

Whatever your reaction to Sunday’s talk, join with others to listen to it on the Church website at your leisure before and then take time to go over it, and perhaps listen to what God might be saying to you, and what God might want you to say to others.

Name: Tuesday@Ten (T@T)

Host: Julia Robertson

Time:  Tuesdays at 10:30am!

Location: Church Hall

Ladies group following a Lent course tba.

Name: Way of the Spirit

Host: Gillian Martlew

Time:  Thursday mornings  – 10:15am on 17th March, 31st March and 14th April

Location: Gillian’s home or in BBH depending where is more convenient for those wanting to attend  

Three week course – ‘WATER to WINE.’ Reading The bible for Revelation and fellowship. 10.15 for tea and coffee start at 10.30 – 12.15  – 3  week course with a week between dates to read a few scriptures in preparation for meetings.

Name: Wine Club

Host: Joyce & Sean Mooney

Time: 11th March

Location: Joyce & Sean’s home

Maximum of 10 people. Wines with tasting notes and basic information on looking at the wines. All the wine bottles will be wrapped up so only the host is aware of the wine selected for the evening, the wines will be scored and discussed to create enjoyment on the evening.  Nibbles will be included. Cost per person £15.00