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History of Central United Reformed Church Hove

  • In July 1980, two URC church (Cliftonville United Reformed Church and St Cuthberts United Reformed Church) joined to form Central United Reformed Church
  • The first Minister of the newly formed Central URC was Rev Brian Stone
  • The new church was located in the former Cliftonville building and by November 1986, a new sanctuary located on the first floor of that building was dedicated
  • After Rev Brian Stone moved to new pastures, the Church remained without a minister for several years, in a period known as Interregnum
  • Rev Peter Elliott was called to minister to us and stayed until he retired.  He still remains active in local churches and has continued to lead some of our services.
  • After a few years without a minister, we worked with the other churches in the Hove & Portslade Pastorate and together called Rev Alex Mabbs to lead us, with the help of the Associate Minister Rev Roger Wood. 
  • Early in 2014 Rev Alex Mabbs moved onto another ministry in Brighton.
  • Rev Roger Wood, with help of Hove & Portslade Pastorate continue to lead the church whilst we search for a new permanent minister.
  • In 2015 we found our new minister Rev. Sue Chapman 


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