Brighton Church of Christ Brighton East Sussex

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Who we are

At the Brighton Church of Christ, in the United Kingdom, we are a diverse group from different nationalities. What brings us together and binds us together is God's love which we trust, learn from and try to show one another.

We know that life can be challenging but we believe that God is able to see us through adverse circumstances when we stay united in love in times of trouble. Whatever your spiritual struggle we are here to help through care and compassion. Are you confused about the big issues of our day? Why not explore with us the Bible for God's answers to life's problems.

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Brighton Church of Christ
11 Oxford Street
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4LA
United Kingdom
Phone: 07440607435

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Constant Coulibaly
Constant Coulibaly
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11 Oxford Street
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4LA
United Kingdom
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Constant and Philice Coulibaly have been in the Lord for 14 years (for Constant), and 12 years (for Philice). They have been married for six years. Constant is the father of a 27-year-old son. He is a journalist turned preacher.

He has a master's degree in journalism from The University of Sheffield (UK). He also holds a Licence (the French equivalent of the bachelor's degree) in Communication Sciences and a Licence in French Studies, both of them earned at the University of Ivory Coast. He is fluent in English and French. After graduating in journalism Constant set off on a journey in pursuit of spiritual truth and of a personal relationship with God which led him to the church of Christ, coming from the Roman Catholic Church where he was sprinkled as an infant.

Constant is a self-taught preacher. Not long after the Lord added him to His church, having been baptized by brother Stephen Eusell, who was then the preacher for the New Cross church of Christ in London, Constant preached his first full service sermon at the same church on Romans 16:16. There he continued to preach regularly for eight years. He learned on his own sermon delivery and voice projection skills by practising in a public park near where he lived at the time. From the church at New Cross, Constant moved on to serve as assistant preacher to Stephen Eusell for the Stockwell church of Christ in London for four years.

Constant likes to say jokingly that he is better at preaching than he was at reporting. His love for Christ and the gospel combined with his desire for people to turn away from sin to God were the driving force behind his move from journalism to preaching. He is currently the preacher for the Brighton church of Christ.

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Sunday Class: 9:30 AM
Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM

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Brighton Church of Christ History

The church of Christ has met in Brighton for at least 140 years. At first, worship was conducted in a home with five people in attendance.

By 1868, the little group had grown to reach seventy-nine members thanks to the powerful preaching of a brother by the name of B. Ellis. The church was then meeting in Ship Street Chapel. Brother Ellis had completed his engagement as evangelist at Chelsea for the good of the church and was willing to take part in secular employment in Brighton. His labour brought so many to the Lord that it was needful that he devoted his whole time to the work in Brighton.

In 1880, the congregation gave notice of its relocation from Ship Street Chapel to Windsor Street. The pattern of meeting remained the same, the church coming together on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to break bread, evening at 6.30 p.m. to preach the gospel and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8.00 p.m. to study the Bible.

In 1890, two residences in Oxford Street were joined and converted to make the present meeting hall. Since that time the entire street has been commercialized, but the facade fronting on the street marks it clearly as the meeting place of a church. Centrally located, the building is only about two blocks from the Anglican and Catholic church in the city and readily accessible both by bus and train – an excellent location.

It's worth noting that Brighton is just 50 miles from London and is often the convention centre for Britain's Labour Party and the chosen destination for a multitude of holidaymakers both from the UK and from the continent. It is also a centre of education with two universities and a student population of almost 34, 400 students. With its adjoining suburbs, Brighton has a population of over 470, 000.

As the churches of Christ in England gradually associated themselves into a denominational relationship, the church in Brighton continued to be listed among them. However, they never sent delegates to the conventions, nor did they adopt the use of instrumental music as others did.

In the earlier part of this century, the congregation was often numbered in the 50s, but because of the loss of its young people, the attendance by the 1970s had dwindled into single digits. The church was often without a Sunday morning speaker, but the services were always conducted with utmost decorum, hymns and readings pre-selected and posted, and the table carefully spread for the breaking of bread.

Two older couple faithfully met in all kinds of weather, making their way to the place of worship on foot or by public transportation. It was a moving experience to worship with them and see the devotion and reverence demonstrated by so small a congregation in which four visitors often doubled the attendance.

Learning of the need of Brighton, Fred Melton, an American evangelist working in Kent, began visiting on occasions. He was regularly asked to preach for the church and his teaching was gratefully received. Derick Daniell, an English evangelist in Tunbridge Wells, began going down to Brighton with a car load each Wednesday night and the assistance these men gave to the work helped to give it a new life. Derrick's continued support, students coming for studies and an occasional couple moving in have also helped to advance the work.

When the Association of churches of Christ contacted the brethren about a proposed merger with the United Reform Church, the officials were emphatically informed that Brighton would have nothing to do with such affiliation and that they intended to be simply a church of Christ. This they continued to be. When Fred Melton began going to Brighton, he was often accompanied by his young teenage son, Bonny. Later, Bonny, his wife Angela, and their three children lived near Brighton and worked full-time in evangelizing the area, supported by churches in the United States. Fred and two brethren from Houston (Texas) spent a week with them, remodelling their building to provide classrooms which would make possible a "Holiday Bible School" ("VBS" in the US). Correspondence courses were distributed in selected areas and telephone messages were used to make contacts.

Admittedly, progress was slow in England and on the continent, but thousands were given the opportunity to hear the truth through the diligent efforts of gospel preachers supported from the US. May the sacrifice and faithful service that have built and preserved the Brighton church continue until the Lord comes.



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Matthew 18:20
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