Deans Praise Group

Deans Praise Group


This group grew out of an ecumenical initiative launched by St Wulfran's church in 2015 when we gathered together all the local churches in praise and prayer in Ovingdean Village Hall to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  That service built on earlier work done in holding occasional Taizé and Prayer Vigil services but sought to extend this with a vision of:

  • working together with Christians of all denominations across church boundaries;
  • holding regular, more  informal services to reach out to people who might be attracted by different forms of worship (now our established second Sunday services which all aim to be ecumenical in character); and
  • developing lay leadership and encouraging each other in our faith journeys. 


So successful was that first service that it has been repeated each year since (with different churches hosting).  And we all so enjoyed working and making music together that an ecumenical praise group was formed in 2016 and has been meeting regularly ever since.  It’s called the Deans Praise Group reflecting the fact that it is particularly aimed at  Christians living in the ‘Deans’ east of Brighton (essentially Ovingdean, Woodingdean, Rottingdean, Saltdean and Whitehawk) or going to churches (of any denomination) in that area.  However, we seek to be an inclusive group and all are welcome!


We meet monthly (generally the first Friday of the month) to:

  • sing favourite hymns and songs,
  • learn new ones, and
  • enjoy fellowship together.

The meetings are hosted by different churches in the area.  The group has led the singing at various ecumenical services held in the Deans. 


Not all of us can make every meeting; but we go when we can and it is always a relaxed, friendly, collaborative, encouraging and joyful occasion shared.  Our group includes musicians and people who enjoy singing from about 6 of the local churches.  We would love more churches and more people to be involved in this.  If you think you might like to join us or would like more information please contact me:

Shirley Ross tel 01273 301075



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