The Church Building

St John’s Church (Photo: S. Lockhart)

The Parish Church of St John the Evangelist is in a quiet residential area, about a mile from Eastbourne town centre and a short walk from Meads village. The original church, built in 1867, was severely damaged in 1942 by fire-bombs, only the tower remaining intact. Services were held in the Parish Hall in Meads Street until the present church building was dedicated in April 1957.

The building has a stunning array of ceiling plaques depicting scenes from the Bible, including the Old Testament, the Nativity and the Life of Jesus. These run across the entire ceiling of the nave.

We celebrated our Golden Jubilee in 2007, when we redecorated the church and created space for some flexible seating. But the growing church needed more space, so the Jubilee Hall (with a large kitchen and additional toilet facilities) was built, and modifications were made to the pre-existing Pauling Room, the cost being fully covered by gifts from church members. These new facilities were completed in 2012. In Autumn 2018 we began a refurbishment programme to make the building more accessible to disabled users and more flexible for services and events; we also replaced the curtain behind the communion table with the 1950s copper cross which had formerly stood on the outside roof ridge.

The Church and Hall have step-free access and toilet facilities for disabled users, and the Church itself has a hearing-loop.