St Philip, Hove

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St Philip's Church is situated in New Church Road, Hove (on the corner of Richardson Road, Hove). It is one of two churches in the Parish of Aldrington, the other being St Leonard's, about a mile to the west on New Church Road.

St Philip's is a red brick, flint and portland stone Arts and Crafts style church built on land donated to the Parish by The Duke of Portland to accommodate the rapidly increasing population of West Hove in the early 20th century. On 9 November 1894 the foundation stone was laid by Bishop Durnford, the first part of the Church (chancel, chapel and south porch with two eastern bays of the nave which was approximately half the church) opened for Divine Service on 28 October 1895, and the Church was completed by about 1910. The building is typical of the architect J. Oldrid Scott who aimed at a polychromatic effect by the use of chequers of stone, flint and brick.

In the 1950s it was realised that the west end of the church had never been consecrated (Bishop Durnford died en route to a consecration in 1895) and the opportunity was taken to create a church hall, using money from the sale of half the Vicarage garden. The mural at the rear of the Church was painted by Mr Augustus Lunn on the new west wall. The title is The Sussex Benedicite. The background is the Sussex countryside with Chanctonbury Ring to the upper left hand side. The mural includes Chichester Cathedral, a Sussex downland church, St Richard, the Patron Saint of Sussex, a chalk pit, local traditional industries including fishing, sheep farming, forestry and market gardening along with a more modern factory. The mural also commemorates "friends and comrades who fell in battle in the cause of freedom" in the Second World War. When originally painted in 1957 it was the largest mural in any Church in Sussex. Mr. Lunn, a pupil of Hans Fiebusch, was also responsible for some of the mural paintings at The Festival of Britain. The Church Hall was totally refurbished in 2009 and we have access and facilities for the disabled in both Church and Hall.

Since 2010 St Philip's has been part of the Parish of Aldrington which replaced the Group Benefice set up in 1989.

With St Leonard's we share a relaxed and liberal traditional form of worship. We are proud to consider ourselves inclusive, and we welcome everyone regardless of gender, sexuality, age, ethnicity, ability, and political opinions.  Both spaces are widely used by many different community and commercial groups, and by the congregation for fundraising and social events, which are advertised on our notice boards and in the local press. There is a virtual tour of the Church on Google streetview. Please contact  Mrs Annette Conkleton on 07808 154203 or  for all booking enquiries.

Should you wish to contact us on any other matter please ring the Rector, Stephen Terry, on 01273  737915, or email



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Rev Stephen Terry
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77 New Church Road
(01273) 737915

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A said service using the Book of Common Prayer. (This does not happen on Christmas morning)
This will occasionally vary fro staff holidays etc
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 40 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Pre-Eucharist Coffee
Come into the Church Hall for a chat and a coffee or tea prior to the Parish Eucharist.
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for ½ hour
Family Friendly Coffee
Parish Eucharist
Come and join us in worship at the Parish Eucharist. This is a family friendly service with creche area. Sunday School is held in the Church Hall adjoining the Church during this service. The children come into the Church towards the end of the service for the Eucharist.
Sunday School is in held term time only
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM
Family Friendly creche Sunday School
Triple S
We meet on the first Sunday of the month and enjoy a varied and interesting programme. This term we are making life-size angels to decorate the church at Christmasand preparing our Nativity Play (made up entirely of sound effects!) which will be performed at the Christingle Service. We also help and take part at Parish fund raising events.
Term time only
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Sunday School
Sunday School
Come and join us at Sunday School. We have a varied and interesting programme. This term our theme is Meeting God. We will be looking at various ways in which we meet God, for example in our world, in other people and in ourselves. We will explore how Moses, Paul, Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and Zachariah, the Innkeeper, the Shephers and the Wise Men meet God. In our lead up to Christmas we will also learn about our Christmas Saints.
Term time only
Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Sunday School Coffee


Study Group
An interactive Bible study group in the Rectory - no previous knowledge required!
Every first and third Tuesday at 8:00 PM for 1 hour


Common Worship Eucharist
Every Wednesday at 11:00 AM for ½ hour


Social Club for over 50s
Tea, cake, gossip, talks, demonstrations etc
Every first Thursday at 2:30 PM for 2 hours


Vestry Cafe
Coffee, cake, books, crafts and a good gossip
Every first Saturday at 10:30 AM for 2 hours
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Bring your own project to the Rectory, or start work on something new - all materials provided - no skillsrequired.Tea and cake provided. All free !
Saturday 29th October 2016 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Christmas Craft Workshop
Children's (0-14 years) Christmas Workshop with ideas for decorations and presents - all materials provided. £2 per child, accompanied adults free !
Saturday 12th November 2016 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 13th November 2016 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Stir-up Sunday Pudding Workshop
Come and make your own Christmas puddings and bring the family for a lucky stir of the mix. All ingredients and (tasty) recipe provided. Book your place in advance through the Rectory 01273 737915 £10 per pudding by Nov 5th.
Saturday 19th November 2016 at 2:00 PM for 2 hours
Raising money for the Children's Society with candles, oranges, ribbon, sticky sweets and an interactive Nativity Story. Christingles provided. Free with a collection at the end.
Sunday 27th November 2016 at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly
Christmas Market
Everything you might need for Christmas and more ! Presents, decorations, food, games and all at real value for money prices. Admission 50p
Saturday 10th December 2016 at 11:00 AM for 1½ hours
Carol Service
A traditional congregational carol service followed by free mulled wine, fruit punch and mince pies.
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome

Stained Glass Wall Paintings

Foodbank or foodbank collection point
Hall for Hire Contact Mrs Annette Conkleton on 07808 154203 or for all enquiries regarding hall bookings.
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Incumbent: The Revd Stephen John TERRY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 5000
Diocesan ID: AD0121
Built: 1894
Style of worship: Liberal traditional
Archdeaconry: Brighton and Lewes (104)
Deanery: Hove (10402)
Benefice: Aldrington (10/003BR)
Parish Legal Name: Aldrington (100570 )
CofE Church Info: (610094 10/94)
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The current editor is: Jane Terry

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This page was last updated on Saturday 18th June 2016
St Philip : New Church Rd, St Philip's Church is located on the northern side of New Church Road at the junction with Richardson Road., Hove, East Sussex, BN3 4BB

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