Time to Talk Befriending Ministry

In addition to providing a much needed befriending service to older people from all backgrounds and beliefs, the founding partners also provide Pastoral support to older people who would like to receive prayer and/or attend a Church Service.

Working in partnership with the IBTI Bible College, Portslade Baptist Church, Brighton Vineyard Church, Holland Road Baptist Church and St Mary's Church, our aim is to help older people who are socially isolated and/or feel lonely as a result of not being part of a Church community to get connected.

We currently provide a monthly Community Church Service at a local Brighton and Hove City Council Senior's Housing scheme. Since starting the service eighteen months ago the congregation has grown rapidly and many people said that they enjoy the time of fellowship, worship and befriending together.

'I really appreciate being able to congregate in the lounge and take Holy Communion. I love going to Church but since I have become immobile this has been impossible. It is a blessing to me that I can attend'.
-R, (96) Resident-

"My involvement with Time to Talk Befriending is in connection with a monthly Church service in a local sheltered housing scheme in Hove. In my experience nothing and no one is too much trouble for Time to Talk Befriending to reach out to and support. I applaud the work that they undertake which is Christian based, in a spirit of love, compassion and concern...Their work is always for the benefit and edification of those whom they try to help".
- Reverend Philip Cook, Portslade Baptist Church -


Monthly Community Church Services

Muriel House, Ingram  Crescent West, Hove, BN3 5NS.
2.45pm arrive for tea and cake;  3.15pm Church Service; 4.15pm Close
The dates for 2016 are (Mondays): 29th February . 21st March .  25th April . 23rd May . 20th June .  25th July . 22nd August .  19th September . 24th October .  21st November . 19th December

The doors are open to anyone in the community who would like to benefit from this warm and friendly community Church service.

The time of worship is led by the Brighton Vineyard Church. Holy Communion and the Christian message is delivered by Reverend Philip Cook from the Portslade Baptist Church and the whole event is organised by Time to Talk Befriending and supported by students from the IBTI Bible College in Burgess Hill.

Everyone who attends really enjoys the time  of friendship and fellowship. Everyone is  welcome so we hope to see you there!