What's On


The Haven Church meets at 10am on Sundays in The Haven School Hall on Atlantic Drive. Our services are suitable for all ages and families are warmly welcome.

Prayer and Bible Study

A number of us meet on Tuesdays at 7.30pm for prayer and Bible study together.


The Haven Church Playgroup is not meeting at present.

Want to find out more?

Our email address is havenchurcheastbourne@gmail.com

About Us

We are …

… a friendly evangelical church in the Sovereign Harbour area of Eastbourne, we are members of the Sussex Gospel Partnership.

We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to join with us as we seek to know Jesus better, to follow him together, and to make his good news known more widely. On any given Sunday you will find a mixed group of Christians and not-yet-Christians from many walks of life and a variety of backgrounds. We love to welcome visitors! Come along, grab a tea or coffee and join with us!

We love …

… our great Saviour Jesus Christ. It is our aim to live with him in charge of our lives as we learn from God’s word, the Bible. We aim to serve and worship God with the whole of our lives and to reach out with the good news of God’s love to our community. Our Sunday meetings are informal in style and visitors are always welcome. We meet in The Haven Primary School on Atlantic Drive.

Why not come along on Sunday at 10am and find out more?

Our name …

… captures the idea that everyone needs safety, refuge, shelter, comfort, a haven - not just in this life but in the next also. Being close to the sea and with many boats in the harbour, including the RNLI lifeboats, we are constantly reminded that the sea is a vast and sometimes dangerous place. A harbour is a haven, a place of safety and provision. Christians are people who have discovered that Jesus Christ is the ultimate haven. And so we call ourselves The Haven Church.

Our history …

… goes back to before Sovereign Harbour was built.

The original development plans for the Sovereign Harbour included no provision for either a church or a school. The need for both was identified by a number of Christians from churches in the surrounding area with the result that a prayer meeting began, attended by Christians from a several different church denominations and backgrounds. Their heart was for the Lord Jesus Christ to be loved and made known by people in the new development.

As the millennium drew to a close God provided an answer to these prayers with the initiation of plans for a church school and a church congregation to meet on a site in the development area. The diverse backgrounds of those who had been praying for the area was reflected in the local partnership of the Church of England and the Methodist Church in Britain joining to establish a new venture.

The vision for the venture was of the wider Church reaching out to the Sovereign Harbour community with the school, expressed most clearly with a church congregation meeting within the school building. The school and the church are linked very closely together and the joint foundation of the school (a Voluntary Aided Church of England/Methodist Primary School) reflects the church partnership. The clarity of this original vision was recently confirmed with the permanent expansion of the school from one form of entry to two forms, doubling the number of pupils at the school.

In October 2001 the Anglican Bishop of Lewes and the Methodist District Chairman met to sign the constitution of The Haven Church. With the school building not yet complete, the first service was held on February 10th 2002. Revd Martin Keenan and Revd Alan Weaver were appointed as the first ministers of the new church. Alan left in 2006 to take up a new post in Crowborough, and Martin was minister from 2006 to 2010. Revd John Brook was our minister from November 2010 until August 2015 when he moved to Holy Trinity Eastbourne.

Find Us

On Sundays we meet in The Haven School hall on Atlantic Drive in Sovereign Harbour South.

Sat Nav - The postcode is BN23 5SW, although make sure you approach from Atlantic Drive, some older Sat Navs incorrectly attempt to approach through the Kingsmere estate.

Google Maps - You can find us here.


Get in touch

You can get in touch with us by email at havenchurcheastbourne@gmail.com

Alternatively you are always welcome to come along and introduce yourself to us on a Sunday morning! We would love to meet you.