King’s Church was first started in 1974, with just five people meeting together in a basement. Now it is one church spread across four venues in 1066 Country, and there are over 500 people regularly attending across their range of Sunday meetings.
The large, vibrant and growing community of King’s Church is based in Hastings & Bexhill, East Sussex. With a strong emphasis on families, the church is dedicated to serving people in both the local area, and with an eye further afield, wanting to share the Gospel to people of all nations.
The church is a part of the new frontiers group – a worldwide family of churches that is committed to restoring the church, making disciples, training leaders and planting churches in different settings and scenarios.
In the early 1990s, the church bought a large building – a former indoor cricket ground known locally as Boundaries – set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and found just over the road from the Conquest Hospital on the northern ridge in Hastings.
The church building underwent significant refurbishment in 2013, becoming the Hastings Centre, and increasing the facilities available to both the church members and the wider Hastings community. The Hastings Centre can be hired as a conference facility, party venue and also hosts events such as blood donation sessions for the NHS.
In the church is the Coffee Box, an independent coffee shop that provides a range of hot and cold drinks, homemade food and a welcoming environment. The Coffee Box is part of the international ‘Suspended Coffee’ initiative that provides warm drinks for people in need.
Both the Coffee Box and the church itself are run as a social enterprise, to benefit the people of Hastings, and support the work of the Hastings Foodbank, a much needed service for local people when they need it most. An offshoot of King’s Church Hastings, based in nearby Bexhill, was founded in 2018 by former members of the Hastings congregation. They moved to the smaller town with the intention of planting a church. Steve and Lori Young, who now run King’s Church Bexhill, used to be an active part of the Hastings church, but now lead the offshoot at meetings held in the theatre building of Bexhill College.