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Last updated | 30 January 2024

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Our history

Our church first started life meeting in a tin hut under the name of Fishersgate Congregational Church in 1875. About 9 years later, due to lack of room, it spread to a Barge in Shoreham Harbour and met under the name of Fishersgate Mission. The service were led at that time, by the brothers of Bishop Hannington - Joseph and Philip Hannington. (Photo 1)

In 1903 the Mission built a more permanent meeting place in St. Aubyns Road , which we use today as our Church Hall. (Photo 2)

The land next door was purchased and through generous gifts from two of its trustees, W A Hounsom and William Stevens, the current Sanctuary that see today was built in 1932. Under the name of Portslade & West Hove Congregational Church.

It is good to note here that Mr Hounsom then went on to build our sister Church in Hangleton, Hounsom Memorial Church.

1972 saw the union of the Congregational Church of England & Wales with the Presbyterian Church of England forming the United Reformed Church. Our Church from then on became known as Portslade United Reformed Church and in 1984 we celebrated our Centenary year.

In 1994 we started our outreach into the local community by purchasing 52 Station Road from Bakers & Son Funeral Directors, refurbishing the premises and connecting it to the Church. From here on many groups met during the week and from 2001 The Brighton Hove & District Battalion of The Boys’ Brigade tranferred their headquarters from their old building in Brighton to ‘52’, Kidz Klub set up their Registered Office in ‘52’ (also in 2001 we refurbished the sanctuary by replacing the old pews with chairs) and in 2009 Off The Fence setup their Women’s Outreach Centre in partnership with us, they then later purchased “52” to further their work.

Portslade United Reformed Church is situated on the western side of the city of Brighton and Hove, on the south coast of the United Kingdom.

We are part of a 3 church pastorate along with Hounsom Memorial and Hove Central URC’s.

Our Mission


- The church family shares our faith in God; Creator, Son and spirit, that in all things we may work for God’s kingdom: in our hearts, in our Church, in our homes and the world.

- To share with you on our journey

- To provide opportunities to share faith


- To be a welcoming, dynamic fellowship working together

- We have a safe space and an enabling environment to pray, worship and explore faith

- We want to help shape the community we serve, with God’s care


- That all people may experience the love of God

- To welcome all people however diverse, building up the body of Christ in our community because we are all God’s people

Our Vision