His Place (Church)

From Historical Hastings
His Place
Mayor of Hastings (Cllr Alan Roberts) opening the church in Robertson Street with Rev. Chris Sears MBE

His Place Church is a Non-Denominational Charismatic Church established in 1984, when it was a house church. In 1987, the church expanded and met in a community centre, before establishing premises in Duke Road.

Robertson Street URC

On the 1st of November 2013, having outgrown the Duke Road premises, they took up occupancy of Robertson Street Congregational Church, opening a cafe in the basement and utilising the space as a theatre when not used for services.[1]


The church is led by the Rev. Chris Sears MBE who received the honour in 2009 for his work among the town’s homeless.[2][3] Chris is an ex computer programmer who worked at Ashdown House.[4]

Other Work

The basement of the former URC in Robertson Street has been developed as an art centre, a cafe and as home to a range of community groups, in particular Hastings Safe Space, an NHS-programmed refuge for young people. They have also opened up the main auditorium and upper balcony as a concert venue for Opus Theatre, an enterprise that promotes musical and other arts events.[3]

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