Methodists and United Reformed Church members have joined forces and meet in the now-renamed former United Reformed Church opposite the Applegreen service station in New Town.
One of the trustees John Harriyott said they had chosen the name Cornerstone because it embodies the church’s desire for Jesus Christ to be the cornerstone that the church is built upon.
He added: “In coming together, we are taking seriously the prayer of Jesus that ‘they will all be one’.
The Methodist Church premises in Framfield Road are to be sold with the proceeds invested in community activities and also in improving the Cornerstone church. High on the list of jobs is replacing a heating system that doesn’t work.
Mr Harriyott said: “As a new and larger group we will be involved with far more activities within Uckfield. We are not rushing in and changing everything but over the coming months Cornerstone will become a growing voice of Christianity within the town.”
Church members are learning from the example of Crowborough United Church, another in the group of churches looked after by the Rev Amanda Roper. That church was formed when United Reformed and Methodist Churches came together 50 years ago.
Amanda is also responsible for Buxted Methodist Church.
Regular activities run at Cornerstone include a breakfast club and morning worship on a Sunday.
A hall is used by community groups including for circuit training, a baby and toddler group, Mini Motion, camera club and drama group.
Cornerstone is also involved with a Fairtrade Coffee Morning and Shop held at The Source next to the Luxford Car Park in the centre of town on the first Saturday of each month. All are welcome to call in.
Dates for your diary include Cornerstone Market at the church on Saturday, June 24, from 10am-12.30pm where you will be able to buy books, cakes and sweets, plants, toys and games, China and bric-a-brac.