The church of the Holy Nativity in Bevendean is named after the events of the first Christmas, the birth of Christ in the stable in Bethlehem.
The foundation stone for the current building was laid on 8th September 1963, to replace the temporary Barn Church that had been in use for the previous 10 years. The church took only 8 months to build, and was dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester on 30th May 1964.
The decision was made to close the church for Sunday worship in 2006. The church is now known as the Holy Nativity Community Centre, but the Eucharist continues to be celebrated there each Thursday evening at 7.30pm.