This Sunday

Luke Knight —  September 30, 2016

This Sunday is CAP Sunday, when we’ll be joined by Matt Barlow, CAP’s UK Chief Executive who will be envisioning us on exactly how CAP changes people’s lives.

John Kirkby started Christians Against Poverty in 1996. He believed God was calling him to sacrifice his career in finance and use his knowledge of the industry to help the poor.

In his hometown of Bradford, John set off on the incredible journey of CAP. His faith adventure led him to people crippled by debt; parents who couldn’t feed their children, families facing eviction and desperate people living in fear and without hope. He used his expertise to negotiate with creditors, set up budgeting systems and offer a lifeline to those trapped in debt.

John knew that people all over the country were struggling in the same way and he began looking to replicate the work across the UK. With the vital ingredients of a church to partner with, a passionate person to be trained as a debt counsellor and the faith that God would provide, four new CAP centres were opened at the end of 1998.

Since then, CAP has rapidly grown its debt centre network and expanded its services to tackle the causes of debt and poverty too. As well as CAP Debt Help, we now help people step into employment through CAP Job Clubs, help people get control of their addictions through CAP Release Groups and a brand new service, CAP Life Skills, to equip people to live well on a low income.

Upcoming Events

Luke Knight —  September 30, 2016

The Gift Art Trail, Friday 30th September – Saturday 1st October: (Light in the Darkness) Celebrating God’s gift of creativity!

Redeeming Prayer, 1st October: 8 – 9am, at the Mosses’ house, Fircroft Crescent, Rustington, followed by an optional bring and share breakfast. This is a time to pray for our family and friends, to see them come to salvation and for those who have known God to return.

Alpha Course, Monday 3rd October: 7 – 9pm (running for 8 sessions), Wickbourne Centre.

Bereavement Course, Monday 3rd October: (Running for 5 consecutive weeks) contact the church office for more info.

Expand, 4th October: The first session of our new teaching series starts this Tuesday at the Wickbourne Centre, see more details below.

Men of Arun Social, Thursday 6th October: If you’re new to Arun or you’ve been coming for years, you’re very welcome to join other chaps at the Lamb pub in Rustington on the first Thursday of each month from 8pm.

Christmas Party, Saturday 10th December: Put this in your diary now! More details to follow.

Expand

Luke Knight —  September 30, 2016

Expand is our evening teaching series at the Wickbourne Centre, providing the opportunity to explore and delve deeper into the Bible.

This year on Sunday mornings we have been looking at the theme ‘Pocketful of Faith’. For this autumn Expand series we’ll be looking at a chapter we have studied previously, but will look at it again in more in depth to hear what God wants to reveal to us in what it means to walk by faith.

Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Please join us as we learn from the experiences of Abel, Abraham, Joseph to Jericho and the many who laid down their lives so that we can truly live.

Expand will be on the following Tuesdays: 4th October, 11th October, 15th November and 29th November. Refresh Fairtrade Coffee Shop will be open 7 – 8pm so you can meet in your Life Pods or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, Joe Gisbey will be teaching 8 – 9pm in the Chapel.

My ChurchApp

Admin —  September 30, 2016

Over the next few weeks we will be rolling out access to My ChurchApp – an App and website for church members and regular attendees. If you’re on a serving rota, or a Life Pod leader then you may already have a login.

My ChurchApp is the ideal way for church members to stay connected to one another and stay up to date with all that’s going on in the life of the church. Through My ChurchApp, church members are able to update and manage their details, sign-up for events, join small groups, keep on top of the rotas they’re serving on and much more!

You can view an introductory video about My ChurchApp here, and we will be emailing further details to members soon. If you have any questions about My ChurchApp please contact the church office.

Bonfire Parade Preparation Day

Luke Knight —  September 30, 2016

This Sunday 2nd October is a bonfire parade preparation day! If you would like to be involved in the parade this year please come along to make the props. All ages and abilities welcome! 1.30 – 2pm for a shared lunch, then 2 – 4.30pm for making.

Items that are still needed: plastic bottles, plastic bags,bubble wrap, foam wrap, large cardboard boxes. Please speak to Fliss Jay or Claire Jones for more information or if you’d like to help.

Donations of sweets: As part of the bonfire parade we like to hand out sweets. If you have any donations of sweets this would be very much appreciated. Please ensure these do not contain nuts. You can drop these to the Wickbourne Centre during the week or hand them to Fliss Jay or Claire Jones.

The Gift Art Trail

Luke Knight —  September 30, 2016

We are really excited about our annual Gift Art Trail which started today ands continue tomorrow Saturday 1st October, 10am – 4pm.

This year three churches are hosting exhibitions and performances at the same time to celebrate our God-given creative gifts. It’s a fantastic opportunity to show support for both local churches as well as members of our own congregation.

As well as Arundel Cathedral and the Quakers (Church Street), the Wickbourne Centre is hosting a variety of art and performances from ACC members, All Saints & Littlehampton Baptist Church. Refresh Fairtrade Coffee Shop will be open for snacks, lunches & drinks.

On Saturday Cafe Church will also be running an open mic event alongside the trail between 12.30 – 2pm.

The God Particle

Luke Knight —  September 30, 2016

On 8th November 7.30 – 9pm, The Littlehampton Academy is hosting a performance of The God Particle, a romantic comedy about faith, knowledge and love.

The play is set in the village of Threepiggs. Dr Bex Kenworthy from the nearby Institute of Advanced Quantum Theory is in the pub, having been stood up by a lab-technician. When Dr Gilbert Romans arrives, things are looking up… until she discovers he is, in fact, the new local vicar. She is a die-hard sceptical scientist. He is a heavenly-minded clergyman. Together they create entirely the wrong kind of reaction. There is an argument.

It is a play that takes both science and religion seriously, with each challenging the other. Bex and Gilbert do their best to find common ground and in the process they argue about scientific evidence, the nature of miracles, Sir Isaac Newton, the power of prayer and how a good God allows suffering in the world. It’s deep, smart and a bit Dr Who. The writer, James Cary, has written for TV’s Miranda Hart and Mock The Week’s Milton Jones, so it’s no surprise the play is full of jokes, characters and absurd situations that teenagers can relate to. It provides an engaging way of encouraging students to consider the purpose and practice of both science and religion, and how they come together.

Tickets are £3 each and available online here.