Staff Changes

Admin —  September 29, 2014

Many of you will be aware that we have recently been reviewing the organisational structure of the church.

In February we had some outside help to assist us in auditing and reviewing our staff roles, and as a result it was clear that we needed to appoint a Business Manager across the whole organisation. Jon Jolly was interviewed and appointed to this role in June, and consequently David Thatcher is stepping down from his part-time role as Wickbourne Manager.

Part of this restructure has also involved reviewing the way we work in the Rustington office. After much consultation and with approval from the Board of Trustees, we have this week taken the difficult decision to make the Office Manager position redundant. This is a role that Sue Moss has faithfully fulfilled for many years.

We are so grateful to Sue for all she has contributed to the staff team, and making her position redundant has been an incredibly hard thing to do. Sue has an amazing attitude to learning new things and has been a great support to all those in the office. Those of you who have had contact with the church office will know how supportive and welcoming Sue has been. We want to honour her, thank her, and ask you all to support her at this difficult time.

We now plan to create two different part-time jobs based in the office. One will be a receptionist downstairs in the shop-front, while the other will be to oversee our increasing media and communications across the church (including the website, video, photography, publicity, social media and other aspects of communication).

Thank you for your continued support as we move forwards.

The Marriage Course

Admin —  September 26, 2014

There are still places left on the Marriage Course. This 7 week course starts on Thursday 2nd October, 7.30pm at the Wickbourne Centre. If your relationship needs an MOT then this course is for you, regardless of how long you’ve been married! If you’re interested, please contact the Church Office, or leave your details at Info Point. See Al & Jan Evans and Paul & Pip Smith for more info.

Toast Aid

Admin —  September 26, 2014

It’s only a couple of weeks now until ‘Toast Aid’, an evening of music and entertainment hosted by Arun Wanderers Cricket Club, so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, please get them soon before they run out. As well as helping to raise funds for our Launch Pad breakfast club, you will enjoy an evening of live music featuring singer/songwriter Ange Hardy and supporting acts, and supper.  All the musicians are doing this gig for free, so that most of your ticket price can be given to Launch Pad.

It’s at 7.30pm on Saturday 11th October at the Wickbourne Centre and tickets, priced £10 are available to buy from Info Point, the Church Office or (+£1.25 online booking fee).

Good quality prizes are needed for the raffle. If you would be able to donate one please see Phil Atherton.

The Nurture Course

Admin —  September 26, 2014

The Nurture Course is for everyone wanting to grow from their initial encounter with God, to a place of walking in greater freedom and ready to step into being followers/disciples of Jesus. It starts on Monday 6th October, 7pm for coffee and desserts for a 7.30pm start. If you’d like to join this course, which runs for 9 weeks, please leave your name at Info Point, or contact the Church Office. There are flyers at Info Point with more details.

Bonfire Prep Day

Admin —  September 26, 2014

There will be a Bonfire preparation day on Sunday19th October, starting with a shared lunch at 1.30pm. We need anybody who can use sellotape, put batteries in lights, help us to move things, paint, cut cardboard , pray or even make cups of tea and tidy!  We’d love all of you to be part of this!

Other Churches & Organisations

Admin —  September 26, 2014

Bookings are being taken for Dalesdown’s Autumn Retreat Programme. If you are interested in going on one of their Quiet, Breathing or Worship Space days, call Jo Jackson on 01403 710712 or email

Mercy Ministries is running a 4 part interactive and empowering training course in Portsmouth on Saturday 18th October, looking at self harm, eating disorders and addictions etc. For more details and to book your place click here

Church Office

Admin —  September 26, 2014

Sue is not in the office for the next 2 weeks so there may be times (particularly around lunch time) that it is unstaffed. If you need to come to the office, please ring first.