This Sunday – Christmas Special

Admin —  December 14, 2017

This Sunday 17th December is our Christmas Special at TLA, 6 – 7.15pm.

Please note there will be no morning meeting this week.

Everyone is warmly invited to come and join us for an evening of carols and creativity, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and all that means for us. Bring family and friends too! Festive refreshments will follow the service.

Calling all festive bakers! Would you be happy to make or buy mince pies (or similar festive fare)? If so please bring them along before 6pm and leave them in the canteen area with Sally Gray & team.

Car Parking: As we’re expecting more visitors than normal, please consider parking in the Hill Road car park to allow plenty of spaces for guests in the Fitzalan Road car park. Thank you.


The Chapel will be available for parents with babies and toddlers this week.

Please be aware that each Sunday, as we meet in a public building, Arun Community Church cannot accept responsibility for your children’s safety during, before or after the meeting apart from during supervised activities. Pack down can also be particularly hazardous with the removal of heavy equipment. Please do not allow your children up onto the balcony level in the Atrium as this is out of bounds. Thank you.

Upcoming Events

Admin —  December 14, 2017

Arun Church Football Club vs Lodsworth FC, Saturday 16th December: The team are playing a league game at Lodsworth Village Green, Heath End Lane, GU28 9BY, kick off 2pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and support! See their latest match report below. For more info see Mikey Vickery-Brown.

TLA Christmas Carol Celebration, Tuesday 19th December: 7.30 – 8.30pm (doors open 7pm) at The Littlehampton Academy, followed by refreshments. This year’s title is ‘Born in a Barn?’, looking at homelessness through the Christmas story with music, dance and traditional carols. All welcome, free entry but donations accepted for the Chapter charities.

Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December: There will be no Sunday Service this day.

Christmas Day, Monday 25th December: 10.30 – 11.30am at The Littlehampton Academy. We will be meeting to celebrate Jesus’ birth together. There will also be an opportunity for the children to show a Christmas present. A special offering will be taken for two overseas projects (more information below).

Sunday 31st December: There will be no Sunday Service this day, but we’d love to encourage you to meet up in your Life Pods to share your remaining mince pies, and thank God for all that has happened this year, and pray for the year ahead.

Christmas Hampers

Admin —  December 14, 2017

Please bring your hampers to the Wickbourne Centre on Sunday 17th December between 10.30am – 12 midday. The hampers will then be delivered to local families the same day!

If you have a large car and would be willing to assist in delivering the hampers, or can help arrange them on the day, please contact Andy Gill by contacting the church office or emailing andy.gill@arunchurch.com

Thank you to everyone who has got involved in this way, to bless families in our local community.

Bethlehem the Musical

Admin —  December 14, 2017

Dear everyone involved in Bethlehem the Musical,

Wow… what can I say? What an amazing, inspiring, fun filled beautiful night it was on Saturday.

First of all the children were AMAZING, they shone in every way. The costumes were top quality and so beautifully made. The scenery so well done.

Thank you to all the adults behind the scenes who worked tirelessly and selflessly for weeks and weeks to encourage and support the children in the singing, acting and dancing.

Thank you to the team of sausage cookers and refreshment makers.

Thank you to the organisers and costume makers, the singing teachers, the acting coaches, the scenery makers, the microphone changers, the children encouragers and confidence builders, the dance creators.

Thank you to all the creators of the amazing songs and script of BTM.

Thank you so much to the tech team and for all the hard work setting up and packing down.

Thank you for the photographs and videoing. Thank you to the makeup artists.

I wish I could truly show you all how thankful I am. I know that it will make a difference in the children’s lives forever.

Thank you so much!

Much love,

Becca

Christmas Day Offering

Admin —  December 14, 2017

This year’s Christmas Day offering will be split between two overseas partners of Links International, in India: New Life Home (Shillong) and Samarpan (Delhi).

Samarpan raises up church planters and develops pioneering indigenous churches in some of the most difficult and hard to reach areas of India. Through the training they have carried out, they have been directly instrumental in the start up of over 3,000 churches across the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Utrah Kandh.

New Life Home, run by Pastor Sanga Miller in Shillong, North East India works impacting the indigenous villages and cities of the North East, raising up leaders, developing church and working into impoverished communities.

The offering will be going specifically towards their work with children, to help them with their Christmas outreaches and programs and to ensure that children and their families, who otherwise would not have a Christmas, will be blessed throughout this festive season.

Please give generously!

Growth Tracks

Admin —  December 14, 2017

God has an incredible purpose for your life and the Growth Track courses are designed to help you connect with that purpose! We encourage everyone to go on each of these courses, starting with Alpha (if you’ve never been before).

Even mature Christians will find new revelation and deeper understanding by working through the Growth Track.

The first three courses begin on Tuesday 16th January at the Wickbourne Centre, 7pm for coffee & dessert, then each course starting at 7.30pm. To book a place click on the relevant course below.

  • Alpha: Explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. The course runs for 10 weeks looking at topics such as ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Why and how do I pray?’
  • Intro to Arun: Find out more about the church including our vision, values and history. This is a great follow on from Alpha and runs for 5 weeks.
  • Freedom in Christ: A 10 week course, helping you become a fruitful disciple of Jesus by establishing your identity in Him, giving you the tools to break and stay free from everything that holds you back.

Bible in One Year

Admin —  December 14, 2017

Next year we thought it would be good to read the Bible in a year together. As well as simply reading your Bible in a year, you could listen on a CD or get an app for your phone. If you are up for this, here are some suggestions for Christmas presents this year:

Audio Bible in One Year with David Suchet

Alpha Bible in One Year

Soul Survivor Bible in One Year

Or check out the Bible in One Year website which contains an app with commentary by Nicky & Pippa Gumbel.

Becca Jupp