We are excited to announce that we plan on changing our name from Arun Community Church to the shorter Arun Church.

Why Change the Name?
When we started as a church 45 years ago, we were originally called Rustington Baptist Church. This soon changed to Rustington Christian Fellowship in 1978, then Arun Christian Fellowship in 1989,  before becoming Arun Community Church in 1993. Each of those name changes were prompted at those times by a desire to reflect the growing vision of the church; from Rustington to Arun, from Fellowship to Community.

Why Change it Now?
We are a church for our community and we will never be a church that is inward looking. A huge amount of our resources go towards impacting our community including the Wickbourne Centre, Breakfast Club, CAP Debt Centre, Youth Clubs, Refresh, PlayCentre Pre-School and Nursery. We are established and embedded in Community and we will always be the hands and feet of Jesus here.

However we are also far more than a church for just this immediate community. We have a legacy of impacting and inspiring national children’s and youth work, our musical worship has spread around the world, and we continue to work with partners to bring lasting transformation in other countries. We believe God is calling us to be a church that will resource more than just our community, but to further impact this nation and other nations.
The name change is to reflect this wider vision and not limit us to a 5 mile radius, however we will retain the title Arun as a recognition of our geographic location.

A second reason for the change is simply that it is far more practical in a digital age to have a shorter name. From our social media accounts (already ArunChurch on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) to giving out our website and email addresses (aruncommunitychurch.com), the name Arun Church is easier to type and find online – try it!

When will this happen?
Officially we will change the name from September when we launch our updated website, but you will start to see Arun Church on all our new publicity from now on as we start to update things. Typing arunchurch.org already takes you to our website and you can use the name as soon as you like!

If you have any comments, please feed it back to your LifePod Leaders or the Core Team.

Thank you for your amazing support.

Becca, Joe, Jon & Kat