Our ongoing vision as a church is to see lives transformed through Jesus, yet each year we also identify a focus for our annual Vision Day. This year Vision Day is on Sunday 1st October which will be a time of celebration and a chance to give.
At last year’s Vision Day we looked to invest in the two areas of Mission (locally and overseas) and Worship. We raised a remarkable £40,000 that was used to support the Littlehampton CAP Debt Centre, create our Community Development Lead role, partner with Links International to support churches in Uganda, Colombia, Lebanon and India, record new worship songs, and recruit an Assistant Worship Leader!
This year we believe God is calling us to GROW! Specifically, we want to see:
- Spiritual Growth – developing deeper relationships with God,
- Numerical Growth – more people coming to know Jesus and joining the church
- Financial Growth – increasing our income to fund the ongoing activity of the church
Over the weeks leading up to Vision Day, we have been highlighting various activities of the church on Sunday mornings. To continue this work and fuel new growth across the church, we are looking to raise £50,000.
Many of you will know we have recently been using some of our financial reserves, so part of this target will go towards sustaining and improving our existing work (including Sunday meetings, CAP Debt Centre, pastoral care, etc). In addition we also plan to increase our visible outreach to the community, take on an intern, and continue to grow all of our activities – each of which requires investment.
Please think and pray about how you can make a contribution to the church’s Growth. Firstly, invite people to church! We would also encourage you to step out in faith when praying about what to give financially. You may want to set something aside each week, start tithing regularly or even increase your tithe. If you have children, talk with them about Vision Day and encourage them to give with their pocket money or be creative with cake sales or other initiatives.
There are many ways to give. The easiest way to donate is online at arunchurch.com/donate, selecting Vision Day 2017. You can also do a bank transfer or use cash and cheques. Thank you for your generosity.
We are looking forward to the stories of faith on 1st October, and to hear more about what God is doing in and around this community.