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Admin —  September 15, 2017

This Sunday 17th September we will be meeting for our family service at 10.30am at The Littlehampton Academy, continuing our series ‘Under Construction: God is Building Here‘ looking at Nehemiah. The topic this week is ‘Strategy’.

The Chapel will be available for parents with babies and toddlers this week, and there is a playpen is situated in the Main Hall to the right of the stage.

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.

The church magazine for September – December is available from Info Point on Sunday.

Arun Kids Extra

Admin —  September 15, 2017

This Sunday there will be football for all children & young people from Reception age to Year 9.

Parents please bring your children to the Atrium to register after the children’s talk. The football will be split into two age groups and played on the 3G pitch. Children will be brought back to the Atrium at the end of the service.

Upcoming Events

Admin —  September 15, 2017

Men of Arun Breakfast, Saturday 16th September: 8.45 – 11.15am at the Wickbourne Centre. Calling all chaps! Come and join us for a bacon butty and an opportunity to connect with God and other AC guys, at the Wickbourne Centre, 8.45 – 11.15am. The cost is £4, payable on the morning. Booking has now closed, but if you’d like to attend please still come along.

Arun Church Football Club, Saturday 16th September: The team play their first cup competitive game vs Felpham Colts at King George V pitch (Summerley Lane, Felpham PO22 7HN), kick off 3pm. The same team they played last week in the league (see match report in People News below). All are welcome to come along and support! For more info see Mikey Vickery-Brown.

Alpha Course, Monday 18th September: The new course begins at the Wickbourne Centre. More info below.

Intro to Arun, Monday 18th September: This is a five week course running alongside the Alpha Course at the Wickbourne Centre. More info below.

Code Club, Thursday 21st September: Code Club will be restarting next week 4.30 – 5.30pm at the Keystone Centre (Eldon Way, Littlehampton). For more info or to confirm your child’s attendance contact Jenny & Adrian Oliver on codeclub@littlehamptonhub.com or click here.

Kickstart’s BIG Weekend Away, Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th September: For children in years 3 – 6 at Dalesdown. A weekend of games, crafts, reading the Bible, praying, singing, dancing, telling stories around the campfire, eating cake and generally having a brilliant time! Cost is £50 per child which includes accommodation, food and activities. For more info or to book click here.

Frontline (Over 50’s) Conference, Saturday 30th September: 10am – 4pm at the Wickbourne Centre, with guest speakers, David & Mary Matthews looking at the subject ‘Jacob’s Staff’. Worship will be led by Rob Newey. Please bring a plate of food to share. Tea and coffee will be provided. There will be an offering to cover expenses and give a gift to David & Mary. For more information see Norman & Grace Barnes.

Vision Sunday, Sunday 1st October: 10.30am at The Littlehampton Academy. Food will be provided (soup & roll, doughnuts and fruit). More info below.

Men of Arun Social, Thursday 5th October: Next month’s social will be a curry at Cinnamon in Beach Road, Littlehampton at 8pm. If you’re new to Arun Church or you’ve been coming for years you are very welcome! Cost is £10.95 (plus your drinks). Please book your place here so we know what size table we’ll need! For more info contact Cookie Knowles or Nat Gillett nat_gillett@yahoo.co.uk

Alpha

Admin —  September 15, 2017

The Alpha Course starts Monday 18th September at the Wickbourne Centre, 7pm for coffee & desserts.

Alpha is an opportunity to explore questions about life and the Christian faith in a friendly and informal environment. The eight week course looks at topics such as ‘Who is Jesus?’ and ‘Why and how do I pray?’ The evening includes delicious desserts, a short talk and a discussion at the end where everyone can share their thoughts and questions. Why not consider who you could bring? Everyone is welcome!

To book for Alpha click here.

Intro to Arun

Admin —  September 15, 2017

Intro to Arun starts this Monday 18th September at the Wickbourne Centre, 7pm for coffee & desserts

Intro to Arun is ideal for anyone who started attending Arun Church in the last few years but also if you have been in the church a long time – this is a great refresher in what we are going for as a church. It’s also a great opportunity to talk and discuss together some of the ways we work as a church community.

The idea of the Growth Tracks is for everyone to go through and experience each track (you can read more about them here). We have ten places left for the Intro to Arun course. If you are interested please sign up here as soon as possible

The sort of subjects that will be covered in the 5 sessions will be as follows:

Who We Are
– History
– Vision
– Mission
– Values

Church and Kingdom
– What is the Church?
– A brief history of the charismatic renewal etc.
– What is the Kingdom?
– Brief outline of ministries in Arun Church

Give
– Guests and Hosts
– Tithes and Offerings
– Serving opportunities

Grow
– Baptism
– Life Pods
– Growth Track
– Life Track

Go
– Community Work
– Evangelism
– Leadership Development
– Overseas

Vision Day

Admin —  September 15, 2017

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.

We will also be eating together after the meeting with a selection of soups and roll, doughnuts and fruit. There is no charge, but for catering purposes, if you would like to eat please book your place here (press ‘Add Additional Ticket’ for each extra person) or leave your name on Info Point on Sunday.

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.

Becca Jupp

CAP

Admin —  September 15, 2017

The CAP Debt Centre celebrated its one year anniversary last month. This was featured in the Littlehampton Gazette! You can read the report here.

People News

Admin —  September 15, 2017
As a Core Team we have asked Nat Gillett to join as a guest until Christmas. Nat has previously been involved in church leadership in his previous church. He has an amazing heart for people, prayer and evangelism.
Becca Jupp, Jon Jolly, Joe Gisbey, Kat Archer

Our condolences to Jo & Martin Watson and family as Jo’s grandad, Arthur Sargent, died this week. Arthur and his wife Gwen played active roles in the early days of Arun Church. He was an Elder on the leadership team, with David Thatcher and John Smale, in the late seventies and early eighties when we were called Rustington Christian Fellowship.


Laurie Mellor has written a match report of Arun Church FC’s first league game in WSFL Division 5 South:

FELPHAM COLTS RESERVES 1 – ARUN CHURCH FC 4
Saturday 9th September

 

Arun Church FC’s first ever league game resulted in a convincing win, despite trailing one nil down earlier on.

The first 30 minutes, played at a slowish pace, saw both sides sizing each other up. We created chances, with goal-scorer Ben Young ever-present as an attacking midfield force.

There was a good mazy run and shot from Joel Tucker, and this showed Arun the potentially weak middle of the opposition. Some of the finishing was a tad naïve, but this will improve as the season progresses. Arun took a little while to settle on the ball, with some passes being rushed, and possession given away without that much pressure.

After a sluggish first 10 minutes that saw them concede a scrappy own goal, Arun had the lion’s share of possession in the second half, with chances coming thick and fast. Goalie Joel Passmore made some very good saves and Ricardo Agrela scored two, his second the result of a superb move down the left. The Agrela brothers (Ricardo and Jose) had an attacking, swashbuckling style and their relentless energy down the left flank caused the opposition a lot of trouble towards the end of the match!

Most of the players lasted the 90 minutes and overall work rate was good, although one or two need to be busier and not wait for the ball to come to them! Fitness is improving little by little, and whilst Arun saw a couple of players succumb to cramp towards the end, the squad was utilised to good effect. The difference in squad size began to tell and Mikey Vickery-Brown completed the rout towards the end with a decent finish from an angle.

This was a fantastic result in our first ever competitive match, very promising for the long season ahead. You can follow the team’s league progress by googling West Sussex Football League Division 5 South.

Dates For Your Diary

Admin —  September 15, 2017

There is more info to follow for these events, but for now please make a note in your diaries:

Welcome Meal, Sunday 8th October: 1 – 2.30pm at the Wickbourne Centre. If you’re new to Arun Church or have been attending within the last two years, then this is for you! It will be a great time to meet new faces and learn more about the church. Please book here or at the Welcome Area on a Sunday morning by Sunday 1st October.

Expand: Joe Gisbey will be teaching on four Tuesdays from Ephesians 4 about the different roles and ministries described in this chapter. These dates will be 31st October, 7th November, 21st November, 28th November.

Arun Ladies Breakfast, Saturday 21st October: 8.45 – 10.30am at the Wickbourne Centre.

Lights On, Thursday 30th November: 3 – 5pm at the Wickbourne Centre.

Kings Chamber Orchestra, Friday 1st December: We will be hosting Gerard le Feuvre and his string orchestra for an evening concert and a concert for families in the afternoon, at St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Littlehampton.

Bethlehem the Musical, Saturday 9th December: 6pm at The Littlehampton Academy. This is the Arun Kids Production.

Christmas Special, Sunday 17th December: 6pm at The Littlehampton Academy.

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.

Sunday 31st December: TBC

This Sunday

Admin —  September 8, 2017

This Sunday 10th September we will be meeting for our morning service with baptisms at 10.30am at The Littlehampton Academy. A special welcome to the family and friends of Max Smith, Beth Moxham, Toby Harsant, Elijah Debnam, Charlie Sivyer and Verity Mepham, who will be getting baptised.

The Chapel will be available for parents with babies and toddlers this week, and there is a playpen is situated in the Main Hall to the right of the stage.

The church magazine for September – December is available from Info Point on Sunday.

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.