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This Sunday

Admin —  October 20, 2017

This Sunday 22nd October we will be meeting for our family service at 10.30am at The Littlehampton Academy.

As part of our ongoing series ‘Under Construction: God is Building Here‘, this next few Sundays, we will be studying the Gifts of the Spirit; looking at building and what God wants to build. The Gifts of the Spirit are tools God gives to see each one of us built up, but also to build others up. Let’s pick up these tools and get going!

The topic this week is ‘Prophecy & Discernment’.

It is ACCelerate Sunday, so if you have children aged 2½ to Year 6 there’s Kickstart and Mini Kickstart in the Drama Studios. If you’re Year 7 to 9 there’s Ignite at 11am in the Chapel.

The Chapel is not available for parents with babies and toddlers this week, but 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.

Upcoming Events

Admin —  October 20, 2017

Arun Ladies Breakfast, Saturday 21st October: 8.45 – 11am at the Wickbourne Centre. More info below. This will be a time for the ladies of the church to be together, grow in faith and make friendships across the generations. This is also open to your friends and family who may not be Christians, as this will be a welcoming environment and opportunity to learn more about God, church and hear personal testimonies of faith. A continental breakfast will be served, with tea & coffee available. The cost is £4, payable on the morning. Booking has now closed, but you there are still spaces if you’d like to attend.

Arun Church Football Club vs Angmering Reserves, Saturday 21st October: The team are playing at Decoy Drive, Angmering, BN16 4DN, kick off 3pm. All are welcome to come along and support! See Laurie Mellor’s match report for Arun Church FC’s previous league game below. For more info see Mikey Vickery-Brown.

Bethlehem the Musical – Rehearsal, Sunday 22nd October: 3 – 5pm at the Wickbourne Centre. If you are acting in the Christmas Production please come along with a snack (no sweets or gum) and a quiet activity to do during waiting times, e.g. book, colouring or card game – and of course, bring your script.

Alpha Course: There will be no Alpha on Monday 23rd October as it is half term.

Thanksgiving & Baptisms, Sunday 29th October: More info below.

Expand: Joe Gisbey will be teaching on three Tuesdays from Ephesians 4 about the different roles and ministries described in this chapter. These dates will be 7th, 21st & 28th November. (Please note: the 31st October session has been cancelled.)

Kings Chamber Orchestra, Friday 1st December: Tickets now available. More info below.

Thanksgiving & Baptisms

Admin —  October 20, 2017

Sunday 29th October will be our annual Thanksgiving Sunday. We will be collecting for the Littlehampton & District Foodbank and they are looking for the following non-perishable items:

If you are bringing food, gifts or other items for the harvest display please bring them to the front when indicated during the service.

In addition to our food collection, we would love you to bring any paintings, photos, letters, crafts, flowers, fresh produce or any other expression of thanks, for a display within the service. These will have to be removed at the end, either for you to take home or to give to someone to bless them on the morning.


Baptisms are also planned for Sunday 29th October. If this is the next step for you or if you have any questions please talk to Becca Jupp or contact the Church Office.

Christmas Hampers

Admin —  October 20, 2017

On Sunday 29th October there will be an opportunity for everyone to get involved with our annual Christmas Hampers. These are hampers full of Christmas goodies, given as gifts to local families who need extra support at this time of year.

Historically, these hampers were made by The Wire Project and given out to people from the Wick community. When The Wire Project closed, we started to make a few hampers. This has grown year upon year, and last year we gave out 30 hampers in boxes and 30 bag hampers to local families.

This year we are asking if you, as part of Arun Church, would make a hamper!

There will be more information and tags to collect in the Atrium before and after the morning service on Sunday 29th October. Each tag relates to one hamper for one family in the community, and will contain the size of the family and any dietary requirements.

This is a great way for Life Pods, groups, families and individuals to be a blessing to the families in our community.

Bethlehem the Musical – Costumes

Admin —  October 20, 2017

For the upcoming production of Bethlehem the Musical we’re looking for any old shirts and sheets (any colour/pattern) which you’re happy for us to recycle into costumes. If you have anything lurking in your wardrobe that you are willing to donate, please see Lesley Yates as soon as possible (no later than Friday 10th November) or contact the Church Office. Thank you.

Launch Pad Breakfast Club

Admin —  October 20, 2017

It is with a little sadness that we are writing to tell you that Launch Pad Breakfast Club has come to a close after running for nearly 18 years.

The breakfast club was first started by The WIRE Project at White Meadows Primary Academy (then called Flora McDonald Junior School) in December 1999, and moved to the Wickbourne Centre in 2006. Since then we have provided breakfast for up to 40 children each school day and even featured on BBC Children In Need in 2011!

We have decided to close the club for a number of reasons, but ultimately we have seen less children accessing the service over the past year demonstrating it is not needed as it once was. We had less than 10 children each day.

Many parents are being encouraged back to work and choosing childcare options, and where an early morning breakfast is still needed there are excellent alternatives to Launch Pad including a breakfast club at White Meadows School which is more convenient for some parents. We would like to stress that closing the club is not a financial decision.

We’re working closely with White Meadows to make sure that all current Launch Pad children will continue to be supported in the mornings. The last day of Launch Pad was Friday 20th October where we had a celebration breakfast with the children. We also plan to hold an 18th birthday celebration later in the year and are working on the details. After much prayer we see this as a coming-of-age for Launch Pad. There will be a public press release next week.

Please pray for the families that attended Launch Pad and a smooth transition for them. Also for the amazing team of staff and volunteers from the church who give their early mornings to serve the children; and a massive thanks to Jan Evans and Zoe Parvin for their faithfulness and vision in heading up Launch Pad over many years.

Becca Jupp, Jon Jolly, Joe Gisbey, Kat Archer

Kings Chamber Orchestra

Admin —  October 20, 2017

We are delighted to invite you to ‘A Light in the Darkness’ with the world famous Kings Chamber Orchestra on Friday 1st December, 8 – 9.45pm at St Mary’s Church (Church Street, Littlehampton, BN17 5EN). Doors open 7.15pm.

Join Gerard Le Feuvre and with his string chamber orchestra for an evening of humour and spontaneity as they explore the theme of hope, with music from Tchaikovsky, Grieg and Haydn along with more surprising and sweet music from the big screen!

Tickets are £18 and can be ordered online here. Seats are not allocated.

Seating is also available in the gallery at St Mary’s. These tickets are £12.50 as some sight lines are limited.

Come dressed to impress, and receive a glass of festive fizz on arrival.


There will also be a family Teddy Concert in the afternoon at St Mary’s Church, 4.30 – 5.20pm (doors open 4pm). Tickets are £4 for children and adults (aged 1 & under are free) or a family ticket is £14 (for four people – adults or children). All tickets can be bought online here or on the door on arrival.

If your children have never been to one of these concerts, they’re in for a treat as Gerard and his orchestra explore the theme ‘Let it Shine’ with music from Bach to the Beatles! Bring a teddy and a torch!

People News

Admin —  October 20, 2017

Mike & Pat Jones are organising a Fish ‘N’ Chip Supper & Quiz (hosted by Paul Sanderson) to raise funds for Worthing Disabled Swimming Club, this Saturday 21st October, 7pm – 9.30pm at the Wickbourne Centre.

£10 per person (includes fish & chips, tea/coffee). For tickets see Mike & Pat Jones or contact them on 01903 734072.

Mike & Pat write: The Worthing Disabled Swimming Club offers people with mobility impairment an opportunity to enjoy weekly sessions in a Hydrotherapy Pool to help with muscle exercise, assisting recovery after strokes, accidents etc. and mobility issues for those with MS, Parkinson’s etc. It is so much easier and beneficial to exercise in lovely warm water! We see people slowly improve physically and in confidence in movement and we all enjoy a friendly chat in or out of the water! We hope you can make the Fish ‘N’ Chip Supper & Quiz (and raffle). Come and join the fun as a team or just go solo!


Chris Lush will be in Zambia with Links International from Friday 27th October for ten days. Please remember her and the team in your prayers as they visit local partners, Lackson & Fairness Chipeta, who run two NGOs, Shiloh Hands of Hope & Tapweleka Women (working with women living with HIV/AIDS); and also teaching on nutrition.

Other Churches & Organisations

Admin —  October 20, 2017

The Rustington office of Links International is looking for an office cleaner for one hour a week. If interested or for more details please contact Lynda Hubbard, either at church on a Sunday or on office@linksinternational.org.uk or 01903 778515.


The group Sussex Coast Against Modern Slavery (linked to Stop the Traffick) is hosting an evening on Wednesday 25th October with Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Carr speaking about the Police’s understanding and experience of human trafficking and modern slavery in West Sussex. 7.30pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Arundel Road, Angmering, BN16 4JS.

Everyone is welcome. For more info contact Neil Giles on sussexcoastams@gmail.com


Parkside Evagelical Church (St Floras Road, BN17 6BD) will be holding a Light Party on Tuesday 31st October, 5.30 – 7pm, for Reception to Year 6 children and their parents. There will be games, Bible stories, craft and food! To attend please book your place on 01903 714670 or cdayparksidechurch@gmail.com before Friday 27th October.

Arun Church Football Club

Admin —  October 20, 2017

Laurie Mellor has written a match report of Arun Church FC’s recent league game on Saturday 14th October:

DEL UNITED 5 – 1 ARUN CHURCH FC

This was a tough game. Toby Neal’s superb early goal from a neat Mikey Vickery Brown layoff suggested that Arun might challenge Del’s place at the top of our league, but it was not to be.

Played on a sluggish pitch at Southfields Rec and in pleasant weather, it became clear why Del were top. They broke quickly, played incredibly directly, and equalised almost immediately. From then on, unfortunately, it was near one way traffic. That said, Arun always competed and stamina is improving with each game.

Tom Langlois looked more at home in the centre of defence and made some telling tackles; there were periods where we had some good possession; Ben Ansell and Harry Jupp, both having the advantage of being two-footed, were effective.

It’s a long road ahead and we are in a learning curve, but heads did not drop and we competed until the final whistle.

You can follow the team’s league progress by searching online for West Sussex Football League Division 5 South.

I am setting up a prayer group. Email me on laurie.mellor@themellorpractice.co.uk

Gaffer’s Thoughts: “A tough game that perhaps showed us how far we still have to go, to achieve our aim of promotion to Div 4. Del United were a decent side but we allowed them to dictate the pace of play too easily, both in how they panicked us in the first half, then slowed the game to a crawl in the second.”

Man of the Match – Tom Langlois, put in a close to faultless display with some very assured decision making.