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This Sunday

Admin —  August 17, 2017

This Sunday 20th August we will be meeting for our morning service at 10.30am at The Littlehampton Academy, the topic is ‘David & Goliath’.

Welcome to our guest speaker Jamie Peters, and his wife Lea and daughter AndreyaJamie & Lea have lived in Africa for the last 30 years, planting churches in Burundi, Tanzania and Malawi amongst other nations, and have connections with Links International. You can see a video about their work here.

We also welcome the family and friends of Jonny & Amy Arkinstall for the dedication of their son Leo.

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 —  August 17, 2017

Arun Church Football Club, Wednesday 23rd August: The team are playing a friendly match against Ambassadors FC at Avisford Park Football Pitch (Pryor Land, Rose Green, Bognor Regis), kick off 6.30pm. All are welcome to come along and support! For more info see Mikey Vickery-Brown and for more about the club see below.

Redeeming Prayer, Saturday 2nd September: 8 – 9am, at Chris & Sue Moss’s house, Fircroft Crescent, Rustington, followed by an optional bring and share breakfast. This is a time to pray for family and friends, to see them come to salvation and for those who have known God to return.

Family Service, Sunday 3rd September: 10.30am at The Littlehampton Academy.

CAP Prayer, Sunday 3rd September: Before the Evening Service, 5 – 5.50pm, in the Chapel at The Littlehampton Academy. This will be a time to hear updates, pray for the staff and volunteers who run CAP and for the people using the CAP debt service.

Evening Service, Sunday 3rd September: 6 – 7.30pm at The Littlehampton Academy. Tea & coffee will be served before the meeting (from 5.15pm).

ACCelerate Monthly Prayer Meeting, Monday 4th June: 7 – 8am at the Wickbourne Centre. This is a time to pray for our children and young people.

Men of Arun Social, Thursday 7th September: If you’re new to the church or you’ve been coming for years, you’re very welcome to join other chaps at the New Inn (Norfolk Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5PL) from 8pm. For more info see Nat Gillett or Cookie Knowles.

Littlehampton Town Show, Saturday 9th September: 12 – 5pm at Rosemead Park. Joe Gisbey, Bex Groves and many others will be running an art & craft tent, but also with an Arun Church stall chatting and praying with people. If you’d like to be involved contact Joe Gisbey on This is one of the biggest community celebrations in the town’s calendar featuring the traditional crafts, horticulture and produce show, as well as a host of local charity and community stalls, and no shortage of first-class entertainment on the main stage. Click here for more info.

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. Click here to book your place.

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 to follow.

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 Conference, Saturday 30th September: Guest speakers, David & Mary Matthew. More info to follow.

Vision Sunday, Sunday 1st October: 10.30am at The Littlehampton Academy. More info below.

Vision Day

Admin —  August 17, 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.

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, 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

Kickstart the Event

Admin —  August 17, 2017

Kickstart the Event, along with all the evening activities, was amazing this year and we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for all you have given! This year 25 of those volunteers were students from TLA.

360 children attended Kickstart the Event with up to 200 each day at Mini Kickstart (parents & toddlers). Thank you to the 120 volunteers who made this happen; from pouring drinks and cutting fruit to shouting for your team colour and being gunged!

Bex Groves did an amazing job at planning everything, and Molly Sivyer and Ryan Field were exceptional at hosting – at 17 years old they did an incredible job. Thank you to the band, tech & AV team. Thank you to the volunteers at Mini Kickstart and Rachel Croucher who organises everything in an amazing way. Debbie Frost, thank you for looking after the bouncy castle for hours!

Nearly 200 people attended the Film Night, and 400 came to the Family Party, dancing the night away. The majority of these are families from our local community who wouldn’t normally attend our church.

Ladies Night had nearly 300 attending. Thank you so much to Maryann Gillett and her team for organising this with superb entertainment and around 30 local businesses being promoted in the Atrium.

Kickstart the Finale was last Sunday and we were full with 520 people in attendance… this is the most ever for this event. Thank you God!

I am so so thankful to you all and wish I could name everyone of you… it’s so exciting to see what happens when we come together in this way… thank you!

love Becca, Jon, Kat and Joe

LCT Summer Camp

Admin —  August 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone involved in The Littlehampton Churches Together Summer Camp, which comes to a close Friday 18th August. 47 children from our local community come to Lodge Hill for an amazing week of time with fun, games and adventure with a Bible-based theme throughout. Paul Sanderson has led a team of 40 volunteers (30 of which were teenagers)! Thank you to Paul and his incredible team for organising and running this holiday event.

Alpha Course

Admin —  August 17, 2017

The next 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!

For more information click here or contact the Church Office. Flyers are available on Info Point for you to invite people.

If you are able to make a dessert for the Alpha Course please let the Church Office know as soon as possible.

Dates For Your Diary

Admin —  August 17, 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 and 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 – 11am 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

4M Extreme Character Challenge

Admin —  August 17, 2017

4MUK’s next XCC is in Wales, Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th October.

‘Decision Time’ is a Mind, Body & Soul Adventure for men connected to church who want to go deeper in faith and value inspiration.

The XCC is set up like one endless day as an active and challenging endurance event for men, out in the wild. For 72 hours men are confronted with significant physical challenges, deep camaraderie and profound moments of moral and spiritual input. Through this process they find perspective, evaluate who they are and find a purpose worth living for.

Are you looking for a challenge? Are you ready to live for purpose? It’s time to change. It’s time to become the man you were made to be.

Upwards of 30 men from Arun Church have taken part in an XCC over the past three years. Many of them have told stories of how they have been challenged to live life to the full and as a result have been changed forever. NOW is YOUR time.

Please speak to Stew Smith for further details, watch this video or pick up a flyer at the Info Point.

Click here to sign up, follow the Adventure tab on the main menu.

Office Closure

Admin —  August 17, 2017

Due to low staff the Arun Church office will be closed Monday 21st – Monday 28th August. The Wickbourne Centre will still be open during the week (except on Bank Holiday Monday). If you have an emergency during this time please phone 01903 782744.

Arun Church Football Club

Admin —  August 17, 2017

As some of you will know there is now an Arun Church FC team playing in the local league next season. They have played a couple of friendlies in the build up to the league starting in September. Laurie Mellor has written a report of their recent match:

14th August at Highdown

A hard fought friendly against our coastal neighbours saw us lose narrowly, but gaffer Jamie Mellor was pleased with our performance. We looked well organised with Ben Young and Dan Ambrose in midfield, the latter being Jamie’s Man of the Match. Aaron Wade scored a 25 yard screamer and debutant left back Rob Rixon made an impressive debut with a well-directed headed goal. Once again Harry Jupp looked neat and composed at right back, Ben Ansell having his usual solid performance in the heart of the defence.

Both sides shattered the stereotype of the caricature vicar with bulging Adam’s apple drinking lemonade: the game was quite physical at times! As the team toughen up in preparation for their first league season, starting in mid-September, it was great to see the lads so well supported. Please continue to get behind the team – both by spectating and in prayer. Entering a local football league is such an easy, natural way of being involved in the community, as with predecessors Arun Wanderers cricket team.