Philippians 4:13. “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength”

Hello Littlehampton!

Pastor and Jose

I am Rev Martin Seymour.  I am the minister here at Littlehampton Baptist Church, as of February 1st 2017.

 

It has now been a year since my wife and I moved to Littlehampton.  It took some time to get used to not being in London.  My wife and I had spent all of our working lives in London and the slower pace of life took some getting used to.  Having to travel to other towns for shoes, clothes, general household items and even shoe laces came as a bit of a shock and getting used to not having everything “just down the road”, is still hard to acclimatise to.

 

However, everything can be balanced out and a compromise is found.  Since moving to Littlehampton we have fallen in love with the town and the people.  We love the beaches and our little dog Bayley knows this is “his turf” and he walks the promenade with an air of confidence and ownership.

 

It has been a real blessing to have family and friends come to visit our new home and to meet our new church family and to show off our seaside location.  Our Grandchildren love having “Grandparents–On-Sea”.

 

We have even got used to the fact that all roundabouts in Littlehampton are navigated and manoeuvred by guesswork and a bit of luck, as no one uses their indicators.  It’s an adventure when driving here.  If the car in front is using indicators, then they are a tourist and do not know any better.

 

It has been a wonderful year of networking and getting to know all the key people, the movers and shakers of the town.  The activists and the visionaries.  It would seem, if you have a creative and innovative idea which will benefit the town and its West Sussex profile, then they have ears to hear.

 

Littlehampton Baptist Church is a church with a real “Can Do” attitude.  If “Welcoming” and “Hosting” was an Olympic event, then Littlehampton Baptist Church would be Gold Medallists and World Champions every year.

 

The LBC friendliness is mirrored in the community as well.  Here in Littlehampton, you can say “Good Morning” to a stranger and they are not stumped for an answer, as is the way in London.

 

I wrote in last year’s web site intro, and I feel the need to repeat the sentiment again:  It is feeling like a great privilege to be here and be a part of LBC’s passion to know, live out and share, in the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s message that Jesus is Lord.

 

We have titled 2018 as the year of “Let’s Just Do it”.  We intend to live out the Luke 4:18-19 manifesto throughout this year as our guiding focus.  My three “R’s” for us are

1.    Become Relevant,

2.    Become Revived and

3.    Become Robust.

 

 It’s an exciting prospect, having listened to and taken joy and encouragement from the activities and buzz of the LBC crowd, I am sure 2018 will continue to be an exciting, blessed and awesome year of service for us all.

To our Brothers and Sisters in neighbouring churches, to our new friends and those whom we are yet to meet, to those who have just stumbled onto our website, to you all, my wife and I want to bless you all with the love of Jesus.

 

If you are visiting Littlehampton, come and join the “Welcoming Church” and be a part of an exciting chapter being written in the vision of “Let’s Just Do it”

 

In His Name

Reverend Martin and Jose Seymour

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