4:13. “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength”
A Church with a
History. A Church with a Future
In 2018 we called the year,
the year of “Let’s Just Do it”. We
intended to live out the Luke 4:18-19 manifesto throughout 2018 as our guiding
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to
proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the
prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,to
proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
Building on our “Let’s Just Do
It” statement, we built into our church character the aspiration of our own three
1. Become Relevant,
2. Become Revived
3. Become Robust.
Jose and I fell in love with
our town and the people as soon as we arrived. We love the beaches and our
little dog Bayley knows this as “his turf” and he walks the promenade with an
air of confidence and ownership.
Networking in our town has
been so exciting, making friends throughout all the different agencies and offices.
The year was eventful, holding the post as Chair of Churches Together in our
town, being invited to the position of Padre at the Military Veterans Breakfast
Club, have both been a real privilege. Taking the WW1 “100 year”anniversary
Remembrance Service as well as The Mayor’s Civic Service was also an honour.
Therefore it has been a time of
networking and working with key people, stakeholders of our town, the town’s
activists and visionaries. Bringing Littlehampton Baptist Church to a
higher profile and therefore Jesus, who is playing a more visible role in our
town through His church.
We have now moved our “Reason ForThe Season” Nativity event,
which ran as a trial in 2017, to now be an expected item at the turning on of
the Christmas Lights.
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.
I introduced a vision to the
church for “Town Centre Chaplaincy”
early in 2018; I then shared the vision with the Churches Together group, the
Police and the Town’s businesses. The “Can Do” attitude kicked in, and through
the church’s encouragement, support and prayer, we give thanks that in November
in 2018, our Town Centre Chaplaincy was launched. It is cross denominational.Since
November we have been able to patrol in our town every Friday, which is market
day. We patrol from 10.00am-4.00pm. The church has become RELEVANT, our
Christian Community involved with Chaplaincy are REVIVED and those who know and
pray for the work of the Chaplains and the way God is moving in our town,
clearly show a ROBUST attitude.
It’s exciting here at LBC.
From January 2019 we have started “THROUGH THE YEAR WITH PRAYER. LBC have
really taken to this vision of a well-attended monthly prayer evening. Our
church family is growing; we are blessed by all those who now consider our
church as their spiritual home. We give thanks for all that God is doing in and
outside of our church.
I am sure 2019 will continue
to be an exciting, blessed and awesome year of service for us all.
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” and “Through
The Year With Prayer”.
In His Name
Reverend Martin and Jose