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

Hello Littlehampton!

Martyn & Jose May 2018

LITTLEHAMPTON BAPTIST CHURCH

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 focus.

“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 “R’s”

1.    Become Relevant,

2.    Become Revived and

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.

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” and “Through The Year With Prayer”. 

In His Name

Reverend Martin and Jose Seymour

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