4:13. “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength”
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Martin and Jose Seymour