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Should we surf around for preaching?



During the pandemic many believers have been sustained by online preaching. We’re thankful for world-renowned speakers, vast-ranging personalities, and massive choice. As we return to our local church it’s worth reconsidering why God has given us local pastors (Titus 1:5) and why their preaching ministry should be our main diet.
1. Calling
You did not have a say in the calling of many you watch online but most of you were involved in the calling of your local Pastor. When appointed you asked them to shepherd you, teach you, watch over you.   
2. Relationship.  A local shepherd does not feed and then disappear but is available to help you understand, apply teaching to your life, and pray for you. I know very well the difference between preaching to people you know and those who don’t know you very well. The people you know hear more than a sermon, they know your life!  I am humbled how Elaine and my family listen to me attentively being fully aware of the real me.

3. Accountability. The shepherd is accountable to fellow Elders on behalf of the church to not deviate from scripture or our church basis of faith.  When online you simply can’t be sure about the teaching you’re receiving.

4. Learning together.  When we gather to hear God’s word taught, we are all hearing the same message. We are learning together.  This doesn’t means we can’t study or read other things but it means when we ask the question, “what is God saying to our church at this time,” we can refer to the week-by-week teaching.
5. Ownership. We had a spell where our cat was not coming home. We discovered the cat was being amply fed by a well-meaning stranger but the effect was that the cat was disorientated as to where home was.  Some Christians don’t know where home is.

I preach online and on radio.  The goal is not to replace local preaching but to work in partnership, and with the goal of equipping pastors to feed the churches under their care themselves.  If there’s nothing Biblical being taught where you are then do surf around.  Otherwise save most of your listening and attention for the local minister God has given you. 



Richard Brunton, 01/07/2021
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Barnaby 4 Hello, my name is Barnaby, and I am the Pastor here at Lancing Tab. The aim of this website is just to give you a flavour of who we are and what we're about as a church.


We’re a church for the whole community in and around Lancing. Come as you are whatever doubts and questions you have.

icon3 As a church family, we all face different challenges, but we believe the Bible’s message about Jesus’ love and rescue are what we most need.
icon2 We meet at our building on North Road (next to the Co-op) at 10.30am each Sunday. It’s free and informal with tea, coffee, and kids’ groups.

Sat Nav Postcode BN15 9BB

Our address is:
105 North Road
West Sussex
BN15 9BB

There is limited street parking around the Tab. A public car park in North Farm Road is a two-minute walk. The charges for the cark park are £1 on Sundays.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets available.





Our 10:30am service is simple and informal and normally runs for just over an hour. People wear anything from T-shirts to suits. You are welcome to bring kids of any age. 
We do the following:
  • Share news – because we’re a family.
  • Sing – because we love God.
  • Confess sin – because we don’t want to pretend, we’re anything but people in need of grace.
  • Look at the Bible – because that’s how we listen to God.
  • Pray – to ask God for his help.
  • We might have a baptism or take the Lord’s supper - to celebrate Jesus’ rescue.
  • We have coffee afterwards - to take real time together.

What about my kids?


We love having the noise of lively children – so don’t worry!   They stay for the first 15 minutes of the service and then head to some excellent groups.  (Link to Itab) Creche (0-3), 4-10s group, and 11-15s group.   Older teens stay in the service.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go to their various groups. 

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games, and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

More than a Sunday...


While Sundays are a fantastic way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our pastoral groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet during the week, some daytime, and some evenings. 

kidslogo Kid’s club (£1 per child)
Reception to year 6
Wednesday 6-7pm, term time
Lots of fun. Bible stories. Hide and seek. Sports. Tuck shop!
Toddler Group Toddler group (£1 entry)
Wednesday 10-11.15am, term time.
Toys, craft, and songs. A chance for parents to meet and chat and have a cup of coffee.
Youth Youth group (£1 entry)
School years 7-11
Wednesday 7.30pm, term time.
Lots of fun. Opportunities to ask questions about the Christian faith. Games, trips to the beach, camping and much more!
senior Older people’s group
Tuesday fortnightly, 10.30am.
Hymns, prayer, Bible talk, coffee, and biscuits. A great place for friendship - all welcome.
coffee Cafe in the church
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10am-12.
Free coffee and cake. Kids toys. A friendly space.

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