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The 'Glorious Normal'


Glorious Normal


Churches can face a number of challenges in today’s world as they seek to be faithful to the gospel. We can be tempted to think that what we are doing week by week is no longer sufficient to meet these challenges, and that we should change tack in order to be more effective.  This was the theme of the FIEC conference entitled “The Glorious Normal”. A small group of us attended the event at the East London Tabernacle on 12 November.

The conference consisted of three main sessions that each included worship, prayer, interviews with leaders and a speaker. Notes on the sessions are below -

The Glorious God (Johnny Prime)
Johnny spoke about God revealing his glory in the ordinary, using Exodus 16, and the provision of manna as an example. In particular, he spoke about supernatural provision, gracious provision, generous provision and ongoing provision, and showed how each of these headings mirrored the sacrifice of Jesus.
Quote - “There’s nothing ordinary about the glory of God, but his glory in seen in the ordinary.”
You can listen to Johnny's address here.
The Glorious Future (Ray Brown)
Psalm 87. Ray is soon to be appointed Pastor of the East London Tabernacle and he spoke about the future when representatives from the nations mentioned in v4, who were hostile to God and his people will all be included in the those who are saved. V6 refers to an Old Testament view of the New Testament Lamb’s book of life.
The Glorious Normal (John Stevens)
2 Timothy 3-4. John reflected on the experiences of the last 18 months, and of the realities of ministering in a post-Christian culture. He showed how 2 Timothy was written at a time of great change, and there might have been a temptation to panic and try something different in terms of ministry. Instead, Timothy is encouraged to do three things which are still true for us today - read the scriptures, proclaim the gospel, endure hardship. These are ‘normal’ activities rather than anything spectacularly different but will bring fruit when we are faithful in them.
There were around 400 attendees at the London conference, and it was particularly encouraging to see a high proportion of young men serving in a variety of leadership positions.  The organisation was excellent and a dedicated app on our phones contained all the information for the day.  

Overall impressions? Very encouraging to be amongst so many others, to find that we had so much in common in terms of experiences in ministry, and to be reminded not to miss God’s glory in the ‘normal’.

You can see the other addresses from the day here.

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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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