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Abraham and Us



Over the next 10 Sunday mornings we will be learning about Abraham.  How are we supposed to read this ancient history, and how does it relate to us today?  Fortunately, God tells us in the New Testament, in Galatians -

“Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.  The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you."  So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”  Galatians 3.7-9

God says there are four points of connection:

1. We’re in the same family as Abraham  
“Those who believe are children of Abraham” (verse 7). Perhaps you grew up with that old kids' song “Father Abraham had many sons.”  We’re not likely to bring that one back!  But here is where that came from.  Although Abraham is the forefather of the Jewish nation – his true children are related to him not by blood, but by faith.  So as we work through Genesis 11 to 22 we’re actually reading our family history.  These are our stories, our heritage, our roots.

2. We have the same gospel as Abraham  
God “announced the gospel in advance to Abraham” (verse 8).  Now the gospel usually means the good news about Jesus.   Here we are two thousand years before Jesus – and the claim is that God’s same truths are there. Trewsbury Mead is a tiny little spring – in Cirencester.  But as you follow along it widens to become the Isis in Oxford and then the river Thames through to London.  The Bible is a little like that.  Abraham is right back near the source as he hears about the gospel.  But that plan of God deepens and widens until it’s a great gushing source of life for the world by the time we get to Jesus.  (Although that’s where the illustration of the sometimes rather filthy Thames breaks down!)

3. We receive the same blessings as Abraham. 
“Those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”  On Sunday we’ll explore how God promises Abraham a people, a place, protection, a purpose and his presence.  You might pause and think as you read this blog, how does Jesus give Christians each of these blessing?  Can you think of a New Testament promise for each?

4. We have the same God
It’s just easy to forget that because Genesis is so strange.  There’s circumcision, tribal wars, angels coming for dinner and cities being destroyed with sulphur.  And yet reading of how God loves and speaks and gives grace to Abraham is greatly reassuring.  Because it’s so clear - God hasn’t changed.  If 4000 years ago he’s the same, we can trust that in 5, 10, 50 years ahead in our lives he’ll still be the same.

Barnaby, 22/04/2022
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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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