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How do we get God's anointing?

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The idea of God’s anointing gets thrown around: “she’s an anointed speaker,” “that church is really experiencing God’s anointing.”  And our ears prick up because of course we long for God to be at work.  But it can also leave us feeling left out, and that unless we receive this extra thing God’s never going to use us. 

Into that, three words really stood out from a recent conference a few of us attended. The conference title was “The Extraordinary Ordinary”, and the three words were from 2 Corinthians 1:21, which says: “God anointed us.” 

The background to this verse comes from Zechariah chapter 4.   The people of God were trying to build the Temple, but it felt too big and they too small.  So they stopped for 15 years.  What got them going was Zechariahs message: that God would work “not by human might, or power, but by His Spirit” and God would use “two people who are his anointed ones” (4:14).  That meant Joshua (a Priest) and Zerubbabel (a King/leader).  But the promise pointed forward to Jesus (“Christ” means the anointed Priest/King).  Then the speaker asked “what about today, who are the anointed ones today?  Who is filled with the Spirit so that God can use them to build his church?”

And he showed from 2 Corinthians 1:21 that “God anointed us” – ordinary Christians.  Rather than think of one anointed evangelist, or one set of churches, or one leader or preacher who is “anointed” God is telling us that we all are, by the Holy Spirit.

What does this mean for the Tab?

It means that we should all believe that God can use us.  Not just certain special people but you.  So have confidence.  God can use you not because of might or power (it has never been about that!) but by the anointing of his Spirit. 
It means if we talk of anointing we should talk less about individuals (unless we mean Jesus!) and more about “us” all. If you find a sermon helpful that’s just as much (perhaps more) the Spirit's anointing in you, to help you listen and be moved, as any anointing of the preacher. 

 “God anointed us.”    
Barnaby, 23/06/2022
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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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