The vision of the church captures our identity and purpose. We draw this vision from 1 Peter 2:9 which says:
“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light”
We are God’s people, proclaiming Jesus
God’s people: We are a people gathered together by Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father. We have been called from darkness and into Jesus' light through the good news of His death and resurrection. Since Jesus loves each one of us so much to save us, we love each other too.
Proclaiming Jesus: God’s purpose in saving us and gathering us to be His people is that we would proclaim Jesus and all that He has done for us. Everyone at the Tab has a role in serving one another as we proclaim this message of hope in Christ to Worthing and beyond.
What to expect when you come
There will be a warm welcome for you at the Tab. The 10.30 service includes créche (0-pre-school), children’s groups (reception - year 6) and youth activities led by experienced teachers and helpers. We are a family church and we all stay in together at the start of our meeting. We often include messages and songs for our children before they leave for their groups. A member of our Welcome Team will be on hand to answer any questions.
We place a strong emphasis on the preaching here at the Tab. We believe that God speaks powerfully as the Bible is opened and the message about Jesus is proclaimed from the scriptures. We believe in meaningful worship and life-affecting fellowship which flows out of our Sunday gathering into the week.
The cross of Christ is central to all that we do and as imperfect people, we need the message of the gospel to be proclaimed to us all the time. We desire to ‘keep the main thing, the main thing’ so we take communion together every week (alternating between the mornings and evenings) so that this message remains central. The communion table is open to all who trust in Jesus Christ and are living in obedience to Him.
We have wheelchair access (between the church building and Chapel Gifts and Books), an accessible unisex toilet with baby-change facilities, an induction loop and large print materials (ask a member of the Welcome Team).
The church is led by our team of elders and their spiritual leadership is well assisted by the deacons who look after the practical side of church life. The church family is divided into 12 Home Groups headed up by Pastoral Group Leaders and these meet on alternate Wednesdays in people’s homes for fellowship, prayer and bible study.
At the Tab we believe that everyone is a missionary. Each one of us is called to be a witness to Christ wherever we have been sent, whether that is to the workplace, to schools, retirement homes or to our neighbourhoods. This is who we are as God’s people whether we live in Worthing or overseas. Our mission is to proclaim Jesus. We do have a handful of church members who live away from Worthing at various locations at home or abroad. Since they aren’t with us most weeks, we often remember them in prayer and display information about them on our screens.
In addition to the ordinary Christian life of witness to Christ in whatever it is we do, the church arranges special events and is active in giving out invites and literature in the town.
Our location as a town centre church also gives us a great opportunity to share the good news. On weekdays, our premesis is open via our two shops and the office building - there are always people here. The Way In Coffee House is open in the mornings as a place to meet with friends and connect with someone from the church, likewise with Chapel Gifts and Books. We have a range of bibles, Christian books, music, cards and gifts. These shops help us to show out who we are, extending our witness into the immediate town centre community.