Church History
Rev. OnionsWest Worthing Evangelical Church, Rugby Road, was originallyfounded in1900, meetings first being held in the laundry premises in Elm Grove. In 1912 during the pastorship of Rev. Onions the congregation moved into its own purpose built chapel in Rugby Road. Sunday worship services and a Sunday school, as well as meetings for women, children and young people mid-week, were established. The cause was founded upon "undenominational lines" although firmly Protestant, being faithful to the Bible in all aspects of its life and work. The Church has always believed in a triune nature of the Godhead, with Jesus Christ as man's only means of salvation, which He secured through His atonement on the cross. In its early days the church became known for its clear Protestant witness, and for upholding the authenticity and authority of the Word of God. The church in 1962The Church has always relied upon the faithful giving of God's own people to meet its funding and has never resorted to public appeals. During the long history of the church it has passed through difficult times. In the 1939-45 War the premises were used as a day school due to the large influx of evacuees into the town. On the cessation of hostilities a full programme of activities was recommenced, although it was not easy to re-establish the cause after the war.

In the mid 90's the church grew and an attractive hall was added to its premises, and a gallery was installed in the church sanctuary to help accommodate the growing congregation.
Inside in 2000The area around where the church now stands was once part of the town's extensive horticultural industry. Just as seeds were once sown and plants nurtured in the area in years gone by, spiritually this is the prayer of the church today: that as the gospel seed is sown, the Lord may be pleased to bring forth spiritual fruit to His honour and glory.

What We Believe
The churches of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches are committed to these truths of historic, biblical Christianity:

1. GOD
- There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to his sovereign will for his own glory.
- God has revealed himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice.
3. THE HUMAN RACE - All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God's punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.

- Salvation is entirely a work of God's grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.

- The Holy Spirit has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and produces increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.
- The universal Church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel.
- Baptism and the Lord's Supper have been given to the churches by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. The Lord's Supper is a commemoration of Christ's sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
9. THE FUTURE - The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever.

Projector, Powerpraise and Powerpoint!
We use an overhead projector both morning and evening (and also in some mid week meetings). All our hymns from both Praise and Mission Praise are displayed on the screen, so the congregation can choose whether to use a book or use the screen!


All WWEC Pastors

John Onions
Starting in 25th March 1906
Finishing in 1925
Theodore H.

Starting in 1927
Finishing in 1931
Frederick H. King
Starting in 1934
Finishing in 1939
Norman Cogley
Starting in 1942
Finishing in 1944
Ernest W. Bacon
Starting in 1945
Finishing in 1948
Charles F. Brown
Starting in 1954
Finishing in 1962
Trevor Manning
Starting in 1963
Finishing in 1973
Clifford Mothersdale
Starting in 1974
Finishing in 1976
William Hamilton
Starting in 1980
Finishing in 1983
John W. Billett
Starting in 1991
Finishing in 2005
Ian McNaughton
Starting in 2008
Finishing in 2013

Hymn Books

At WWEC we mainly use two different hymn books. Here is a little bit about each book....

Praise hymn bookPraise! is a hymn book to assist Christian congregations in their worship of the one true God — and in the language of the twenty-first century. Our congregational singing is a significant part of our devotion to God, and the carefully chosen content of our Christian hymns and songs is therefore vital for all who lead public worship.
Praise! contains 1,000 of the the best of modern hymns and songs, together with strong traditional hymns, and every biblical psalm

Mission Praise hymn bookMission Praise is a hymn book used in a wide variety of churches, especially in Britain, including the Church of England. It currently contains 1144 hymns.It originated as Mission England Praise, prepared for Billy Graham's 1984 Mission England campaign. In its "words only" form, it was a thin booklet of 282 pieces, with a wide mixture of hymns and worship songs. Mission Praise has been through a number of editions. The second booklet (Mission Praise 2), came out in 1987, and contained songs 283 to 647. A new combined edition was released in 1993, and featured an extra two hundred songs, expanding the collection from 647 to 793 items. In 1999, "Complete Mission Praise" was issued, increasing the number of hymns to more than 1000. The 2005 edition, produced under the Collins imprint, has 100 extra songs from the last few years.

At WWEC our 'pew' Bible is the New International Version translation.

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