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Monday, 08 May 2017 18:19

Romsey Festival 2017

Romsey Festival 2017 takes place between Saturday 1 and Sunday 16 July.

It’s a celebration of the arts and much more, in and around the town, brought to you by members of your local community. Many of the concerts and events will be held in our Church so please check www.romseyfestival.org for full details.

We look forward to seeing you in July.

Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:54

Au revoir St Joseph's

It is with some sadness that we say Au Revoir to our friends at St Josephs as they move back into their church in time to celebrate Easter Sunday.  We have enjoyed the opportunity for closer fellowship as they have shared our premises for the last 5 years and shall miss them.  However, it is great news for the St Joseph fellowship that they can once again return “home” to their refurbished and improved church.  We hope we can still enjoy opportunities to share in fellowship with them and wish them God’s blessings for the future.

Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:57

Come along for a sing-song

The community weekend starts on Friday, 10 February at 7.30pm in the Abbey Hall with their very own Variety Show. Using sources from World War One the evening will recreate the social evenings of entertainment, enjoyment and audience participation shown throughout the period in which locally stationed troops joined in with the community and congregation. The evening is part of the Church's World War One Heritage Lottery project and offers the chance for the audience to show off their talents, join in with the choruses of old time classics or simply enjoy the atmosphere of the evening. Light refreshments will be available including traditional trench cake and ale donated by Tipsy Pig, Latimer Street. Admission Free.
 
Sunday continues the celebration with a Community Awareness Service at 10.30am in the Abbey United Reformed Church, celebrating our talents and with guest speaker Dick Hewitt, Chairman of the Romsey Festival, talking about the Festival and the range of opportunities it brings to the town.
 
From 3.30pm until 5pm you are invited to come and sing Iona in the Abbey United Reformed Church with Rev Keith Thomasson for an afternoon of Celtic style songs to prepare for the evening worship.  Following a tea break the service in the Iona traditiion will be led by Rev Mike Perrott at 6.30pm.
 
To attend the Variety Show or the Iona worshop please walk down through the Abbey United Reformed Church arch and the The Abbey Hall can be found on the left hand side just opposite the gates to the South Garth.  The services will be held at the United Reformed Church, the church by the arch, just off the Market Place, Romsey
Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:01

Explorers helping an expedition

On Sunday 15 January 2017, the Explorers at Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey, were pleased to present the cheque to their chosen charity for 2016.  Each year the Explorers choose a charity from the UK or abroad in rotation, this year it was an international charity's turn for support.  After discussion they decided to support one of the Pioneers from church, Kathleen Beaman, who is undertaking a trip with Hampshire Scouts in August this year to help build a school in Madabadaba, a very remote area of Tanzania.  
 
A year ago, Kathleen, who is 15, went along and showed the children where she will be visiting and the current school.  Kathleen belongs to Team Tembo (meaning elephant in Swahili) and the plan is for their group of 24 young people and adults to fund and rebuild a school to provide 3 new classrooms, a library, an office and a toilet block for a remote village and the surrounding area.
 
The Explorers enthusiastically started fundraising to help fund this project.  The congregation supported them by collecting coins in jars throughout the year and coming along to the events.  They baked cakes for a cake sale after the service on the launch Sunday and strode out, with friends and supporters, on a beautiful sunny day down at Mudeford to undertake their sponsored walk.  It was well attended and the shared lunch afterwards went down well with the young people and other members of the congregation who joined them.  Other events included a bingo evening, name the (toy) dog, an Easter Egg raffle and at Beggars' Fair coins were collected to make a coin picture and the year's fundraising culminated with the Christmas hamper raffle.
 
The Explorers and Reverend Mike Perrott, Abbey URC Minister, presented a cheque for the sum of £1,030 towards Madabadaba school.  Kathleen said, "My fundraising has been going well and I have had wonderful support from friends and the people of Romsey.  However this is lucky as when the expedition leaders went for the pre-visit last summer 250 children turned up to welcome them!  This means the scheme needs to be enlarged and every penny we can raise will help towards the extra 2 classrooms needed to give these children the education they deserve.  I'm really pleased that I was chosen to volunteer at Madabadaba as the new school means the girls will also be given the chance to learn, the previous classroom was only large enough for a few of the children so the boys were given the priority for education."
 
Although Kathleen has now reached her target she has decided to still continue with her final fundraiser.  As the team needs to raise the money for two extra classrooms any money she receives over the amount set by the expedition will go directly towards work and extra items at Madabadaba primary school. Kathleen's final fundraiser will be shocking for people who know her, she has always had long hair - down to her waist, however in February 2017 she is shaving her hair off to a GRADE 3!  Her hair will be donated to the Little Princess Trust and any sponsorship money will go to the school.  Every penny helps so if you are interested in sponsoring her for this brave event please go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kbeamanexp
 
‚ÄčKathleen, a Pioneer at Abbey URC and Senior Patrol Leader from 3rd Romsey Scouts, will be part of a total unit made up of 100 young people aged 14 - 18, who will be guided by 50 adult volunteers.  There are 5 projects ranging from building a new National camp site, improving accommodation at the medical centre built by the team in 2015, a skills workshop and, of course, Madabadaba primary school.  Tanzania 2017 will be the adventure of a lifetime for both the young people and adults, they have the opportunity to change the lives of local villagers and the experience offers them the chance to learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.  
 
Scouting in Hampshire has a surprising expedition history, travelling 39,450 miles to 15 countries and territories alone in 2015 - even summiting Everest in the past.  This equates to an impressive 1,893,157 people miles; 76 times around the world, or four trips to the moon and back!
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 21:12

Induction of Revd Mike Perrott

A warm welcome to the new Minister

Revd Mike Perrott was greeted by a full church at his induction service at the Abbey United Reformed Church.  Members of Braishfield and Romsey Abbey URC flocked to witness his induction and to welcome their new Minister and his wife Marie to the Romsey.  They were joined by Mike and Marie’s family as well as members and friends from Bittern URC and Hedge End URC, Romsey civic leaders and representatives of Romsey churches.  “It was great to see a full church that afternoon for the service, with many representatives from the civic, ecumenical and local business communities.  There were also members and friends from the two churches of my previous pastorate in Southampton.  It was a wonderful occasion,” said Revd Perrott.

Over the past 18 months the Pastorate Call Group of Braishfield and Abbey URC has been extremely busy.  They compiled a profile of the breadth of activity happening in Braishfield and Abbey United Reformed Churches for prospective minsters to review.  Then came the time of patience, waiting for the right person to indicate an interest. 

When Revd Mike Perrott submitted his profile the Pastorate Call Group all agreed to invite him to the Abbey United Reformed Church to preach with a view.  The service went well and at the joint Church meeting it was agreed to issue a call to Mike.  The search finally ended when Mike accepted and the wheels were put in motion for his move to Romsey.

There has been great anticipation and excitement in Braishfield and Abbey United Reformed Churches preparing for the arrival of their new Minister and it seems fitting that Mike has arrived just in time for Advent, a time of new beginnings.  Mike said “Romsey is a beautiful market town with a great sense of community.  The welcome we have received is wonderful and we’re excited build a new home in Romsey getting to know the church, the community and the locality.”

This new beginning will not be a quiet one.  Apart from getting to know his new pastorate and learning the ropes of his new ministry, Mike will have the joy of Advent and the journey towards Christmas.  The congregations are looking forward to sharing their annual Advent Carol Service at 6.30pm on Sunday, 27 November with Mike, followed by the popular Candlelight Joint Service with St Josephs on 18 December at 6.30pm, and the extremely busy Children's DIY Nativity Service held at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve.  Midnight Communion 11.30pm brings the journey to its climax on Christmas day.

Mike said “I am looking forward to sharing this special season with my new pastorate.   If we can share the real meaning of the Christmas story with people this year; if we can show people by our words and our actions just a glimpse of the depth and scope of the love of God, made known in Christ Jesus, then we have done nothing less than brought real love into their lives.  And that would be a precious gift indeed!”

Notices

  • Forthcoming Events

    Romsey Festival

    9th to 16th July - see Festival Programme for details and http://www.romseyfestival.org

    Including events held in our church

     - 16 July: 10.00 – 4.00 pm           All is Creative in the Garden - GreenButtercup CIC environmental exhibition

    Monday 17th July

    10.30 am MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday 18th July

    9.30 pm Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge based on readings from Psalm 65: 9-13 and Matthew 13: 1-9

    7.30 pm Finance Group Meeting in Church Office

    Wednesday 19th July

    2.30 – 4.00 pm Table Tennis in Abbey Hall

    7.30 pm  Worship Group in Minister’s Vestry

    7.30 pm  Churches Together in Romsey Meeting

    Sunday 23 July

    10.30 am Family Worship, led by the Minister

    4.00 pm The Big Sing at Trinity Church, Totton

    All invited to join Trinity Church, Totton in their celebrations to mark their 25th anniversary 

    6.30 pm Evening Communion Service, led by the Minister

    Saturday 5 August

    10.00 am – 12.00 noon Braishfield Coffee Morning

    at the home of Margery and Bill Randall, Paddock View, Newport Lane, Braishfield – in aid of Shelterbox

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