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.
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.
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!”