Other Social Activities
Details and updates on social activities held within the church.
On 1 May I joined about 20 people, including 4 children, from a variety of local Churches for the 5 mile walk around Romsey. We started at Abbey URC with the prayer below, written by Derek Hiscocks:
“Great God, today is a celebration of your wonderful creation but it is also a time when we ask forgiveness for the ways in which human beings have marred it. As we walk around our lovely town of Romsey we thank you for it and are in awe of your great gifts to us in the fields and hedgerows, in the flora and fauna and in the built environment with caring people. Also we ask for your forgiveness for the way in which human beings have violated your handiwork. Species have become extinct and many are being driven to the edge because we fail to balance our greed with a love of you and your creation. As we walk today enable us to be witnesses to a different mode of living based upon love – love for you, our neighbours and all living things.
Father we ask for your blessing in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ who loves us and the Holy Spirit who lives within us. Amen”
Blessed with a warm sunny afternoon, easy pace and conversation, we stopped en route to pray at various assigned places, The Fisheries, Greatbridge Industrial Estate, The Fishlake, Abbotswood, The Gospel Oak at Crampmoor, The Allotments and finally the Town Market Place. Half way round the kind congregation at St Swithun’s Church gave us refreshments thus invigorating us to continue to the end at Romsey Abbey for the Evensong, which included the Blessing of the Fields.I have completed this environmental walk on numerous occasions and each year it gets better and the number of participants’ increases. It’s well worth getting to know the area around Romsey better and I do encourage you to take up this challenge next year when you see it advertised on our noticeboard.
In January our friend, Rev Keith Thomasson, led a very successful singing workshop in the church which was followed by an evening service based on Iona liturgy. Keith is the conductor of a group named Sarum Singers. About 40 people attended, many from outside our own fellowship. Ideas from that venture are being taken to United Church in Winchester and the Methodist Church in Salisbury. Words of hymns often employ Scottish traditional tunes. Think of the Skye boat song (Speed Bonnie Boat) to sing in church or indeed in the morning shower.
'Spirit of God, unseen as the wind,
gentle as is the dove,
teach us the truth and help us believe,
show us the Saviour's love.
We plan to book another day into the church calendar perhaps for next year.
It was a very social gathering for Easter breakfast in the Abbey Hall Lounge. We arrived in sunshine between the Easter morning services and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast prepared by Christine and Jennifer. A lovely way to start Easter day.
CHURCH SALE IN ABBEY HALL
Thank you to everyone who supported the Church Sale - from stallholders to donations. Your help is much appreciated.
Saturday, 14 November 10a.m. to 12 noon
Gifts – Janet Littlehales ..Tombola – Stella Gunston
Cakes & Groceries – Jill Stagg .. Books – Rosalie Hall
Jewellery – Ena Parsons .. Christmas Cards & Gifts – Jill Girdlestone
Raffle – Angela Farmery & Christine Thomas
It was a great pleasure to receive the Over Nineties on 28 June. The party was organised by the Pastoral Groups and “VIP” guests and their companions enjoyed the afternoon tea: homemade tasty sandwiches and various cakes were shared for this social event.
Angela Bevan offered the prayer of thanksgiving.
Everybody had a great time and it was nice to see the Over Nineties smiling and sharing their memories. Is that the secret of reaching over the age of 90?
May we thank everybody who helped us make this event as successful as in previous years and we are looking forward to the next event in 2016.
Jeannine & Roy Macartney