Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Church by the arch

The congregation were asked to write down their wishes for the new year. Click on this "Word Picture" to see them all.

Welcome to our Church

Known locally as the “Church by the arch” we are just off the Square in the centre of Romsey - the archway was the gateway to the old Benedictine Abbey. Our church family welcomes everyone. We are an open fellowship, welcoming all denominations to join us in our church.

Each Sunday we have all age worship at 10.30am. Our young people join us for part of the service and then join their own groups.

Our sister church is in the village of Braishfield, opposite the village hall. Founded in 1818 its friendly and active congregation plays a valuable part in the life of the village.

Our minister, Revd Mike Perrott, MA joined us on 5 November 2016. He was welcomed by the congregation of this church and Braishfield URC, civic representatives, representatives from the other churches and the business community.



Every child is special. It is good to celebrate the gift of new life and to give thanks to God. We welcome children and adults and offer two services: a service of Baptism (sometimes known as ‘Christening) or a service of thanksgiving and blessing . The sacrament normally takes place within the 10.30 am Sunday Worship.

For further information please contact the Minister, Revd Michael Perrott 01794 512163; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you wish a service in the church as part of your funeral arrangements and to give thanks for a person's life, please contact the Minister, Revd Michael Perrott 01794 512163; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Set in the heart of an ancient market town the our church is a is a charming place to celebrate your wedding!
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With the wonder of children

With Wonder


When I first went to Western Australia, I was amazed at the quantity, variety and beauty of the wildflowers. We went there in their spring – we could not have chosen better.

Wherever we went our senses were assaulted with yet more flowers, most of which I had not seen nor heard of before. There were Hakeas, Dryandras, Banksias, Grevilleas and so, so many besides. I had taken my camera and after a couple of days, it was red hot! At one point I was carefully taking a photograph of one flower and was told that there was no need to take it because it was equivalent to a dandelion over here. It was a beautiful flower, even if it was regarded as a weed by the locals, and I took the photograph anyway.

Later, as I read and learnt more about Western Australia, I realized the southwest corner of WA is a very special place – from Shark Bay on the Indian Ocean to Israelite Bay on the Southern Ocean is designated the ‘Southwest Botanical Province’ and is of international importance. The area provides WA with its floral emblem – the kangaroo paw.

Later as I thought about the episode with the WA dandelion, I remembered how, when our daughters were young, they would from time to time bring home a bunch of flowers for their Mum. They were sometimes the daises that I was constantly trying to eliminate from our front garden and sometimes, they were dandelions. What we adults saw as something to rid ourselves of, they saw as flowers to be carefully picked and given to their Mum – a sign of love.

I was reminded of this a few days ago when reading about a woman who was driving a car with the rear window shattered, as happens with safety glass.   When asked by a small girl what had happened to it, she said that a naughty child had thrown a stone and broken it. The small girl said, “but look it is beautiful, it’s all sparkly”. And with the sun shining through it, so it was. It looked like a piece of art, but it took a young girl to refuse to see it as damage.

During this period of time, when we have been limited as to how far we can go and when much of our time has been spent looking at our immediate vicinities or listening to nature instead of to vehicles, perhaps we have been able to appreciate our ‘dandelions’.

Is this what Jesus meant when he said,

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”?

We hope you all have a good week approaching everything with the wonder of children.

Derek Hiscock



If you would like to read the Scripture verses at the weekly on-line Sunday service please contact Mike.


Also, let Mike know if you have particular prayer requests (for yourself or others) in these challenging and uncertain times and  If you would like to contribute a prayer, poem or reflection for the weekly Sunday service outline.


MinisterRevd Mike Perrott