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.

 

Baptisms

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.

Funerals

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.

 

Weddings

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

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Notices

  • 17 January 2021

    10.45am Morning Worship led by Mrs Andy Bevan on Zoom

    Click on Sunday Worship. (880 6118 0122.  Passcode Heiswithus)

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    13 January 2021 2pm-3pm - Kettle's On - 

    Weekly social time on Wednesdays via Zoom  (click Kettle On to join, or meeting ID: 970 815 266, passcode: 079294)

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    14 January 2021 10.30am-11:00am Midweek Communion - 

    Bring your own bread and wine  (click here to join, or meeting ID: 852 4443 7619, passcode: bread)

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    30 January 2021

    7pm Burns Evening - see Magazine for details 

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    You can read this month's magazine by clicking on Magazine

    This week's news sheet is available by clicking on News

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    You may find this list of opportunities to access services/Christian content on radio/TV and on-line helpful:
     the Daily Service at 9.45 on Radio 4 long-wave
     The Sunday Service on Radio 4 at 8.10am
     Songs of Praise Sunday 1.15pm ish on BBC1
     Choral Evensong Sunday Radio 3 at 3pm and repeated on Wednesday Radio 3 at 3.30pm
     Tim Daykin Radio Solent Sunday 6-9am for worship songs, interesting information and a feeling of connectedness

     

     

     

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The Great Potter

Clay potter

 

A new series of one of my favourite TV programmes has started on a Sunday evening, ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’. Here contestants are given quite challenging projects in clay to complete in a given time, which are then judged by two experts including Keith Brymer who is well known for welling-up with tears when he sees a beautifully-crafted ceramic! It is indeed wonderful to see how these artists transform a simple lump of clay into such lovely items of pottery.

 

It is true that humanity has a very deep relationship with the earth. The ancient biblical stories of creation include an account of how God created the first human ‘from the dust of the ground and breathed life into him’ (Genesis 2:7). The imagery of God sculpting and forming clay into human form illustrates the artistry of God who lovingly creates us, in some deep and mysterious way, in God’s own image (Genesis 1:7).

 

In this way, watching ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ reminds me both of how fragile, and how strong, humanity can be. When throwing a pot, the whole thing can collapse if the clay becomes too thin. When drying, the pot can crack if air-bubbles are left inside or, sometimes a pot can expand or contract, and the lid no longer fits. When being fired in intense heat, again the pot can crack. And sometimes the glaze can turn out a completely different colour than expected after firing! But once a piece of pottery has successfully been through the process to completion, it is very strong and durable, often very beautiful, lasting for years.

 

All these can give us a picture of humanity, and human beings. We are none of us perfect, our experience of life can cause us damage, making chips or cracks. But we are strong in that we know God creates us and breathes into us the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

PotIndeed, our ‘flaws’ make us so effective in our Christian mission to share the love of God. Think of Paul’s writing to the church at Corinth where he says, “For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6). This ‘treasure’ we hold within ourselves, as simple clay pots. Paul continues by saying that nothing, no trials or afflictions, no chips or cracks, can prevail against us because we have the faith that God will raise us up again, as God raised Jesus from death.

 

Paul concludes this part of his writing by encouraging people ‘not to lose heart’, no matter how difficult life is. We might say, ‘there is light at the end of the tunnel’ but Paul would say, the light of Jesus shines through us, bringing light and warmth into the lives of others – so very important in these continuing challenging times.

 

 

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.

 

Minister