A small, friendly and active congregation meets Sunday by Sunday for worship.
Our Annual General Meeting recently took place and we were pleased all of the appointments were filled for another year. Many thanks to everyone who filled these positions and to those of our loyal congregation who come to church week by week to worship at our church. We looked back at last year and looked forward to the coming year’s activities and especially our 200th Church Anniversary. The church was built in 1818 so we must mark this year with various events to celebrate and to give thanks for the people of the village who, 200 years ago, decided to build our church. We must also give thanks for those who, in 1906, put an extension on to our church. Our Anniversary Service will be on 17th June 2018 at 10.00 am and this will be led by our Minister. Then on 24th June 2018 at 2.30pm in the Village Hall, we will be presenting a Deep South Gospel Sing-Along with The Chris Walker Quartet. It will be a swinging Songs of Praise. Admission will be by programme for a donation of £8.00 per person. Programmes will be on sale after Easter from Rusty, Shirley or any member of our congregation - we look forward to celebrating with you!
Our charity project cheque was presented to Howard Matthews from Shelterbox during our service on 21st January 2018. We were delighted to have raised £1,535.44 during the year. Our thanks go to those who held events, everyone who gave donations, and also to everyone who supported us in any way.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who put an arrangement of flowers in the church, for our Annual Flower Festival in July. Our thanks also to everyone who came to visit over the weekend and those who put donations in our box, which raised £135.00 for Shelterbox.
Harvest Festival has come and gone in our little church at Braishfield and it was good to have our Minister leading our morning service. Once again how lovely the church looked. Many thanks to everyone who helped to decorate the church and to all those who bought flowers, greenery, vegetables, fruit etc, and lots of tinned food, which will be taken to the Society of St. James in Southampton.
We then had our Harvest Supper on 18th September and what a good evening that was. We were entertained by Bob, Barry and Dave and we thank them for coming to entertain us once again. Our thanks to everyone who organised the evening and to those who came to support it.
The service of welcome to Mike and Marie at Braishfield Church on 20th November was very good, with people from the village welcoming them on behalf of various organisations, including the Rector on behalf of the five churches in the Braishfield United Benefice. After the service we all enjoyed a chat, and a lot of it, over a cup of tea or coffee. Our thanks to Karen Smith for putting the service together and to everyone who helped in any way.
Our church was decorated once again for our Harvest Festival, just as a village church should be and how it has been for a great number of years. Many thanks to Gill and everyone who helped in any way with the decorations. It all looked lovely.
Hazel Roberts led our Harvest Service. This was tinged with sadness as, after many many years of leading our worship, she has decided to step down. We thank Hazel for all her support over the years and we presented her with a signed card and a rose called “Warm Wishes”.
Harvest Supper was enjoyed as usual by us all as was the entertainment by Bob and Barry following the supper. Our thanks go to them and also to our organisers, Margaret, Joan and Pat Taylor, and all who helped in any way to make the evening a success. Raffle tickets were sold in aid of our 2016 charity, Jumbulance.
Our church was decorated with such lovely flowers for our Flower Festival on 16th and 17th July. Thank you to everyone who put an arrangement in and also to the visitors who came to see the flowers over the weekend and, of course, to our organiser, Margaret Batchelor.
The donation box inviting visitors to contribute to our 2016 charity, Jumbalance, raised £91.10.
We thank Mrs Chris Chisholm for telling us about the work of the Jumbalance charity during our service on 3rd April. This is to be our 2016 charity project and her talk was certainly very informative on their work.
It is hoped that we will have many events for this charity during the year. The first event is a Coffee Morning.
We will be collecting coins in jars during the year so it is hoped that many of us will already have started supporting the charity this way. We will be bringing back our jars of coins to church on 27th November at 10.00 am and thank you in advance for any support you can give us.
We were pleased with all of the support for our 2015 charity, Rivers of Living Water. Our thanks go to everyone who held events during the year and to those who supported us in any way. We were delighted to present a cheque to Leslie and Margaret Buridge on 17th January 2016 for the wonderful amount of £1,767.34, together with many blankets that were knitted by a number of our members and friends.
Our coins from the jars made a great sound on 16 November as they were being tipped into the four buckets for our charity, Rivers of Living Water. When counted, we were pleased to have raised £197.33 for our 2015 charity. Thank you to everyone who collected this money and to those who counted it and to Bill and Margery who transported the coins to the bank. They had to take up weight lifting first!!
The charity Braishfield URC has chosen to support this year is Rivers of Living Water.
Each year, Revd Alan Clarredge goes to Zimbabwe where he is taken by government transport (Rivers of Living Water supply the money for the fuel) to every area we can reach, to restore or even install pure water filtration equipment and also to distribute aid. This covers orphanages, schools and rural hospitals.
So far, Rivers of Living Water has saved 3 million lives. This figure has been reached by dedicating 29 years of voluntary work to the people of Zimbabwe.
However, we would never have got this far and saved so many lives without our generous sponsors, who have helped raise nearly £300,000 so far! However, we need your help to desperately raise more. You can help end starvation and thirst.