Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey



Annual Report and Accounts for year ending 31 December 2017

The Abbey United Reformed Church is registered charity number 1132706.
The objective of the Charity is the advancement of the Christian faith for the benefit of the public,in accordance with the Scheme of Union of the United Reformed Church and has regard to the Charity’s Commission’s guidance on public benefit.
 
The Charity provides regular public worship for all, promoting the Christian faith, teaching the faith to all ages, provides training, nurture and activities for children and young people. It serves the community, giving pastoral care and support to members and others in need, particularly those in sickness, distress or poverty. It provides premises and resources for community groups and activities.
 
Weekly Services of Worship normally take place on Sunday at 10.30 am and 6.30 pm. The morning service includes provision of a crèche, activities for children and a monthly discussion group for young people. Worship also includes a weekly Prayer Group and monthly short Communion Service in the more informal setting of Abbey Hall Lounge.

There are BALM (Bereavement support) and MOT (Moving on together) Groups, Badminton Club, Table Tennis Club, Lunch Club and was, until 2015, a Choir.

 
A monthly magazine and weekly notice sheet are published. Activities such as social evenings, concerts, fund raising events etc. are well supported.
 

Abbey United Reformed Church is a joint pastorate with Braishfield United Reformed Church. A number of weddings and funerals are held and many of the congregation are involved in support of national and international charities. The church regularly donates to various other charities.

 

Here is an overview.

Page 1 – Introduction 

The accounts are presented in a format that follows the requirements of the accounting regulations introduced by the Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (the FRSSE)(effective 1st January 2015) for Charities with an annual income of less than £250,000 and interpreted, as approved, for religious orders. 

Pages 2-6 – Trustees Annual Report 

These pages contain the annual report of the Trustees, which cover the following aspects: Administration, Organisation structure, Objectives, Achievements and Financial Review. 

Page 7 – Balance Sheet 

This page shows the Church’s assets and liabilities. The “tangible fixed assets”, comprising the church, hall, manse and caretaker’s residence, being vested in the United Reformed Church (Wessex) Trust Limited as trustee, are not capitalized into the accounts 

Page 8 – Statement of Financial Activities 

This statement is a receipts and payments account and combines all of the Church’s funds together. It shows separate columns for the General Funds, Designated Funds and Restricted Funds, all of which are shown in detail on the subsequent pages. 

Page 9 – General Fund 

The General Fund represents the funds that can be used for any purpose without restriction. 2016 income/expenditure is compared with that for the previous year. 

Pages 10 & 11 – Designated Funds and Restricted Funds 

The Suspense Fund is the only Designated Fund. It is the aggregate of bequests, which do not have any restrictions on their use. The Church is free to bring such resources back into the General Funds if so wished. 

Restricted Funds are those that can only be used for the purpose specified at the time the funds were received. They include: the Communion Fund (set aside for the assistance of those in hardship and used at the discretion of the Minister of the Church), the TWW Fund (a bequest by a former organist of the Church for the replacement/refurbishment of the organ), the Organ Fund (also for the replacement/refurbishment of the organ) and the new Historical Research Fund.

Page 12 – Notes to the Accounts 

These notes provide technical information about the basis of preparation of the accounts. 

Page 13 – Report by the Independent Examiner 

This independent examination of the accounts is a requirement of the Charities Act 2011. Whilst less comprehensive than an audit, it is designed to be suitable for an organisation of the Church’s type and size.

To view the accounts for 2017 in full click on the link to the charity commission website. Accounts 2017

Notices

  • This Sunday

    Sunday 22 July

    10.30 am    Family Service led by the Minister

      6.30 pm    Evening Service led by the Minister

    Please note during the summer all evening services will be held in the church.

    The week ahead and forthcoming events

    Tuesday 24 July

    9.30 am     Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Readings to be used: Psalm 23 and Mark 6: 30-44

    7.30 pm in Abbey Hall Lounge.

    In preparation for leading our morning communion service on Sunday 5 August our Synod Moderator Revd Clare Downing invites you to explore with her the lectionary readings for the day and try to discern how they connect with the life of the church.

    Wednesday 25 July

    1.45 pm Service of thanksgiving and funeral of Sylvia Puffett at Test Valley Crematorium, led by Revd Alan Green

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 29 July

    10.30 am   Family Worship led Stephen Ings

    6.30 pm     Evening Worship led by Angela Bevan

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