Our thoughts and prayers are with Christine and all her family, following Dave’s unexpected passing.
The RCS Community Pantry were very grateful for all our harvest contributions. Thanks to all those who brought items on Sunday and those who took them round to the pantry.
Skittles: there is currently a booking for skittles and dinner at Wellow Golf Club on Saturday, 13 November. It is always a fun evening so if you would be interested in attending, please let Carole C know as soon as possible. If there are sufficient numbers to take this forward, Carole will issue costs and food options in the near future. Thank you.
In the next few weeks our prayer post box will be moving into our church garden. This is a trial; however, we hope to be able to leave it in the front garden permanently.
The post-box will be available so that anyone passing by the church can pop a pre-written prayer into the post box at any time. Currently there will not be paper or pencils available.
Simply tell us what you'd like us to pray for on your behalf on a piece of paper, then pop it into the box. These prayers will be gathered by the Minister and be included in the prayers during the week and on Sundays. You don’t need to be specific or use names - messages are confidential. It's free and there's no catch - we'll say one for you!
This year we will be using material from Fairtrade for our harvest celebration and taking part in the “Great Big Green Week”. This will conclude our third quarter focus on Fairtrade.
Many of those benefitting from better living conditions, due to working with Fairtrade, are also directly affected by global warning. During this year’s harvest we are asked by Fairtrade to highlight the climate change crisis and encourage everyone to play their part in reducing carbon emissions. At our Outreach Group meeting in July, we discussed how our domestic waste is recycled. Many items which producers say can be recycled, cannot be placed in our domestic recycling bin. The policy determining which materials most of us can recycle is made by Hampshire County Council and Veolia under Project Integra.
As a harvest project we would like to collect as many signatories as possible to send a petition to Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council and on the board of Project Integra. The petition is to ask Hampshire County Council to allow a wider range of recyclable domestic waste through the fortnightly recycling collection system. The main barriers to recycling more materials is the lack of centres for sorting recycled material; there are currently only two in Hampshire. This lack of facilities can give rise to illegal exports of so-called recycled materials to other countries.
Would you be able to volunteer to collect these signatures around the town on Saturday, 11 September so as many signatures as possible can be collected on the petition? This will also be available for you to sign at our Harvest Festival service on 12 September. If you would like to take part in collecting signatures, please contact me. If you are unable to attend but would like to sign, please let me know. We hope to share our petition with other churches and communities within Romsey to widen the reach. If you would like a sheet to share, again, please let me know.
On Sunday, 12 September at our Harvest service we will be collecting dry, tinned and fresh produce which will be taken after the service to the RCS Community Pantry which is based at Unit 7 Dukes Mill in Romsey. They are very happy to receive our harvest donations.
Please read the News section of the worship sheet for updates on their most popular items.
The principle of the Pantry is to give those in need the opportunity to have a ‘helping hand’, by getting food for a small membership fee per visit. The Pantry provides a wide range of fresh, frozen and ambient food, giving households reassurance, support to manage and budget and reducing food entering land fill. Their opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am-12 noon; twilight hours on Wednesdays 4pm-6pm.
Following our Harvest service on 12 September, weather permitting, we propose to hold a Harvest Fairtrade picnic in the Memorial Park. If the weather is inclement, we will use the hall.
There is no need to sign up to attend, just arrive in the park for 12 noon with your Fairtrade Picnic. How many Fairtrade items can you include in your picnic hamper? Come and share your picnic recipes. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Romsey Committee of Christian Aid are delighted to have raised a total of £4,866.99 to date, with 2 major fund-raising events still to come.
On 2 October the committee is planning another book stall in the Market Place. We have plenty of books to sell but do need buyers to buy them! So, book the date and meet us there.
Also, John Reeves from Romsey Baptist Church is seeking sponsors for a sponsored cycle ride. John plans to ride 100 miles over 4 days, 25 miles a day. His thoughts are to time it during either the week before half term in October, or perhaps during the half term as he hopes that children will be enthused to join in even if they only ride a few miles. He is going to plan 4 routes, one to each of east, west, north and south of Romsey, and suggests that a good starting point is the Co-op at Abbotswood. More details in next month’s magazine.
We are urgently looking for a representative from Abbey URC to serve on the local committee. If you would like to be involved with helping the local committee raise awareness, and much needed funds for Christian Aid, please contact me.
The production of crochet and knitted poppies has progressed so well that we now have plenty for our Remembrance display that will be a feature in our church front garden. If you would like to start bringing these to church on a Sunday morning, from 25 July, we can begin to collect them together.
Now! What to do next! We wonder whether, now we have plenty of poppies, our crafters would like to begin knitting or crocheting items for a harvest display that can be placed in the church garden? Perhaps leaves, flowers, fruit and veg may be possibilities, and all in ‘autumnal’ colours? Hopefully it will be possible for those of you with internet access to find some patterns to share. Thanks for all your hard work so far!
Revd Mike attended the Romsey Festival Launch on the evening of Friday 2 July. It was a smaller affair than previous years with invited guests and dignitaries limited to thirty, and it was held in the South Garth of Romsey Abbey rather than in the Town Hall; but we launched the Festival in a very appropriate way, featuring the raising of the brand-new Romsey Festival flag on the Abbey Tower!
It was lovely to welcome people to our church for the Festival Opening Service on the Sunday evening of 4 July. The Test Valley Borough Council Mayor, Cllr Mark Cooper and his wife Mayoress Dr Susan Tippett were in attendance, along with representatives from the Romsey Festival Committee who participated in the service, with members and friends from our congregation and local community. Kirsty and Rod provided musical interludes which were very welcome especially as we were still not able to sing hymns as a congregation.
So, the Romsey Festival has been launched! There are a number of concerts and recitals taking place here at church, we look forward to seeing you.
A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored Richard and Kathleen. They have raised an astounding £1,485 to date – well over their target, thank you!
Sadly, Sunday 4 July 2021, dawned cloudy and this means Kathleen and Richard’s skydive was postponed – apparently if you can’t see where you should land, you’re not allowed to jump! So, we’re now awaiting a rescheduled date – we’re keep you informed, and when they do finally get to jump, I’m sure Kathleen will let you know how it went!
However, it is important to remember the main reason for their dare-devil activity was to raise awareness and funds for Wessex Cancer Trust who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. From its start in a portacabin on the site of The Royal South Hants Hospital in 1981, Wessex Cancer Trust has grown and evolved to now support over 8,000 people each year affected by cancer; this support is a lifeline to many people.
Thank you to all who have donated; we have been overwhelmed by the support they have received. If you would still like to donate, their Just Giving page is open until the end of July, you can access it by clicking HERE, you could contact me or you could send a your donation direct to the charity.
Thank you once again,
I’m sorry to have to report sad news from Braishfield URC. We will not now be re-opening our church for Sunday Worship until the new date of 25th July 2021. We have all been told by the Prime Minister that all restrictions will be lifted on 19th July 2021, so the next Sunday after that date will be 25th July. We are sorry about this, but most of our congregation were in favour of waiting for 25th July for a new re-opening day. We are sorry also that we had to postpone the visit from the Reverend Mary Thomas but hope she will be able to come to Braishfield next year.
On the 25th July we will have our 203rd Church Anniversary service, (we thought it made sense to move that as well as our re-opening day). We look forward to being back in church where we will welcome Mr Peter Pay to lead our worship at 10.00 am. Peter has been our worship leader before, but this time he comes to Braishfield as the Joint Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church. This is post he holds with Reverend Clare Downing.
We send our best wishes to those of our congregation who have been under the weather recently and congratulations to everyone celebrating special birthdays and anniversaries in June and July.
Love and best wishes to all of our congregation at Braishfield and we hope to be together again in our church on 25th July at 10.00 am.
The covid 19 pandemic continues to have an enormous impact on the lives of Palestinians. The economy has shrunk and access to health care is reduced. Christian Aid partners have continued to respond to the situation and make progress despite the challenges.
Abu Rashwan is an agricultural area in Gaza where 9,000 residents have had no properly functioning sewage or water services and electricity shortages are common. Families live hand to mouth. A group from Culture and Free Thought Association (CFTA) have been organising and training people to make positive changes and a road has been newly paved and with solar panel lighting. A member from the community commented,” I have been living in this area for 25 years and when returning home at night, this is the first time I saw the road clearly”.
Commitment for Life is the URC programme for global justice which offers guidance to churches to pray and offer support for vulnerable communities worldwide.
Happy June everyone! I've had my second farrier competition of the year. This was held by the same people as the last one I mentioned, so was still online. It went really well and I felt more relaxed going into this one and was happy with the shoes I produced. For this round I'm happy to say I came 7th in my group, so still in the top ten! Just one more round to go....