Hi Mike, thanks so much, it was a real pleasure to share in your service on Sunday morning - I really enjoyed it and such a good show of people too! Blessings on you all and thank you for the donations received. Here are the details below for transferring funds online:
TO PAY ONLINE
Account: City Life Church
Sort code: 40-52-40; Account: 00023519; Reference: Amber;
Or the local giving link is:
Every blessing, Nicky Porter, Lead Chaplain
Thank you for the used postage stamps that you have posted through the Manse letterbox. Do keep them coming so we can make a good donation of them to Leprosy Mission, after our service of 18 April when we will highlight their work.
I have just received some really good news from Coran. He has been offered a conditional place at Brunel University and an unconditional place at Southbank University to study Mechanical Engineering, both universities being amongst the top engineering universities in the country. Andy B
We hope that Iris L had a wonderful 98th birthday celebration on Monday.
Sending our best wishes and congratulations to Pauline H who is getting married on Saturday, to Richard C. They met when she moved to Winchester and she returned to worshiping in the Winchester United Reformed Church. We wish them every happiness in their life together.
Date for your diary: I am organising a Fun Evening on Zoom on 20 March for A Rocha, the Pioneers' charity. There will be a potpourri of games and quiz rounds. Something for everyone. If you would like to provide a quiz round let me know. It would be useful to know who is coming so that I can make sure you have everything you need for the evening’s entertainment. Carole C
Join us each week via Zoom for:
Kettle’s On social time on Wednesdays from 2pm-3pm (click HEREto join, or meeting ID: 970 815 266, password: 079294)
Sunday Service - please join us for home worship on Sundays from 10.45am-11.15am, with a short social time from 10.35am (click HERE to join in, meeting ID 880 6118 0122, password Heiswithus)
If you would like to read the Scripture verses at the weekly Sunday service please contact Carole C. Also, please let Revd Mike know if you have particular prayer requests (for yourself or others) in these challenging and uncertain times.
Our Amnesty International group met on 18 January. We met together to keep in touch with each other and discuss various things, some of them about Amnesty International. Our next meeting is to be held on 8 February when we will be joining with Southampton AI to hear Mike Brown, a member of Clear, who will be telling us about how the refugees they are supporting are coping with Covid 19.
We held our annual Greetings Card evening, as we have done for many previous years, on the nearest Monday to Human Rights Day which is 10 December. Between 70 to 80 cards were sent to many parts of the world, as far away as China, South America and Malta. Amnesty Headquarters send out actions through the Internet, and we do these too.
Hello all, hope you are keeping well. I just wanted to keep you posted on my farriery! Just before Christmas I went back to Hereford college for my next block of education which was three weeks and went really well. I stayed in my usual accommodation whilst there, which was really nice as they were happy to see I'd kept at my work and was progressing.
I learnt a huge amount at college this block, such as the concussive mechanisms of the limb, the stay apparatus which lets the horse sleep standing up and how the hoof actually grows. I think my favourite part of the block was that we actually got to work with horses this time by taking measurements of the foot, cutting the correct metal and then making the shoe to fit before nailing it on as well!
It was a big step to be doing this at college now but really fun as well as interesting to see how the rest of the group work. I am still greatly enjoying the apprenticeship and love that I'm learning all sorts of practical new things, love to you all.
BALM (BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS MEETING)
HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY!
Balm was started on February 2011 with 3 leaders Stella, Maureen and myself. It was the idea of Stella and Maureen who had been to a Synod meeting and found themselves in a group discussing bereavement and came back to Romsey inspired to start a group.
We had 6 ladies and now have 24 members. Two of those ladies still attend and are a great help to me in welcoming new members. The Church and Terry Hinks were very supportive allowing us to use the lounge and donating a small sum of money to get us started.
We are there for each other and we see ourselves very much as a self-help group. Both Stella and Maureen have moved on and we welcomed Joy, our Methodist friend, who comes loyally every month to preside in the kitchen making sure we are fed and watered! Many of our members have made friends amongst the group and in pre-Covid days met socially as well. Now we try and keep contact on the phone, a much-needed lifeline.
During our Outreach Meeting on 13 January, we covered several aspects of our church’s outreach, including a discussion on equality. In addition to activities mentioned elsewhere in the Magazine, here are some of the key points about our discussion.
Equality – part of our discussion looked at our church and whether there was more we could do for those visiting our buildings. Several ideas were offered which would help people of differing disabilities, if you have a suggestion please let me know.
For the theme for the second quarter of 2021, we agreed to look at the work of the Leprosy Mission. Our service on 18 April 2021 will be led by Chris Stratta, Regional Manager London and the South East of The Leprosy Mission.
Whether we will be able to hold this service by Zoom or at Abbey URC remains to be seen. Just in case we can meet Chris in person, it would be great to give him a large parcel of used stamps, or send it to him before the service if it is held by Zoom. So please continue to keep your used postage stamps. Much of The Leprosy Mission funds are raised through selling used postage stamps to avid stamp collectors, so please continue to collect your used postage stamps for this special occasion.
As has become the tradition at Abbey URC, we will again be having a Community Awareness Service in 2021. This will be held on Sunday 14 February. In 2015 we nominated The Gate, now renamed Amber, to be one of the beneficiaries of our Christmas donations. This is an outreach project of City Life Church in Southampton. Amber offers a listening ear, emotional support, signposting and prayer to women who are involved in the sex industry in Southampton. We have asked someone from Amber to update us on their work, whether in person at the service or by a report.
It is our normal custom for the Community Awareness Service to give the cash offertory (not envelopes) to the charity about which we have been learning. This year, if you would like to make a donation to Amber’s work, you can do so by putting your cash or cheque in an envelope clearly marked AMBER, and posting it through the Manse door. Alternatively, you can make a payment into the church bank account Abbey United Reformed Church Romsey, Sort code: 60 18 46 Account: 21166757 Bank: NatWest. Thank you.
In a pot outside our back door stands a thin little tree. It is about 4 ft high and looks far too weak to carry its burden of inherited history, supposedly representing wisdom, peace, prosperity and happiness.
To support the Palestinian farmers, we have for 7 years made a collection at Abbey URC so that olive trees, destroyed to expand illegal Israeli settlements and bypass roads, can be replaced with new saplings. and demonstrate Palestinian land.
Our collection this last Christmas amounted to £811.25; enough to provide 55 plants. Coved-19 has and will restrict the groups of people from several countries who help the farmers plant the trees, and the manager of the Joint Advocacy Initiative in Beit Sahour tells us that the trees we have sponsored will be planted later in the season. He sends his thanks to us for expressing solidarity with Palestinian growers and for ‘Keeping Hope Alive’, which is the title of the olive tree campaign. I have a few calendars and leaflets left for anyone interested. Please let Geoff know should you wish either.
Israel/Palestine has been our choice for the URC 'Commitment for Life' for several years. The coffee refreshment money after Sunday worship, together with donations from those who keep money jars or boxes, resulted in £303.42 for the 2020 total. With many thanks.
Jennifer and Geoff P
Amazingly, here we are writing the material for the February 2021 church magazine! Who would have thought this horrid virus would still be with us?
We still have no date to open our church, but as soon as we have any news, we will let you know.
We have had several donations for our church over the past few months. One donation was from the Braishfield 200 Club and this was for £153.00. They told us to use this money as we saw fit. It has been decided to use this donation for all of our Braishfield congregation and friends, who usually have a church magazine, to pay for their 2021 magazines so they will have the church magazine free of charge for 2021 after what has been a difficult year for everyone. Our thanks go to the 200 Club Committee for this from us all.
We thank Rusty for decorating and putting a Christmas tree in the window of our church for all passing by to see. We hope people passing saw from this that Christmas was definitely not cancelled; our congregation is very much alive and looking forward to being together again, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
Last, but certainly not least, we say a big congratulations to Margery R who celebrated her 90th birthday on 30th January. Happy Birthday, Margery, from us all at Braishfield United Reformed Church!
The Christmas tree outside church was bedecked with prayers, in the form of ribbons, over the festive period. It was lovely to see the number of ribbons increasing as we walked past.
On twelfth night, the Christmas tree came down and the prayer tree resumed its place in our front garden. The 36 ribbons and one bauble representing the prayers and thoughts of our local community were moved over from the Christmas tree. When passing, we have seen people in the front garden looking at our prayer trees – a lovely way to invite our community into our church.
The prayer tree is there for all to share and everyone is welcome to add a ribbon to represent their hopes and prayers.
Saturday, 30 January 2021 from 7pm
As we are unable to enjoy our fourth annual Burns Supper together in the traditional manner with haggis and ceilidh, we decided we could have a Zoom Burns evening! In January it is always lovely to have something to look forward to – so prepare for an evening to celebrate all things Scottish and the work of Burns.
Why not have a traditional supper, then come and join us to hear the traditional address to the haggis, music, traditional Scottish poetry, a quiz and much more. It will be a good excuse to get dressed up - wear a touch of tartan to get into the mood!
Tickets are £5 per person, cheques made payable to Abbey United Reformed Church. If you would like to reserve your ticket(s) please pay by bank transfer (Ref: BURNS and your name) or post your payment with your name/address to Sarah Beaman or Margaret Caldwell. After paying online, please let Sarah or Margaret know to ensure you receive all relevant information.
Everyone is very welcome; you can even invite your friends from near and far to join us for an evening of fun and fellowship. All funds raised will be donated to Abbey URC.