Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Friday, 26 June 2020 11:31


News dor week ending 10 July 20

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Kettle’s On social time on Wednesdays from 2pm-3pm (click HERE to 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)

Date for the diary: next Thursday morning, 16 July, Communion service on Zoom.  Please join us at 10.30am by clicking HERE (Meeting ID: 852 4443 7619 and Password: bread).  We look forward to sharing with you! Remember your bread and wine.

If, like me, you have been spending lockdown getting rid of unwanted items, it is good news that the charity shops are reopening. Some are being very selective in what they take and the quantity as they have to quarantine items for 72 hours before they can handle them.  Tenovus will take things by appointment. You can call them on 01794 521191; Carers Together are also taking a small quantity each day, best to get there early. Carole C

Jane Scarth House for cancer patients and their families.  We have continued services throughout the Coronavirus Crisis and offer a telephone support line, signposting and counselling 5 days a week by pre-booked appointment, either via telephone or Zoom.  If anyone would like some support, please ask them to call us on 01794 830374 between 10.00am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Any callers are asked to leave their name and number and one of our staff will call them back within a short time.  The shop will reopen on Saturday, 4 July.

We encourage you to join the General Assembly this Saturday from 10:30am–12:00.   The main business of the Assembly is worship, within which the new Assembly Moderators (Clare Downing and Peter Pay) and new General Secretary (John Bradbury) will be inducted to their roles.

Braishfield URC News

We woke at about 4am on 29 June to find we had uninvited guests in our garden.  A herd of buffalo had a very lively and long party in the garden, they devastated our shrubs, hedges, trees, etc – it looked like a tornado had hit us with so much destruction!  They finally left around 5am, heading towards the village and eventually rounded up by the owner.  We hope we don’t have those visitors again!!  The Smith family, Braishfield

If you would like to talk to someone, your Group Contact, any Elder or Revd Mike are always happy to listen.  If you’d like to pass your good wishes or news to the congregation and friends please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or phone Revd Mike by Tuesday evening.  God bless.

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 12:34

Midweek Communion on Zoom


It has been good to hear how so many of you have found the Sunday morning service so valuable, whether you are able to join together on the Zoom app or by following the paper copy at home at the same time.

The Worship Group recently talked about how we can develop our use of Zoom to enhance our community worship and spiritual life, and have decided to begin holding on Zoom the monthly Thursday morning Communion service that used to be held in the Abbey Hall Lounge.

There will be no paper or email copy of this service distributed in advance, since the prayers surrounding the Communion have been largely unscripted, but you can still join in!  

The basic service outline looks like this:
Opening prayer
The Psalm for the previous Sunday (see Prayer Meeting)
Remembering the Last Supper (using Matthew 26:26-30 or Mark 14:22-26 or Luke 22:14-20)
Prayer before sharing bread and wine (using 1 Corinthians, 11:23-26, or 10:16 & 17)
Sharing in bread and wine (at around 10.45)
Prayers for the world, the church, concerns and celebrations
The Lord’s Prayer
The sharing in the Grace

The first Thursday Communion will take place at 10.30am on 18 June.  The Zoom link to this service will be available on the weekly news sheet the week before.

We look forward to sharing with you!

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:54

Used postage stamps

At this current time, we are communicating much more than usual - please remember to save your stamps on your Royal Mail letters.  Chris Stratta, from the Leprosy Mission, was  to lead our worship on 21 June so in the meantime it would be good to collect as many stamps as possible so that, when Chris finally comes to Romsey, we can present him with a large bundle of used postage stamps to help with the Leprosy Mission fund raising.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020 09:52


Our journey through lent, holy week and on to Easter was slightly different this year.  However, our cross went up outside the church and was appreciated by all those who passed by.  

Monday, 16 March 2020 10:42

Pioneers 2020 charity

If you were able to be in church on 15 March you would have seen the video of A Rocha (pronounced “aro shar”) International and the videos produced by the children showing why they decided to support this charity.  A Rocha is a Christian environmental charity which has many projects worldwide supporting animal conservation, re-forestation and many other environmental issues. Please go to A Rocha website  to see the breadth of work they do worldwide. During the service a video was played illustrating the beliefs and work of the charity, the link to the video shown in church is .  Thank you to Val who produced the gorgeous cakes, the donations for tea, coffee and cake after the service began this year’s fundraising.


Sunday, 08 March 2020 17:55

World Day of Prayer at Braishfield 2020

This year’s World Day of Prayer service was held in our church on Friday, 6th March. It was a lovely and very moving service written by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe with their text “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk”.


It is amazing to think this same service was held all over the world, at different times, but all on the 6th March. There were a good number of people at the service. We thank Hannah and Gill for organising the service and Joan for organising the refreshments after it.

Thanks also to all who came to the service and to those who did readings, played the music, and the video for us all to see. Next year’s World Day of Prayer service will be at Braishfield URC on Friday, 5th March 2021 so see this as an early note for your diaries!

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 16:55

News from Braishfield March 2020

We reported on our presentation of the church 2019 charity project cheque to Hampshire Search and Rescue in last month’s magazine, but I just wanted to say how nice it was to be able to include a photo of Joan Glister presenting the cheque to Alison Chestnut and Trevor Vidler from the charity in that report. We hope to be able to share more photos from various church events now the magazine has gone to colour! 

I would also like to repeat my thanks to everyone who supported the church in its fundraising efforts for Hampshire Search and Rescue. It was so wonderful to be able to give the charity a cheque for £1,408.80, which we understand will be used towards new hand-held microphones, which are much needed in their work. Any money left over from that will be going towards fitting out their new Control Van. What a wonderful job this charity does and we are pleased we have been able to help them a little.        

The charity we are supporting in 2020 will be Mercy Ships. We heard more about their work and what they are involved in during our service on 16th February, when we launched the charity as our project for the year. We trust some events towards this will soon be organised. If anyone would like to put on an event for us, please let me know so we can get the date in our diaries.

Saturday, 15 February 2020 17:44

Synod Youth Executive Meeting 2020


This Valentine’s day I made my way to Fleet URC to begin our first Wessex synod youth exec meeting of 2020. I had a super time and alongside the discussions and work it was really nice to catch up with my friends on the exec. We covered all of the agenda by Saturday evening which doesn't happen often and meant that we could elaborate on any previous subjects again if we wanted to. 

We planned the layout for the next meeting which takes place in May and is also an open meeting which means young people not on the WSYE can come along and still input their views regarding the topics. Along with planning we wrote out our report of what we have been up to in order for it to be read out at general assembly. I had a really good time and we all look forward to keeping up with what is planned so far for the rest of the year! 


Monday, 10 February 2020 17:45

Burns Supper 2020

On Saturday, 8 February our members and friends gathered to celebrate Burns night in style with good food, a ceilidh and a wee dram.  Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759 and, since soon after his death in 1796, Burns enthusiasts have been celebrating his life and his genius annually with Burns Suppers.   The Chair, Derek Hiscocks, called the guests to order and all stood to receive the haggis, piped in by Marcus White. The “beastie” was carried by Richard, the chef, and escorted by Carole Cox with the dram.  At the front they met Ian Caldwell, who then addressed the haggis with zest and gusto!

Alfresco Catering prepared and served the delicious meal of salmon mousse, followed by traditional haggis served with a whisky sauce, neeps & tatties. This was followed by 'tipsy laird', a gorgeous raspberry sherry trifle and the meal rounded off with fresh coffee and mints, accompanied by excellent home-made shortbread.  During the meal the guests were entertained with recitations of Burns’ work; “Banks o' Doon” by Margaret Caldwell and “Epistle to a Young Friend” by Willie McKenna.

After the meal, John McGhee toasted the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, the Loyal Toast was proposed by Ian Caldwell and the Chair, Derek Hiscock, proposed toasts to “Oor Guests” and to absent friends.  Then Dicey Reilly & Guests had everyone on their feet taking part in the ceilidh; partners were found and dances learnt, thanks to the caller’s patience and enthusiasm.  The music was excellent and had those not dancing, tapping their feet and clapping along.  During the break, allowing guests and band to catch their breath, the raffle was drawn; the kindness of local businesses was hugely appreciated.  

The ceilidh resumed with more fun and laughter; the band and guests could have continued until the early hours, however at 11pm the time had come to wish friends goodnight and Derek gave the closing vote of thanks, congratulating all those who had a helped organise the event. Derek said “heartfelt thanks to the caterers, the food was delicious.  The hall looked amazing and the enthusiasm of the band made for a very special event.  Special thanks to Photoflair, Romsey for taking the photos and providing lasting mementos of the evening.”  The night was rounded off by a rousing rendition of Robert Burns’ most widely known work, 'Auld Lang Syne' before the guests wended their weary, but happy, way home.

Thank you all for your support, we have raised £495.74 for church funds.

Saturday, 08 February 2020 17:52


It was great to refresh our link with Fryers House by nominating them as our charity for our Community Awareness Weekend.  We opened the church on Saturday 8 February for refreshments.  Thirteen people visited between 10am–2pm and looked at the display about Fryers House and its work.  Interesting chats were held with the visitors, 6 of whom were visiting Romsey from Dorset for the day!

On Sunday we welcomed Trish Moody, the Volunteer Co-ordinator for Fryers House.  Trish told us how the Leonard Cheshire Homes were founded and the work they now undertake with their severely disabled residents.  Trish co-ordinates the volunteers at Fryers House and organises much of their activities within the community.  For her, this is a two-way street with the community helping them, whilst they also offer their skills and gifts back into the community.  

One such offering has been the purchase and maintenance of a defibrillator for use by the local community.  Fryers House will also be opening their very own Sensory Garden later this year and hope to make this available to other community groups.

We often make the mistake of looking at ourselves as the “abled” whilst people like the residents of Fryers House are labelled “disabled”.  Mike, in his sermon for the Community Awareness service, spoke of the Japanese tradition of Kintsugi.  This is the tradition whereby broken pottery is repaired with a seam of lacquer and gold.  Instead of a broken pot the new vessel therefore becomes more beautiful and valuable than its original.  

Each one of us is created in the image of God; perhaps we need to look more closely at our 'labels', to see that we are all disabled in some way and that the gold holding us together is God’s image showing through, everyone different in the pattern the gold creates within us.

We look forward to forging stronger links with Fryers House.  Start by booking Saturday 25 July in your diary to support the Fryers House Summer Fete in Abbey Hall.   Hopefully, Trish will be returning back later in the year to update us on how Fryers House residents have been working within our community.

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