Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:31


How are you coping with this latest lockdown? I spend time watching these 4 Bantams, bought as pets for the 3 girls next door. People think hens are stupid. One hen is always boss and the other 3 follow her around. Number 4 really struggled to join her sisters in the picture below as they didn’t leave much room. They don’t like getting wet and huddled under a small table, but are very adept at finding the small area of sunshine! Watching them certainly beats housework!  All good wishes, Christine T

Please remember we are all in this together, if you would like to talk to someone, your Group Contact, any Elder or Revd Mike are always happy to listen.

We had  fun on Saturday evening at the Zoom quiz and Fun Night!  Thanks to everyone who supplied the rounds – and to everyone who took part.  There will be a report in the magazine next week.

You are invited to attend the Romsey Future Winter Stakeholder event, Tuesday 1 December 5.30pm- 7.30pm via Microsoft Teams. Romsey Future is a key partnership made up of the voluntary, business and statutory sectors. It brings people together to help influence and shape the town, more information can be found at This event will be an opportunity for you to shape Romsey Future’s priorities over the next five years and hear about the activities planned.  There will be an update on the Masterplan for the south of town centre area.  It has never been more important that we continue working together to help achieve the partnership’s ambitions. Please confirm attendance by 25 November, by email, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please contact Carole C If you would like to read at the weekly Sunday service.  Revd Mike is always happy to include any particular prayer requests  you may have.

Next Wednesday is the issue date for the December/January magazine.  If you have any news or Christmas wishes you would like to share with our fellowship, please send it to me for the Tuesday after.  Thank you. Sarah B

Join us each week 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’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, 04 November 2020 17:59

Table Tennis Update

It was a real pleasure for 5 of us when we picked up a table tennis bat and ball and played a few games on the afternoon of the 30th September.

At present the plan is to play monthly, Covid restrictions permitting, but we may be able to extend this at a later date. We are using 2 tables because we can only play singles.

Because of the restrictions it means that our twice monthly sessions with our friends from the Dementia Group is not permitted.  I have been in touch with them and it was good to know that they were still keen to resume when the Government declares it is safe to do so.

If anyone reading this is interested in playing the game then please let me know and we will do our best to have you on the list for the days to come. The possibility of having an extra session each month is being considered. 

Wednesday, 04 November 2020 17:56

Toys for Social Services

We are delighted to again be asked to support Southampton Social Services in their annual Toy appeal.


Wednesday, 04 November 2020 17:30

Fun Night on Zoom

We are planning a Zoom Fun Night on 14 November in place of our usual skittles. We are hoping to have a variety of activities, just for fun. There will be a quiz and maybe some bingo. If you would like to volunteer to do a round for the quiz or offer some other activity, please let me know. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, 03 October 2020 12:26

Bible Study

At 6.30pm on the evening of Sunday 4 October we begin a new Zoom Bible Study, open to everyone from Braishfield and Abbey URCs – and indeed anyone who would like to join in!  If you do not have access to the internet let Revd Mike know and we will try to find a church friend who is able to invite you to share with them in their home (observing social distancing of course!). 

If you are willing to invite someone to share with you on your computer let Revd Mike know.  The Zoom link will be available on the weekly news sheet.

Saturday, 03 October 2020 12:22

Starlight Trail for Wessex Cancer Trust


Sarah, Richard & Kathleen with their friends Kathryn, Therese & Darren are taking part in Wessex Cancer Trust’s Starlite Trail raising funds for Wessex Cancer Trust, because cancer touches every family. 

Wessex Cancer Trust provides help and support in the Wessex region to everyone living with cancer, when and where they need it. Every family is affected by cancer - so six of us are off to Winchester on the evening of Friday, 2 October to walk to raise funds for Wessex Cancer Trust, helping them in these difficult times support those affected by cancer.

Every little makes a difference.  If you would like to donate either visit JustGiving HERE or pass your donation to one of the Beaman family.  Thank you – any little you can spare would be appreciated!

Sarah B

Thursday, 01 October 2020 12:40

Return to Church

It was great being back in church - the atmosphere and even the smell is a reminder of God’s continuing presence with us.  Also, it was good to hear Kirsty playing the organ and singing a beautiful solo.  The work done by Carole and Sarah in carefully devising a choreography for getting us to our seats and out again and keeping us safe during worship was comforting.  Thank you to them and to Barry for spraying the premises.

Derek H

It was wonderful being back, worshipping in church and seeing people in real life, though at a distance and behind their face coverings. The steps put in place to keep everyone as safe as possible are organized well; and entering and leaving the church went very smoothly.  And what a joy to hear Kirsty play some wonderful pieces on the organ and to hear her sing.    Many thanks to Sarah and Carole, and all the others who have given their time and energy to make it possible to return to church.  A special well done to Kathleen who was wearing a colourful and nicely coordinated face covering and blouse.  Love to all,

Ruth P

  • Numbers are limited – ensure you book a space for you/your household or bubble by phoning or emailing Revd Mike between Thursday and Saturday lunchtime. 
  • Remember to bring the service sheet with you, as this will not be available in the church.
  • Wear a facemask within the Church.
  • Communion Sunday – if you would like to take communion, bring bread and wine with you.  Your mask should not be removed, just lift to take communion.

The new Rule of 6 will not affect your worshipping in the church, unless your ‘bubble’ contains more than 6 people. The things to remember are 4 Ds and a V: Distance – 2 metres, Density - not too many people, Duration – not too long, Direction – face the same way, Ventilation – we leave doors and windows open.

Thursday, 01 October 2020 12:32

News from Braishfield October 2020

The news from Braishfield URC is that we are still unable to hold Sunday worship in our church as yet. This is because we would be unable to keep to the 2 metres Social Distancing requirement. Of course, we are all eager to get back to church but, until we are able to meet together in person, we will try to keep in contact with each other. We do look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

For a number of years, we have sponsored, as individuals, Chris B who kindly rides to raise money for our church on Ride and Stride Day.  Half of the money he raises comes to our church and half goes to the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust. Last year, the Trust raised more than £70,000 which was another record year for them! If you would like to sponsor Chris, would you kindly contact Sharon or Shirley with your donations. It is okay to send money after this year's event which was held on 12th September. We have been grateful to Chris over many years for his support for our church.

All of us at Braishfield hope and pray all of you are keeping well.

Friday, 25 September 2020 12:28

Harvest Festival 2020

Donations for our Harvest celebrations will be given to Romsey Foodbank.  Items currently most needed by the Foodbank are washing powder/liquid, dog food, sponge puddings, instant mash, sugar, sweets and chocolates.  If you could not attend the service, you could leave something in the Foodbank collection points at Romsey Abbey or Waitrose. Thank you!

For obvious reasons, neither church will be holding a Harvest Supper.  If you would like to donate the ticket price of £5 to a worthy cause, the Pioneers would welcome receiving this towards their 2020 charity, A Rocha.  If you are happy to use online banking then the account name is 'Abbey Utd Reformed Church Explorers', sort code 30-97-14 and account 00039794, please use Harvest as a reference.  You can pay by cheque and post it to Carole C or leave it in the collection in an envelope marked Harvest or A Rocha, it will be noted accordingly.

Friday, 04 September 2020 17:39

News from Braishfield Sept 20

It is hard to believe we are now into the sixth month of no church services in our actual church building. There have been, of course, plenty of services and meetings to join in with on radio, TV, via computers etc, but all of these things have not been available to everyone. It will be so good to actually see our friends sitting in their usual pews, seeing our Minister and our loyal lay preachers in the pulpit, singing our favourite hymns, and hearing sermons and readings etc.

When our Minister returns from his annual leave, we will be discussing if and when Braishfield URC will be allowed to open, if we will be able to social distance and the Risk Assessment etc. Let's hope re-opening won't be too far away and we will be able to "get back to normal".

We send our deepest sympathies to  families and friends  who have lost relatives at this sad time.

We send our best wishes to those who have been in hospitals and care homes recently and those who are waiting for test results.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Best wishes to everyone from us all at Braishfield URC.

Shirley Smith

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  • 29 November 2020 

    10.45am A Rocha service led by Revd Mike, assisted by Henry and Freddie, available on Zoom

    6.30pm Advent Carol Service led by Rev Mike available on Zoom

    Click on Sunday Worship

    You are invited to join the Zoom service at 10.35am by clicking Zoom

    (880 6118 0122.  Passcode Heiswithus)


    2 December 2020 2pm-3pm - Kettle's On

    Weekly social time on Wednesdays via Zoom  (click Kettle On to join, or meeting ID: 970 815 266, passcode: 079294)


    You can read this month's magazine by clicking on Magazine

    This week's news sheet is available by clicking on News


    You may find this list of opportunities to access services/Christian content on radio/TV and on-line helpful:
     the Daily Service at 9.45 on Radio 4 long-wave
     The Sunday Service on Radio 4 at 8.10am
     Songs of Praise Sunday 1.15pm ish on BBC1
     Choral Evensong Sunday Radio 3 at 3pm and repeated on Wednesday Radio 3 at 3.30pm
     Tim Daykin Radio Solent Sunday 6-9am for worship songs, interesting information and a feeling of connectedness




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