Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 18:09

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What was happening in Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey on Friday, 9 March? The 3rd Romsey Scouts were inspired by churches opening their doors to homeless people over the Christmas period.  They asked if they could sleep at the U​nited R​eformed ​Church and raise money for It's Your Choice, Totton; this was a chosen charity at Christmas by the church.

‘It's Your Choice’ offers a safe, free, and confidential support service for all young people, typically aged 12-25. They provide information, advice, guidance, counselling and casework support, delivered through drop-in sessions, outreach work, workshops, and projects or, where necessary, by signposting to other services.  They aim to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and information they need to make safe, positive choices on issues which affect their lives.  At the heart of all their work with young people is a commitment to be non-judgmental, to show young people respect and to empower them.

The Scouts explored what it means to be homeless and the problems they would face - apart from the obvious ones of staying safe, the health issues, obtaining food, staying warm and dry - they also discussed the reduced life chances homeless people have, the judgemental attitude towards homelessness, problems of applying for jobs with no address, cleaning clothes for interviews and overcoming the stigma of homelessness.  They decided a positive way to help homeless people would be to give them a sandwich, soup or even a bottle of water.  The Scouts decided a night in the cold church was more welcoming than a night facing the elements.  They raised over £90 for It’s Your Choice to help towards their work with young people.

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Notices

  • This Sunday

    Sunday 21 October 2018

    10.30 am Family Worship – Commitment for Life Service, led by Geoff Prestage. Proceeds from the sale of refreshments after this service will be given towards the purchase of Olive Trees for planting in Palestine

    6.30 pm     Evening Communion Service led by the Minister

    The week ahead and forthcoming events 

    Tuesday 23 October 9.30 am

    Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge. Readings to be used: Psalm 91: 9-16 and Mark 10: 42–45

    Tuesday 23 October 10.15 – 11.45 am    

    Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge. For grand-parents and their pre-school grand-children

    Wednesday 24 October 2.30 – 4.00 pm 

    Church Table Tennis

    Friday 26 October 7.30 pm

    Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 27 October 10.00 am

    Knit and Pray in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Clocks go back one hour

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 28 October 2018

    10.30 am Family Service led by Derek Hiscocks – including the baptism of Eden Bovell

    6.30 pm    All Souls Service led by Angela Bevan. List available at the back of church to sign the names of loved ones you would like to be remembered at this service.

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