We are delighted to again be asked to support Southampton Social Services in their annual Toy appeal.
We had great fun on Saturday 14 November and it was so good to do a whole family thing!
Thanks to Carole for rallying us into action, when church friends of all ages came “together” on Zoom for a very varied evening of games and quizzes... no mean feat!
We played dice beetle - family bundle for the dice! Dingbats, with helpful clues from Ian - our brains working 'out of the box'. Challenging successful James's of the world; so many! My favourite - the National Parks of the World; loved the pictures for identification.
Scavenger hunt; hilarious - we knocked over a drink in our bid to find a cooking implement. The trickiest mythology questions from avid fan Henry and a decade round showing us all our age!
Fantastically imaginative rounds to make for a varied evening’s entertainment; something for everyone. Great to see our church friends well and to chat and laugh too. Thanks for letting us win!
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.
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,
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
STARLITE 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!
In the United Reformed Church, we are more likely to refer to that last meal that Jesus took with his apostles in the upper room as the Last Supper than any other of the titles which refer to the same event. Holy Communion is another title and the celebration we hold every third Thursday of the month is called Short Communion. Short Communion because it is an opportunity to meet with our Lord over bread and wine for half an hour. Half an hour during which we can remember that the Son of God offered himself on the cross and took upon himself, who was sinless, the atonement for the sin of humankind.
In the face of such suffering and sacrifice Isaac Watts responded with:
‘Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’
We remember, because that is what Christ asked us to do – “Do this in remembrance of me” – words repeated in reverence and thanks whenever and wherever the Last Supper is celebrated. But that is not all, we also gain strength and support to live our Christian lives. When asked, ‘Which is the greatest commandment of all’, Jesus replied, ‘Hear O Israel: The Lord is one, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength… You shall love your neighbour as yourself’. Jesus was reminding us of our commitment as Christians but through the bread and the wine he is giving us the fuel to follow his way.
The next Thursday Communion will take place at 10.30 on 17 September. Join the Zoom link HERE (Meeting ID: 852 4443 7619 and Password: bread).
We look forward to sharing with you!
As we all look forward to returning to church, please have patience with us and the stewards. It is new for everyone and we are doing our best to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible – however there will be glitches, it is a steep learning curve. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We will continue to Zoom the service from inside the church; if you are not able or ready to return join us on Zoom using the usual log in.
- Numbers are limited – ensure you book your space. Book the space for you/your household or bubble by phoning or emailing Revd Mike between Thursday and Saturday lunchtime. Should you have extremely limited mobility or need space to store a walker let Revd Mike know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
- Bring a drink of water should you think you may require one.
- Extra cushions will not be provided, bring a cushion if you need one.
- Wear a facemask within the Church.
- Communion Sunday – if you would like to take communion, bring this with you. Your mask should not be removed, just lift to take communion.
- Keep your coats/umbrellas with you at this time.
- Toilets are for emergency use only.
On Sunday, 30 August 2020 the service will run from 10.45-11.15am. Doors will be open from 10.15am to allow time to get everyone seated. Please note, everything will take longer so leave enough time.
Ø Queue in Abbey Water until invited inside. There will be red ribbon at 2m intervals along the railings
Ø No hand shaking or hugging – this will be hard, but a smile of welcome will do!
Ø Steward 1 will be by the gate and will invite you into the building.
Ø Use hand-sanitiser upon entering the building.
Ø Steward 2 will ask you to confirm your name and that all members of your party are feeling well. This record will be kept for 21 days.
Ø Pass through the door on the left to Steward 3 who will direct you to the next available seat. You will not be able to seat in your normal seat. The seating allocation is to ensure you pass as few people as possible on your way in and out.
Ø Once you are seated, do not move around the church.
Ø We will remain seated during the service.
At the end of the service:
Ø A Steward will direct you when it is your turn to stand and leave.
Ø There will be a basket in the vestibule for your collection donations.
Ø Exit the vestibule and garden smoothly to allow others to exit the church.
Ø The Worship Leader will enter and exit via the Rainbow Room into the Vestry.
Ø The organist to enter and exit via the Rainbow Room.
In an emergency, please use the normal evacuation procedures. Thank you.
Risk Assessment - we have completed a risk assessment; this can be viewed on our website.
We have conducted a risk assessment into what is required for us to be able to open the church for public worship and the hall and lounge for hire. They are available for download. See below.