Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

We are Amnesty International UK. We work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
As a global movement of over seven million people, Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
We are ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights.

Abbey URC donates use of the Hall Lounge for the Romsey group’s meetings, we meet there on the third Monday of every month at 7.45pm. For more information about the group please phone 01794 515116 or see www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/romsey

  • We joined Southampton in March to hear Alex Jackson, all the way from Glasgow, speak about Eritrea. He had spent many years there, but since his return the democratic situation has deteriorated due to border disputes with Ethiopia, causing Human Rights abuses in an attempt to hold the small and vulnerable nation together.   As always, we welcome anyone who is interested on the third Monday of the month in the Church Lounge - tea and biscuits provided.

The `Write for Rights` evening was well attended. We sent off over 140 cards to victims of human rights abuses in several countries. We also wrote letters to the authorities in those countries. Thank you to those of our Church who supported the event

In September Amnesty Headquarters is launching the `I welcome` campaign which could prove to be controversial. Therefore, we hope to set up a stall asking `What IS a refugee?’ Not a terrorist. Not an economic migrant. This country has a record of welcoming migrants going back over centuries and I remember efforts made after W.W.2.

We wrote to Caroline Nokes wishing her well for her next years in Parliament, bringing to her attention the plight of Nazanin Zgghani Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi, both British Nationals, unjustly imprisoned, inviting her involvement.

We also wrote to the new Moroccan Ambassador and the Moroccan Authorities concerning our prisoner currently in solitary confinement for 7 months, ill, without suitable medical care and sleeping on a slab without covers. He is serving 7 years.

Sylvia T

Thank you to everyone who supported Amnesty International during December by signing cards with messages of support to prisoners of conscience, to help them know that people around the world are thinking of them.

Notices

  • This Sunday

    Sunday 22 July

    10.30 am    Family Service led by the Minister

      6.30 pm    Evening Service led by the Minister

    Please note during the summer all evening services will be held in the church.

    The week ahead and forthcoming events

    Tuesday 24 July

    9.30 am     Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Readings to be used: Psalm 23 and Mark 6: 30-44

    7.30 pm in Abbey Hall Lounge.

    In preparation for leading our morning communion service on Sunday 5 August our Synod Moderator Revd Clare Downing invites you to explore with her the lectionary readings for the day and try to discern how they connect with the life of the church.

    Wednesday 25 July

    1.45 pm Service of thanksgiving and funeral of Sylvia Puffett at Test Valley Crematorium, led by Revd Alan Green

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 29 July

    10.30 am   Family Worship led Stephen Ings

    6.30 pm     Evening Worship led by Angela Bevan

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