Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Prayer for September 2019

Our grandson, Sam, has just returned from a year out teaching in Central  America.  Before coming home he visited Columbia in South America.  

He told us of going to the capital Bogata where there are 75 miles of highway reserved each Sunday from 7am to 2pm for leisure, so walkers,  joggers, skaters and particularly cyclists are free to move without the

danger of vehicular traffic.  The idea, called La Ciclovia, or Cycleways, has been taken up slowly by other countries. 

I would like to think that the instigation of Ciclovia has a religious base to it, using Sunday as a day of rest. The Autumn can be a  harvest of the good things of life but also a slowing down.    Our September prayer has this in mind: 

Dear God,

I have nothing special to do today.  I know the time may pass too quickly and that I can waste it.  Help me to use this leisure-time well.

There are jobs to be done at home, garden and church; but  we are not as young as we used to be.   There are books to read; friends to visit who could be cheered by an unexpected call; parents and  family who need  help; phone calls to make. Sunday brings its own responsibilities; our worship may help us search for peace and understanding but we need time to think straight.

O Lord.  Show us  what is important  in all our activities.  Help us to relax,  to be still and know that you are God.

In Jesus we ask for your blessing.


Geoff Prestage

 (with assistance from Richard Hall in his book 'For everything a Season')


  • This Sunday 

    Sunday 8 December – Second Sunday in Advent 

    10.30 am Family Worship & Toy Service led by Revd Dr Gwen Collins

    6.30 pm     Advent Carol Service

    Forthcoming Events

    Please note Trinity Music Exams will be held during the days Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th December

    Monday 9 December 

    10.30 am Combined BALM and MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

    7.30 pm     Amnesty International card signing in Abbey Hall Lounge with festive refreshments

    Tuesday 10 December

    10.15 am   Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    12.30 pm   Lunch Club in Abbey Hall

    Wednesday 11 December

    2.00–4.00 pm Kettle’s On-Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge 

    2.00–4.00 pm Table Tennis with RomDAG in Abbey Hall

    Thursday 12 December

    10.30 am Short Communion Service in Abbey Hall Lounge followed by refreshments 

    Saturday 14 December

    9.30 am     Sorting of church Christmas cards

    9.30 am     Working party around the church

    Tuesday 17 December

    12.30 pm   Rum’s Eg Christmas Concert – Tidings of Comfort and Joy

    Sunday 22 December

    10.30 am Family Service including Pioneers’ Christmas presentation led by the Minister

    6.30 pm     Christmas Candle-light Service

    Tuesday 24 December

    4.30 pm     Nativity Service

    11.30 pm   Midnight Communion

    Wednesday 25 December – Christmas Day

    9.30 am     Short Christmas Day service at Braisfield

    10.30 am   Christmas Day Service at Romsey. Both services led by the Minister

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 15 December

    Church Christmas Cards available for collection

    10.30 am Family Service led by the Revd Keith Thomasson

    2.30 pm     Romsey Ladies Choir concert with pp BRASS

    6.30 pm     Evening Communion Service led by the Minister, in Abbey Hall Lounge

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    Sunday 22 December

    6.30 pm Candlelight Service

    Tuesday 24 December

    4.30 pm Christmas Eve children's service. Come and dress up as one (or more) characters as we retell the Christmas story.

    11.30 pm Midnight Communion all welcome

    Christmas Day

    10.30 am Family worship

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