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JULY / AUGUST 2019


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JULY 2019 Dear friends in Christ As our minister is on sabbatical leave, I have been asked to write this month’s letter for the church magazine. Oh dear! Fancy saying yes! What shall I write!? Oh, I know! On Thursday, 23rd May, we had a combined Church Meeting of the congregations of both Romsey and Braishfield United Reformed Churches. Item 3 on the agenda was Pastorate Review – led by the Reverend Mary Thomas. This happens in all United Reformed Churches, when a new minister has been in a pastorate for a few years. One of the things Mary asked at the meeting was “What did we think both churches would be like in 10 years time?” This of course led to quite a bit of discussion, especially as both churches have a number of elderly people in their congregations, but also there are a fair few younger generations than ourselves. Whatever age we are, we all have older and younger generations than ourselves. So, I thought the following may be a challenge to us all. It is verse 18 from Psalm 71, from The Good News Bible “Now that I am old and my hair is grey, do not abandon me, O God! Be with me while I proclaim your power and might to all generations to come.”

We all, whatever age, have something to contribute to our two churches and to life in general. So, “here’s to the next 10 years!” Shirley Smith, Braishfield Church Secretary and Elder

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During the Minister’s sabbatical we will be having a break from our regular weekly meetings, however we can individually be spending time reflecting on the Psalm and New Testament verses below and pray for the needs of the world and the church. July

7 14 21 28

August 4 11 18 25

Psalm 66: 3 - 5 Psalm 25: 4 - 7 Psalm 15: 1 - 5 Psalm 138: 4 - 8

Galatians Colossians Colossians Colossians

6: 7 - 10 1: 9 - 12 1: 21 - 23 2: 6 - 8

Psalm 49: 1 - 6 Psalm 33: 12 - 15 Psalm 82: 1 - 4 Psalm 103: 1 – 5

Colossians 3: 5 - 11 Luke 12: 35 - 40 Luke 12: 49 - 53 Luke 13: 15 - 17

WORK MORNINGS 9 am – 12 noon

at church (DIY and cleaning jobs) Saturday, 3 August Contact Geoff Prestage (01794 884948) Coffee break at 10.30 am!

To keep up to date with what is happening at our church, you can now find details our website, Facebook and also on Twitter! To see what we’re up to and any last minute changes go to www.abbeyurc.org.uk, or follow us at “Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey” on Facebook or @AbbeyURCRomsey on Twitter.

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In her book, 'My Grandfather's Blessings', Rachel Naomi Remen writes about a very old ritual she had learned from an elderly woman who is a nun. Each morning, first thing after waking up, you take a small bowl that you keep for this purpose and fill it slowly to the brim from a source of running water. As the bowl fills, you reflect on the particulars of your life, whatever they are: the people with whom you share your time, your work, your state of health, your worries, your problems, your gifts and successes, weaknesses and personal limitations, all your possessions, your losses, your home, your history as a human being. Walking slowly so as not to spill a drop out of the brimming bowl, you take it to a private place in your home, maybe a prayer corner and place it there, dedicating all it contains to the service of life. Leaving the full bowl in this place, you begin your day. Each evening, the last thing before going to sleep, you take the bowl and empty the water onto the earth, for example to the garden. Then you place the bowl upside down in its special place ready for the morning. Perhaps this little ritual can serve as a prayer accepting what you have been given, using it all to serve people and life around you. The thought that all things can be used, is a healing one, breaking down the boundaries between one's sorrows and joys. Perhaps this cycle can be seen not only as taking on whatever one has been given but also letting it go, which is one of the hardest lessons in life. We give thanks for all of the beauty of God's creation around us during this season of summer. We value and appreciate every day, as it is given to us. ' It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most high; to declare your steadfast love in the morning and your faithfulness by night.' Psalm 92:1-2 Amen Leena Knowles

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OASIS PERSONAL SHOPPER Would you like the services of a Personal Shopper? Why not give Oasis a ring to arrange an evening, when you can enjoy a coffee and treats, while your personal shopper helps you choose your purchases and gifts. Phone 512194 to arrange.

Our Minister, Mike, will be taking Sabbatical Leave from 27 May to 8 September 2019. This gives him the opportunity to dedicate his time to personal study and prayer without the interruption of every-day church matters. During Mike’s absence please contact: Romsey: Angela Bevan 07483 319618, andybevan1@btinternet.com Braishfield: Shirley Smith 01794 368447

I would be grateful for cakes, and volunteers to help serve teas and coffees, at the Beggars Fair on Saturday 13th July. From 10am to 4pm. Please contact me if you can help or supply cakes. Thank you. Gwen Sloan

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Weddings: Wayne Hammonds and Zoe Beresford on 8 June Stuart Pearson and Tanya Giddings on 6 July Both ceremonies conducted by Revd Brian Spencer. We wish them every happiness and God’s blessing for their future. Congratulations from all of us: • Appreciate your well earnt summer break, Seneva, and well done for working so hard at your GCSEs. • David & Ruth - enjoy being in Romsey for a short time. Glad to hear that you finally have phone and internet connection! • Ruth - congratulations on your new granddaughter, may she have a happy and healthy life. • Congratulations to Kathleen on passing the final exam with flying colours – well done! Sadly, the farrier in Wales, through a change in personal circumstances, has had to withdraw his offer of an apprenticeship. Keep applying, your tenacity in your search is admirable. Our prayers are with you in your continued search, it will all work out in the end! Our thoughts and best wishes to: Eric as he recovers from his cataract operations. Our prayers are with all who are unwell, housebound or in hospital; those mentioned in the book of prayer requests, found in the church entrance, and requests from the prayer post box will be included in all our weekly prayer sessions.

It was a lovely afternoon, and it was very efficiently organised, Kirsty played the piano as everyone arrived and two hymns were sung before saying Grace with Alan Green. Delicate sandwiches, shortbread biscuits, small cakes washed down with cups of tea, and finally gateaux with fresh fruit. What a wonderful social occasion. Thank you to everyone involved.

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Dick and I had a surprise this morning when Angela Farmery knocked on the door holding a lovely bunch of spray carnations in her hand. Thank you to everyone who is thinking of us; and also to Angela for the flower delivery. Best wishes, Joan and Dick I would like to thank all the members of the congregation for their friendship and kindness. I will miss you and hope you will keep in touch. Pauline Hughes Through the pages of the magazine, I would like to say a really big THANK YOU to all those who have assisted me, sent cards and made phone calls during the worst of my polymyalgia rheumatica. For a while it was an absolute nightmare. Now I look forward to a slow recovery over the coming months, and try to stay patient! Daphne Purver Thank you for all the work that goes into producing a fabulous magazine and also all the editorial space you give us, it is greatly appreciated. I forwarded on £60 to Janet Garside for the Parkinsons Walk fund. I don’t have the final figure from the group that took part but will let you know soon. Please thank your congregation for their support. Lovely to be with you on Sunday, 9 June. God bless Angie Nelson, Oasis Trust

Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that I passed my Forge Work exam on Tuesday, 18 June! It was a very long and stressful day but everyone's prayers and good luck messages made it extremely worth the wait. So, thank you to everyone for the support. One hurdle cleared, only a few more to overcome! Kathleen

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Pi neers 2019 Charity – Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy We had over 30 people of all ages at the Bingo evening on 8 June and it was a lovely church family occasion. We had a wonderful variety of food to eat and it was greatly appreciated. There was much excitement waiting for that last number on our cards. Thank you for your support of this event which raised a wonderful £286. This will feed Jackson for 11 weeks. Future fundraising includes the Springfield Concert on 14 July 2019, Skittles on 19 October and hyacinth bulbs later in the year. As part of the Beggars Fare, we are organising a children’s treasure hunt from 10.00 – 12.00 following a circular route around our church buildings. We will be running a Summer Fun Club for 4 to 8-year olds on 29 and 30 August. We have helpers in place and will soon be taking bookings. We have had several enquiries about this over the last few months from people whose children have been before. Numbers are limited to 20 on each day. The Pioneers continue to meet on Sunday morning and themes include • Are you sure God? • Matchmaking • Family Rivalry We are always looking for children to join us so please pass on details to friends and family. For more information on Explorers and Pioneers contact Wai Chan (07794 361570) or Carole Cox (01794 323392). We meet on Sunday mornings between 10.30 and 11.30. Within our youth work we follow the guidelines laid down for Good Practice in Safeguarding Children Carole Cox

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If you are in Romsey for the Beggars Fair and find yourselves with young people in tow - pop along between 10am-12noon to the front garden of the Church for a Treasure Hunt. Everyone is very welcome; it is free to enter and a prize for all young people taking part. Hope to see you then!

It was lovely to see everyone at the summer afternoon tea. Thank you to everyone who came and to those who organised the event. It is hoped that, with the money raised at this event, there will soon be enough money to complete the project. We hope you enjoyed the get-together, cakes and refreshments; it was a very pleasant way to pass a summer’s afternoon.

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Thank you to those who have been attending our monthly discussion groups in Abbey Hall Lounge which have been following the theme of creativity. On 16 July we have an outside speaker Vicki Matthews coming to tell us about the work of a local charity, Prescription Art in the Test Valley. Prescription Art Test Valley is an Art for Wellbeing, a local charity providing therapeutic art on prescription, focusing on building confidence and friendships whilst providing an outlet for previously unexplored creative instincts. It has been developed and delivered by a volunteer team, starting in January 2017, with a pilot Art Class at Rum’s Eg Gallery in Bell Street, Romsey. Patients with mild depression, anxiety, loneliness, bereavement are referred by their General Practitioner or other health practitioners for a course of six weeks engaging in either musical or art activities as an alternative or alongside more traditional medications. Please do come along and hear more about this innovative work: 7.30pm Tuesday, 16 July in Abbey Hall Lounge.

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at Abbey Hall, Romsey on Saturday, 21 September 2019 from 7pm-11pm With dancing to Dicey Reilly and Guests Toe tapping music and a chance to dance followed by a home prepared supper at 8pm (all allergies catered for, please let Sarah know). After supper dance the night away. Adult: ÂŁ10 Child: ÂŁ5 Bring your own drinks Everyone welcome Tickets from Sarah Beaman, Carole Cox, Margaret Caldwell

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July 1-4

8 am-5pm

Trinity Exams in the church

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10.15–11.30am

Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2-4 pm

Kettle's On - Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2-4pm

Table Tennis with RomDAG in Abbey Hall

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2-4pm

Afternoon Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge in aid of Lounge new furnishings

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9 -12noon

Working party around church

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1pm

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10.30am

Wedding of Stuart Pearson and Tanya Giddings, conducted by Revd Brian Spencer Family communion service led by Derek Hiscocks

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6.30pm

8-12

8am-5pm

Evening Bible Study in Abbey Hall Lounge led by Angela Bevan Trinity Exams in the church

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10.30am

BALM in Abbey Hall Lounge

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10.15–11.30am

Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2-4pm

Kettle's On - Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

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7pm

Pioneers Leaders Meeting in Minster's Vestry

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7.30pm

Churches Together in Romsey meeting

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10.30am

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5pm

Thursday Morning Communion, followed by refreshments in Abbey Hall Lounge Elders Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

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Beggars Fair

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10.30am

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2pm

Family service led by Peter Pay, Lay preacher from Salisbury URC and Moderator elect of the URC FOR 2020-2022 Springfield Concert

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8 am-5pm

Trinity Exams in the church

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10.30am

MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

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10.15–11.30am

Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

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7.30pm

Discussion Group in Abbey Hall Lounge - Prescription Art in Test Valley, led by Vicki Matthews

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2-4pm

Kettle's On -Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2-4pm

Table Tennis with RomDAG in Abbey Hall

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7.30pm

Worship Group in Minister's Vestry

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10.30am

Family service led by Revd Alan Green

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6.30pm

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10.15–11.30am

Evening Communion Service led by Revd Leena Knowles Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

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7.30pm

Finance Group in Church Office

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2-4pm

Kettle's On - Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2.30-4 pm

Table Tennis in Abbey Hall

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3pm

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10.30am

Wedding of Stewart Hughes and Carrie Jones, conducted by Revd Sarah Hall Family service led by Revd Jill Aussant

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6.30pm

Evening Service led by Derek Hiscocks

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7.30pm

Elders Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2-4pm

Kettle's On -Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

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12.30pm

Pam Robertson Concert

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9-12noon

Working party around church

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10.30am

Family communion service led by Angela Bevan

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6.30pm

Evening Bible Study in Abbey Hall Lounge led by Angela Bevan

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2-4pm

Kettle's On -Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2-4pm

Table Tennis with RomDAG in Abbey Hall

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10.30am

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7.30pm

Thursday Morning Communion, followed by refreshments in Abbey Hall Lounge Chamber Music Festival Summer Concert

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10.30am

Family service led by Derek Hiscocks

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10.30am

BALM in Abbey Hall Lounge

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7.30pm

Fabric Group in Minister's Vestry

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2-4pm

Kettle's On - Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

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10.30am

Family service led by Revd Alan Green

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6.30pm

Evening Communion Service led by Angela Bevan

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10.30 am

MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2-4pm

Kettle's On - Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

August

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2-4pm

Table Tennis with RomDAG in Abbey Hall

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10.30am

Church Anniversary Family service

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5.30pm

Afternoon Church Anniversary Service Cafe

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9.30am

Prayer Meeting Abbey Hall Lounge

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2-4pm

Kettle's On - Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge

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2.30-4pm

Table Tennis in Abbey Hall

September 1

10.30am

Family communion service led by Revd Neil Messer

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6.30pm

Evening Bible Study in Abbey Hall Lounge led by Derek Hiscocks

Material for September 2019 to be submitted by 18 August Please email to abbeyurcnews@gmail.com or place items in the “Magazine Material� pigeonhole at the back of the church. Thank you

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Minister: Secretary: Treasurer:

The Reverend Mike Perrott, MA, Abbey Manse, The Abbey, Romsey 01794 512163 Mrs Shirley Smith, Elttoc, Kiln Lane, Braishfield 01794 368447 Sharon Whitfield, 14 Cavendish Close, Romsey 01794 521937 Sunday Services

First Sunday All other Sundays

Holy Communion Junior Church Family Worship and Junior Church

9.30 am 10.00 am 10.00 am

Calendar 2019 July 7

9.30 am

13/14 10.00 am to 6.00 pm 14 10.00 am 21 10.00 am 28 10.00 am

Family Worship including Holy Communion led by Synod Moderator, Reverend Clare Downing Flower Festival – the church will be open on both days for visitors to view the flowers Flower Festival Service led by Sharon Whitfield Family Worship led by David Childs Family Worship led by David Stone

August 4 9.30 am 11 10.00 am 18 10.00 am 25 10.00 am

Holy Communion led by Derek Hiscocks Family Worship led by Peter Davies Family Worship led by Hazel Roberts Family Worship led by Jim Carter

September 1 9.30 am 15 10.00 am 16

Holy Communion led by Reverend Alan Green Harvest Festival Harvest Supper

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Advance Braishfield Calendar Notice September 28 Talk and Demonstration of Crafts etc by Margaret of Yorkshire

News from Braishfield Looking back to May 19th, the United Christian Aid Service was well supported. It was good to see so many people in our church. We were able to send ÂŁ804.25 to Christian Aid from the offering during the service, together with the envelopes from the village. Our thanks go to our Minister for leading our worship, to those who took part, and to everyone involved in any way for Christian Aid Week. Margaret and Jack Batchelor had a successful Coffee and Cake morning on 15th June. They would like to thank everyone who supported and helped. They were delighted to have raised ÂŁ201.80 towards our church 2019 charity, Hampshire Search and Rescue. Our thanks go to Margaret and Jack for organising this. Peter Davies led our worship on 16th June, which was our 201st Church Anniversary Service. My goodness, where did the 200th year go? Now we are 201 years old! We look forward to 7th July when our Moderator, the Reverend Clare Downing, will be leading our 9.30 am Communion Service. Our annual Flower Festival is on 13th and 14th July. The church will be open on both days from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm for visitors to come and see the flowers. If you would like to put an arrangement in the church, please contact Margaret Batchelor on 01794 368125. She would be pleased to hear from you. Flowers are to be put in the church on Friday 12th July, please. Sharon Whitfield, one of our congregation, will lead our Festival Service on 14th July at 10.00 am.

Shirley Smith

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Braishfield Flower Rota July 7 14 21 28

Pat Old Gill Light and all Flower Festival arrangements Christine Kinch Margaret Batchelor

August 4 Margery Randall 11 Hazel Prince 18 Kath and Jim Carter 25 Rita and Cyril’s family

Stocks are generally very good as we approach the end of the school’s academic year but, as ever, it would be nice to top up some items. The most urgently needed provisions are tinned puddings, chocolate, sweets, washing up liquid, washing powder, nappies - new-born & small size. Abundant stocks are already held of baked beans, soup, cereals, sugar and pasta. Thank you for your support.

Remember … wait on God. When he is done… everything around you will be better. Amen

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As a result of the discussion at the May Church Meeting, the Elders have arranged a Vision Day on Saturday, 23 November 2019 in the Abbey Hall. This meeting is to discuss your idea and dreams for our future and how to take the church forward in its praise and ministry. No idea is too small, or too big! Please put the date in your diary, we will have a bring and share lunch. It should be an uplifting and positive day with everyone participating. Further information to follow in the September magazine.

The planning for our Harvest supper and celebration is about to begin! Save the date: the evening of Saturday, 21 September in the Abbey Hall. I’m looking for a small team to help me organise our Harvest supper and celebration; would you like to help? It can be organising, decorating the hall, preparing food – whatever is your forte! If you would like to help please either have a quick chat with me or contact me at AbbeyURCPR@gmail.com. Thank you to those who have offered already; many hands make light work! Sarah Beaman

We are hosting some of the many events scattered throughout the town for the annual Romsey Beggars Fair. Both the church and the hall will be resounding throughout the day to music as diverse as the Mountbatten Community Choir, Flûtes Légères, Monkey See Monkey Do, the Southampton Folk Orchestra and the Romsey Ukulele Group. Full details of all events taking place can be found in the Beggars Fair programme available at many locations throughout the town. This year, we wish to provide at least one steward at all times in both the church and Abbey Hall, plus volunteers are needed to help provide refreshments. If you are able to help with either task, please do speak to Angela Bevan. Thank you.

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From 18-23 June Amnesty International were focused on Refugee Week, entitled “You, Me and those who came before”. Romsey A.I. mounted a small, but very moving, exhibition in Romsey library centred on Kristalnacht and the events which followed, particularly Kinder Transport and the rescue of the children. A leaflet was available about some notable people who were welcomed, not only then, but at other times since, and made their home in Britain, who have contributed much to this country. There is a copy at the back of the church for anyone who is interested to read it - however please do not take it away! Our meeting was on the first day of Refugee Week, and we heard two speakers; Stash, a member of the group, who works with refugees in Southampton, and Melanie Thompson, who has been going over to Calais with her sister Nancy to work several weekends in the camp there with ”Care 4 Refugees”. Our planning for “Knit for Naz” on 7 July is continuing. Nazanin is on hunger strike at present, as is her husband Richard outside the Iranian Embassy. One of our members, Jane Brambley, was there recently and spoke to him offering our support. The support of your prayers is needed. Sylvia T.

We are very grateful to everyone who has so generously donated new chairs for the lounge. John McGhee is busy refurbishing the green ones that were given to us so that the wood matches and they are at the same standard as the new ones. We will also be buying meeting tables. The new chairs and tables will not appear until after the lounge has been redecorated which we hope will be quite soon. Our fund raising continued with the Afternoon Tea on 5 July and we hope soon to have enough money to complete the project. Thanks to everyone for their support. If you know of anyone who would be interested in having one of the grey chairs, please let us know. Gwen Sloan, Chris & Stella Gunston, Carole Cox

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We went to Cupernham Infants` School on 11 June and told the story of Jonah and Whale. We had fun with a boat artistically made from boxes by Irene`s husband and a large cardboard whale which showed the outside of the whale on one side and the inside on the other for when Jonah was inside! It was my task to operate this and to turn it around at the appropriate moment. The message was: do what is asked without grumbling, as Jonah did when asked to go to Ninevah. Sylvia T.

On 5 June I visited a church member to deliver the magazine. Her conversation is always meaningful and was no different on this occasion. With the D-Day coverage in the media she released a flood of memories with tears in her eyes. I held her hand; what a privilege, unexpected honour and pleasure I experienced. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM ..... take time out of our busy lives to stop and listen and feel the emotions. Chris Lambert

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2021 Synod Day Following the discussions at March Synod, the Children’s and Youth Work Committee is in the very early stages of considering the venue and content of a Synod Day in 2021. They have created a brief survey (just 4 questions) to gather views and opinions about a Synod Day and would be pleased to hear the views of all ages as this will be an all-age event. All responses are anonymous – closing date of survey 15th July. The survey is available at - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GPVHDNX

The aim of Make Lunch is to provide children entitled to free school meals with a hot lunch in the holidays too. Do have a look at the TLG (Transforming Lives for Good) website for a national picture of the scheme. www.tlg.org.uk We currently ask the Romsey primary schools to issue our invitations to these eligible children, and their families, plus to any "vulnerable" children whom they think would benefit. We open most school holidays on a Tuesday and Thursday and expect to open for 3 weeks in August this year. In 2018 we served a total of 153 children's meals and 78 adult meals. If you feel this is something you would like to be involved with, job descriptions and an application form can be obtained from Angela Bevan. We do have enough volunteers but would welcome more to enable us to open more frequently. It is a lovely atmosphere and we do have fun, plus you would get a good, freshly prepared, healthy two course lunch!! Thank you Cathryn Simons, Romsey Methodist Church

Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination….. Stay focused….. Stay humble..… Stay blessed!

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