Come and Join Us at Fareham United Reformed Church

The United Reformed Church, Osborn Road South, Fareham PO16 7DGThe United Reformed Church, Osborn Road South, Fareham PO16 7DG

We hope that you will find much to interest you here and will want to join with us as Christians in Fareham.

Our church mission statement is "Sharing Jesus' love with the world today". This means we, all ages, come together each week for Sunday worship to listen for God's word for us. The rest of the week we try our best to act on what we have heard both in church and through our own prayers.

We try to care for each other to the very best, and this love and care then flows out through all of us in our work, leisure and home lives.

Wherever you are as regards faith in God, come among us and help us together, to grow closer to him day by day.

    Daily Devotions

You may or may not be aware that there are now daily reflections, written by all kinds of contributors, made available by the United Reformed Church as emails.

You can subscribe here to receive them: http://devotions.urc.org.uk/

You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/URCDailyDevotions/.

Coming up in February and March....

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Walking the Way - Living the Life of Jesus in 2018

Speaking generally, the Church, the gathering of the followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Saviour, are a very special bunch of people. We have been called together to form a family, a household of faith (Galations 6 v10). Usually we say you can choose your friends but you don't get to choose your family! Well that shows how different the church needs to be: we answering the call of God as we have perceived it, choose to join a particular group of Christians and, by doing so, opt to play our part in a family, a household.

In families, the dynamics change as new members are brought in by birth or loving attraction. It is the same in churches, as we live by welcoming new members who have come new to faith, or moved from elsewhere and wanted to throw their lot in with ours, while saying farewell to others - some who have moved away and others who have been 'promoted to glory'.

So churches can and should expect to change progressively as people come and go.

The Church is a very special bunch of people and also a very ordinary bunch of people. As our prayers of confession acknowledge, we are prone to sin - in what we think and say and do - and this brings me to the nub of the message "Honour and Laughter".

Talking specifically now of our church, I pray that we can laugh together more for laughter, genuinely shared, can be an antidote to taking ourselves too seriously; it can take the edge off disagreements; it can be a sharing of vulnerability; it can show our openness to one another.

I am not pretending that disagreements are not a natural occurrence in any human group but our tradition, above all things, values the chance to talk things through, honoring each other as fellow believers, fellow disciples of Jesus - be that sharing in discussion groups, committee meetings, Elders' or Church Meetings. By these means we really need to 'hear' each other's points of view and try to iron out misunderstandings, and misinterpreted motives, 'for we are members of one another' (Ephesians 4 verse 25).

Firstly, it is natural to bond in smaller groups within the household of faith - in interest groups or shared skills groups. What is most important is that we stress that these groups are open to new members, honouring what new members may bring to the group and being willing to change thanks to their input, and hearing reports of what they have been engaged in, as we all try to advance Christ's Kingdom.

The second point is to guard against tittle-tattle. I have stressed above the importance of talking things through in open forums. If you find yourself caught up in conversation that is less than wholesome, the Lord urges you to see what you can do to correct the direction in which it is going.

I look forward to serving with you as teaching Elder, minister, friend and pastor this year, in a church that is strong on honouring and laughing together!

Yours, in Christ's love, Paul

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