March 2010


There will be a service of Holy Communion at 8.15am led by the Revd Brenda Russell. This will be followed by a Church Family Breakfast at 9.00am (full English or Continental!).
At 10.30 there will be service of all-age worship led by Revd Nigel Rogers.

Letter from Gill Bailey

Spring is Sprung!

Last Friday, was the first day of spring, the day when we get darkness and light in equal measure. From now on the days will get longer and the nights shorter. ‘Hooray’, I hear you say!

It has been a cold, grey winter, the coldest in thirty years according to statistics, with temperatures going lower than minus twenty degrees in some parts of Britain! Brrr! But now God is awakening the earth, flowers are blooming, birds are nesting and Easter is just around the corner.

Sometimes our lives can feel like a cold, grey winter too. For some the last few months have been a time of personal sadness; for others it has been a time of uncertainty about jobs or mortgages, others have struggled with illness, but through it all our Lord is by our side holding out the light of hope and new blessings to come.

I am reminded of the hymn, the last verse of which says;

‘When our hearts are wintry, grieving or in pain,
Then your touch can call us back to life again.
Fields of our hearts, that dead and bare had been;
Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green’

Soon we shall be remembering the events of Easter and celebrating our Lord’s resurrection from the dead, with the wonderful message of hope that it brings.

Whatever we are going through, be it good times or bad, because of our heavenly Father’s love for us and his promise one day of eternal life with him, we know that things can only get better.

The picture we use to symbolise that new life is the butterfly, which changes from a caterpillar to a dead looking chrysalis, before emerging as the beautiful creature that descends and dances all over our gardens.

Spring is here! Summer is on its way and life always seems easier when the sun shines, so let’s hang on to the hope we have and remember that nothing whatsoever can separate us from the love of our Saviour.
Easter Blessings

Sing for Life

Good title, eh? The “Life” in this case being those who need a bone marrow transplant or who suffer from leukaemia. The Anthony Nolan Trust runs the bone marrow data base and supports research into leukaemia, and we are aiming to raise money for this very worthy cause.

The idea is to sing 50 hymns and get sponsorship for doing this. It will take between two and two-and-a-half hours (allowing for time to get your breath back and have a cooling drink).

The date: Saturday 24 April at 2.00 pm onwards
The place: Fareham URC
The hymns: Make suggestions on the list posted in church.
The sponsorship forms (most important): See me!
Harold Wonham

‘Bargain Boot and Bacon Butties’

On Saturday, 17th April, we shall be holding a car boot type sale in our church car park, from 9.30 am until 1.30 pm, weather permitting, of course! (Should the heavens open, we shall set up stalls in the main hall instead.)

In order to make things look a little jollier and also to protect stall holders a bit, we would like to borrow any gazebos you might have (named of course), and also, should you have any, some bunting.

Please bring along any unwanted items which we can sell; the more we have, the more we’ll make. The money this time will be divided 50/50 between church funds and a charity of your choice.
If you could make some cakes too, that would be good. Whilst the sale is taking place, we shall be serving hot dogs and bacon butties, as well as tea, coffee, etc., inside the building.

If any of your friends would like a table, they may have one for a donation of £7 towards our funds and then keep the profit they make for themselves.

Although we shall leave a small amount of parking space for our less able visitors, we shall obviously not be able to accommodate other cars, although, with care, cars could be brought in for unloading if necessary.

We hope that this will be a fun-filled and profitable morning but, of course, we shall badly need some volunteers to run the stalls and hold fort in the kitchen, etc. Please let me know if you can help.

However, all our plans will not produce much fruit unless folk get to hear what we are doing, so please spread the word!

That date and time again: Saturday, 17th April, 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

The Fun Social Ideas Group

The Fun Social Ideas Group: Dates for your Diary

23rd May An afternoon outing to Meon Orchard to visit a beautiful garden opened under the National Garden Scheme for Charity. Please put your name on the list by the hatch … if there are enough of us, we shall ask for a private viewing. Cost - £3.50 per person; children free.

12th June Quiz Night with ‘Ploughman’s’ & cakes. 7.30 pm

14th June Milton Flower Festival

17th July Summer Party with Games and Bring & Share buffet tea. 5.00 to 8.30 pm

Early Oct. Barn Dance with Baked Potatoes 7.30 pm
Cost - to be advised.


8th Jan. Epiphany Party Bring & Share tea

If you would to organise or help with any event,
please feel free to come and join us.

Audrey Mann, Gill Bailey, Ron Henderson, Nicky Gilbert

Tradecraft : New Products

Traidcraft are offering a wide range of products from the Eswatini Kitchen – Ruby Grapefruit Marmalade, Lime Marmalade, Peach and Ginger Jam, Mixed Fruit Chutney, Hot Mango Chutney and Curry Sauce (Medium). All these items demonstrate the remarkable quality and depth of flavour of Eswatini's products. It's got a lot to do with the fact that they are made in Swaziland where the fruit and vegetables are grown and ripened. The produce used by Eswatini is grown by smallholder farmers who make sure that the fruit is at its best when it goes to the factory.
And not only does buying Eswatini's products benefit the staff and the 100 or more smallholder farmers who grow the fruit and vegetables, it benefits the many street children and orphans, who are cared for by Manzini Youth Care, the society which set up and oversees Eswatini Kitchen.
For more than 30 years, Manzini Youth Care has provided accommodation, support, care and education for marginalized and homeless young people at risk through poverty. Swaziland has a population of some 1 million and over 100,000 orphans. This is closely connected with the fact that it has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the world.
Father Larry McDonnell, the Salesian priest, who runs Manzini Youth Care, says on a remarkable YouTube film `Manzini Youth Care' - 'The transformation [of the young people who come to them] is such that it's ... miraculous. You see young people coming who have had experiences at home which are pretty terrifying and lost their childhood, their happiness, their soul; and after two or three months, they have normalised. They are laughing, smiling, talking to adults, something they would never have done. Somehow or other they have got back their childhood and the fear has gone.'
The church stall cannot justify holding all these products unless it knows a market exists for them. However, the stall will be holding jars of Mixed Fruit Chutney, so why not come along and try one? – at less than £3 a jar, these products are good value – as well as helping to change the lives of many people less fortunate than ourselves!
Leslie Brown

Wessex Synod Youth Day

On Saturday 18th March four of us, Imogen, Annice, Helena and Miriam went to Avenue St Andrews URC to join in the Wessex Youth Synod Day. During the morning we listened to a talk given by Jim Davies from the Children’s Society. We were encouraged to think about our own churches and how we can use our individual gifts to serve God. We discussed how much freedom we have to choose our own path in life and how much we are guided by our parents and other adults. We were asked to make up a sentence to sum up what we would like to say to adults about how we felt. It was really hard. The group that Imogen and Annice were in finally agreed on,

“You’re not gonna win, but you can listen.”

We wanted to say that adults can’t make us lead our lives in a particular way; we need to make our own way in life but adults should listen to our ideas and opinions.

In the afternoon we were sent to West Quay, again in groups, to take pictures beginning with every letter in the alphabet. We only had an hour and some letters were tricky. Fortunately we found an “X” factor sign, and we also photographed a Thomas the tank Engine ride! The best photograph for each letter is to be produced in a book later in the year.

It was a fun day, we enjoyed meeting up again with young people we’ve met at other Synod events. We can’t wait for Summer Camp……..
Imogen Annice Helena Miriam.