September 2010

New Minister for Fareham and Sarisbury Green

The Revd Paul Bedford has accepted the call to become minister of Fareham and Sarisbury Green churches. Paul is currently minister at High Street, Wellingborough in the East Midlands Synod, having previously served at West Orchard, Coventry. Subject to the concurrence of both Synods, Paul, with his wife, Susan, will take up his ministry in Fareham and Sarisbury Green early in 2011.

Prayer for the Week

Author: 
Fiona and Ian Corless

Lord, thank you for last night’s sleep and thank you for today.
Help us to waste none of today’s hours and to miss none of today’s opportunities.

Thank you for the gifts you have given us – individually and collectively
• Eyes to see and perceive
• Ears to hear and listen
• Hands to work and create
• Minds to think and innovate
• Memories to remember and learn from
• Hearts to love and worship
Help us to use these gifts to further your Kingdom here on earth.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord, forgive us the times when we have not reflected your love:
• For the sins that we can remember and the sins we have forgotten.
• For wrong actions we have committed and the right actions we have omitted.
• For the times we have been weak in the face of temptation, and those when we have been stubborn in the face of correction.
• For the times we have been proud of our own achievements, and those when we have failed to boast of your works.
• For the harsh judgements we have made of others, and the leniency we have shown to ourselves.
• For the lies and half-truths we have told to others, and the real truths we have avoided.
• For the pain we have caused others, and the indulgence we have shown ourselves
Lord have pity on us,Renew us, re-invigorate us and make us whole.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord God, we pray for our community :
• For teachers as they bring to fruition their preparations for the new school year.
• For our children and young people as they start and settle into new classes, schools and places of education and learning.
• For healthcare and social workers in their mission to improve the wellbeing of those who are sick and unwell.
• For those in the armed forces as they prepare for their next challenges in a dangerous world.
• For volunteers, carers and those who undertake work for which they are not paid.
Lord, guide and inspire our community, in all we do this week and beyond.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord we pray for all people who are in trouble and fear today:
• For those who are sad because someone they have loved had died
• For those who are anxious because someone is ill or in pain
• For those who are lonely because someone they love is not there for them.
Lord, bless:
• Those who are tired because they have too much to do
• Those who are struggling with finance or are facing the prospect of unemployment
• Those who are unhappy because of an unkind word or action.

We pray for those known to us, in name alone, who need your love and strength:
Lord, surround those in need with your wisdom, your spirit, your healing and your life-giving peace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Lord we pray for the wider world around us.
Our newspaper, our TV screens, our world-wide web sites display images, which show where nations, peoples and your creation need your healing and reconciliation:
• For families and communities in Pakistan, as the horrifying impact of the floods become ever clearer.
• For people in Afghanistan, voting in key parliamentary elections amid threats from the Taliban.
• For increasing unrest and tension on the borders of Mauritania and Mali
• For the 33 miners, still trapped in a mine in Chile
• For Burma, as democracy is continually thwarted and constrained
• For Iraq, as foreign troops prepare to leave and the threat of terrorist acts remain real.
We ask you to challenge and soften the hearts of those who treat human beings in a cruel and degrading manner. We pray for people trapped in fear or are abused in body, mind or spirit.
We pray for every organisation and individual determined to help people in their hour of need – for those involved in aid, counselling, advocacy, prevention, fundraising and caring for victims.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Wherever we are and in whatever we do,
Lord, be with us this day
Within us to purify us
Above us to draw us up
Beneath us to sustain us
Before us to lead us
Behind us to restrain us, and
Around us to protect us.

Lord we offer our prayers, spoken and unspoken, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.
The Whole World in God's HandsThe Whole World in God's Hands

Letter for October

Dear Friends,

Shortly after studying and reflecting on the passage in Romans 2 v 12-16 in IBRA, “Light for our Path”, I heard the news that a dear friend had died suddenly.

In the scripture, you will recall, Paul describes the strange paradox that some gentiles, who did not have the benefit of God’s teaching, appeared to lead better lives, closer to God’s ways, than the Jewish people who knew the law.

My friend was not a practising Christian. I had not known her to attend church other that to celebrate weddings and christenings. A single parent with two young children, she had had a hard life, yet she devoted herself to the service of others, electing to teach in a deprived neighbourhood and to lead a pack of guides with disabilities in her free time. She was unfailingly cheerful in the face of adversity and an excellent communicator, always remembering events and anniversaries in other people’s lives. After her death, the poem, “Myself ”, author unknown, was noticed to be on her kitchen wall. It had probably been there for many years, but none of us had noticed it. The first verse reads :-

I have to live with myself, and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as the days go by
Always to look myself straight in the eye.
I don’t want to stand in the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I have done.

The IBRA contributor, Iain Roy, commented, “Those who do not claim to be Christian can sometimes shame those of us who do, by the way they live their lives. What matters most to God is not what we have to say, but what we show we are, day by day.”

Blessings,

Jane Dowdell

Fareham October Fest

Fareham Town Centre Management is working with a number of local organisations and businesses to create an October Fest during this Autumn's school half-term week Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th October.

Local interest groups and performers have come together to create the following programme:

Saturday 23rd October 9.30am - 4.30pm Brand new '999' event
Come and have a look at a range of old and new fire engines, police cars and ambulances - maybe even get inside one and see what it feels like to be sat in the driving seat. There'll also be dancing demonstrations from local group Jive Riot and performances of The Wiz by STP Musicals of Southampton.

Monday 25th October 9am - 3pm Traditional Street Market

Wednesday 27th October 12noon - 2pm Dance Performances by Street Vibes Dance School

2pm - 4pm Music by the Portsmouth City Training Band

Thursday 28 October 9am -3pm Half-term Market with live animal farm from Kidsrome, Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology Educational Bus and RSPB Date with Nature display with nest cam footage of goshawks, hobbies and other birds of prey.

Friday 29th October 2pm - 4pm Dance Performances by street dance group 2nd 2 Nun

Saturday 30th October 9am - 3pm Hampshire Country Market - for homemade cakes, plants etc

Sunday 31st October Popular and Classic Tunes by vocalist Sylvia Rota

Gift Day

Author: 
Jeff Smith

ANNIVERSARY ‘GIFT DAY’

This church has recently purchased a projector to enhance the worship on Sunday mornings, which I hope you agree, has brought an added dimension to our services. It is also a resource that can be used by church groups and others for a variety of presentations.

The overall cost of purchasing and installing the projector is approximately £7500, which has initially been met from church funds. However, in order not to deplete these reserves, and to have money available for future needs, the Elders are proposing to hold a Gift Day during the weekend of our Church Anniversary, Sunday 24th October. On Saturday 23rd October between 10am and 12.30pm we are holding a special Coffee Morning at the church, as part of the anniversary weekend, to which gifts can be brought and placed on the offertory plate.

Each person’s financial situation is different, and I realise that some people may not be able to make a gift at all. However, as a guide, if members and friends were able to give an extra £1 for every £6 they currently give over the year, then the full cost would be met.

I am proposing that we consider giving in either of the following two ways:

1. A one off envelope to be put in the offertory plate on or around the 23rd/24th October. We shall use the blue Gift Aid envelopes and, for those who are taxpayers, this will increase the amount given;
OR
2. An increase in your weekly giving for one year via the current weekly envelope system or monthly standing order. To indicate your commitment, you can include a note in the Gift Aid envelopes to that effect.

Please consider this carefully and prayerfully and, if you are able to make a contribution, however small or large, that would be gratefully received. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Jeffrey Smith
Treasurer

The Big Sing 2010

Eager Singers from Fareham and Sarisbury Green attended the recent BBC Songs of Praise Big Sing event. Two programmes were recorded and will be transmitted on October 31st and on Boxing Day.
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Prayer for the Week

Author: 
Gill Bailey

Father, we place into your hands the things that we can't do.
We can't make the world the peaceful place that we would so much like it to be; but help us by your Spirit to reach out in peace to all those we meet.
We cannot stop the hurricanes, or the earthquakes, or the flooding, but help us to give generously to those whose lives have been devasted by such things.
We cannot easily stop the ravaging of our planet, but help us to use the earth's resources wisely and well.
We cannot always fill hungry tummies, but help us to be ready to share what we have with those who have far less than we do.
In the quietness we pray for our world and its needs.

Father, we place into your hands the things we cannot do.
We cannot cure all the diseases of the world; but help us to offer care and comfort to those we know who are ill.
We cannot prevent people from dying, but help us to stand beside those who mourn, and share their pan.
We cannot stop all the sad things that happen, but help us always to be ready to go to the aid of the distressed and the suffering. We cannot fill every empty moment for a lonely person, but help us to remember and include them whenever we can.

In the quietness we prayer for those we know personally who need your help.

Father we place into your hands:
Our weary hurting world;
its sad and worried people;
all our own personal hurt and sadness
and all our doubts and fears.
For you Lord, are our Saviour, our Shepherd, our Friend, and our Hope,
and we know that we can trust you with even our most intimate needs,
help us, your world and all your faithful people we pray.
Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer.

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