March 2014

Fareham URC Makes Every Mile Count for Sport Relief

And they're off!And they're off!Margaret, Doris and Val with the medalsMargaret, Doris and Val with the medalsOn the afternoon of Sunday 23rd March 2014 a team of runners from the church inspired and led by the PFZ (Parent-Free Zone) youth club managed to avoid the rain and hail showers from earlier in the day and completed The Havant Borough Mile at Staunton Country Park. Matthew, Joe and Ian Corless, Paul Bedford and Annice Dunning went the extra mile twice to complete a three mile course, cheered on from start to finish by a fantastic band of supporters. Special thanks goes to a number of church members who joined us as we completed the challenge, including John Saunders, who fresh from running 10k in Eastleigh in the morning, completed a further three miles in the afternoon offering the team tips and words of encouragement. For the final mile, we were joined by walkers Doris and Margaret Woolley and Val Saunders, with Margaret even overcoming the separation of the sole from her shoe to cross the finishing line to claim a medal!

Church members, friends, relatives and work colleagues were overwhelmingly generous in their sponsorship of our team and at the end of the day £807 had been raised. This could contribute towards a number of projects:

• £350 will provide a water point in the slums of Tanzania, giving hundreds of families access to safe, clean water
• £150 will provide 100 children living on the streets of Nepal with a hot meal and a safe place to sleep for the night
• £50 pays for 100 children in a Brazilian township to have a day’s football coaching, helping them to stay away from drugs and violence.

We thank you for all your support – in words, in actions and in money – to make life better for many people, both on our doorstep in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

Matthew and Joe Corless

Paul, Joe, Ian, Matthew and AnnicePaul, Joe, Ian, Matthew and AnniceLoyal supportersLoyal supporters

PFZ to go the extra miles for Sport Relief

PFZ getting ready for the Sport Relief MilePFZ getting ready for the Sport Relief Mile
PFZ (Parent-Free Zone), the youth club at Fareham United Reformed Church has decided to build on the success of 2012’s run and last year’s Comic Relief Bake Off to enter the Sport Relief Mile. While we're busy preparing for the big day, we really need your help to make sure we smash our fundraising target, which currently stand at £200. Big or small, every bit of sponsorship we receive will help people living unimaginably tough lives, both on our doorstep in the UK and across the world's poorest countries.

During a recent service we showed the church the story of Raymond who lives in Atuku in Ghana. He has a very different life from you and me – and has to spend many hours a week working in danger in a gold mine to pay for food, medicine and education. In 2014, some of the money raised will help people like Raymond and his friends are able to go to school – to help them have a better future. To see the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h8JEqB9ItA

The Fareham URC PFZ’s fundraising page can now be found at http://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/fareham-urc-pfz

If you would like to join us in the run or just to cheer us on we will be participating in The Havant Borough Mile at Staunton Country Park at 2.15pm on Sunday 23rd March 2014. We are feeling brave and have decided to enter the 3 Mile event, and so will go the extra mile twice. Our minister, Revd Paul Bedford, Annice Dunning and our Dad will also join us in the challenge and will be part of our team for the day

Thank you for your support.

Matthew and Joe Corless

Women's World Day of Prayer - Friday 7th March 2014

This year the services have been prepared by the Christian women of Egypt around the theme 'Streams in the Desert'. Ours will take place in Fareham United Reformed Church at 10.30am and 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome, not just women!.

The same service will take place all over the world over a period of 24 hours. Each year the selected country and its people becomes the focus of the world's prayers on the day itself. The first service of the day takes place in Samoa as the dawn breaks. The world is then circled in prayer for 36 hours and the service is celebrated in over 170 countries until the last one takes place in American Samoa.

The origin of the movement dates back to the 19th century when Christian women in the USA and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women's involvement in mission both at home and abroad.

The logo below represents four women kneeling in prayer, with the Celtic cross and a circle representing our unity through our diversity. Please join Christians Together in Fareham this Friday.

For further information about the Women's World Day of Prayer visit www.wwdp.org.uk