January 2016

Happy New Year from Fareham United Reformed Church

To Everything There is a SeasonTo Everything There is a Season

We hope you had a great Christmas and are excited for the freshness that the New Year brings.

Have you ever watched the film The Polar Express? In the story a little boy is given a precious bell that he has to keep safe, but loses it because he has a hole in his pocket. Pockets.......they’re where we keep the things we need. If our pockets are full we are equipped and ready for any situation. As we journey with God, it’s so easy to let holes wear into our spiritual pockets, meaning we lose some of the precious things God gives us.

Or maybe our spiritual pockets are full of rubbish, and we need a good clear out at the start of the year in order to fill them up with faith. So right at the start of the year let’s clear out our pockets, mend those holes and be ready to receive all that God has for us in 2016.

We at Fareham United Reformed Church pray that we will continue to share Jesus' love with the world today, that we will see many lives transformed in our church, family, community and world - and that our pockets and our lives are full and overflowing with faith, hope, love and peace.

A family we have been pleased to serve at key moments in their life - on Marriage, and then, successively, the Blessing of each of their children when each was about one year old.A family we have been pleased to serve at key moments in their life - on Marriage, and then, successively, the Blessing of each of their children when each was about one year old.

For everything a season...
God of heaven and of every season beneath,
help us to leave in the year that has died
all that it held of shame, sorrow and sin,
and to treasure the riches it leaves -
the learning, the laughter, the love.

God of past and future,
teach us how to grasp in the year that is born
promises by which we may live,
kindness we can offer
hopes you set before us.

God of work and toil and busy-ness,
we ask for confidence for this year's duty,
energy amid its demands,
and wisdom in the unfolding of its days,
that we may know the times
and discern our task.

God of every season,
may the living of our years,
serve the purpose of heaven.
Amen.

(prayer based on Ecclesiastes 3 verses 1-13, written by Revd John Proctor, General Secretary of the United Reformed Church, and taken from 'hidden in plain sight' which is the prayer handbook 2016 published by the United Reformed Church)