March 2016

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! A Beautiful Day!


Living God,
in the light of a new day we give thanks for life,
in the light of Easter morning we give thanks for new life.
We celebrate with joy, the stone rolled away,
the empty tomb, and meeting Jesus.

We remember the womn, grief stricken and fearful,
running to tell the disciples the news.
We remember disciples, running to see for themselves,
stopping and stooping, peering into the tomb,
returning home amazed.

We come to you, sometimes sorrowful, sometimes breathless.
We may find puzzling mystery, bewildering emptiness,
and messengers questioning 'why?'

We pray that through remembering what we have heard,
listening to you calling our name,
and sharing together what it all means,
we may return home ready to be witnesses
to your love that does not die.

This prayer was taken from the United Reformed Church's prayer handbook 2016 'hidden in plain sight''
Written by Simon Walkling, based on John 20:1-18 and Luke 24:1-12

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Holy Week and Easter Services at Fareham United Reformed Church 2016

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Come and join the reflections and celebrations with us at Fareham United Reformed Church this Easter...

Monday 21st March 2016
7.30pm - Holy Week Meditation in the Lounge

Tuesday 22nd March 2016
7.30pm - Holy Week Meditation in the Lounge

Wednesday 23rd March 2016
7.30pm - Holy Week Meditation in the Lounge

Maundy Thursday 24th March 2016
7.30pm - Service led by Revd Paul Bedford, with music by the Choir

Good Friday 25th March 2016
10.30am - Open Air Worship with Christians Together in Fareham at the Podium in West Street
7.30pm - Service of Reflection led by the Worship Group

Easter Sunday 27th March 2016
8.15am - Holy Communion for Easter Sunday led by Revd Paul Bedford (followed by Easter Breakfast)
10.30am - Easter Day Praise led by Mr David Childs

Young Christians in Fareham do the Church Crawl for Sport Relief


In the past few month’s PFZ (Parent-Free Zone), Fareham URC’s youth club meets together with other young Christians Together in Fareham, including friends from Holy Trinity Church and Our Saviour Lutheran Church.

Building on the success of PFZ in the 2012 and 2014 Sport Relief Mile, where we raised over £2000, we are trying something different to raise the profile of not only Sport Relief but also our churches. You might have seen Jo Brand last month walk 170 miles from Hull to Liverpool in what was called ‘One Hell of a Walk’ – so for Sport Relief 2016, we have decided that we are going for a ‘Heavenly Walk’ around Fareham and will try to visit as many of the local churches as possible.

We will start our journey at St Columba’s Church at 4.00pm on Sunday 13 March 2016 and will finish at Fareham United Reformed Church for some well-deserved refreshment and our club night.

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 £250. 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 Champa who lives in Dhaka in Bangladesh. She is 10 years old has a very different life from you and me. Champa lives in a slum settlement and has to work collecting rubbish from the street to sell to support her family. But the good news is a project funded by Sport Relief cash is helping her. Champa goes to a drop-in centre for a few hours a day, where she can study, make new friends and find time to play like other children her own age. In 2016, some of the money raised will help people like Champa and her friends to have a better future. To see the video, visit http://www.sportrelief.com/champa

Our fundraising page can now be found at https://my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/pfz-christians-together-in-fareham

Thank you for your support.

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Fareham URC Women Sit Down For Breakfast and Stand Up For Farmers - Saturday 12th March 2016

As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.

The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.

When people are paid a fairer price, they can have more control over their lives when times are hard, and worry less about how they will feed their families. Whether it’s the extra cash in their pockets or being able to expand their farms to grow more food to eat, Fairtrade means many farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need – to put enough food on the table for the people they care about, all year round.

You are invited to a Women's Breakfast, which starts at 8.30am at Fareham United Reformed Church comprising

- Fairtrade and locally produced food and drinks
- Fairtrade gift and food stall
- Fairtrade conversation and fellowship

Book a place and come and join us. It's free... call 01329 221465 or email secretary@farehamurc.org.uk

For more details about Fairtrade visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/breakfast