February 2017

The People’s Concert – Saturday 4th March 2017

Two local amateur orchestras, The Portsmouth Philharmonia and The Meon Valley Orchestra, are staging The People’s Concert at 7.30pm on Saturday 4th March 2017 at Fareham United Reformed Church. The programme has been chosen by local residents by a popular vote…and all will be revealed on the night. It is a novel venture and the orchestras aim to delight the audience with what local people have selected.

All proceeds will go to the Solent Diabetes Association, which works for the local diabetes community in Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire. All the money raised helps people manage their diabetes and enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life.

Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £5 for students and children, and include refreshments on the night. Please telephone 07760 176687 to book the tickets.

“Am I Being Unfair to You” – Women’s World Day of Prayer, Friday 3rd March 2017

Christians Together in Fareham will mark this year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer with services being hosted by Holy Trinity Church on Friday 3rd March 2017.

The Christian women of the Philippines have written the service "Am I Being Unfair to You?" and it is to be used throughout the whole world in 24 hrs, starting at sunrise over the island of Samoa and continuing until sunset off the coast of American Samoa.

The Day of Prayer is not just for women. Everyone is welcome to attend the ecumenical services at 2.00pm and 7.00pm then enjoy sharing refreshments afterwards. For more information go to www.wwdp.org.uk

As we prepare for the service, we pray for justice for all women and children everywhere and pledge ourselves to fight against discrimination and oppression wherever we find it

Lord, there is nothing in our world which is hidden from your eyes.
You see those whose benefits have shrunk to nothing,
and those whose disability allowances fall short of their daily needs.
You see those who apply for hundreds of jobs with never an interview or even a reply.
You see the high fliers with their huge bonuses measured in millions,
and the low paid outsiders facing poverty.
You see those choosing beautiful second homes, and those who sleep on cardboard in shop doorways.
You see the families who have been evicted and live out their days in temporary accommodation.
You see the children going to school without breakfast,
and the mothers who deny themselves so that their children can have meals.
You see the parents creeping in shame to the food-bank, when their income falls short yet again.
Help us to see too.
Lord Jesus, give us your compassion, your generosity of mind, and your free, giving spirit.
Help us to see through your eyes without prejudice or selfishness.

Fairtrade Fortnight - 27 February to 12 March 2017

2017 sees the 23rd Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK. It will also be one of the most uncertain years for a generation when it comes to trade. Following the vote for Brexit, the UK will be coming to terms with the urgent need to renegotiate more than 50 international trade deals. And no one knows yet what this will mean for farmers and workers in poor countries. At the same time, the spiralling price wars between supermarkets are set to intensify, putting even more pressure on the most vulnerable producers who deliver so much of what we eat.

It’s more crucial than ever that the voices of farmers and workers are heard – to combat the risk of undoing the progress of the past two decades of Fairtrade, and putting farmers in an even worse position in the future. We need to speak up on their behalf more loudly than ever.

The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 is “Put Fairtrade in your daily break”. A guide is already available at

During this fortnight, why not take a break, have a cup of fair trade tea or coffee, and spend a few minutes thinking about the problems facing these families, praying for them, and taking action to help improve their situation.