Come and Join Us at Fareham United Reformed Church

The United Reformed Church, Osborn Road South, Fareham PO16 7DG
The United Reformed Church, Osborn Road South, Fareham PO16 7DG

We hope that you will find much to interest you here and will want to join with us as Christians in Fareham. Our church mission statement is "Sharing Jesus' love with the world today". This means we, all ages, come together each week for Sunday worship to listen for God's word for us. The rest of the week we try our best to act on what we have heard both in church and through our own prayers. We try to care for each other to the very best, and this love and care then flows out through all of us in our work, leisure and home lives. Wherever you are as regards faith in God, come among us and help us together, to grow closer to him day by day.

You may or may not be aware that there are now daily reflections, written by all kinds of contributors, made available by the United Reformed Church as emails. You can subscribe here to receive them: http://devotions.urc.org.uk/ You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/URCDailyDevotions/.

 

 

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Fed up with the chaos and uncertainty in our world today?

Feel your voice isn't being heard

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Discover how you can make a real difference to people's lives

Come and find us in Fareham Shopping Centre on Saturday 2nd March 2019 between 9.00am and 4.00pm

 

 

Raising our voices for Homelessness

This was the title of the servive held at Holy Trinity for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday afternoon (20 January). The service was very well attended. The appropriate hymns were 'Amazing Grace - my chains are gone', 'Beauty for Brokenness' and 'Let us build a house'. One song sung for us was 'You Raise Me Up' and another 'There is a time' (based on Ecclesiastes) that had been composed by the singer a couple of years ago when she had been at a particularly low ebb.

The most moving parts of the service were from those who had experienced homelessness and who had been helped to start to turn their lives around with support from concerned individuals and groups in Fareham and Gosport, including local Churches, Cafe Imbizo at Fareham Community Church, the Basics Bank, Two Saints Hostel and Citizen's Advice. The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford and her consort Brian were present and the Mayor spoke about one of her charities 'Acts of Kindness'.

A former church pastor from Basingstoke who has for the last fifteen years been involved in taking the Church into the Community, spoke of how churches in Basingstoke term themselves as 'One Church in Basingstoke' and dovetail their Christian Social Action with the outreach of many other local charities and the Borough Council. He spoke about the operation of a winter night shelter, which has about 15 beds available each night and had helped over 60 people over a period of weeks, most of whom had received additional support through other agencies. The night shelter provides much more than simply a bed for the night. Christians Together in Fareham are researching this work to see if we might be called to run a night shelter next winter.

'Fareham Street Aid' has been established to coordinate all our efforts, with key advice as follows:

  • Don't give money directly to homeless individuals, give it to the likes of Two Saints Hostel
  • Give food and other essential supplies to the Basics Bank
  • If you have goods to offer, try One Community Fareham in the former Community Action Fareham offices, opposite Holy Trinity
  • Volunteer to work for Citizen's Advice - they are recruiting
  • Volunteer for the new Christian Money Advice Centre being initiated through Christians Together in Fareham
  • Keep talking, raising our voices to support homeless people
  • Pray for them too, and local leaders in the Council and those involved in the many charities and organisations who work with homeless people

Together we can make a greater difference than separately