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/.

 

 

Space Academy – The Story of Daniel - ‘God was with him and is with us, as we travel into the unknown.’

The ten volunteers who made up the Fareham URC team had as much joy and fun, we felt, as the seventy two children who attended the annual Christians Together in Fareham (CTiF) Holiday Club from the 5th to 9th August 2019 with varied activities between the three venues, the Community Church, the Methodist Church and our church.

To have a little preview of that joy and fun, click on the video links on the CTiF website at www.farehamchristians.org.uk/, and join in the refrain “Jump up and down, Jump up and down - I don’t care what people say - Jump up and down, Jump up and down - I believe in Jesus” which rang in our ears as we left each day and still does as we reflect on the week. You can download one here 

The story of Daniel standing true and firm in his faith was retold within a modern-day scenario of a space academy with the trials and tribulations of launching a space craft with three astronauts into orbit. For the previous three years, CTiF have bought in external facilitators but with the experience gained in that time, the Holiday Club decided to branch out and go it alone with in house resources – with great success. Possibly more success, in that the contacts made with the children and families are local contacts which may in the future provide a focus for more initiatives.

The Community Church was the site of the Space Academy with the spacecraft crafted from plywood and cardboard boxes large enough to accommodate the three astronauts on their travels. The Methodist church was the dining hall for the two course lunch as well as craft and games, while our church was the base for science activities; the Sanctuary was reconfigured to accommodate the Bouncy Castle which had to be brought indoors for safety in the wet and windy conditions. The excitement, joy and happiness of the children as they sang the songs and danced around to the words “I don’t care what people say, I believe in Jesus” was a joy to behold.

Please do view three videos on the website, and perhaps be tempted to join our church’s team for Holiday Club 2020. Whatever expertise you have, even if it is washing up and clearing away, the team can use you!

Details of activities for children and young people at churches in Fareham can be found here.

 

Welcome to our Harvest Festival Celebrations - Sunday 29 September 2019

‘The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest’ (Psalm 85:12)

We look forward to our Harvest Festival Celebrations which will take place at 10.30am on Sunday 29 September 2019, led by Revd Stephen Wilkins. Our offerings will be shared with the Gosport and Fareham Basics Bank, which we support all year round.

Did you know.......our Fareham URC Breakfast on Easter Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of our Risen Lord was enjoyed by all as a time of fellowship and sharing. So much so that the Catering Group decided that that surplus funds would be donated to the Basics Bank to help others less fortunate than we are,  so that they could also enjoy a breakfast.  

It just so happened that the Gosport branch were particularly short of long life milk and sugar as well as Breakfast Cereal in a box, valued by rough sleepers as  the milk can be poured directly onto the cereal without the requirement for a bowl.  Rough sleepers do not generally have access to washing up facilities and the cereal in the box is ideal to enable them to enjoy a wholesome breakfast.  The Basics Bank volunteers researched all the local supermarkets for special offers to get the best value  for the donated money and purchased sixty five litres of milk, sixteen packs/ ninety six individual servings of cereal and twenty bags of sugar.

 

 

Debt Advice Centre - CMA Connect Fareham launches on 23 September 2019

Good news!! The debt advice centre in Fareham is to be launched on Monday 23rd September with an official opening ceremony. It will be based in St John’s Church Hall, Upper St Michaels Grove, Fareham and is open to anyone to access debt advice. It will be staffed by volunteers from local churches who will speak to people using the software supplied by the national debt charity Community Money Advice (CMA). Training is to take place in mid-September.

The other good news is that we have received sufficient financial funds, including the generous giving by this church, to launch the project but still need support to keep it going after the initial period. One or two people have asked me about individual giving and if you wanted to do that here are the bank details: CMA Connect Fareham, sort code 08-92-99 and account number 65870767.

Following the launch day we are planning to drop leaflets into 2 or 3 postcode areas in order to get the message out that we are here. In addition, leaflets will be placed in doctor’s surgeries, the food bank, council noticeboards etc. Please pass the message on so that as many people as possible are aware of this new initiative.

Finally, if you feel able, there will always be a need for new volunteers to help as people move on, so if you require any further details please let me know via the Church Secretary at secretary@farehamurc.org.uk. Please pray that the love of Christ will be shown in this practical service in meeting the needs of local people.

Jeffrey Smith