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/.

 

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The Elders of Fareham United Reformed Church are pleased to be able to reopen our building for worship from Sunday 6th September 2020 and look forward to welcoming you back when you are able to join us.

The Elders are committed to following Government and United Reformed Church advice in order to keep all who attend as safe as possible in this Covid-19 environment.  This depends on good communication and us being able to work together.

To enable social distancing of 2 metres, the maximum capacity of the Sanctuary is 30.  Therefore, seats must be booked in advance.  If you wish to attend, please call: 07745 790338 before 10am the day before the service.

We will be unable to provide transport.

Initially, we will be unable to offer refreshments after the service, nor are we able to provide drinking water.  We encourage you to bring your own water bottle with you.

An offertory plate will be available at the entrance and exit of the Sanctuary.

We ask you to take note of this advice and agree to abide by its contents.

Our commitment to you

  • A thorough Risk Assessment has been carried out and will be adhered to.
  • The premises will have been fallowed and cleaned before worship.
  • Hand sanitizers are provided at strategic points for everyone to use.
  • The building will be kept as ventilated as is comfortably possible. Internal doors will be kept open. 
  • There will be no other groups in the building while the service is taking place.
  • When a service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion, a strict hygiene protocol is in place for the preparation and distribution of the elements in accordance with URC guidelines.

What we ask of you

  • You will be expected to use the sanitizers provided on entering the building, again when using the toilets and on departure.
  • You will be asked to confirm your name and contact phone number, which we are required to keep for 21 days after the service.
  • You will be required to wear a face covering while you are in the building.
  • You will be shown to an appropriate seat by a steward and asked to keep your belongings with you.  You are asked not to move around once you have been seated.
  • There will be a one-way system, and you will, therefore, be guided to leave by the Classroom Fire Exit after the service.
  • Although there may be music and/or recorded singing, you are unfortunately asked not to sing along.
  • If you are in a high-risk category, we ask that you seriously consider whether it is safe for you to attend worship at the current time.  Please see attached extract from the URC Guidelines - “Making Choices about Returning to Activities in Church Buildings”
  • If it is necessary for you to use the toilet facilities prior to the service, you may be asked to wait in the vestibule as only one person may be in the washrooms at any time.
  • Please adhere to safe distancing guidelines at all times.

Thank you for your cooperation

Elders, Fareham United Reformed Church

September 2020

Beatitudes for a Global Pandemic?

Christians Together in Fareham commenced Lent House Groups in early March before they were suspended due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This cartoon was received by a number of church members, and has been helpful framework for prayer during this time.

A prayer for uncertain times

The Moderators of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church (URC), the Revd Nigel Uden and Derek Estill, have offered the following prayer as the UK and the rest of the world come to terms with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

‘God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.’
Psalm 46:1, NRSV

As so much is re-shaped by Coronavirus Covid 19, let us pray with

  • people left unwell, beckoned by death or bereaved;
  • people providing professional health care and advice, looking after loved ones at home or working to create treatments and cures;
  • people shaping the response of nations and neighbourhoods, of commerce and industry, of service and voluntary organisations and of communities of faith;
  • people who are anxious or afraid, alone or isolated.

Living, loving God,
we praise you,
and through times of peril we lean into you,
for in Jesus Christ
you have trodden paths as difficult as ours,
revealing there a love that nothing defeats,
a love that bears us through.

Even as we strive to behave responsibly,
and to care reliably,
so we feel after you
that in these uncertain times we might trust you are with us,
our refuge and strength,
and our faith, hope and love might be renewed,
through Jesus Christ, Amen.