Our next coffee morning
Join us for coffee on Saturday 21st November at 11 a.m. to catch up with one another and have a chat. An invitation to join the Zoom gathering will be sent out by email or details on how to phone to those who prefer to join us this way. See you there!
Sight Loss Friendly Church
We are now registered as a Sight Loss Friendly Church as we work towards making our online and real time services more accessible to all. We’ve got lots of work to do and there will be opportunities for us all to access training and resources to support those in our congregation with sight concerns.
Eco Church Award application
A small group of members has been investigating the idea of achieving an Eco church award. It’s been done using a survey supplied by A.Rocha, the administrative organisation for the award, just looking at where we are now. If you would like to know more, visit the page in the Menu bar.
We have submitted an application and have been awarded a Bronze Award.
Monthly Virtual Prayer Group NEXT SESSION: December 14th
There will be a Prayer Time via the Zoom platform at 2 p.m. on December 14th. It will be for 30 minutes. A link will be sent out to invite you to join the meeting in advance. Never used Zoom? Don’t worry: instructions are available for you!
Monthly Virtual Nurture Group NEXT SESSION: December 21st
Similar to Bible Study; however, we will be looking at a theme over the next few months. The theme for the Winter meetings will be the women of the Christmas story. It will be an interactive group on Zoom, so if you would like to join in, details will be sent out in advance with an invitation link to join the Zoom meeting. Our next meeting is on December 21st at 2 p.m.
Link to Hope Shoeboxes have gone!
Bridget has been busy filling the shoeboxes. She says thanks to the 8 members of the congregation who gave money to buy contents and the transport fee. She had some content donated and we give special thanks to Gill, her neighbour who also does knitting for fish and chip baby clothes! The wrapping paper was from Thelma.
We are sending 24 boxes, some containing items for the Elderly and the others as Family boxes.
Beacon Hill Summer Street Market
Hugh and Jenny M. represented us all at the Beacon Hill Summer Street Market on Saturday September 12th, sharing a table with St. Alban’s Church. Bridget & Karen had prepared potted hyacinth containers & succulents in a coffee cup & the Fortnum & Mason hamper Diana had donated was the generous prize in the raffle. We sold a few plants as well. The proceeds are being split between Ocean Stars & the church.
Are you at risk?
Hugh has written out to all members explaining the Elders’ decision to continue with digital, rather than in-church services at present. His letter refers to a video explaining how to assess your risk, which is available here:
A copy of the risk assessment form is available here:
Christian Colouring for Relaxation and Therapy
Designer Samara Andrews (who works for the URC in the Church Related Community Work team) has created some Bible verses to download and colour in. Visit www.urc.org.uk/coronavirus to download or print templates, and also to check out the latest Advice to Churches about Coronavirus.
Sources of support & help in these unprecedented times
There will be many people who need help and support during the Social Distancing & Isolation phase. We will upload information as it is received. Stay safe and well.
Celebrating Jean’s 90th birthday
Following our morning service on Sunday 16th February, we celebrated Jean’s forthcoming 90th birthday. Happy birthday from us all!
Dates for the Diary
Sunday Worship on our Virtual Worship page each Sunday
Knit and Natter group – 9am-12 noon every Wednesday & Friday in the Hub – meetings are suspended at present
Introducing our Sensory Garden
Over the summer of 2019, we started putting the structure in to the back garden of a Sensory Garden, using as many recycled materials as possible. We hope the Nursery School children, our friends from Whitmore Vale and our members will enjoy it as it grows and develops. Look out for updates!
Church Outing on the Basingstoke Canal
A number of Church Members and friends were entertained on the Basingstoke Canal.
Christmas 2019: our Church Family Lunch at the Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel
We aim to go out to lunch to a local pub or restaurant once a quarter to enjoy some social time together as part of our fellowship.