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Dates for the Diary

Craft & Company group – 9am-12 noon every Wednesday & Board Games Group on a Friday in  the Hub – meetings are suspended at present. We hope to start these in mid January 2022.

Contributing to our response to the Synod consultation on Ministerial deployment

At our recent church meeting we were made aware of the consultation on Ministerial deployment. We are invited to send in a response by January 31st 2022. The Elders have started to think about it; the next steps are to meet with Phil Ray after the service on 16th January to move forward with the Child and Youth Friendly Church initiative and bring ideas generated from that into a response. Then the Church Meeting on Sunday January 30th will follow an abbreviated time of worship to allow us to come up with further thoughts before heading off to the pub for our belated Christmas celebratory lunch!

Prayer time on January 10th 11 a.m.

Do join us for a time of quiet and reflection at 11 a.m. on Monday 10th January using the Zoom link sent out the week before. Let Karen know if there is someone, something or many you would like us to remember in our prayers.

Nurturing our faith together through Bible study

We are continuing to meet with our friends from Fleet URC to discuss a variety of Scripture passages in 2022. All are welcome to come along on Zoom for a wide ranging discussion and provoking thoughts about the texts we read at 11 a.m. on the third Monday of the month. We next meet on January 17th: details to follow.

As we learn more we will update this page.

50th Anniversary competition

To celebrate the URC’s 50th anniversary, choirs, bands, individuals, songwriters, composers, and poets are invited to submit an entry into the URC at 50: Worship Resources Competition.

There are four categories in which you can enter:

  • traditional hymn/song
  • poem
  • contemporary hymn/song
  • rap

Judges will select a winner from each category. Winning entries will be included in a digital version of the URC at 50 resource pack for local churches for them to use in jubilee celebrations and/or Sunday services.

Judging schedule

The closing date for entries is 8 April 2022.

Judges will assess each entry in May 2022.

Winners will be informed in June 2022.

Winners will be publicly announced at General Assembly in July 2022, at which the songs, or recordings, will be performed/played/sung.

The winning entries will be recorded and/or filmed in July 2022 for sharing online.

Criteria

To enter, you must be a member or active adherent of a URC or a URC local ecumenical partnership, or URC Youth.

Entries can be new lyrics submitted to existing music within the public domain.

Entries must have a jubilee/URC at 50 anniversary theme and be suitable for use in collective worship.

Musical entries to new tunes must include lyrics plus musical score (PDF or JPG) and/or an audio recording (MP3 or MP4).

The competition is open to people of any age.

One entry per person/group.

Submit entries to: mission@urc.org.uk

Ruth has arrived safely in Devon!

Views from Ruth’s garden in Devon.

Haslemere Food Bank

We have supported the Food Bank as a church community by collecting items at Harvest, at Christmas & at Easter on the road runs to individual houses. The pandemic means there is a constant demand for items. If you have any of the following to spare and can, do drop off at the Methodist Church in Haslemere during Food Bank opening times, on a Wednesday or Friday morning between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., or at one of the Collection points at

Tesco Haslemere
Waitrose Haslemere
CeeGees Fernhurst

This document lists all the items they would welcome at present:

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

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.

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!

Tyres from the local garage, filled with plants donated from members’ gardens!
The Bug House and log pile, built from recycled materials, including the stepping stones!