News

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 await feedback. Watch this space!

Link to Hope Shoeboxes are ready to go!

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.

Monthly Virtual Nurture Group NEXT SESSION: October 26th

Similar to Bible Study; however, we will be looking at a theme over the next few months. The theme for the meetings will be the Parables of the Kingdom. 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 October 26th at 2 p.m.

Monthly Virtual Prayer Group NEXT SESSION: November 9th

There will be a Prayer Time via the Zoom platform at 2 p.m. on November 9th. 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!

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:

An explanation of the Personal risk Assessment form results

A copy of the risk assessment form is available here:

Our next coffee morning

Join us for coffee on Saturday 31st October 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!

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!

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!

Church Outing on the Basingstoke Canal

View on the canal
On board!

A number of Church Members and friends were entertained on the Basingstoke Canal.

Recent events

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.