Our sincere thanks go to Derek Hiscocks for standing in for our Minister on 7th November and taking our Holy Communion Service.
As most of you will know, Mike comes to Braishfield on the first Sunday of each month to lead our Communion Service at 9.30am, before returning to Romsey for the 10.30am Service there. On this occasion as there were two baptisms due to take place at Romsey URC, Mike asked Derek if he could come to Braishfield as the time between the two services is limited and nobody ever knows how the traffic will be or if there will be any other hold-ups. I have put this in the magazine as I think there are some people in both churches who haven’t realised about this “first Sunday dash” that takes place and has done for a good number of years. I can say that all of us at Braishfield are deeply appreciative that it happens!
The Remembrance Sunday Service held at the village War Memorial was well attended. Our thanks go to Andy Bevan who took part in the service and also to David Webster who laid a wreath on behalf of our church.
Our Memorial Service on 21st November was appreciated by the congregation with many names read out by the Minister of family and friends who have died over the years. There was also an opportunity to light a candle to remember loved ones.
The December and January services and events will be reported on in the next magazine which will be out in February! Having said that, it will still be good to take a look back at these.
From us all at Braishfield United Reformed Church, we wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for 2022.
Human Rights Day is 10 December and in normal times the local Amnesty group would be hosting a card writing evening in the hall lounge.
Instead, this year there will be the two cards at the back of the Church during Advent for people to add their names and sign, as we have done in other years. The cards will be sent to two teenagers: a Belarussian boy jailed for five years despite no evidence, and a Palestinian girl being harassed and threatened for publicising racism – there will be more information with the cards. These cards are sent to show support for individuals and groups enduring human rights abuses.
We will have a stall in the Market Square on the morning of Saturday 11 December; please visit us for more information and further cards to sign.
Forty-one of us arrived at Wellow Golf Club on 13 November to play skittles. It was lovely to see so many people, of all ages, gathered together enjoying good food and each other’s company. Competition grew fierce, however, as we reached the climax of the evening, but eventually the winners were Jay (who came with Val), Gina, Callum and Izzy, with runners up Alan and Anna. We are grateful to those who donated raffle prizes and those who made sure that the evening ran smoothly. With the raffle and donations, we added £121.60 to the total for A Rocha, which now stands at £1405.67. Time to book for next year!
The weekend was really productive as we discussed topics to bring to future meetings, started coming up with ideas to pass onto the camp planning team and sorted a report to be sent with our youth representative to a meeting. On top of all that we had a chocolatier workshop, first-aid training and a banquet where we all dressed up. I re-stood for my position on the WSYE, and we gained a new member which was wonderful!
The outside of the church is looking lovely thanks to all the people who knitted poppies over the past months and to Sarah, Richard and Kathleen who put them together. The ones ‘planted’ in the ground were lent to us by the Town Hall. Many people have wandered in to have a look. Thank you also to Sarah for the imaginative display on the railings and all the work that has gone into preparing the poppies for the prayer tree.
Local people visited our front garden and wrote the names of loved ones who had served on wooden poppies, which were then hung on the tree. We remembered those added to the tree; a message, from a local young person, slipped behind the notice on the tree covered it all:Dear soldiers, thank you for risking your life for us, I’m so grateful.
Thank you to all who attended our Church meeting, a resumé of discussions will be published in the December/January magazine.
Such a lovely evening was had by all, last Saturday, at the skittles evening. Thank you to Carole for organising and Wai for running the raffle
The December/January magazine will be issued next week, including times and dates for the Christmas period.
How great it is to see our congregation back in church since our re-opening on 25th July. It is also wonderful to give a warm welcome to Annabel to our congregation. It is so good to have you with us.
Unfortunately, we still have some of our congregation, family members, and friends, who are not too well. Some are recovering from operations and some are receiving treatment. Also, some are having tests for various things and some are waiting for results. We send our love and best wishes to everyone feeling a bit under the weather at the moment.
Our Minister will have dedicated our new table and chairs, (which were given in memory of the late Alice and Andy Jack), for use in our church on 26th September. I hope to report on that service in the next magazine.
Our church was beautifully decorated for our Harvest Festival service, led by David Childs, on 19th September. It went well and our sincere thanks to go to everyone who was involved in any way with decorating the church. It looked lovely once again.
All of the food items brought to the Harvest Gift Service, together with any food items used to decorate the church, have been taken to the Food Bank in Romsey. Unfortunately, we were not able to have a Harvest Supper again this year. Let’s hope we will be able to do so in 2022!
We will be having a Church Meeting on 5th October at 7.30 pm in the church. We invite all members of our congregation, and anyone interested in our church, to come to this. Please come if you can and support the church here in Braishfield.
Last but not least, there are two important and lovely dates I need to tell you about. Our congratulations and best wishes go to:-
Kath who will celebrate her 90th birthday on 24th October.
Margery and Bill who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on 30th October.
In October we can celebrate the life and work of William Tyndale. His life was devoted to the translation of the Bible from Latin and Hebrew into the everyday language of the people in the 15th century. He did all his work of translation in Germany and the Low Countries, as it was forbidden in England. He famously said, “a boy that driveth the plough” will be able to read the scriptures for himself. The new translations were smuggled into England via the 'cloth routes'. Merchants came from Europe to the Cotswolds to buy fleeces and wool. The small Bibles were hidden in bales of cloth.
Tyndale was harried and imprisoned as a heretic and finally burnt at the stake; a martyr in 1536. His beautiful phrases were taken later into the 1611 King James version of the Bible, where we can still read them today:
'Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God'
'Let not your hearts be troubled’
'A new commandment I give unto you,
that you love one another as I have loved you'
‘Ye are the salt of the earth’
On Prison Sunday, 10 October, there will be a speaker from Winchester Prison in Abbey URC to tell us more about his life and work.
In collaboration with Romsey Dementia Action Group (ROMDAG) we will be sharing a service at Abbey URC on Tuesday 9 November, time to be finalised (between 11.30 and 1.30).
Hymns & Praise is self-explanatory, but why Remember 1961? Well, this was the year that saw the first televised broadcast of the well-loved programme ‘Songs of Praise’.
We will be looking to include some of the hymns included in that programme and some special memories of that year. Keep a look out for further details in next month’s Pastorate magazine and the news section of our service sheets!
THURSDAY MORNING COMMUNION
We have now begun sharing our monthly Thursday morning Communion service in person again! Anyone from our churches – and wider communities – is welcome to take part.
The next Thursday Communion will begin at 10.30 on 21 October in the Abbey URC Hall Lounge, and thereafter on the 3rs Thursday of the month. For the time being please bring your own bread and wine. We look forward to sharing with you!
The basic service outline looks like this:
The Psalm for the previous Sunday (see Prayer Meeting)
Remembering the Last Supper (using Matthew 26:26-30 or Mark 14:22-26 or Luke 22:14-20)
Prayer before sharing bread and wine (using 1 Corinthians, 11:23-26, or 10:16 & 17)
Sharing in bread and wine (at around 10.45)
Prayers for the world, the church, concerns and celebrations
The Lord’s Prayer
The sharing in the Grace