As most of you will know by now I have handed the 3rd Southampton Company over to Mrs Naomi Howard, with Church approval from 1st January 2017. I have not given up as I am still an Officer and will still be going to Company as usual. Please pray for Naomi as she takes on this new role, as well as the District Posts that she holds.

New girls are always welcome from 4 plus onwards and we look forward to seeing new faces come along. For more details please phone Naomi on 02380873769.

Rose Doswell

Please support our annual Group Anniversary Service, which is being held at our Church this year on Sunday 15th May. The service starts at 6pm, but will be preceded by a “Bring and Share” tea from 5pm. This service marks ten years since the group officially began, when representatives from each church signed a covenant at a special service (at Avenue St. Andrews on that occasion), and our guest preacher will be Rev Maz Allen, who was then minister at Chandler’s Ford.

A Christians Against Poverty (CAP) money course to help people get to grips with personal finance, learn simple budgeting and avoid falling into debt, is being held in Shirley again.

The course takes place in Shirley Parish Hall, St James Road/Colebrook Avenue, Shirley SO15 5NS, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd March and the following 3 Wednesdays, 9th, 16th, and 23rd.

To find out more about the CAP Money Course visit and to book your place on the course telephone 023 8077 1755

What is Passion Retold?
Passion Retold is a re-enactment of the Easter Story as told by some of the key characters that we find in the Biblical accounts. The performance will be followed by a short talk unpacking how this 2,000 year old story can transform our lives today.

The Passion Retold performance will start at 11.30-13.00 Good Friday, 25th March 2016.

The performance will take place in the Southampton Guildhall Square,
West Marlands Road,
Hampshire SO14 7LP

Get Involved
Consider how you could be involved in staging this event; from being a steward on the day to helping out with logistics in the run up. If you would like to be involved e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bring A Friend – This event will be high quality and relevant to everyone. All are welcome whatever your faith and beliefs are.

Donate – There are many cost implications involved in running an event like this. Any financial gifts would be very much appreciated. If you would like to give to Passion Retold please e-mail the above address.

This is joint venture organised by Southampton Christian Network, E-Quip Community Arts Project and Above Bar Church.

During Holy Week there will be a short reflective service at 7.30pm each evening as usual (Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Friday 25th and Saturday 26th March) at Avenue St. Andrew’s, led by Sarah, or by Karen Smith. These are open to all, and especially members of the Group churches. The Maundy Thursday service this year will be a Group service, and will be held at our Church, on 24th March, commencing 7.30pm. On Friday 25th April there will also be the usual Good Friday service at Freemantle, to which all are welcome.

Please note that there will be NO Churches Together in Shirley act of witness in Shirley Precinct this year, due to the timing of The Passion Retold, which is happening outside the Civic Centre.

Chris Noyce