You may (or may not!) be aware that part of your giving as a church in support of either Home Mission Fund (Baptist), Ministry and Mission Fund (United Reformed Church) or the Southampton Methodist
District supports the ministry of a Chaplain at the University of Southampton. Since December 2010 I have occupied that position on behalf of the Free Churches.

Rev Clare DowningHigh Cross Church in Camberley is a lovely multi-purpose building, with many rooms off the main downstairs space and the church is upstairs, accessible by lift or sweeping staircase - an ideal place for Wessex Synod to meet. We arrived for coffee and signing in and then assembled in the church for Synod.

I always enjoy the Moderator's worship sessions. Rev Clare Downing always seems to have something "down to earth" and helpful to share. This time she got us talking about the Kingdom of God with our
neighbours, told us it was too easy to feel hopeless about achieving it on earth and then gave us a salutary extract from "Chicken Run" where the hens are discussing the difficulties of escape! Hope against all the odds served them well.