You might think, given all that has happened across the turn of the year, that I might be weighed down by things, and yet that is not so. As a Church we had a fantastic Christmas! So often we have prayed for more people to come at Christmas, and this year they did come - in some numbers! 30 to 40 attended the lessons and carols, whilst the Christmas Eve afternoon service, which garnered 18 or so in the last couple of years, was attended by 40 to 50, with many visiting families and children! And we had fun together as we enacted “The Animals Christmas” complete with animal noises, and helpers came out to assist with assembling the Christmas tableau! Additionally we had some people come back to us after many years away.

A number of you will be wondering what has happened with the vacancy. In mid-November the Vacancy Committee (which comprises 2 members from each church, plus the Interim Moderator, but no ordained ministers currently) met to consider the profile contributions of each church. Jim Crisp, of Freemantle, and I then met to collate the materials, utilising the format of the 2012 profile as a basis.

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.

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

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.

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

Where?
The performance will take place in the Southampton Guildhall Square,
West Marlands Road,
Southampton,
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.