Dear All,

God calls and God continues to call. God calls us from one thing to the next, from one place to the next and I wonder where God is calling us as I join the team and we seek to answer this call together? I am Mark Robinson and I grew up very much aware of the challenges and joys of what it means to be followers of Christ, because both my parents were keen to see that their six children had an understanding of this truth.

Please book the evening of Friday 21st September 2018 into your diaries, as this will be the evening when Rev Mark Robinson is inducted to the South West Hants Group. The Induction Service will be at Chandler’s Ford United Reformed Church, starting at 7.30pm. It will be preceded by light refreshments from 6.30pm. Please let an elder know if you will require transport.

Mark’s wife, Rev Tessa Robinson, will be ordained and inducted to the East Southampton pastorate the following day.

Following the success of the Preach With A View service there was a request for another joint service. Following discussion at Elders and at Church Meeting this was endorsed by those present. Therefore as an experiment (it is not intended that we do this very often) all our group congregations will be meeting at Avenue St Andrews for morning worship on July 8th at 10.30am. Please support this service.

radioWhat are your gifts?
How do you share them?
Sometimes we think our gifts are too humdrum to be much use to other people, but this is just not true.

Look again at these well-known verses from 1 Corinthians 12 in
“The Message” version:
“You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”:
Apostles, prophets, teachers, miracle workers, healers, helpers, organizers, those who pray in tongues.”

commitment for life2The Church also supports Christian Aid and its work through the URC’s partner organisation Commitment For Life, and in particular this Church has been supporting ongoing work in Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador).

Central America has high levels of economic inequality. Christian Aid’s regional approach works because of the close economic, social and political ties between the four countries, leading to coherent programming, links between partners and other allies across the region, and shared learning.