Come and Join Us at Fareham United Reformed Church

The United Reformed Church, Osborn Road South, Fareham PO16 7DGThe United Reformed Church, Osborn Road South, Fareham PO16 7DG

We hope that you will find much to interest you here and will want to join with us as Christians in Fareham.

Our church mission statement is "Sharing Jesus' love with the world today". This means we, all ages, come together each week for Sunday worship to listen for God's word for us. The rest of the week we try our best to act on what we have heard both in church and through our own prayers.

We try to care for each other to the very best, and this love and care then flows out through all of us in our work, leisure and home lives.

Wherever you are as regards faith in God, come among us and help us together, to grow closer to him day by day.

Praise the Lord with Flowers - floral art evening Wednesday 29th March 2017

Fareham Floral Decoration Society, now renamed Fareham Flower Club was founded in 60 years ago in 1957. My Mum, Molly Cooke, was one of the founder members and its first Secretary. Back in the 1950s they used to put on a floral decoration show. I used to tag along with Mum and to keep me amused and possibly out of mischief, she would give me a few flowers and a container, together with a few tips on how to arrange flowers. These tips have stayed with me over the years. I wouldn't win prizes but that knowledge has helped to support and contribute to the flower ministry at the church.

It would be great to expand our flower ministry, which will in turn make our weekly worship and events like Easter, Harvest and Christmas even more special. Please come along and join us in the Church Hall on Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 7.30pm, and learn some new skills, including basic skills for absolute beginners, to help you feel more confident about arranging a bunch of flowers. Most importantly we can have some fun and fellowship.

Please bring along a small bunch of flowers, and perhaps some greenery from your garden (if you have some) and we'll provide you with a container with a piece of wet floral foam. Some demonstration and support, some tips and advice will be provided - and then it will be over to you and your imagination.

At the end of the evening we will have some refreshments and have a look at what each of us has created.

All are welcome - and put your name on the church notice board if you plan to attend.

Fairtrade Fortnight - 27 February to 12 March 2017

2017 sees the 23rd Fairtrade Fortnight in the UK. It will also be one of the most uncertain years for a generation when it comes to trade. Following the vote for Brexit, the UK will be coming to terms with the urgent need to renegotiate more than 50 international trade deals. And no one knows yet what this will mean for farmers and workers in poor countries. At the same time, the spiralling price wars between supermarkets are set to intensify, putting even more pressure on the most vulnerable producers who deliver so much of what we eat.

It’s more crucial than ever that the voices of farmers and workers are heard – to combat the risk of undoing the progress of the past two decades of Fairtrade, and putting farmers in an even worse position in the future. We need to speak up on their behalf more loudly than ever.

The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 is “Put Fairtrade in your daily break”. A guide is already available at
http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/fairtrade-...

During this fortnight, why not take a break, have a cup of fair trade tea or coffee, and spend a few minutes thinking about the problems facing these families, praying for them, and taking action to help improve their situation.

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