Our Remembrance Day Service will reflect the fact that 11th November this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the ending of what we now refer to as the First World War, but which had then been referred to as the Great War or the War To End All Wars. Perhaps the Armistice seems remote to some now. Indeed two of the churches in our group had not been founded when the First World War ended. However the other two were affected and one, the then Avenue Congregational Church, had found itself at the centre of activities during that war, by providing a canteen for soldiers passing through and stationed on Southampton Common. It is worth remembering that Southampton was a major departure point for soldiers heading to fight on the continent and The Common accommodated many of them as they awaited the journey to France – tragically a one way trip for many young men.

The Defibrillator has now been installed outside on the car park wall of the Church Hall, adjacent to the Link. It is hoped that it will be fully activated during this month, and is available should there be a medical emergency. Its public position means that it is available for community use.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up with Everybody blaming Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done!

From The Messenger, January 1990

It’s that time of year again! Nominations of people to be elected to serve on the Elders’ Meeting for up to three years from January 2019 need to be with Richard by Sunday 28th October. Any Church Member can serve in this capacity but they do need to be nominated by someone (and asked for their permission beforehand to ascertain if they wish to stand!). Please think and pray about this matter. In theory up to five Elders could be elected to serve with the continuing four, so there are plenty of vacancies (and opportunities!).

On Friday 21st September 2018 Rev Mark Robinson will be 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 5pm. Please let an elder know if you will require transport.

Mark’s wife, Tessa, will be ordained and inducted as minister to the East Southampton pastorate at Bitterne Park URC at 2.30pm on the following day, Saturday 22nd September.