CSW is a charity helping persecuted Christians all over the world. Their team of specialist advocates work on over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, to ensure that the right to freedom of religion or belief is upheld and protected. CSW’s vision is a world free from religious persecution, where everyone can practise a religion or belief of their choice. Why not take a look at the “Connect and Encourage” section of their website and choose a persecuted Christian to send a letter or a Christmas card to? It will give you background info on their situation, and tips on what to write. Your correspondence could make a real difference to their wellbeing and send a message that people care. Last posting dates for international letters is 8th December. Please also look at CSW’s prayer diary. Maria Boys.

Christmas Trees and Markets

There is a choice of 3 local church Christmas Fayres on Saturday 20th November ~ at Sholing Salvation Army, 93 North East Road, Sholing, SO19 8AF, 10am to 1pm 50p entry.

~ At St James’ Church, Church Hill, West End SO30 3AT from 10 to 3pm £1 entry.

And at St Denys Church Hall, Dundee Road, St Denys, Southampton SO17 2ND, 10.30am to 2.30pm

The CRY Christmas market will be held on Saturday 4th December from 3pm to 6pm at Kings Community Church, Hedge End, SO30 4BZ. Entry for adults is £3.

During recent months Bitterne United Reformed Church has been displaying a rainbow as a tribute to the NHS and all the key workers who continue to support us during these difficult times.  The heart in the cloud is symbolic of a dear friend and member who has passed away.  The Cross symbolises our faith and following in the Christian way.  The words have changed on a weekly basis, but now remain as ‘with hope in our hearts’.





This will take place on Saturday 20th November at 5pm, with the lights to be switched on by our Mayor.

It’s a small event this year, as because of covid restrictions, we didn’t have sufficient planning opportunities. There will be a few stalls under gazebos, including a nativity scene from the Shed Club with real people as characters, and Bitterne Local History Society will run a fun trail for children. The Parkinson’s Choir that rehearses in the URC will be singing the carols with the Churches Together in Bitterne congregations’ singers. Also, the Brass Force ensemble is booked to provide Christmas music before the carol singing and to accompany the Carols. Hoping the weather is kind to us, unlike last time, and that you will be able to attend.