United Church Winchester

Welcome to the United Church Winchester.

 We invite all those who want to share in the exploration of what the Christian faith means to join us in worship and fellowship. We offer lively, relevant and interesting worship and assure you of a warm welcome.

As well as services on Sundays and Friday and groups who meet for fellowship, we have a Coffee Bar which is open to the public every week day morning from 10am - 2pm and on Saturdays from 10am - 12pm.  We also host various events open to one and all.

Please use the navigation list to explore what the church offers more.

 

Going Green in 2017

BANKS

Thank you for being part of Christian Aid’s Big Shift campaign. In October ten of us visited High Street branches with your messages to urge banks to invest in renewables. In each bank, letters for the CEO were received cheerfully. Sixteen thousand people across the country lobbied banks in September and October! HSBC has since announced it will spend $100bn combatting climate change. This is encouraging but CA urges further action because they are still funding fossil fuels. Some of you may be interested in looking at Christian Aid’s new report A Virtuous Circle: scaling up investment in low carbon energy (available on the CA website and in the coffee bar).

GLOBAL NEWS

As I write this, COP23 is happening in Bonn. It is two years since the Paris Climate agreement which all countries have now committed to (except for the USA who have withdrawn), Nicaragua in October and Syria in November being the last two nations to agree. The emphasis at this point is toward bold and ambitious action before 2020, in order to prevent the worst of catastrophic climate change.  I pray for strong leadership from those involved in setting the frameworks that we can then act in.

OUR CHURCH

 

Those of you in house groups will be working through the Hope for Planet Earth series.  I hope that has encouraged deep, heart-searching conversations. Our context is a hopeful faith, and a tide of global will towards living gently on the earth – a good context in which to share our own stories.  Look out in Yours next year for stories of the impact of creation in a regular interview slot Hope for Planet Earth: Witness.

Jo Crocker