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We are very excited to share the details of the launch of Abbey United Reformed Church Friends.

Our church is a hub of the community and many people have connections with us through our church, our buildings and our congregation. These connections are forged through our outreach into the community; joining us for services, celebrating weddings, baptisms, special events at our church or through activities held in our buildings such as yoga, singing, youth and community groups, attending concerts or events.

However, historic buildings need champions who encourage their use, support activities and promote their continued presence in the community. Abbey URC is no exception. It is vital it remains a vibrant part of the future of the Romsey community; Abbey URC Friends is an important link between the church and the town.

Like so many churches, annual income scarcely covers the day-to-day costs of running the Church. The year 2023 was particularly challenging, with extensive work needed to the roof of the church; we were pleased when the scaffolding finally came down inside the church, just before our Christmas celebrations. This year has continued to be challenging, with maintenance on the organ pipes and refurbishment of the area, a replacement dishwasher and work needed to the Tower and Hall roofs to ensure our buildings can continue to be a vibrant hub for our community. Finding the money to pay for repairs and maintenance of our Grade II Listed Building is becoming increasingly difficult.

This is where the Romsey community, and the Abbey URC Friends can help. By becoming a friend of Abbey URC, people will help us to continue our work within the Romsey community, as well as preserving our beautiful listed building. Help us to grow our future by joining Abbey URC Friends.

Previous generations have ensured our heritage is preserved, now we need to ensure these much-loved buildings continue to be available to our church, and to the wider Romsey community into the future.

For full details of Abbey URC Friends, and to download an application form, please visit abbeyurc.org.uk/abbey-urc-friends/

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