At Church on the Heath, we welcome all who join us for Christian worship and fellowship.
If you decide to worship regularly with us, then you may like to join in:
If you worship with us regularly, you may like to consider joining our Church Family Contacts List. This enables you to receive e-mail updates from Patrick and our news-sheet, you get access to our address book and are able to sign up for rotas and events.
If you worship with us regularly and would like to join the contacts list and address book please use this link to our 2018 Data Protection Questionnaire
Once you have your log-in id, you can log-in here.
There are many ways to give to the church – including time, talents and money.
We often take up a collection at our regular services, but we also rely on the generosity of the church family in planned, regular giving for the resources which enable us to maintain the church building, pay the staff team, support a wide range of activities throughout the week, and provide financial help to deserving causes.
There is a box available at our services into which financial donations can be placed. However, many members of our church family prefer planned giving through direct debits or standing orders. You can find details of ways to give here.
If you would like to discuss planned giving or one-off gifts please speak in confidence to our Treasurer, Tracey van der Meijden.
We are a church which encourages people to get involved and gives people opportunities to use their gifts and talents.
With church activities taking place throughout the week, we rely on a large team of volunteers to make things happen. Opportunities for involvement include serving in our coffee bar, supporting the Church Office, church maintenance, gardening, pastoral work, working with children and young people (subject to safeguarding regulations), or playing a part in the wide range of teams which support our worship.
For more information on getting involved, please pick up a news-sheet in church or speak to the Church Secretary, Paul Roberts, to find out how best you can use your gifts
Small Groups are an important part of our church life.
Andrew Cullingford looks after the organisation of our small groups.
Around 100 people of all ages already participate in the wide variety of small groups which meet during the week either at the church or in local homes across Elvetham Heath and the environs of Fleet.
Worshipping together on Sunday is at the heart of our weekly programme at The Church on the Heath, but it is very hard to get to know everyone in a rapidly growing church. And that’s where home groups offer something special.
They provide an opportunity to meet regularly, in an informal atmosphere, with a small group of up to a dozen people. Together we take a look at what God says to us about everyday life through the Bible, while getting to know one another and having fun and – of course – enjoying some refreshments!
The Church on the Heath currently has a variety of groups meeting on weekdays, including Monday mornings (with a crèche) and a Ladies Fellowship group on a Thursday morning, both in the Church building itself. There is also a home group that meets on the Heath at 0930 on a Thursday morning.
There are also several groups meeting weekly in people’s homes at 8pm:
- Tuesday fortnightly in Church Crookham (1930 – 2100).
- Wednesday at Ancells Farm, two groups on the Heath (both fortnightly), one on Zebon Copse, and two around Fleet, one for those aged around 20s/ 30s and another fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon.
- Thursday in Crookham Village and on the Heath.
There is no expectation of existing Bible knowledge and no one is put on the spot!
Our groups have also taken a break before Easter so that we could all participate in the Lent Groups organised by Churches Together in Fleet and Crookham.
If you would like to try one of these groups, please contact the church office who will point you in the right direction, speak to Andrew after Church one Sunday or email him.
You can find more sermons here.
Paraclesis 6: Connecting (Acts 3:1-10)Rev. Patrick Butler, 14th July 2019
Part of the Paraclesis series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
CARING BY CONNECTING: Recognising a felt need and deciding to intentionally engage with it, joining that person’s journey, understanding their story, reaching out and doing something about it to change their life.
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Acts 3:1–10 (Listen)
3:1 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
You can find more sermons here.
The riot in Ephesus (Acts 19:23-41)Jason Riordan, 14th July 2019
Part of the Acts series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
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Acts 19:23–41 (Listen)
23 About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. 24 For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. 25 These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, “Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. 26 And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. 27 And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship.”
28 When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29 So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul's companions in travel. 30 But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him. 31 And even some of the Asiarchs, who were friends of his, sent to him and were urging him not to venture into the theater. 32 Now some cried out one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together. 33 Some of the crowd prompted Alexander, whom the Jews had put forward. And Alexander, motioning with his hand, wanted to make a defense to the crowd. 34 But when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all cried out with one voice, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”
35 And when the town clerk had quieted the crowd, he said, “Men of Ephesus, who is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple keeper of the great Artemis, and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky? 36 Seeing then that these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash. 37 For you have brought these men here who are neither sacrilegious nor blasphemers of our goddess. 38 If therefore Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have a complaint against anyone, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. 39 But if you seek anything further, it shall be settled in the regular assembly. 40 For we really are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no cause that we can give to justify this commotion.” 41 And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.
Here is a copy of our latest Eco-Church newsletter – May 2019.