Church Family

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:

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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.

Giving

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.

Gift Aid form

Standing order form

If you would like to discuss planned giving or one-off gifts please speak in confidence to our Treasurer, Tracey van der Meijden.

Get Involved

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

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 on the Heath (Moll)
  • Wednesday at Ancells Farm, two groups on the Heath (both fortnightly), one on Zebon Copse, one around Fleet (for those aged around 20s/ 30s) and one fortnightly in Church Crookham (1930 – 2100).
  • 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.

Most Recent Sunday Morning Sermon

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Freedom and the Cross (Luke 4:14-20, Romans 3:21-26)

Rev. Patrick Butler, 24th March 2019
Part of the The Cross at the Heart of it All series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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Luke 4:14–20 (Listen)

14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18   “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19   to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.

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Romans 3:21–26 (Listen)

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

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Barnabus and Paul's Mission (Acts 13:13-52)

Heather Clements, 24th March 2019
Part of the Acts series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

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Acts 13:13–52 (Listen)

13 Now Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John left them and returned to Jerusalem, 14 but they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.” 16 So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:

“Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen. 17 The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. 18 And for about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. 19 And after destroying seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years. And after that he gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. 21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ 23 Of this man's offspring God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised. 24 Before his coming, John had proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 And as John was finishing his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but behold, after me one is coming, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,

  “‘You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you.’

34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,

  “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’

35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,

  “‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’

36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom God raised up did not see corruption. 38 Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses. 40 Beware, therefore, lest what is said in the Prophets should come about:

41   “‘Look, you scoffers,
    be astounded and perish;
  for I am doing a work in your days,
    a work that you will not believe, even if one tells it to you.’”

42 As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. 43 And after the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, as they spoke with them, urged them to continue in the grace of God.

44 The next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to contradict what was spoken by Paul, reviling him. 46 And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,

  “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
    that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. 49 And the word of the Lord was spreading throughout the whole region. 50 But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

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