Some Previous Events & News

(selected events and news only)

Week of Prayer

12 - 16 September 2016

Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
Monday - Thursday: 7.00 - 9.00 pm

Prayer is a vital part of our church life, as we plan and prepare for the Autumn. Each day there will be testimony, prayer walking, either physically or virtually and teaching on prayer with the new term of church life our focus.

Come and go as you are able.

Network Prayer Breakfast

Saturday 10 September, 8.00 - 9.30 am

In our church
Open to everyone, not just leaders.

This is an opportunity to join with folk from churches across our town, sharing breakfast together, followed by a time to pray for our church, our town, and our country.

34th Church Anniversary

10.30 am, Sunday 20 March 2016

Guest preacher: Mr Ray Smith

Ray is an elder at Yately Baptist Church, and works as a local music teacher, teaching percussion. Previously he served as a bandsman in the Army.

Fellowship Meal

Following the morning service, there will be a meal. Please sign up so we know how many to cater for. See Sally if you have any special dietary requirements. If you are visiting us this Sunday, you will be most welcome to stay - we can cater for a few extra people. It will be a good oppertunity to get to know us.

1982 - what happened?

  • Falklands war (2 April - 14 June)
  • Prince William born
  • UK unemployment over 3M
  • Mark Thatcher gets lost in the Sahara
  • IRA bombings in London
  • Number one singles: Fame, Eye of the Tiger, The Lion Sleeps Tonight
  • AND! Our church started, with 22 founder members, following an ad in the Gazette. Met in homes, then Brighton Hill secondary school.

Crazy Science Family Concert

3.00 - 4.30 pm, Sunday 28 February 2016

London Street United Reformed Church

(no Noisy Church this Sunday)

Duggie Dug Dug's exciting Crazy Science family praise party has gone down an absolute storm as he’s toured it around the UK. Children under 11 and adults will love it. It's full of songs, puppets, and some really fun and jaw-dropping visual experiments.

More details on the Noisy Church page.

Tickets £4 per person (aged 2 and under are free) from Tiffany. Email:

33rd Church Anniversary

10.30 am, Sunday 1 March 2015

Guest speaker: Rev Alison Boulton

Alison works half time for the Southern Counties Baptist Association (SCBA) as a Pioneer Mission Enabler. The other half, she is involved with The Stowe Church, on Wichelstowe, a new estate being built on the edge of Swindon.

Read about The Stove church.

Fellowship Meal

Following the morning service, there will be a meal. Please sign up so we know how many to cater for. See Sally if you have any special dietary requirements.

This is for everyone, whether you are a founder member, have just found us, or are somewhere in-between. And if this is your first time with us, we would love you also to join us for the meal.

Clearing Out Clutter?

Giving your unwanted clutter could help a young unemployed person get into work. Be Sharpe is a new social enterprise tackling youth unemployment.

  • Old mobile phones
  • Toys
  • Electronic products
  • Collectables
  • Collectables
  • Cameras
  • Cameras
  • Games consoles
  • Kitchen / household items
  • No clothes or furniture

Be Sharpe -
Tel: 01256 212090
Units 4-5, 35/41 Essex Rd, RG21 7TB

Week of Prayer

8 - 13 September 2014

The Bible encourages us to pray and fast as we seek God's will. Jesus modelled this behaviour when he fasted in the desert (Matthew 4).

As a church, we have agreed to hold a week of prayer three times a year, on the second week of the new (school) term.

The aim is to reflect on and pray for the work of the church and develop the vision for our church.

The Saturday morning is the monthly Network Prayer Breakfast, which will be at our church this month.

Pyramid Rock Holiday Club

28 July - 1 August

For 5 - 11 year olds
Craft, Games, Bible Stories

See Holiday Club page for more details and to deonload a booking form.

S.E.W Summer BBQ

Sunday 29 June (past event)

Missed it? Go to the SEW page to see photos from the day, see a list of songs, and liten to Rev Jonathan Edwards' sermon.

32nd Church Anniversary

Sunday 16 March

10.30 am 

Anniversary Service

Rev Paul Mortimore

5.30 pm

Evening Dinner

Please sign up so that we know numbers for catering. Special diets catered for - please see Sally.

The Anniversary celebrations, including the meal, are for everyone whether you've been with us for many years, or are a new comer, or it's your first visit. We would love to see you there. Don't forget to book.

5.30 pm to start eating at 6.00 pm

Alliance of Basingstoke Churches United Service

Sunday 19 January

4.00 pm


followed by tea

6.30 pm

United Service


led by S.E.W


Rev Jonathan Edwards, previous General Secretary of the Baptist Union

Unity in the Cross

This is a wonderful opportunity to join with other Christians to worship together and to find out more about the various inter-church groups and projects in Basingstoke.

We will also need volunteers to help with catering, refreshments and stewarding. See Ann.

The Alliance of Basingstoke Churches (ABC) is an umbrella organisation which exists to facilitate the work of church unity across the town of Basingstoke through Christian work, worship and co-operation together.

Catalyst Live

Mission of the Mind

Organised by BMS World Mission

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

1 Peter 3:15

Apologetics: giving a reason for our faith. Watch or listen on-line to some of the top Christian thinkers in the areas of theology, apologetics, science and culture, who spoke at CatalystLive events that was held in Manchester and Reading in November 2013.

Highly recommended:

  • John Lennox gave a riveting talk on the logic of faith, answering "Should Christians fear science and the New Atheism?"
  • Sharon Dirckx spoke with passion on the problem of suffering and how can a loving God allow it.
  • Stephen Holmes explored the effect of technology on how we read the Bible.
  • And many more...

Loan Repaid!

The final instalment of the loan for the back hall was repaid in September 2013. Praise God! The original back hall, erected in 1984, was free. We only had to pay to move it from Southampton, and it lasted another 21 years. The new hall was opened in January 2006 and cost about £340,000.

First Steps 25th Anniversary

Saturday 19th October 2013
2.00 - 4.00 pm

  • Did you and your child come to our Toddlers group between 1988 - 2013?
  • Join us for for 'Cake and a Cuppa'.
  • Activities for children & toddlers.
  • Just turn up - we would love to see you again.

Holiday Club

29 July - 2 August

  • 10.00 am - 12.30 pm
  • 5 - 11 year olds


  • 6.30 pm, Friday 3 August
  • For all: holiday club and church folk.
  • Tickets, £2, will be available during the Holiday Club

Holiday Club Service

10.30 am Sunday 4 August

Holiday Club page

S.E.W 30 June

5.30 pm BBQ

Following last year's success, we are holidng another barbecue. Free burgers and soft drinks. Free entertainment.

7.00 pm Service

After the barbecue, we'll be having a guest service. The service starts at 7.00 pm and finishes around 8.00 pm.

BMS World Mission

David, Claire-Lise, Joshua, Ben & Samuel Judkins (from Andover Baptist Church) have now moved to Calvisson in the South of France. Their long-term vision is to plant a network of self-replicating churches.

Lates details, see their BMS World Mission web page...

Enough food for everyone IF

870 million will go to bed hungry tonight and 2 million children will die this year due to malnutrition. The problem is not a shortage of food, God created an abundant world. The problem is that hungry people cannot always get the food they need.


The Filling Station

Monthly, 4th Wednesday

At London Street United Reformed Church

7.30 pm - coffee & home made cakes
8.00 pm - main meeting

The first meeting of the Basingstoke Filling Station in February was lively, happy and spiritually uplifting. Tim Humphrey spoke to challenge and encourage us to pursue a life under-pinned by the Provider of True Happiness.

The Filling Station is a contemporary vehicle for bringing Christian renewal and evangelism to the UK. It offers high quality speakers and teachers, contemporary sung worship and powerful, accessible prayer ministry.

Local contact: Mark Bedford, email:, tel: 07787557094

Basingstoke Foodbank

Basingstoke Foodbank is helping over 100 people a month. The following items are needed:

  • Long Life (UHT) milk 1L
  • Long Life Fruit juice carton 1L
  • Instant Whips / Jellies
  • Chocolate bars / sweets (treats)
  • Have plenty of everything else.

Sounds of Hope

Christian Choir

Sounds of Hope is a Christian choir singing traditional harmonies, reaching out to the communities of Basingstoke.

  • Aiming for 50 members, currently about 30 signed up.
  • Spreading the word of God through music and song.
  • Singing traditional Christian music, uplifting and spiritual music.
  • Personal testimonies.
  • Singers from different churches.
  • Ability to read music not essential but helpful.
  • Rehearsals every Monday 8.00 - 9.30 pm The Kings School, Sarum Hill
  • Musical Director: Peter Saint, 07715 048553 / 01256 350542,

Network Prayer Breakfast

8.00 am, Saturday 9 March

This month - in our church

Bimonthly churches' prayer meeting. Start with breakfast followed by a time to pray for Basingstoke, the host church, and national issues. Open to all.

Rev Philip Withers

21 July 1929 - 9 January 2013

Philip was our first minister, serving from 1984 until his retirement in 1994. He will be remembered for his humour, love of sport, but most of all, his love of Christ and his inspiring and challenging preaching rooted in God's Word.

He came to us, a very young church, from a large established church in Plymouth, where he had been the senior pastor for 17 years.

When he retired, he left a church centred on God and the Bible, a church that had grown, with people coming to faith and being baptised, and with two members going to Bible college then into full time ministry.

Donations in memory of Philip to BMS World Mission.


See our Christmas page for details of our Christmas services and other events.

Please make use of the Chrismtas Invites to invite people along.

Christmas Shoeboxes

We are supporting Samaritan's Purse Christmas shoebox appeal for under-privileged children. See leaflets (in foyer) for details. Marian and Richard are co-ordinating the appeal.

Deadline: Sunday 2 December 2012

Operation Christmas Child website

Open the Book

10.00 am Saturday 8 December 2012

at St Leonard's Centre, Oakley

Open the Book involves a team of people from local churches going into a primary school assembly once a week to tell a Bible Story. It is hoped to start this in Oakley. The meeting is for anyone who would like to find out more. See Colin for more details.

David & Claire-Lise Judkins

David & Claire-Lise Judkins are our new BMS link missionaries. They have just moved to Birmingham for BMS training, and plan to work in France church planting. David preached in our church in June.

More details, see Claire-Lise and David Judkins - BMS

Basingstoke Foodbank

We would like encourage you to continue giving food regularly. Please bring non-perishable, in-date items. Please pick up a card which gives a list of items that the Food Bank can accept.

See the Basingstoke Foodbank web site for more details.


10.30 am, Sunday 30 September 2012

This year, our Harvest service is part of our "Big Welcome", an special opportunity to invite folk along. In the evening, is our monthly S.E.W - Sunday Evening Worship. More details:

Harvest Gifts

All items donated this year will be given to the Basingstoke Foodbank. Please give non-perishable, in-date food suitable to make a meal.

On Your Marks.... Holiday Club

Mon 30 July - Fri 3 Aug

5 - 11 year olds (year R to year 6)

Initially it looked as if we would not be able to run the Holiday Club this Summer due to those who led it in previous years not being available this Summer. But we now have someone to take over.

We rely on a large number of people to make the week a success and cope with the numbers of children (up to 70).

See Penny if you are able to help, whether for the whole week, or just 1 or 2 days, or wish to find out more.

Holiday Club page


Two of our members will be travelling to Uganda this month with different organisations.


The Basingstoke - Hoima Partnership for Health is a charity set up by Basingstoke Hospital. Hoima is a town in Uganda about three hours NW of the capital, Kampala. Most people there make a living by subsistence farming. The Hoima Referral Hospital serves the surrounding area with a population of about 1.5 million.


Empower a Child is a charity that works with children in schools in Kampala. They also visit out-lying villages to carry out health checks.

Video Projector

We need some more people to join the rota to operate the projection software (Easy Worship) on Sunday mornings. See Noel.


11-15 June or 10-14 Sept

The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

Toolbox is a highly acclaimed and innovative course, designed to envision Christians from all walks of life with the central importance of whole-life discipleship, and to equip them with the practical skills for engagement with both God's word and God's world.

S.E.W Outreach

Sunday 24 June

S.E.W are planning an evangelistic event in June. There will be a BBQ from 6.00 pm and the service will start as usual at 7.00 pm. Guest speaker. Do come and support SEW, but more importantly, invite friends, family, neighbours, colleagues.

Basingstoke Foodbank's Volunteering Evening

Thursday 24 May, 7.30 - 9.45 pm

The Sarum Hill Centre, Sarum Hill, Basingstoke, RG21 8SR

We will be giving everyone an update on progress, and will be delivering a number of workshops through the evening on various activities you may be interested in such as:

  • Becoming your church's or company's 'Foodbank Rep'
  • Fundraising Events and ideas
  • Communications and Media ideas
  • the Foodbank Centre Volunteer Role.

These workshops will be interactive and will provide an opportunity for your own input if you have great ideas or contacts.

Contact: Paula Vallance, Basingstoke Foodbank Steering Group Administrator, on 07986 628055

Cedar Tree Counselling

Cedar Tree Counselling is a new Christian run counselling service to be launched in central Basingstoke this Spring. It is run by a team of local volunteers from different churches around the Basingstoke area. Some of the team are professionally trained counsellors and supervisors, others are skilled in business management, admin and finance.


Baptist Assembly - Beyond 400

Friday 4 May - Sunday 6 May 2012
Central Hall Westminster, London

Everyone is welcome at this important event in the life of our denomination as we explore together what it means to be Baptist in today’s world and celebrate together 400 years of Baptist witness in the UK and beyond with our Baptist family in London.

Tony Campolo will be the main speaker at the Saturday evening celebration. There will also be a youth event (free entry). For full details of the various seminars and events, how to book, and costs, see the website or speak to Malcolm and Edward, who will be attending as the representatives for our church.

Network Prayer Breakfast

8.00 am, Saturday 12 May

This month - in our church

Bimonthly churches prayer meeting. Start with breakfast followed by a time to pray for Basingstoke, the host church, and national issues. Open to all.


11.30 am, 6 April 2012 - Good Friday

Short service at The Church of Christ the King. Procession to our church carrying a cross, pausing at ASDA.

10.30 am, 8 April - Easter Day

All Age Service

further Easter details, including ABC arranged events...

30th Church Anniversary

Sunday 18 March

10.30 am Anniversary Service Guest preach: Jonathan Edwards

6.00 pm Evening Dinner speaker: Jonathan Edwards
Please book. No charge - but donations

Jonathan Edwards, General Secretary of the Baptist Union, is a well known national speaker. After training at Oxford, he spent two years in India working with an outcast community. His first pastorate was on a new housing estate in Bury St Edmonds. He then moved to be the senior pastor of a large Baptist church in Orpington.

The Anniversary celebrations, including the meal, are for everyone whether you've been with us for many years or are a new comer. We would love to see you there. Don't forget to book.

What's happened?

  • 1982 Founded by 22 people, initially meeting in homes, then a school.
  • 1985 Rev Philip Withers first minister
  • 1988 First Steps (toddlers) started
  • 1989, '91 hosted Billy Graham Livelink
  • 1995 Trevor Woodget's ministry began
  • 1998 first Summer Holiday Club
  • 2001 Connections - a lunch club for older people started
  • 2006 our new back hall opened
  • 2009 SEW monthly contemporary worship service started
  • ...and house groups, Cell, prayer groups, Youth Club, Junior Church.
  • Joy of people coming to faith, being baptised, growing in faith and service. Chris & Sarah Mattock went to Italy with the BMS. Philip Joy trained at Spurgeon's College.

UCB Prayer Line

Praying with you, Praying for you

  • bring God into the equation
  • not counselling or advice line
  • confidential

Become a UCB Prayerline volunteer by joining our Basingstoke satellite group at Buckskin Evangelical Church. Contact Kriss on: 07967045375 or 01256 355 363 or kriss.cocomazzi

Women's Word Day of Prayer

10.00 am, Friday 2 March

at our church this year lasting about 1 hour, followed by tea and coffee

Speaker: Rev Mandy Bowskill Town Chaplaincy

Prepared by the Christian women of Malaysia on the theme “Let Justice Prevail”.

There will be a cake stall.

SE4 Re-Union

4 - 5 February 2012

SE4 is the Pathfinder Summer camp, where a group from our church does the catering. They will also be leading our All Age Service on the Sunday.

Women in Leadership

Southern Counties Baptist Association

Series of 6 sessions offering a journey that promises to have a significant impact on the clarity, growth in confidence, leadership and mission of women. See notice board for more details and booking form (can attend single sessions).

Shirley Warren Action Church, Warren Crescent, Southampton, SO16 6AY, 0772 5039942

Next: Saturday 11 Feb, 10 March

Hope for Justice

Hope for Justice is a UK charity set up in 2007 to rescue the victims of human trafficking, to see the criminals brought to justice and to see the restoration of lives of those who have been devastated.

Why? Around 88,000 women and children in Britain today involved in forced prostitution; 70% have been trafficked, the average age is 14. Children as young as 3 are being abused.

Basingstoke 'Act for Justice' training day at:
Wessex Christian Fellowship
2.30pm - 6.30pm, Sunday 19 February

Quiz Night

Saturday 7 January 2012
7.30 - 10.00 pm

£2.50 per team, register your team by seeing Tiffany.

Enter teams of 6 or 8 people - only 50% of the team may consist of regular Basingstoke Baptist Church attendees.

Bar selling crisps, nuts and non alcoholic wine, beer and soft drinks

A chance to invite your friends, neighbours, colleagues and family along to church for some light hearted fun.

There will be entertainment from the SEW band and an opportunity to share with people what goes on at Basingstoke Baptist Church.

Alliance of Basingstoke Churches

Sunday 22 January 2012

  • 4.00 pm AGM followed by tea
  • 6.30 pm United Service

at Buckskin Evangelical Church

Jointly hosted by Buckskin Evangelical Church, Wessex Christian Fellowship, and the Town Centre Community Church.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join with other Christians to worship together and to find out more about the various inter-church groups and projects in Basingstoke.

Alliance of Basingstoke Churches web site:

New Food Bank

New Food Bank for Basingstoke is being set up. There is no doubt that there is a need. Over recent months several churches and individuals have felt called to begin a new foodbank initiative. It will operate under operate under the Starfish Enterprise Charity and be part of the Trussell Trust's Network Food Bank. See Malcolm to find out more or see how to support it.

Christmas Shoeboxes

We will again be supporting Samaritan's Purse Christmas shoebox appeal for the underprivileged children of the world. Marian and Richard will be co-ordinating the appeal. See leaflets in foyer for full details

Operation Christmas Child website

Christmas at Festival Place

19 - 24 December

There will be a host of activities taking place in and around the shopping malls. Organised by Basingstoke Town Chaplaincy. Looking for volunteers:

  • Mornings: craft - children's leaders, people to prepare craft in advance.
  • Afternoons: Character Actors
  • evenings: Singers to join the Proclaim Choir (Bass/Tenors welcome)
  • Culmination is a 'live' nativity on Christmas Eve, 12.00 noon.

Wobulenzi, Uganda

Serve Direct is arranging a trip in November 2011 to help build a health clinic adjacent to the Wobulenzi Town Academy (which Rob, David and Phil helped build). Andy and Stephen will be going. If anyone wishes to join the group, or wants to find out more, see Rob for more details.

Donations to this project can be made via Just Giving.

Ladies' Evening

Thursday 3 November, 7.00 pm

Come along and learn how to cook a Saffron Cake - a Swedish Advent tradition.

You are not forgotten

29 October 2011, 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Come join us for a lovely African meal followed by Praise & Worship.

Tickets: £10 per adult / £3 per child
Venue: Basingstoke Baptist Church
Tickets from

In aid of Compassion and Life Today

Ladies Prayer Day

Thursday 13 October, 10 am - 4 pm

Basingstoke Baptist Church
See Marion for more details.

Robert Sebbage

St Mary's Church, Eastrop, 1.00 pm Thursday 4 August

Robert was an ordinary teenage lad who showed extraordinary courage and determination in the face of major health issues which needed constant attention. He was stoic about his illness and rarely talked about it, he just wanted to live a normal life like everyone else.
He was passionate about sport and in particular football and the Royals, (Reading F.C.) he loved music, he had a wide circle of friends and a loving and united family.
It was a cruel and tragic thing that happened to him when he was murdered on holiday in Greece. I hope that the funeral will help his parents Andy and Rhian and his brothers Martin and Steven to find peace from God, and to know just how much love and support they can find from others who mourn Robert's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they face the future without Robert.

Rev Trevor Woodget
Minister of Basingstoke Baptist Church
phone: 01256 461125, email:

Holiday Club

1 - 5 August 2011
10.00 am - 12.30 pm

Holiday Club details

6.30 pm Friday 5 August

For all: holiday club and church folk.

Tickets will be available during the Holiday Club


Connections will continue to meet during the holidays, except 2nd, starting 2.00 pm. See diary for programme (but no soup).

First Steps & Rhythm Babes

  • First Steps re-starts 6 & 8 September
  • Waiting List is back in operation from September until further notice.
  • Help needed! for a couple of hours on Tuesday and/or particularly Thursday mornings. We can find a job for you to do if you have time to spare. We will also be grateful if you are willing to help occasionally at short notice to cover absence. Please see Maggie, Cheryl or Sarah.
  • Due to reduced demand, Rhythm Babes has stopped. This will be reviewed if there are enough Mums wishing to attend.

Ladies Group

Ladies Group will start again in September, meeting on the first Thursday of the month, 7 - 9 pm at the church. The aim is to offer events suitable for non church folk, as well as getting to know others in the church, and to have fun together.

Street Pastors

Street Pastors have found that prayer makes a real difference. Are you able to join with others at the London Street URC while the Street Pastors are patrolling?


Opportunity to serve on Sunday mornings by helping others to hear. We need a couple more volunteers to join the PA rota. See Stephen or Richard. Training given.

Mission Resuce Holiday Club

1 - 5 August 2011, 10.00 am - 12.30 pm

Planning and preparation has started for this year's holiday club. We rely on a large number of people to make the week a success and cope with the numbers of children (up to 70). If you can join the team, whether for the whole week or just 1 or 2 days.

See Ann, Jenny or Marion for details.

Holiday Club page

S.E.W Outreach

26 June

S.E.W are planning an evangelistic event in June. There will be a BBQ from 6.00 pm and the service will start as usual at 7.00 pm. George Osborn of Avanti Ministries will be our guest speaker. Do come and support SEW, but more importantly, invite friends, family, neighbours, colleagues.

S.E.W page

Biblefresh - it could change your world

This year is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Version (Authorised Version) of the Bible - one of the most influential books in history. Millions of people have met the Living God through reading and studying this translation. Nations have based their laws on this book.

The English language has changed since 1611 and we now have translations of the Bible in modern English.

This year presents a unique opportunity to focus on God's Word.

Biblefresh is an initiative to encourage a greater confidence in and passion for Scripture across the Church.

  • How has reading God's Word changed your life?
  • Will you make a commitment to read and study the Bible regularly, allowing God to direct your life?
  • Every day?

Biblefresh web site:

400 for 400

join in - be part of history

400 readings to celebrate 400 years of the Authorised (King James) Version of the Bible.

27 June - 1 July, from 9.00 am
London Street United Reformed Church (tel 323746)

Organised by the Alliance of Basingstoke Churches

This will be a reading of the entire 1611 edition of the Authorised Version, from Genesis chapter 1 right through to Revelation chapter 22. Each reading will be approximately 15 minutes.

29th Church Anniversary

10.30 am, Sunday 20 March 2011

We invite you to stay for a lunch at the church after the service.

  • Started in 1982 by 22 founder mem-bers. A few still here - who they are?
  • Initially met in people's homes, then in Brighton Hill Community School.
  • Rev Philip Withers was our first minister (1984 - 1994).
  • Brick building opened in 1986.
  • Two members trained for the ministry.
  • Six baptisms last year.

From Eden to Eternity

A drama presentation by the Saltmine Theatre Company

Christ Church, Chineham

7.30 - 9.30 pm, Friday 18 March 2011

See the Bible brought to life in a powerful and entertaining way.

Walk Through the Bible

9.30 am - 5.00 pm, Saturday 5 March
Basingstoke Baptist Church

The whole Old Testament as you've never seen it before. See leaflet for more details.

  • Exciting, interactive and fun way to explore the bible, bringing it to life.
  • Helpful for people enquiring about the christian faith to understand what the Bible is all about.
  • Ideal for those new to the Christian faith to find their way around the Bible.
  • Useful for those who've been Christians many years to understand the bits they may have missed.
  • Gives the big picture of the Bible.
  • Make sense of the story of the Bible as a time line.
  • Learn the geography and history.

Cost: £14 per adult - includes seminar manual.
Lunch: please bring a packed lunch - drinks provided.
To book: return registration form to Mark Hill.

Further details:

Further details:

Women's Word Day of Prayer

10.00 am, Friday 4 March 2011

The Church of Christ the King

The service has been prepared by Christian Women of Chile with the theme "How Many Loaves Have You?"

Speaker: Penny Dilley

There will be a cake stall and any donations will be gratefully received.

Rhythm Babes

Rhythm Babes has stopped for the time being and will restart when there is demand.

SE4 Re-Union

5 - 6 February

SE4 is the Pathfinder Summer camp where Sally has helped with the catering. They will also be leading our All Age Service on the Sunday.

Money Lifeline

Free, friendly, confidential debt advice:

  • help you sort debts
  • show you how to manage money
  • deal directly with creditors


A Registered Charity

First Steps

is still operating a waiting list. With more helpers, we would be able to take more mums and toddlers. First Steps is still operating a waiting list. With more helpers, we would be able to take more mums and toddlers. Please see Margaret.

Wobulenzi, Uganda

Two of our members are going out to Uganda in mid January 2011 to complete the work on the new school buildings for Wobulenzi Town Academy.

For more information, see

Alliance of Basingstoke Churches

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday 23 January 2011 - London Street United Reformed Church

  • 4.00 pm AGM followed by tea
  • 6.30 pm United Service

Alliance of Basingstoke Churches web site:

Southern Counties Baptist Association

3.00 pm, 8 January - Newbury Baptist Church

  • Welcoming Rev Lynn Green, Rev Jacky Storey and Rev Colin Norris as Regional Ministers to serve the SCBA.
  • Rededicating the SCBA team.
  • Look forward in anticipation of what the Lord wants to do.

See Pastor if interested in attending.

Southern Counties Baptist Association web site:

Operation Christmas Child

Thank you to all who prepared shoeboxes. A total of 24 were collected.

Becoming a Contagious Christian

Frimley Baptist Church
9 am - 4.30 pm, Saturday 22 January

Oh no - not evangelism!

If this is your immediate reaction to the idea of 'doing evangelism', you are not alone....! Many of us feel ill equipped and not confident in this area.

Becoming a Contagious Christian is a proven course designed to equip believers for effective evangelism in today's world. This course is for everyone.

The course includes 'telling your story' (how you came to know God), exploring which style of evangelism suits you best, telling God's story (using easy to remember illustrations), helping people take the decision to accept Christ and lots more.

Donation towards costs. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

To book, please phone: 01252 837844 or email:

Frimley Baptist Church web site:


Click for full details of our Christmas events

Christmas Shoeboxes

We are again be supporting Samaritan's Purse Christmas shoebox appeal for the underprivileged children of the world. Just to confirm that the last date for your boxes to be delivered into the church will be the 28 November. Also if anyone requires a shoebox please speak with Marian or Richard who are co-ordinating the appeal from the church.

Baptismal Service

Sunday 21 November, 10.30 am

Three of our teenagers will be witnessing to their faith in Christ. Please support and pray for them on this exciting occasion.

Youth Cafe

at the London Street United Reformed Church

Now in its 9th year, the Youth Cafe is about to launch its first evening opening. Many older teens visit the town centre on Friday and Saturday evenings but with very few places for them, they start under age drinking.

The Youth Cafe will open from 8 - 11 pm on at least one of these nights to start with. Seasoned youth leaders will head up this venture but we need further help. If you care for young people and would like to be involved in cutting edge, non-church youth work please contact Penny.


10.30 am, Sunday 10 October
All Age Service

For details see the Harvest page.


following the morning service

Please fill in and return a booking form (or contact Edward or Sally) so that we know numbers of those attending. Choice of Thai or English.

Harvest Gifts

As last year, (members) please bring something 'special', a treat, something which you would be pleased to receive as a gift. For example: home-made jam, quality chocolate, non-perishable fruit. These will then be made up into baskets to be given to elderly folk connected to our church.

The Big Welcome

Back to Church Sunday,
26 September

Most of us probably know folk who used to attend church; perhaps our church. Maybe they were involved in a church before moving to Basingstoke and have not got around to finding a new spiritual home. The weeks have become months, and the months have become years. It's very easy to drift away. A different routine or change in their circumstances gradually drew them away from God. This could be an opportunity to draw them back.

More about Back to Church Sunday

Christian Bookstall

London Street United Reformed Church now have a bookstall open 10 am - 2 pm, Monday - Thursday. It is stocked by Livingstones of Fleet and the stock will be changed every month. Gifts and cards for all occasions available. Books not in stock can be ordered.

Rocky's Plaice Holiday Club

Monday 26 - Friday 30 July
10.00 am - 12.30 pm
5 - 11 year olds

further Holday Club details

Planning and preparation has started for this year's holiday club, which will be using the Scripture Union "Rocky's Plaice" material. We rely on a large number of people to make the week a success and cope with the numbers of children (up to 70 some years).

  • Please pray for the week, for the contacts made, that Christ's love will be shown.
  • more helpers needed
  • junk material: boxes, tubes, yogurt cartons etc

See Jenny K or Marion S for more details or if you are able to join the team or give other help.

Mark & Penny O'Sullivan

4.00 pm Sunday 18 July
tea (bring your own - drinks provided)
followed by Communion

Come and meet Mark and Penny and hear the latest news about The Cedar Foundation, which Mark set up to help provide better lives for Bulgaria's disabled orphans. Thousands of children have been abandoned in large orphanages.

The goal is to move residents out of orphanages, integrate them into normal society and build up their independence.

The Foundation is working with other organisations, including the Bulgarian state and local governments and Unicef. The O'Sullivan are with BMS World Mission.

Related Links

BBC News: New lives for Bulgaria's abandoned children

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Kate Blewett recently returned to Bulgaria to see how things have changed.

BMS World Mission: Mark & Penny O'Sullivan

About Mark and Penny, and copies of their news letters.

The Cedar Foundation

is working hard to provide better lives for Bulgaria's disabled orphans.

General Election Hustings

Parent Voice service, Winkleberry
4:00 pm, Monday 26 April

The focus will be on the effect the recession has had on children and young people - in particular, child poverty and youth unemployment. It will be held at the Parent Voice service in Winkleberry (spaces limited).

St. Mary's Church, Eastrop
8.00 pm, Thursday 29th April

The candidates for the three main parties; Maria Miller (Conservative), Funda Pepperell (Labour) and John Shaw (Liberal Democrats) will be attending. Please send questions in advance to Andy Taylor (at keeping a copy yourself. The most appropriate question submitted on a particular topic will be chosen and the author invited to ask their question on the night. Questions can be on any relevant topic, including ethical issues, but "special interest" questions will probably be filtered out. There may also be opportunity for folk to submit questions in writing at the hustings.

Organised by the
Alliance of Basingstoke Churches

Baptist Assembly

Fri 30 April - Mon 3 May
Theme: One World, One Mission

The Baptist Assembly is being held in Plymouth this year. You can find out more at:

Updates will be provided during the weekend allowing you to follow the Assembly on Facebook (become a friend of 'Baptist Assembly' - use the Facebook search engine) and Twitter.


Next course starts 7 April.

Alpha is a series of 10 weekly sessions that explore the Christian faith. Ideal for anyone who:

  • wants to find out what Christianity is all about.
  • is a Christian and wanting to brush up on the basics.
  • not sure where they stand spiritually.

See Trevor Woodget if interested. Details about Alpha

Tough Questions of our Time...

St Mary's Centre, Eastrop

How leading scientists and thinkers apply their faith to today's toughest challenges. Series of five monthly talks. Final talk:

A burning Issue? A Christian Response to Global Warming
Thur 22 April, 8.00 - 10.00 pm

Postponed from January

Prof Bob White - Professor of Geophysics, University of Cambridge

Details -

Multicultural Meal

Saturday 30 January 2010
6.30 p

The idea is we all bring our favourite home dish - apple crumble with real cream, haggis, snail (sorry - escargot), curry.... and share it. Put this date in your diary.

See Sally or Stephen H to co-ordinate contributions.

Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are able to contribute.


Come and join us to celebrate Christ’s birth

Sunday 20 December

10.30 am - Nativity
  4.30 pm - Carols by Candlelight

Chrsitmas Day - 10.00 am

Details of our Christmas events

B:United - Christmas Meal

6.30 pm Sunday 13 December

This united churches youth event is being held in our church. As a result, there will not be an evening service.


11 October 2009

Harvest page

This year we are trying something different. Instead of bringing gifts of flowers, please give something 'special', a treat. For example: home-made jam, quality chocolate, non-perishable fruit. These will then be made up into baskets to be given to elderly folk connected to our church.

Sunday Lunch

Following the morning service

Please sign up on the sheet in the foyer. If you are a visitor, please stay - they will be space for a few extra.

Cost - donations (suggested £2 - £3)


Back to Church Sunday

10.30 am, 27 September

Maybe over the years you feel you've drifted away from God, maybe something pushed or pulled you away from church. Whatever the reason, we'd love to welcome you back. Details...

Safe to Grow

We have appointed two new advocates:

  • Dr Rema George and Ann Andrews

The advocates will become the voice of the young people in child protection issues.

Charity Registration

We are now a registered charity with the Charity Commission.

Registered Charity No. 1130871

If you are producing any publicity for church organisations or business, please include our registration number.

Our Minister, Secretary, Treasurer and deacons are the charity trustees.

Maintenance Day

9.00 am - 1.00 pm, 26 September 2009

On Saturday 26th September we are holding a maintenance day at the church. There is a wide variety of jobs, some of which don't require huge amounts of time or fitness; just a willingness to be part of the day. One of the most important tasks will be making tea and coffee at regular intervals, as well as getting to know someone from the church who you've only chatted to in passing until now.

Please, please consider helping as "the more the merrier" really is true.

  • Cleaning
  • Gardening
  • Maintenance

Community Cafe

September 2009

London Street United Reformed Church

Open to the public for:
snacks, coffee and lunches
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
10.00 am - 1.30 pm

Followed by the Youth Cafe
3.00 - 6.00 pm

We have a vision to open 5 days a week. The cafe is run by Christians from across the town. If you are able to give some time to help, please see Penny. We particularly need a cook.

The Besom

10.30 am, Sunday 21 June

The Besom helps people make a difference. It provides a bridge between those who want to give time, money, things or skills and those who are in need. Dr Andy Taylor will be speaking about Besom during the Sunday morning service, 21 June.

Civic Service

6.30 pm, Sunday 14 June

at St Michael's Church (Town Centre)

All Welcome

The newly elected Mayor for 2009/10 Cllr Brian Gurden's Civic Sunday Service. Our minister, Trevor Woodget, is one of his chaplaincy representatives and will be taking part in the service.

(from May notices)

Opportunities to Serve

To prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up...

Ephesians 4:12

Here are some areas where we need people willing to serve and exercise their gifts. You don't have to be expert to start with. That will come with training and exercise.

Showstoppers! Holiday Club

mornings, Mon 27 - Fri 31 July
For 5 - 11 year olds

This will be the tenth holiday club that we've run (since 1998). We depend on a team of dedicated leaders and helpers for a successful and enjoyable week. If you are able to commit to being involved or wish to find out more, please see: Ann, Jenny or Marion.

Holiday Club page

New Musicians Group

whose aim is to lead worship once a month on Sunday evenings, using some of the more contemporary music and songs. Practices on Wednesday evenings. See Matt. Especially if you are a bass guitarist.


Discovery - exploring opportunities for our church to serve in our com-munity. Meets monthly for 6 months, next: 15 April. Still time to join and be involved. See Trevor Woodget

More details, see the Tearfund summary of the Discovery process

Rhythm Babes

Rhythm Babes was started to fulfil a need from First Steps. It has grown and now gets up to 20 mums (over 30 registered) on Wednesday mornings. We now need help with teas and washing up. See the group's leader or Trevor Woodget


Don't know who these contact people are? Ask a steward on a Sunday or contact our minister, Trevor Woodget. (Full names not given on this web site)


8.00 - 9.30 pm, Wednesday 27 May
Redundancy Support & Prayer Group.

In April a few of us met together for an informal meeting, sharing the experiences of the effects of the current recession. We spent time studying God's word and praying together. An informal workshop was arranged for the following week to work on writing CVs.

We plan to meet again as a whole group on Wednesday 27 May at 8.00 pm (at the Baptist church in Gershwin Road). This is open to anyone in other congregations and churches.

27th Anniversary

Sunday 15 March 2009

Guest Preacher: Rev David Clarkson from Whitchurch

Followed by free Sunday roast lunch at church (please sign list in foyer).

Twenty seven years. Very few of us were here at the start of the church. And only a few of the founder members are still here - most have moved away or moved to glory.

Whether you have been here for 27 years or 27 weeks, how has being part of the church affected your life? How has God blessed you?

Women's World Day of Prayer

Friday 6 March 2009, 10:00 am (one hour)

at the Church of Christ the King (next to ASDA)

The service has been prepared by the Christian Women of Papua New Guinea with the theme "In Christ There are Many Members yet One Body".

There will be a cake stall.

Women's World Day of Prayer web site

African Adventure

Sunday 8 February 2009, 10.30 am

Rob Fielder will be talking about his trip to Wobulenzi, Uganda last November. The team worked improving the buildings of the Wobulenzi Town Academy, a school for 200 children including 130 refugees from the North of Uganda.

He will also encourage us to pray for and support a planned trip in July to continue this work.

Come and hear about how you can support or be involved in this project.

Morning service followed by lunch at the church organised by the Cell Group

Rob will talk further about the project.

Tickets for lunch: £4 adult, £2 child

Google map aerial view of Wobulenzi Town Academy. The school is the three parallel long sheds roughly in the middle of this view.

Practical Evangelism

7.30 pm, 18 February 2009

Community Church, Sarum Hill Centre

Glenn Middleton has led thousands to the Lord, many of them one-to-one.

Part 1: Life Stages In Openness to God
Discover when folks are typically most receptive to God

Part 2: Red Apples Or Green Apples
Some plant, some water, some cultivate, some harvest.

Thank God it's Monday

6.30 - 8.30 pm, Monday 2 February 2009

Trinity Methodist Church, Sarum Hill

For anyone considering doing some town centre chaplaincy work on a volunteer basis.

Supper followed by presentation by Richard Chewter, Watford Town Centre Chaplain

See Trevor Woodget for more details.

Book by 25 January 2009 (sheet in foyer).

BANHIM - Basingstoke, Andover & North Hants Industrial Mission

Alliance of Basingstoke Churches
United Service

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday 25 January 2009
(no evening service at Gershwin Road)

4.30 pm Annual General Meeting
at the Church of St Bede, Popley Way, followed by tea

Will include short presentation on the Street Pastors Project

6.30 pm United Service
at the Church of St Bede, (in their new building)

Speaker: Msg. Vincent Harvey

The servcie will be liturgy based (but not a Eucharist). An offering will be taken, which will go towards the Street Pastors project, after expenses of the event have been covered.

House Group: New series starting

January 2009

Serve the Lord - Responding to God's Call. We accept that a missionary serving overseas has been 'called' by God. What about those of us in 'secular' jobs at home?

Further details see Scripture Union