Once a month a group of volunteers from SMC and St Barnabas Anglican Church visit houses in a particular road in Swanmore where we ask the householder if they have praise or prayer requests for the following Sunday, when the occupants of the particular road will be prayed for during the morning service at both churches.
There are many different Christian churches and denominations, but all have the same basic calling – to worship God, to share the good news about Jesus Christ and to work for the good of all people. So they often need to work together, as well as co-ordinate the work they each do separately. When they do, they are acting as Churches Together.
But being Churches Together means more than that. It means commitment by each church and denomination to deepen its fellowship with the others and, without losing what makes each interestingly different, to work with them towards a greater visible unity.
To help the churches live as Churches Together, a number of small organisations have been created with one in almost every town or community including Bishops Waltham.
Churches Together in Bishops Waltham meet quarterly and include members of local Anglican, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches. In addition, a “Quiet Half-Hour” meeting is held on the last Tuesday of every month for contemplation and prayer. For further details, please contact us.
Churches Together is a national organisation, details of which can be found at www.ctbi.org.uk
Open Air Service
The open-air service takes place once a year in the natural amphitheatre located in the grounds of Swanmore primary school. It’s both a family event (where all are welcome) but also an ecumenical one where we join with the congregation of St.Barnabas parish church. Often school pupils take part alongside members and musicians of both Methodist and Anglican churches.
Village Remembrance Day
Along with the rest of our Nation on the first Sunday after the 11th November the Swanmore Community remembers those who have given their lives on active service for our country, not only in the World War I & II but also in subsequent conflicts in which our country has been involved.
Traditionally this service takes place at St Barnabas Church which is the Swanmore’s Parish Church. The service is conducted by clergy from both the Anglican Church and our own Minister. At 11am the 2 minute silence is observed at The War Memorial in the centre of the village. Wreaths are laid by members of the local branch of the British Legion and the uniformed organisations.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.