The Turning

The Turning” Evangelistic Outreach in Southampton – 9th21st October

Stirring news!

Recently, in several towns and cities in southern England, people have been responding to the sharing of the Gospel, giving or rededicating their lives to Christ, on a scale that has not seen in this country for a great many years. It began in May when The Gate Baptist Church and its minister, Yinka Oyekan, started a mission on the streets of Reading. Three weeks later, 1,200 people had made a commitment to Christ.

Those involved at the heart of the events in Reading will be in Southampton from 9th – 21st October to lead an outreach entitled “The Turning”. Details are as follows:

Sunday 9th October: 6.30pm Launch Service, City Life Church, 286 Burgess Road.

We’re cancelling our 6.30 service on the 9th to encourage more of us to go. Lift-sharing strongly advised! St John’s will be open for prayer though.

Monday-Friday 10th-14th and 17th-21st EACH DAY:

10 – 11.30am Daily worship and training in outreach, Above Bar Church

11.30 – 1.00 Outreach in the city

2.00 onwards Further outreach, plus training in following-up those who respond

7.30pm Worship & Encounter meetings, Central Hall.

The feeling at our PCC Awayday was that we must understand how significant these 2 weeks could turn out to be. We should all really pray for The Turning, for all the outreach and training and those who may be reached. We should pray as individuals, home groups and congregations. More than that, if we are able, we should ask God what part of this he wants us to go and join in with, even if it’s just one daytime session or evening meeting.


Julian on behalf of all at the PCC Awayday

Sandy’s 21st

It was great to be able to celebrate Sandra’s 21st birthday at evening praise on Easter Sunday.Congratulations Sandra and thank you for all the playing you do at our church.


A Whale of a Time

Perhaps – at two-and-a-half hours – A Whale of a Time lived up to its name a bit more than we would have liked, but looking back, who could you have left out?

The church was completely full for the fifth in the series of ‘Concerts for Africa’, which was both varied and fun. Eighteen different acts, from young André at the piano


to Grove Place Strummers and Pluckers (a ukulele orchestra), from David singing(?) A Mother’s Lament to Alida Stoman performing songs by Mozart and Jule Styne


– the full programme is reproduced below. Some are already firm favourites – the puppets, Jim Carter’s poems, and the ‘Steady 5’ jazz ensemble, some of whom had come home from university especially to be here – but Alida and the ukuleles were appearing for the first time, as was the Fairy Chorus (with added rappers).


The programme closed with a rousing rendition of ‘Guide me, O thou great Redeemer’; as songs about whales are rare, we chose one from Wales!

It’s invidious to pick out acts individually, so Hilary and Sue want to thank –

  • every single performer, young or old, seasoned or quaking at their first stage appearance;


  • all the accompanists (Carol, Sarah and Julian)
  • all the front-of-house staff (Martin Saunders, Alan Bulpit, Bernard Butcher and Dave Edes) and refreshments team (Vivien Butcher, Sheila Bulpit, Linda Purkess and Simon Purkess)IMG_5127
  • David Newbitt, for the programme and screen presentation;
  • the sound man (Andy Cambridge) and roadies (John Holden and Peter Skidmore)Mark
  • Pat Wills (video camera) and Graham Cowdery (stills photography)
  • Chris Pritchard, for the video interview with Bishop Jackson;
  • the Lady with the Candlelighter (Sharon Cambridge)
  • and the lovely appreciative AUDIENCE, who have helped us raise over £1140 so far.


If we’ve  forgotten anyone, please do tell Sue (it’s her age, you know) so we can put it right!

‘The Mix’ Puppet Ensemble Love is shown by what we do

Jonah Jazz

Linda O’Hara (acc. Carol Bishop) O Divine Redeemer
André Dance Budgie

Dwarfs in the Mist

Angela Jones & Liz Roles Comfortable Shoes

Climb Every Mountain

Carol Plunkett The Footpath to Otterton Mill
Mark Williams (trumpet) Hummel Trumpet Concerto, 1st Movement
Fairy Chorus Nobody loves a fairy when she’s forty
Jim Carter The Blackbird
Ian Shatwell & Julian Williams The Mud and the Stars
Jonathan Klein Running for Love

If there were twenty-five hours

Steady 5 Jazz Ensemble Chattanooga Choo Choo

Stormy Weather

Take Five

O When the saints

Julian Williams The W C

When Night Comes

Grove Place Strummers & Pluckers Good Evening

Caribbean Medley

Goodnight Irene

Ian and Sarah Shatwell I want a hippopotamus for Christmas

The Hippopotamus

Julian Williams Mozart Piano Concerto, last movement
David Newbitt A Mother’s Lament
Alida Stoman Als Luise die Briefe

Funny Girl

Love’s Philosophy

The Russian Nightingale

The Entire Company Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer