Who Cares? Hampshire

Who Cares? Hampshire

An update on the survey results and how we are starting to respond.

As part of “Who Cares? Hampshire”, Church on the Heath asked people in Elvetham Heath ‘What hurts you the most?’ or, put another way ‘What is the one thing in life you find hardest to handle?’. 878 responses were received – an amazing 7.4% of the total for 59 churches across Hampshire.

Who Cares results chartThe largest areas of hurt here on the Heath were Relationship Problems (22.7%, of which 18.6% were Family related) and Negative Emotions (20.3%), with Family (16.8%) and Injustice (15.7%) also featuring significantly.

The findings of the survey are useful in telling us what areas of hurt affect the most people but the survey does not score the level of pain or the level of urgency of the individuals need. Although Loneliness (3.6%) and Money (2.8%) are the needs that affect the fewest people, it may be that these are the needs which require the most help and love and support, so we will not neglect these or any areas.

We are still spending time thinking further about how we respond to the needs identified, but some things are already happening here and elsewhere across Hampshire. Of course, we don’t know who said what in our surveys, so, whatever your hurt, if you would like to contact us for individual support, please drop in to the church (open every morning) or use the following links to request pastoral support and help or prayer. For young people, drop in to our Youth Café (Tuesdays 3-4:30 during term time) or contact our Youth Minister to meet for a chat.

More specifically, if you:

  • have something in your life that you just can’t stop doing even though you want to, come to one of our CAP Release courses (next one starting 9th January).
  • have Family relationship hurts, a variety of Parenting and Marriage courses are being run by other churches in the area
  • are concerned about Injustice, you might like to join one of our regular prayer groups -
    • “It’s not OK” to pray about the news items that touch our hearts (on 3rd Sunday every month);
    • for the Holy Land and the Middle East (on 3rd Monday every month)

see our calendar for more details.

  • need your hearing aid repaired or serviced, come in to a Hearing Champions Session on the second Wednesday of each month
  • would like to explore the deeper questions of Life and Death and their meaning, our Alpha Course  offers an opportunity to do this (next one starting in the New Year – check our website nearer the time for details).
  • are Lonely, you might like to come along to our Wednesday Lunch (every second Wednesday) or CAMEO, for 55+, which meets on the first and last (Alpha & Omega) Wednesday of the month from 10.30-12.30, or just pop in to our Coffee Bar as there are usually people around to chat.

If life hasn’t provided the answer to “what hurts you the most”, perhaps come along to our services — on Sundays at 10am and 6.30pm followed by quiet, meditative worship at 8pm; or to one of our prayer groups – Rhythm of Prayer (Monday at 9am, Wednesday at noon, Thursday at 9pm and Saturday at 9.30am). We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we will welcome you, and you may find peace at these times.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

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