Chandler’s Ford

Our Mission Statement

‘Working together to celebrate and share God’s love with YOU’

sums up our desire to share and take our faith into the local community.

Who are we?

Chandler’s Ford United Reformed Church (URC) is part of the South West Hants Group of Churches, comprising three other URCs in Southampton, and two Local Ecumenical Partnerships, at Lord's Hill, Southampton and Valley Park, Chandler’s Ford.

Chandler’s Ford is situated alongside the M3 between Winchester to the North and Southampton to the South. Though it is part of the Borough of Eastleigh it is very much a town in its own right. A mainly suburban conurbation it has a population of about 22,000.

The oldest parts of the church date back to the original building opened on 17th October 1929 as a Congregational Church in Kings Road. In 1972, when a union between Congregationalists and Presbyterians in England and Wales took place, a new denomination, the United Reformed Church, was formed.  

With Christian unity being a central aim of the denomination, Chandler’s Ford URC actively participates in the town’s Churches Together organisation (CTCF), and its associated projects such as Street Pastors. In particular we have formed close links with the Methodist Church up the road (one of the largest in the country) celebrating monthly joint evening services together as well as other special events.

Our Worship

Every Sunday we have a 9.30am morning service and celebrate Communion on the third Sunday. The style of worship is varied, with some less formal services, although we see ourselves as a ‘middle of the road’ congregation. We are very much a Bible-based congregation, so our worship always has Bible based teaching/preaching with the Word forming the integral part.

We share ministry as a Group and are led in our worship by a variety of leaders including the Group’s two full-time Ministers and its Lay Preachers, visiting preachers who we have built up a relationship with over the years, and a number of our own members.

We make extensive use of computer and projector facilities which enables us to use a screen for all hymns/songs and Bible readings as well as the ability to use PowerPoint and Video presentations.

Our Care

The church believes that one of its strengths is its welcoming and friendly nature. Because we aren’t a large church we can see when we have visitors worshipping with us and our aim is always to make them feel at home without ‘overdoing’ our welcome. The current membership roll stands at 72 with 5 children and an average of 40-45 worship here each Sunday.

Personal ministry is available on Sunday morning in church for anyone who wants to have a quiet time of prayer. Two members of the Church are available during this time to share concerns with and pray for God’s help. There is also a telephone prayer link for anyone who wants to share a particular concern and would like to have more immediate prayers said for them.

Our Mission

A key focus of our mission is in supporting charitable organisations at home and abroad. We are active supporters of Christian Aid and belong to the URC’s Commitment for Life programme. We have dedicated Church and Society and World Church groups who help us focus on our mission. We run a craft group for those who like to sew, knit and create with other crafts, and are also dedicated to serving children and young people through our Sunday morning JAM programme, our weekly term-time Toddler Group, and our Messy Church outreach.

Many of our members are also active in other forms of community outreach. This includes running events for vulnerable older people, serving in charity shops, running a social and a swimming club for the disabled, repairing and honing tools to send to needy countries abroad, cooking meals for Winchester Nightshelter and serving with Street Pastors to name just a few. We believe that serving others for Christ’s sake is central to our identity.

We also believe that we gain in strength by doing things together. So we have a calendar of social events including occasional meals, an annual BBQ. and fellowship over tea and coffee in our spacious halls.

We are always looking for people to get involved in the life of the church and have a variety of opportunities available for people to take part in. So why not come along sometime and give us a try! Visit our website to find out more: