On Sunday 16th December our Normal Sunday Service will include interaction with a visitor. We are being visited by Bryan Pill, who is a former pilot with one of our church charities, Mission Aviation Fellowship(MAF).
MAF is a charity which assists more than 18,000 other charities by flying there representatives, clients and goods around the world.
For more about MAF please see https://www.maf-uk.org/
The Service will be followed by a Bring and Share Lunch where there will be more opportunity to speak with Bryan Pill about MAF’s work.
Our Carol Service will take place on Sunday 16th December at 4 p.m. This will consist of a mixture of readings and Carols. All the readings will be associated with Christmas but they may not all be Bible readings. Some of the Carols will be sung as Solo’s , some as Groups and some by everyone in the building. They will be accompanied variously by the Organ, A Harp and a Band specially put together for the occasion. The service will be followed by Tea or Coffee and Mince pies.
Our Christmas Morning service will take place at 9.30 a.m. and will be led by our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn.
These occasions are suitable for all ages and you are very welcome to attend.
As part of our Nativity Festival we are running a Nativity Trail for children. Starting at the Library follow the Clues around the local shops to lead you to the Posters displayed on each shop. On each poster a letter is displayed. The Trail will run from the 3rd to 8th of December, If you write down each letter it should spell a word closely associated with the Nativity. If you write the word down on the Trial sheet and present it to us at the Nativity Festival you will be given a small prize. The Clues are on the Trail sheets which are available from Hedge End Library or can be obtained via the Church Facebook page at
More about the Nativity Festival can be found in previous blogs on this site.
Nativities at Festival
Nativity Festival Posters
The pictures above show a few of the over 20 Nativities that will be on show at our Nativity Festival from the 6th to 8th of December.
The Festival will be held in the Church (not the Hall) and will be open from
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday 6th
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday 7th
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday 8th
You are very welcome to come and see us, there is no charge for entry.There will also be a chance to dress up, a craft table and the Church Recipe book will be on sale.
Our thanks to those people who are being kind enough to lend us there Nativities for the Occasion. The pictures happen to show a large proportion of Wooden Nativities this is just how they have worked out we also will be showing many other sorts of Nativities including Rock, Rubber Duck, Pottery.
From the 3rd to 9th of December a Nativity Trial will take place starting at the Library look out for the Clues on various buildings in Hedge End.
This Sunday ( 18th November) at 7 p.m.Our next Broader Horizons meeting will take place. The Interviewee on this occasion will be Alison Judd the World President of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.
More about this organisation can be found on there website at
Alison is known to many of us has written several articles on this site the most recent being on the West Africa Area seminar of Methodist and Uniting Church women.
West Africa Area Seminar
As the purpose of these evenings is to hear about peoples lives in Faith and how they came to faith we will be hearing more about Alison’s Life as well as her work as World President.
These meetings are informal in style and start with Tea and Coffee. The previous meetings have been very interesting and have stimulated many different discussions.
Yesterday (11th November) was the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the first world war. As part of our reflections on this event Croqueted and knitted poppies have been created by members and Friends of the Church and are displayed on the Railings at the front of the Church. There are over 500 poppies in the display. The Red poppies representing the fields of Rememberance and the white poppy cross which is displayed in the noticeboard representing Peace.
Yesterday many of the people of Hedge End passed the Church on there way to observe the Two minutes silence at the Cenotaph in Hedge End. This included our Boys and Girls Brigades who joined in the Parade. We held our Sunday service which was taken by our Minister Rev Arthur Cowburn and included reflections on the events in the first World War and subsequent Wars and Prayers for Peace in the World, and we observed the silence.
We were able to finish the service in time to serve Hot drinks to the returning Paraders.
We hope that the Poppies survive the wet and windy weather, they have been allright so far.
Our Thanks to all the people who made this display possible.
Posters are now available for our Nativity Festival to be held from the 6th to 8th December, so you will find them displayed around the local area shortly. If you are able to display a poster please ask for one.
details of the Nativity Festival can be found in the previous Post
This will take place on Sunday 2nd December starting at 12.30. The meal will cost £10, any proceeds will go to Church Funds. The Menu consists of Roast Turkey, two types of Potatoes and Vegetables. Followed by a choice of Christmas Pudding, Apple Pie or Cheese and Biscuits. Booking forms are now available, and need to be returned by 25th November to faciliate Catering Arrangements. Sorry we can only feed people on the day who have booked.
On Saturday 10th November (between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30) Jammy Church will be exploring the Story of Gideon. It is understood that this is the same Gideon that that the society who provides Bibles to hotels etc is named after so we may find out why this is so.
Jammy Church will be using its usual mix, of Craft, Music and Worship, to explore the themes in the story. The session will conclude with some food for which all are welcome. (If you want food it is helpful if you can arrive before 11 am. so that we can get the catering right). Jammy Church is suitable for anyone of any ages to attend, but we do request that any children are accompanied.
More about Jammy Church can be found at