MAF Concert 2nd March

MAF Poster


Posters are now being distributed for the Cathy Burton Concert in Aid of MAF which we are hosting on Saturday 2nd March.

More details can be found in the previous blog

Concert for MAF

All are welcome we hope to see you there.


Plant Sale and Spring Fayre

You are invited to our Plant Sale and Spring Fayre, this event will take place on Saturday 4th May between 10.00-2pm. Stalls and attractions so far arranged are as follows:-

Plants – annuals, perennials, Summer pots, veg plants.
Pamper Hampers
Jewellery & bags
Cakes & preserves
Chocolate tombola
Potty Peggys Crafts

Yellow & Green stall
£1 stall
Bits & Bobs
Recipe Books

There will be more stalls yet. details will be added to this site nearer the time.
There is no charge for admission for this event so why not come along and see what we have to offer.

The Pictures above where taken at previous Fayres.

The Bible Timeline

At the next Jammy Church on Saturday 9th February,  a bible timeline will be made. We will be investigating the order that some of the books and characters of the bible fall into  in relation to other historical events. The investigation will take the form of Crafting, Singing, Worship and Food.

This  activity  will take place in the Hall between 10.30 and 12.30 on that date. Everyone is welcome to come along and see what we are up to, we request that all children are accompanied. If you would like to join us for the food we would be grateful if you arrive before 11 a.m. so that we can get the Catering correct.

The pictures above have been taken at previous Jammy Churches

In addition to previous blogs on this site more about Jammy Church can be found at

Concert for MAF

On Saturday 2nd March Cathy Burton a  well known Christian Singer Songwriter will be singing in our Church at a Concert in Aid of Mission Aviation Fellowship.

The concert will Start at 7.30 p.m.(The doors will open at 7 p.m.). There is no charge for entry, but donations for MAF would be gratefully appreciated.

Refreshments will be available halfway through the concert for  a small charge.

MAF is one of our church charities more can be found about them at

details about this concert including a  photograph of Cathy Burton

can be found on the Churches Facebook page at


Can we learn from the North East ?

On Friday 1st February at 7.30 p.m. there will be a meeting in the Hall to discuss the report “Methodism in the North-East’ and its relevance to Hedge End Methodist Church.

The Connexion invited the Revd Dr Stephen Skuce to study the 294 churches in the Newcastle and Darlington Districts; the trend of reduced attendance was widespread both on Sundays and weekdays, but a few churches, large and small, urban and rural, were growing numerically. The study assesses the characteristics of these growing churches.

Dr Skuce presented his findings to our District Synod – come along and see what we can learn from the study and how we can apply change within our own Methodist community

It will be informal,– anyone can attend – the Stewards would welcome your views.

Copies of the Report Summary, ‘Leading Together in Growing Methodist Churches’ can be e-mailed to you in advance – just ask any Steward.

World Day of Prayer 2019


This Service is run by Churches together in Hedge End and Botley as part of the World day of prayer. The idea of  World day of prayer is that identical services take place in the same 24 hour period throughout the world. This year the service has been arranged by the Women of Slovenia . In  recent years the Women of  Suriname, The  Phillipines, Cuba, The  Bahamas and Egypt have arranged the service.  In previous years these arrangements have been known as the women’s world day of Prayer.

The Women’s World Day of Prayer was started by a group of Methodists and Presbyterians in America in 1887, the first service in England was held in 1932.

More details of the National Movement can be found on there website at

This years service will take place at All Saints Church Botley on Friday 1st March  starting at 7.30 p.m. (start time to be confirmed)

The Theme for the service is “Come Everything is ready”. Everyone is welcome.

In preparation for the service a bible study will take place at St Lukes Church on Monday 4th  February starting at 10.00 and finishing around 12 p.m.  The doors will be open for refreshments from 9.30 a.m. . The Study will be led by Rev Linda Gilpin of St James Church West End.

The picture above shows the programme for last years service.

Afternoon Service 20th January

On Sunday 20th January at 3 p.m.  Hedge End Methodist Church will be hosting the Churches together in Hedge End, West End and Botley service to mark the week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The week of Prayer is always from 18th to 25th January no matter what days of the week this falls on.  This service will be conducted by our Minister Rev Arthur Cowburn and Deacon Carole Smith.

This service is based on a theme chosen by the Churches of Indonesia and promoted by Churches together in Britain and Ireland.  This years theme is from Deuteronomy chapter 16: verses 18-20 which begins “Justice, and only justice you shall pursue”. More about the week of Prayer can be found at

More about Churches together in Hedge End, West End and Botley  can be found at

Please note that the normal morning service will also be taking place and we will be welcoming Mr Steven Judd to lead us.

Susanna Wesley

20th January 2019 marks 350 years from the birth of Susanna Wesley, the mother of John and Charles Wesley.  This is being Commemorated  by a Prayer Vigil at Epworth Old Rectory ( The Wesley family home ) and by a service at the Wesley Chapel in London taken by Mrs Jill Baker the Former Vice President of the Methodist Church.  The service takes place at 11 a.m.  Following the service A Pilgrimage will take place  starting and ending at the Wesley Chapel taking in her birthplace in Spitalfields and her burial site at bunhill fields .

More about the Wesley Chapel  can be found at

and in an article on this site

Wesley Chapel and Home

The President of Methodist Women in Britain (Sandra Goodwin) has written about these events on her blog this can be found at

Mrs Jill Baker visited our Church in July 2017 more about this can be found on this site at

Visit of Mrs Jill Baker Vice President of the Methodist Conference



Walk and Talk in 2019

The Church Rambling Group “Walk and Talk” has now published the dates for 2019 its 28th year of walking. Most daytime Walks include a Lunch as well. If it rains hard the Walkers  just enjoy the Lunch. There are also a few Lunches without Walks.

The Proposed Dates are below.

Saturday 5th January Lunch and Walk
Saturday 16th February Lunch
Saturday 16th March Lunch and Short Walk
Monday 22nd April (Easter Monday) Lunch and Short Walk
Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday) Walk and Lunch
Monday 27th May (Bank Holiday) Long Walk and Lunch
Thursday 20th June Evening Walk
Saturday 29th June Saturday Lunch and Long Walk
Thursday 4th July Evening Walk
Thursday 18th July Lunch and Walk
Thursday 1st August Day out
Monday 26th August (Bank Holiday) Walk and Afternoon Tea
Saturday 7th September Treasure Hunt
Saturday 19th October Skittles and Lunch
Saturday 16th November Lunch and meeting to sort walks for 2020

You are welcome to join us. Please look in the Paper Church Notices nearer the time for details of meeting places and who to contact.

Happy New Year

Our best wishes to all our readers for a happy and Peaceful 2019 from everyone at Hedge End Methodist Church.

Our first service of the year is our Covenant service which will take place on Sunday 6th January and will be conducted by our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn.  The first Jammy Church is described in the previous blog.

We are looking forward to many anniversaries and events in 2019, including the first Anniversary of the founding of Jammy tots and the 28th Anniversary of the Walk and Talk group.  We have started on preparations for our Plant and Spring Fayre on Saturday 4th May, and are looking forward to a visit from MAF who will be bringing a Plane to Jammy Church in June.  There are many more events coming up, we hope to see you  –  please keep looking here for more details.

Helping you to live in a fellowship of friendship.