On Saturday 1st October Hedge End Methodist Church was pleased to host the Southampton District of Methodist Women in Britain (MWIB) for there Celebration Day which was entitled “Go and Bear fruit, Fruit that will last. The title and Theme were taken from the 14th World Assembly of the World Federation of Methodist and United Church Women,an organisation MWIB is part of . The Assembly took place online during August. Several members of our Church attended this event.

As part of the welcome we were introduced to the New “Helen Kim Memorial Scholar” Madeleine. We then were given a prayerful presentation entitled “The Spiritual Garden” which included Peas for Peace, Squash to Squash items such as Gossip, Lettuce to Let us be Kind, and Turnip to remember to Turn up. Thyme for Time for God, and seeds for encouragement, and others on a similar theme.

We then had a Bible Study which was led by Rev. Tom Stuckey based on John 15 Verses 1-11.

This was followed by News from the District including information about the new fundraising Partnership for the District which is an orphanage in Romania, which has recently taken on refugees from Ukraine. The Orphanage needs help with funding as it is lacking in many basic facilities which we would take for granted in the U.K.

We then listened to some ladies who were originally from Zimbabwe singing Blessed Assurance in Shona (the language of Zimbabwe). We then sang this Hymn together some in Shona and some in English.

We then had Lunch together, accompanied at times by some impromptu singing.

During the early Afternoon we split into three different activities as we wished, A Discussion on Climate Change, Choral Speaking and Harvest Collage.

The Day concluded with Communion.

This day gave us an opportunity to meet with and share stories with  over 30 women, members of 5 different Methodist Circuits  were represented including people from Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It was good to make new friends and meet up with old ones,

For more about Methodist Women in Britain please see

https://mwib.org.uk/

You will also find a lot of information particularly about local activities by searching this site.