Hedge End Methodists

encouraging faith, learning together, making social opportunities day by day … friends and visitors INCLUDED with JOY!

Active Groups 2021

UPDATED MAY 2021

The following Groups are ACTIVE as of May 2021. These are really active and not dud links on an out of date (pre-pandemic) website. We make great effort to ensure we only advertise real events – for inactive groups see our hibernating section.

We view our friends, visitors and regulars as consisting of many small groups (the tradition Methodist class model) focusing on personal encouragement, socialising and adventure, and not as a single “bums on seats” Sunday morning one way broadcast, or a “fundraising opportunity”. We are fed up with being locked in, and want to make new friends.

HOME WORSHIP: Each Week a new Worship Text is posted by a different Minister or Local Preacher. Many people like to go through this text on a Sunday Morning if they are unable to attend Zoom Worship or Chapel Worship, to which it replaces. Each text is available in a website posted blog. This has been very much appreciated and IS CONTINUING now that Chapel Worship has been reinstated. Friends, visitors and regulars are welcome to enjoy this text. More…

ZOOM WORSHIP: A direct replacement for Chapel Worship. This enables a weekly church Worshipping experience. The zoom link is announced as a website posted blog. Zoom worship IS CONTINUING SIMULTANEOUSLY with Chapel Worship. Friends, visitors and regulars are very welcome to join impromptu, to enjoy the strange social experience that Zoom offers. More…

CHAPEL WORSHIP: We are now reinstating Chapel Worship. Please bear with us as we still don’t now exactly what is happening and how public access is being organised and what is legal and who can sing and who can scratch their nose. We are confused: things change each week, nobody knows whats going on, what the government wants, what the pandemic is doing or how to operate all the proliferating computers, microphones and cameras. The cameras do not point at the congregation! Contact us for more details. More…

HOLY HABITS: The new study project. This will be incorporated into Home Worship, Zoom Worship and Chapel Worship as well as Home and Zoom Groups. Like the Alpha Course, this will be kinda like a Beta Course, which we will all be doing together. The course will contain both online and meet-up components so all our friends can take part. There is no obligation to do all the course. Friends, visitors and regulars are very welcome to join impromptu, but will benefit from regular taking part as well. More…

PRAYER ZOOM GROUP: This Prayer Group operates a bit like a Quaker meeting. We sit in silent prayer until one of us decides to pray publicly. There is no set subjects for prayer although usually the host will provide a suggestive list of subjects he or she thinks might be relevant. There is no pressure for anyone to actively speak. Friends, visitors and regulars are very welcome to join in but zoom links are given out to named attendees, so individuals can take account of others privacy in their prayers. More…

BROADER HORIZONS: The group was devised as a social information and entertainment group that looked at a disparate and broad range of ideas through personal talks from a wide range of people. Broader Horizon is likely to be reinstated in the longer term when things have settled down. More…

LENT ZOOM GROUP – CONTINUED!: This group has continued running after Easter. More details will be posted when things have stabilised.

LES’ ZOOM GROUP: This Fellowship Study Class is run by Les. It operates a two week cycle. On the first week there is a discussion and setting up of a subject followed by social natter. On the second week everybody talks about the set subject. Anyone can suggest a subject. Currently the group is full, but otherwise would welcome friends, visitors and regulars. Regular attendance would be beneficial. More…

TONY’S FELLOWSHIP GROUP: Starting up again.

PASTORAL CARE GROUP: The pastoral care group consists of a number of people who have taken on the personal responsibility of contacting and praying for a small group of friends. The group acts under the responsibility of privacy for those who have agreed to be cared for; who are mostly confirmed members of the UK Methodist Church, for whom we have their permission. Attendance is a regular responsibility by invitation only. More…

METHODIST WOMEN: Methodist women in Britain is an external group, but there are so many members amongst our friends, visitors and regulars, and there has been so much natter online even though there has been no physical events that we can’t put this group into hibernation. Friends, visitors and regulars are welcome to take part. Please contact them directly or via Alison. More…

Home Worship / Zoom Worship

Chapel Worship / Holy Habits

Prayer Zoom Group / Les’ Zoom Group

Pastoral Care Group / Methodist Women