Every year the Samaritans Purse charity invites people of all ages to fill a shoe box with gifts. The charity then arranges for these boxes to be delivered by hand by local overseas partners to some of the poorest children in the world – regardless of their nationality, political or religious background.
If you are able to donate a box please take an instruction leaflet from the front of the church. Ready decorated flat pack boxes are available, Please ask the Stewards.
Please bring your filled boxes to church on either 5, 12 or 19 November and leave it on the table in the hall. Bring joy and a smile to a needy child this Christmas.
Our church has been donating boxes since 2003 when 23 were given one year we managed to send 41 boxes.
You could also look at the website below for more details.
The next Jammy Church will take place on Saturday 14th October when the theme will be the Wedding at Cana when Jesus turned the water into wine. This activity takes place between 10.30 and 12.30 in the morning.
Jammy Church is an activity session for children, their families and the young at heart. Each session is based on a particular Theme.
There will be various activities and crafts to take part in and some food to eat. You do not need to attend all the session; you could just pop in to see what we are up to.
More information can be found on the Jammy Church Facebook page.
The Picture above was taken at a previous Jammy Church when the theme was Walking on Water.
Posters are now available for our Christmas Fayre on 4th November. So you will be finding them displayed around the area shortly. If you have somewhere you can display a poster please ask for one.
More details about the Christmas Fayre can be found in the previous post
Also more details will be posted here nearer the time.
Please note that the interviewee for this broader Horizons will now be Rev Geoffrey Scarlett who is known to many of us, and has written poems which are elsewhere on this site. This is because Rev. Les Judd is unwell at present. All the other details of the meeting remain the same.
Our next Broader Horizons meeting will be on Sunday 15th October at 7 p.m. The Interviewee on this occasion will be Rev Les Judd. who is personally known to many of us. As a taster to the evening the next paragraph is a short biography which Les has written .
Les, grew up in Birmingham, though he was born in S. Wales. He candidated for the Methodist ministry after spending 5 years as an electrical estimator, and was ordained in 1972. He has served the church in the USA, having a pastorate in Ohio and on the prairies in North Dakota, as well as 3 short exchanges of pulpits. In Britain he has worked in churches in the North East to the south of the country, and he actually ‘sat down’ the Methodist term for ministerial retirement, while serving the church in the Caribbean. He enjoys reading, struggling with theology, and walking, and takes delight in his wife’s global ministry.
The focus of these evenings is to interview Christians ‘Parkinson style’ to hear of their faith and relationship with God, and how, in their professional roles, they have had cause to rely on God.
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.
Above are some pictures taken at the end of the Harvest Festival service this morning. The pictures show the goods which were donated this morning and during yesterdays Jammy Church session. The displays also include pictures and other objects made during Jammy Church yesterday. The goods donated will be given to the Basics Bank and St Dismas, a Charity that helps the Homeless.
Septembers meeting of Broader Horizons (as described in the post of 22nd August )will not now be taking place. This is for several different reasons including a clash with other events in the circuit. The next meeting will be on the 15th October. More details will be posted here nearer the time.
For more details about what Broader Horizons is please see
Our Scarecrows have recently been put out to invite people to come to Church next weekend for Harvest.
Sunday 10th September is “Bring a Friend to Church Sunday” why not come along and see us. We also will be holding a “Harvest” Jammy Church on Saturday 9th September.
For more details about our Harvest activities please see the post.
Thank you to the lady who made the scarecrows and sent us the picture for the blog.
This Sunday (3rd September) Hedge End Methodist Church will be hosting the circuit welcome service for Deacon Carole Smith.
The event will start with a Faith Tea in the back hall from 5 p.m. The Main Service will be in the Church at 6.30 p.m.
More details about the service can be found in the original post.
Circuit Welcome service for Deacon Carole Smith
More details about Carole can be found in the post below this one.
Deacon Carole Smith whose Circuit welcome service will be held at Hedge End on Sunday 3rd September has kindly written some words introducing herself which are below:
I am from Sheffield and although my family is now spread across the north of England I still like to visit the steel city to catch up with friends. I studied librarianship at Loughborough University and went on to work in the civil service and then the NHS blood donor service. I enjoy walking, pottering in the garden, playing the recorder (not in public!), films, theatre, coffee shops, garden centres and charity shops.
I came to faith as a student but left the church for a few years until I began worshipping at a Methodist Church. There I found a home and discovered a ministry of pastoral care, leading small groups and leading worship before candidating for diaconal ministry. I trained in the diverse community of the Queen’s Theological Foundation in Birmingham and have served for five years in Oxford, living and working on a housing estate.
I am delighted to be a deacon in the Southampton Circuit, primarily involved in Hedge End and Woolston churches and their local communities. I look forward to getting to know everyone and to us serving together in the love of God, and in the name of Christ and in the power of the Spirit.