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The 10 Bridesmaids

The next Jammy Church will take place on Saturday 14th  September.  When we will be exploring the Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids which can be found at chapter 25 verses 1 to 13  of the book of Matthew.  This  activity will take place between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30. Please enter via the back Hall.

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. If you wish to stay for the food please try to come before 11 a.m. so we can get our catering correct.

More information can be found on the Jammy Church Facebook page.

The Pictures above were taken at previous Jammy Churches.



Christmas Fayre 2019

You are invited to our Christmas Fayre, this event will take place on Saturday 2nd November between 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m . Stalls and attractions so far arranged are as follows:-

Stationery & Sweets
Anything Goes
Christmas Stall
Cakes & preserves
Christmas Hampers
Books & jigsaws
Plants & indoor bulbs
Potty Peggy’s Crafts

We are still in the process of arranging the stalls so it is likely that there will be more than this. Please keep watching this site and the advertising for more details.

There is no charge for admission for this event so why not come along and see what we have to offer. The event is in Aid of Church Funds and Charities.

Community Fun Day

On Thursday 15th August we will be holding a Community Fun day. This will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  There will be a bouncy castle, (weather permitting), an opportunity to do various crafts, and play activities and refreshments.   The event will be free to enter and everyone is welcome,  we especially welcome those seeking activities during the school holidays, we request that all children are accompanied.

We hope that everyone has as much fun as was had  during our community day in June when Mission Aviation Fellowship bought their Plane.  Pictures of that event are above.


Wesley Concert by the Madding Crowd


We are pleased to welcome members of the Madding Crowd to Hedge End Methodist Church on Saturday 19th October at 7.30 p.m. The Madding Crowd specialises in music and singing from the times  1660 to 1861.

The concert celebrates the 350th anniversary of the birth of Susanna Wesley, who is often regarded as the ‘mother of Methodism’, using music and words from the Wesley family.   Her son John (1703-1791)  is regarded as the founder of Methodism, and his brother Charles wrote hundreds of hymns, some of the most well known being  “Hark the Herald Angels sing”, “Love divine all loves excelling” and “O for a thousand tongues to sing”. But without the influence of Susanna, their talents might never have flourished.

More about the Wesleys can be found on a previous blogs on this site,

Susanna Wesley

Wesley Chapel and Home

the picture above was taken at the Wesley Chapel in London.

More details about the Madding Crowd can be found at

The Cost of Admission to the concert will be £10 per person. and will include refreshments in the interval. Details of how to purchase tickets will be posted here nearer the time.

Samson Exploration at Jammy

The Theme for the next  Jammy Church is the story of Samson which can be found in the book of Judges Chapters 13 to 16.  There is also a connection between Samuel  and the “Golden Syrup ” tin but I do not know whether Jammy will explore that!

Jammy Church will take place on Saturday 13th July between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 please enter via the Hall although some activities may take place in the Church or the front Car Park.  The story will be explored through Craft, Worship and Food.  This session is suitable for people of all ages, although we request that all children are accompanied.  You are welcome to stay for the whole session or drop in at any time.  If you wish to stay for Lunch please arrive before 11 a.m. so we make the right amount of food.

There is no Jammy Church in August so the next one will take place on September 14th.

The pictures above were taken at previous Jammy Churches.

Circuit Prayer Breakfast at Hedge End

On Saturday 6th July we will be hosting the Circuit Prayer Breakfast between 8.30 and 10.00 a.m. I am not sure of the exact Menu but in the past we have had Fruit Juice, Cereals, Toast , with Tea and Coffee. This will take place in the Hall rather than the Church itself. This is part of the series of monthly prayer Breakfasts being hosted in turn by the Churches in the Southampton Circuit.

These events are described in the circuit plan as a time of fellowship over a meal, worship, Listening to Gods word, Prayers as the Lord leads.

Everyone is welcome.

If you wish you could make a day of it and stay for the Carnival, for details of the Carnival please see

Musical Hedge End Carnival 2019


Changing World – unchanging Mission

On Thursday 20th June some of us went to St James Road Methodist Church  in Shirley Southampton for the Southampton District sharing day of MWIB ( Methodist Women in Britain). We discussed and learnt about a lot of different ideas during the day some of which are described in the following paragraphs.

The  theme for the day was “changing world – unchanging Mission” and the guest speaker was Carolyn Lawrence the World Federation of Methodist Women Area officer. She said that the World has changed and will continue to do so, but there will always be a need for Christian mission in the world. We discussed the differences in the Church and society today from the Church in 1900. We also read some bible passages which were relevant to change and mission including Ephesians 4. We were  shown a chart called the  Engel Scale, which  had 16 stages showing how people journey from not knowing God to evangelising themselves.

We also heard from Hilary Evans the Vice President of MWIB who will be appointed president at the Methodist Conference at the end of the month. Hilary introduced herself and spoke about her visit to Mexico during April.

There will be a new  District Partnership for 2019 and 2020 which is a linkage with the Women of Fiji arranged by the Global relationships section of the Methodist Church.  It is hoped to work in partnership with the people of Nabuna and Vanuakula villages in Fiji to jointly raise enough money for a fibreglass boat for each village.  This is to assist in flood rescue  as the villages are being flooded much more frequently than in the past due to climate change.

We were also pleased to  have the chance to catch up with friends, and make new friends from many different geographical areas as the Southampton District stretches into Dorset.

The next  MWIB Southampton District event is a “Celebration day” which will take place in Romsey Methodist Church on Saturday 12th October.

More about WMIB can be found on their website at

Blogs about visits to previous MWIB days can be found at

M.W.I.B. Visit to Verwood

Amazing MWIB at Romsey

District Celebration Portchester


Musical Hedge End Carnival 2019


IMG_20160702_134242On Saturday 6th July Hedge End Carnival will be taking place. The Carnival has been running since 1921 and raises money for good causes local to Hedge End. This year the overall theme for the Carnival is “Musicals” Last year our church had a stall on the showground (also known as Greta park) where we handed out cold drinks, gave out information about the Churches many different events, services and organisations, and gave people a chance to do various craft activities. We also served tea, coffee and cold drinks in the forecourt of the Church at the start of the procession.

We would like to be able to do this again this year, therefore we would be grateful for some help. If you can give us your time on the day, or are able to provide us with cakes or biscuits (Preferably the sort that do not mind being stored outside for a while) please can you let us know.

We would really like to be able to take part in the procession itself in 2020, (as we did in 2015 to 2017 ) people of all ages would be welcome for this so please can you seriously consider making sure you are free on Saturday 4th July 2020. We intend getting hold of some sort of vehicle so if you do not feel you can walk that far you should still be able to take part.

The Carnival is an excellent opportunity to all have a good time, whilst telling the people of Hedge End and further afield that we are here, and that God is important to us, and for them. This is part of our continuing outreach into the Community.

We would like to thank many members of the Church for their ongoing support with this venture.

For more about the carnival please visit their website

A Vision For Hedge End

On Saturday 22nd June  we will be holding our Awayday at Shirrell Heath Methodist Church.  Members of the congregation and Friends of the Church are invited to join together for a day of Study . The theme of the day is ” A Vision for Hedge End” and we will be lead by our Minister Rev Arthur Cowburn.  The day will be suitable for participants of all ages.  Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided, but participants are asked to provide their own packed lunch.

We will be starting at 10.30 a.m. and we expect to finish at approximately 3.30 p.m. Shirrell Heath Methodist Church is  approximately 7  miles from our Church the full address is High Street, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, S032 2JN.

We look forward to a day of fellowship and fun – it will not all be serious!

If you have any questions please ask the church stewards,  please also speak to them if you need or would be able to offer a lift.  To help with the arrangements it would be helpful if you can let the stewards know that you are attending beforehand.

Successful Plane Visit


On Saturday 8th June we held an extended “Jammy Church” which included a visit from MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) who brought there Plane with them.

Despite the somewhat wet and windy weather the many visitors and regulars to the Church had a good time whilst raising awareness of and money for MAF.  As well as the Plane MAF bought a flight simulator which was enjoyed with various degrees of success, a few crashes occurred and virtual trees were run into.  Thee were also various Craft activities available for people to try.

More about MAF can be found at

The event was visited by a reporter from Radio Solent who interviewed Maggie from the Church and Kevin from MAF whilst sat in the cockpit of the plane.  This was broadcast during the Tim Daykin show on Sunday morning. If you would like to listen to this broadcast a link is below, (Please note you will need to sign into the BBC in order to listen to this, although you can look at the picture without signing in).

Our Thanks to those people from MAF and from the Church  who worked hard to make this event possible.