On Saturday 12th October some of us went to the Methodist Women in Britain Southampton District Celebration Day which was held in Romsey Methodist Church. and was attended by over 60 people from around the district.
Although we heard about many different interesting items, the main theme for the day was Climate change and acting responsibly towards Gods World. The main speaker was the president of M.W.I.B. Hilary Evans who took as the title of her talk “Touch the Earth Gently” taken from the Hymn number 729 in singing the faith. We sang this Hymn to conclude that part of the session. A play called “Greed to Green” was performed by members of Romsey Methodist players with a little help from their friends. I found out afterwards online that the play was written by Tom Hiscock in 2008, but it is still very relevant today.
We were pleased to be joined by the Fijian Choir, a mix of all ages,who sang several songs for us. One very small child was clapping the accompaniment by having his hands held by a slightly bigger child was was moving them at the right time!. The prayers following this were led by Manoa the Chaplain of the Fijian community in Britain who came from Derbyshire to join us. He is known to many of us as until recently he was in the Southampton Circuit. The links with Fiji were particularly appropriate as the Southampton District Partnership for 2019 and 2020 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. The partnership hopes to raise at least £10,000.
Very appropriately for the day Romsey Methodist Church has recently obtaining the “Gold” level of Eco church for more about Eco church please see
More about WMIB can be found on their website at
Blogs about visits to previous MWIB days can be found at
Changing World – unchanging Mission
Amazing MWIB at Romsey
M.W.I.B. Visit to Verwood
Tickets are now available for the Madding crowd concert on 19th October, which will be celebrating Susanna Wesley.
If you would like tickets please ask the Stewards on a Sunday, or alternatively they will be available on the door on the night. The cost per ticket is £10 which will include refreshments. For more about the concert please see the previous blog on this site
Wesley Concert by the Madding Crowd
Meet our New Scarecrows Sarah and Wiz who have taken over from Worzel and Sally who have now retired. Look out for Sarah and Wiz at the front of the Church where they will be advertising our Harvest Service. The Harvest Service will take place on Sunday 13th October at the usual time of 10.30 a.m.
For more about our Harvest please see the post
Harvest Weekend 2019
After eight successful years of meeting on Saturday Mornings it has been decided for various reasons to change the time of Jammy Church. It will now take place on the third Sunday of the month between 4 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. The First day of the New Format will be Sunday 20th October. The idea is that the time starts with the craft and more creative activities, Food will then be available at approximately 5 p.m., followed by the Worship and Bible study part of the event.As usual you are welcome to spend part of all the time with us, as suits you. This means that Jammy Church will no longer take place on Saturday 12th October as previously advertised.
More details of Jammy Church can be found on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JammyChurch
and also in previous blogs on this site.
Posters are now available for our Christmas Fayre on 2nd 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 Fayre can be found in the previous post
Christmas Fayre 2019
On Saturday 5th October our friends at Northam Methodist church will be hosting a concert by “one Achord”. The performance is described as “a melange of sacred and secular music including songs from the shows, linked by sketches , poems and readings”. The performance starts at 7 p.m. , tickets cost £5 and will be available on the door.
Following on from last years Nativity Festival we are going to have a “Christmas Festival” in December this year. It is intended to have lots of different displays and Activities associated with Christmas in religious and more secular ways, such as Christmas trees, Angels etc. The only limit to the event is our imaginations.
This event will be running from Wednesday 4th to Monday 9th December.
We wish to incorporate local businesses and schools into this venture, so on some occasions the church will be open for private visits from them and at other times to the wider public.
As with the Nativity Festival this event will require stewarding so we would be grateful for help with this, if you havent done it before it just requires talking to those attending, and maybe making them a drink. We will ensure that there are at least two stewards on duty at all times we are open..
It is also hoped to display something eyecatching outside the church to attract peoples attention to us, maybe something similar to the poppies displayed last remembrance Sunday.
The exact nature of the event is still being evolved at this time, if you are able to help, have any ideas for us to consider, have contacts with local businesses or schools, or have any questions please speak to the Stewards so you can be introduced to the Organizers.
Over the next few weeks many of our weekly activities will be resuming after the Summer Holidays. We look forward to welcoming new people to these activities as well as welcoming back those folk who are already familiar to us.
This Tuesday (3rd September) Community Connexions will be restarting .Community connexions is an opportunity to come and meet others and enjoy activities together. This takes place on in the Church (not the Hall) between 1.30 and 3.30 in the afternoon. Activities available include Games, Puzzles, Crafts, Quiz or you can just read the paper. It is a chance to chat, enjoy a drink, and a snack in a relaxed and friendly environment.You are welcome to just turn up on a Tuesday but if you would like further information please contact Maggie or Carole on
Jammy Tots will be starting back this Thursday ( 5th September). Starting at 1 p.m until 2.45.There is a charge of £1.50 (each week) per family which includes hot drinks for adults and drink and healthy snack for children.
For More details see
All Tots and there families are welcome.
The Boys and Girls Brigades resume on Tuesday 17th September. More details of the brigades can be found on there website at
Please note that since this was first written our plans have changed “Jammy Church” will now be taking place on Sunday 20th October. Please see the post
New Day for Jammy Church
for details. Our Harvest Festival service will still be on Sunday and the details remain the same.
Over the weekend of 12th and 13th October we will be celebrating Harvest.On Saturday we will be holding our October Jammy Church this months themes are “The Fruits of the Spirit” and “Harvest”. Jammy Church is an activity session for children, their families and the young at heart. 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.
On Sunday at 10.30 a.m. the Harvest Festival Service will be conducted by our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn Harvest Festival marks the end of the main Harvest season. We give thanks to God for the crops that have been grown and celebrate the hard work involved in reaping them.
At some point on both days people will be given an opportunity to donate food to the Basics Bank and St Dismas, a Charity that helps the Homeless.
More information about the basics bank can be found at http://www.southamptoncitymission.co.uk/basics-bank
if you wish to donate some Food please bring some with you. In the past the Charity has been given lots of Baked Beans so if you can another product would be appreciated. Donating is not compulsory you are very welcome to join us over the weekend whether or not you donate.