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Palm Sunday


This Sunday (25th March) is Palm Sunday where we think about Jesus entering Jerusalem. Our Palm Sunday Service will be taken by Christina Pritchard and will take place at the usual time of 10.30 a.m..  Palm Sunday is beginning of the Churches contemplation of the Events of Easter. More about our Easter services can be found at

Easter 2018

The Picture above was taken at a Palm Sunday Service in Lavington Nairobi in 2016.  It is unlikely that we will be holding a procession in this way. More about Graham’s travels in Kenya can be found in previous blogs on this site.


Mission Aviation Fellowship

One of our Church Charities is the Mission Aviation Fellowship. They assist 18,000 diferent Charities by flying there representatives, people in need, goods and even Cows around the world.

More information about the mission Aviation Fellowship can be found at

We will be  able to  find out more about Mission Aviation Fellowship during the service on Sunday 15th April  when a representative from the Charity will be coming to see us. This service will be at the normal time of 10.30 a.m.

One of there planes will be near to us before then as they will be testing it at Calshot  on Wednesday 20th March before the plane is deployed overseas.  If you wish to know more about this event or find out how to view the plane at Calshot please look at

Please note the details of the Plane testing could change due to weather conditions.

March Broader Horizons

Please note this meeting will now take place at a later date, as it has been postponed due to the Icy Conditions.

Our next Broader Horizons meeting will be on Sunday 18th March at 7 p.m.  The Interviewee on this occasion will be our Minister Rev Arthur Cowburn. . 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 take place in the Church not the Hall.

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.


Easter Offering 2018


Easter offering  envelopes are now available in the pews. This is a scheme run by Methodist Women in Britain to support the world Mission Fund. The World Mission Fund supports Gods Mission in 65 Partner Churches outside the U.K. through various means including scholarships and leadership training.

This years theme is ” Seek Peace and Pursue it”. They say “God of Peace and reconciliation, may the World Mission Fund and all our partner Churches enable your peace to dwell in communities all over your world, and may we do our part to seek peace and pursue it in our lives.

If you would like to give money please use the envelopes provided and put them in the collection in the usual way. This needs to be done before the circuit dedication service. If you wish to gift aid all of the form on the back of the envelope also needs to be filled in.

The Circuit dedication service for this scheme  will take place on  at 4. p.m. on Sunday 20th May  at St James Road, Methodist Church Shirley Southampton..

More about Methodist Women in Britain can be found at


Blooming Again

Following the three-month experimental period, the Flower Rota will now come back into operation, but with a difference. A team of people have offered to arrange flowers, and they will fill in the dates when they are available on the last column of the rota. If you wish to donate money for flowers for a specific week (up to a maximum of £15), please will you put your name in the first column, and contact the allocated arranger to discuss what you would like, or talk to Tony; if you would like to arrange your own flowers, please fill in both columns.

Church Recipe Book

As some of you will remember a recipe book was produced a number of years ago which contained favourite recipes, some including anecdotes, from members of this church.
As a fundraiser for future fayres etc, we thought it a good idea to repeat this and invite you to participate. As last time they can be starter, main course, dessert, cake, bread, snacks, BBQ, cooking tips etc etc. Children are also welcome to take part. More than one recipe is acceptable.
It is hoped that the book will be available to purchase at our Christmas Fayre in November.

You may either send the recipes electronically using the form below or hand recipes to the Church Stewards.

Thank you for your help.

Cancelled Women’s World Prayer Service

Due to the nasty weather conditions the women’s world day of Prayer service that was being organised for Botley Church tomorrow evening (2nd March)  has been cancelled.  It is hoped to hold the service sometime after Easter instead.  The date (and venue) will be published here when it is known.  The services will still be taking place in many of the 170 countries involved in the movement so we are requested to think of the people of Suriname during tommorrow.

More details about the day of  prayer can be found in the previous blog

Womens World Day of Prayer