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World President at Broader Horizons

This Sunday ( 18th November) at 7 p.m.Our next Broader Horizons meeting will take place.  The Interviewee on this occasion will be Alison Judd the World President of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.

More about this organisation can be found on there website at

http://wfmucw.org/

Alison is known to many of us has  written several articles on this site the most recent being on the West Africa Area seminar of Methodist and Uniting Church women.

West Africa Area Seminar

As the purpose of these evenings is to hear about peoples lives in Faith and how they came to faith we will be hearing more about Alison’s Life as well as her work as World President.

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.

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Remembering 100 years

 

Yesterday (11th November) was the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the first world war.  As part of our reflections on this event Croqueted and knitted poppies have been created by members and Friends of the Church and are displayed on the Railings at the front of the Church.  There are over 500 poppies in the display. The Red poppies representing the fields of Rememberance and the white poppy  cross which is displayed in the noticeboard representing Peace.

Yesterday many of the people of Hedge End passed the Church on there way to observe the Two minutes silence at the Cenotaph in Hedge End.  This included our Boys and Girls Brigades who joined in the Parade.  We held our Sunday service which was taken by our Minister Rev Arthur Cowburn and included reflections on the events in the first World War and subsequent Wars and Prayers for Peace in the World, and we observed the silence.

We were able to finish the service in time to serve Hot drinks to the returning Paraders.

We hope that the Poppies survive the wet and windy weather, they have been allright so far.

Our Thanks to all the people who made this display possible.

Christmas Lunch 2018

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Christmas Lunch

This will take place on Sunday  2nd  December starting at 12.30. The meal will cost £10, any proceeds will go to Church Funds. The Menu consists of Roast Turkey, two types of Potatoes and Vegetables. Followed by a choice of Christmas Pudding, Apple Pie or Cheese and Biscuits.  Booking forms are now available, and need to be returned by 25th November to faciliate Catering Arrangements. Sorry we can only feed people on the day who have booked.

The Story of Gideon

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On Saturday 10th November (between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30) Jammy Church will be exploring the Story of Gideon. It is understood  that this is the same Gideon that that the society who provides Bibles to hotels etc is named after so we may find out why this is so.

Jammy Church will be using its usual mix, of  Craft, Music and Worship, to explore the themes in the story.  The session will conclude with some food for which all are welcome.  (If you want food it is helpful if you can arrive before 11 am. so that we can get the catering right).  Jammy Church  is suitable for anyone of any ages to attend, but we do request that any children are accompanied.

More about Jammy Church can be found at

https://www.facebook.com/JammyChurch

 

 

West Africa Area Seminar

In September Alison Judd the World President of  The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women attended the Methodist and Uniting  Church Women’s West Africa Area Seminar which was held in Ghana. An abridged version of her report can be found below. If you would like to see all the Photographs read the full report or find out more about the Work of  The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women please see their website at:-

http://wfmucw.org/

When the Presiding Bishop, the most Reverend Titus Pratt welcomed the 300+ women to the West Africa Area Seminar in September 2018 he encouraged us to ‘be among the decision-makers’ in our communities, to ‘shout for peace and justice’ and believe that when women speak with one voice, united by their relationship with Christ, the world listens.

The Seminar was held at the Pentecost Convention Centre outside Accra and attended by women from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, the Gambiaand Togo Units many of whom led us in vibrant worship, dance, praise and prayer. I was particularly in awe of one woman, Fatou Kine Mane from Senegal, who had travelled alone on public transport for five days in order to attend this Seminar. It was good to welcome Catherine Akale, from Cameroon, the UMW missioner supporting women across many nations of Africa. We were grateful to Rev Jemima Amanor, Area President, Deaconess Aniema Udofia, Area Vice President, Georgina Donkor, Ghana Unit President and Janet Thompson, who worked so hard to make the Seminar a success.

Speakers explored the theme first introduced at the World Assembly in Houston, ‘Chosen People: Called to Proclaim.’ Special guest Justice Mrs Georgina Wood asserted, ‘God in his infinite wisdom as placed us in a uniquely strategic position to work with him to restore hope to a dying world. We need to be obedient to be used by God forhis holy purposes.’ She listed some of the issues facing the people of Ghana: lack of potable water, high youth unemployment, corruption, tax evasion, greed…..and urged us to support one another in prayer and engage with our governments to combat injustice.

Mr Eric Appiah Okrah spoke about Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery.From Ghana, many young girls are sent to the Middle East as domestic workers. Globally, 800,000women annually are subjected to sex trafficking. He urged us to be alert, to raise awareness of the dangers facing vulnerable girls and young women who (seeking a better life) are recruited, abducted and forced to work through coercion, fraud and deception and exploited by those who control them.

Mrs Gladys Ghartey urged us to recognise the ‘Power of a Women’s Prayer’, to pray fervently and fast as Jesus did and believe that God will answer our prayers. The Bishop of Sefwi Bekwai, the Rt Rev Sampson K Gyabeng, led a bible study on 1 Samuel 25:1-37, the story of ‘Abigail, This gentle, humble and wise woman knew when to speak and when to remain silent and wait for the right time to challenge her husband. She had the courage and wisdom to speak to David in a way that got the desired result. His anger against her husband turned to kindness and blessing towards her.

Mrs Angela Bwamena-Aboagye from the Ark Foundation, providing the first centre for battered women in Ghana, quoted John Wesley ‘Give me ten men who hate nothing but sin and love nothing but God, and we will change the world.’ She encouraged us to consider what makes a good leader. She identified five fundamentals of leadership, all exemplified in Jesus: challenge the process, inspire a shared vision, enable others to act, model the way andencourage the heart.

This was the week that the body of Kofi Annan was brought back to Ghana for burial, so it was particularly poignant to be thinking of his legacy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

For me personally, one of the highlights of being in Ghana was to have this opportunity to return to West Africa and meet two women from the Benue Plateau State of Nigeria where I spent the year 1972 teaching in Wesley HighSchool, Otukpo. The prayers of the children and staff at that school effectively brought me into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and had a sustained influence on my whole life since then. I give thanks even now for those Christians whose prayers and witness led to my own transformation.

Harvest Gallery

The Pictures above were taken at Jammy Church on Saturday 13th October, where we celebrated Harvest and explored the book of Ruth. We also held our Harvest Festival on Sunday 14th October.  The food collected went to the Southampton Basics bank. Our Thanks to the lady who took all the pictures and all the people who make these events possible.

M.W.I.B. Visit to Verwood

On Thursday 11th October some of us attended the Southampton District Methodist Women in Britain “Celebration Day” which was held in Verwood Methodist Church.

The Main Speaker was Sandra Goodwin the President of MWIB who gave us  two  talks the first was entitled “Titfers, Tatties, and Toilets”  and was about her trip to Bolivia.  It could read Hats, Potatoes and Toilets. The second talk was about Water and the inequalities in  the availability  of water in the world.  We also enjoyed hearing about the recent travels of Alison Judd the World President of Methodist and United Church women (MWIB is a member of this organisation).  More about Alison and the Federation can be found in the article on this site.

Why I bother with the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women!

The day was not all serious we had plenty of time in between the talks to make new friends and catch up with old ones .  The Southampton District covering a wide geographical area which stretches as far south as Yeovil.

More details about Methodist Women in Britain can be found at

https://mwib.org.uk/

The Photographs above show Craftwork made in Bolivia,  as well as Verwood Methodist Church and the World Federation of Methodist and United Church Women Banner.