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Hedge End is still 4you


The Community survey into your views about Hedge End Methodist Church will still be running in the next  weeks.  If you have not yet completed it we would be very grateful if you could do so.  As well as the survey being useful to us in working out future plans and strategies, we should be able to use the survey results as a justification on the paperwork should be decide to apply for any grants. Do feel free to ask your friends to do the appropriate survey as well.  If you prefer not to do surveys online paper copies are available on the table in Hall.

We believe that it will take about 7 minutes to complete the survey online.  If you are a resident of Hedge End please complete the Residents Survey.  If you attend the Sunday services regularly please can you complete the Church People Survey (not the residents survey). The survey results will be given to us in a form that means that individual people cannot be identified.

There are also aspects of the survey specific to people who perform services in the community such as shopkeepers and local councillors.  They will be asked to complete there own sets of questions which are different to those below.

The Residents survey can be found at

The survey for those who attend Sunday worship can be found at

More details about the survey are in the original blog on this subject which can be found at

Hedge End 4 You



Carnival “Winter Wonderland”

On Saturday 7th July we will be taking part in Hedge End Carnival. The Carnival  theme is “Winter Wonderland”. The Carnival has been running since 1921 and raises money for good causes local to Hedge End. Our Church has taken part in the Carnival since 2015.

We will be holding a short meeting after the service on Sunday 29th April to sort out details of our activities and at some point after that more details will be available. If you have any ideas please do come along to the meeting.

We welcome anyone who is associated with the Church in anyway to join in with us on the day.

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.

Saul on the Road to Damascus


On Saturday 14th April Jammy Church will be exploring the story of  Saul on the Road to Damascus if you would like to read the Story it can be found in the book of Acts at Chapter 9.

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.


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