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Nine Days of Prayer


There will be a Global Prayer  initiative taking place between Ascension and Pentecost (30th May  to 9thJune ).  This initiative is called “Thy Kingdom come” and is supported by the Methodist Church.  The aim of this initiative is that it “Prompts people to pray that more people might know Jesus”.  Some Resources to support this  have been produced by the Methodist Church.  More details of the methodist churches input can be found at

More information can also be found at

and also in the Spring 2019 issue of the connexion magazine.  Copies of this magazine can usually be found in the front vestibule of the church.


Breakfast on the Beach

Our next Jammy Church is on Saturday 11th May when we will be examining the story that can be found in  the book of John at Chapter 21 starting at verse 6, this is when the risen Jesus is recognised by the disciples after he  advises them to throw the net on the other side of the boat so that they can catch some fish.

Jammy Church is our once monthly session where we examine different bible stories in activities including worship, craft and food.  It is suitable for everyone to attend, but we do request that Children are accompanied. Entry is through the door into the back Hall, although some of this event is usually held in the church.

This event starts at 10.30 and finishes at 12.30, you are welcome to stay for lunch if you wish, but if you do please arrive by 11 a.m. so that we can count you in as wanting food, as in order to avoid waste we to try to get our catering correct.

More about Jammy Church can be found on there facebook page at

The pictures above have been made at previous Jammy Churches.



Fayre Ready

Preparations are underway for our Plant Sale and Spring  Fayre which will be taking place on  Saturday 4th May from 10 .00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plants are being grown, Hampers being made up, Books, Jigsaws and many other goods being collected together,Yellow and Green items being found,   and soon cakes will be baked.

For more details please see the previous blog on this event

Plant Sale and Spring Fayre

The event will be going ahead even if it raining but we are hoping for a sunny day.

We hope to see you there.

Easter Weekend


This weekend is Easter Weekend which is a time when we reflect on the story of Jesus and the sacrifice he made for us all. We celebrate his rising on Easter Sunday. It is also a chance for catching up with our Families and Friends.

We are holding two services over the Easter Weekend. The first one is Maundy Thursday (18th) at 7.30 p.m.; the second one is on Sunday (21st) at our usual time of 10.30; both services will include Holy Communion. It has been our recent tradition at Hedge End to arrange small posies of flowers on the Cross during the service on Easter Sunday morning. If you are attending and would like to participate, just bring along a few spring flowers and we will be on hand during the service to place them on the Cross.

Several of our members will be taking part in the Good Friday “Walk of witness” run by churches together.

For more details of any of our Easter activities please see the previous blog Easter 2019

Hedge End Carnival 2019

On Saturday 6th July we will be taking part in Hedge End Carnival. The Carnival  theme is “Musicals”. 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 14th 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.


Longer Tables, Lower Fences

From next Sunday (31st March) “Easter Offering” envelopes will be available in the Church. This years theme for the Methodist Women in Britain’s Easter offering is “Longer Tables, Lower Fences”.

These envelopes raise money for World Missions which has been one of the aspects of work of women in the Methodist Church since 1884.

The Easter offering dedication service will take place on Sunday 19th May at 4 p.m. at St James Road Methodist Church in Shirley.

More details can be found at

The pictures above show envelopes and details from previous years.

Easter Leaflet 2019

We have recently taken delivery of our Easter Leaflets. These are now available at Church and have been or will be given out to Members of the various groups that meet within the Church. The Leaflets have also been collected by the Hedge End and Botley Courier for distribution with the paper at the end of the Month. If you have anywhere you can give out or put out these leaflets please ask for some.

There is no need to struggle to read the small writing in the pictures of the Easter Leaflets as more details of our Easter services can be found in the article Easter 2019      further down this page.

Churches with Choices

In recent months we have been looking at the pattern of our worship services and considering whether anything needed to be changed. We are trying out, when there is a 5th Sunday in the month, something called Church with choices.  The first 5th Sunday will be Sunday 31st March.

The service will begin and end as normal but for approximately half an hour in the middle you will have 3 options.

1. To stay in Church for a sermon
2. To go to the rear hall for a more in depth look at the Gospel passage
3. To go the main hall to explore the passage through craft and practical activities.
We will do this again on 30th June with another range of options.

After the services, please let Arthur or the stewards have your thoughts on this trial.

Easter 2019

We start thinking about Easter at Jammy Church on Saturday 13th April, as Aprils theme is “Who moved the Stone”. Jammy Church takes place between 10.30 and 12.30 in the Hall.  More about Jammy Church can be found at

or in previous blogs on this site.

We will then continue over the  Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, which is  between Maundy Thursday (18th April) and Easter Sunday (21st April) with the services detailed below.

Maundy Thursday Service
This will take place at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (18th April). This service will be conducted by Rev. Arthur Cowburn and will include communion.

Good Friday
The Organisation “Churches together in Hedge End ” Hold a Walk of Witness at 11.a.m. starting in the Centre of Hedge End. Near the Co-operative store.

For more details about Churches together see

Easter Sunday

Our Easter celebrations conclude on Easter Sunday with the service at the usual time of 10.30 the service will be conducted by our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn. This service will include Communion which you are welcome to join in if you wish. If you prefer not to take Communion it is fine to stay in our seat. As part of the service we will be creating a Floral Easter Cross.  If you would like to contribute to this please feel free to bring a few flowers with you to the service. Pictures of one of the previous crosses are above. This service will be suitable for all ages.