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Easter 2018

There will be several events and services over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. i.e.  between Maundy Thursday (29th March) and Easter Sunday 1st April). These are detailed below.

Maundy Thursday Service
This will take place at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (29th March). 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

During the Service at 10.30 a.m. on Easter Sunday (1st April)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. This service will be conducted by Rev Tony Parkinson and will be suitable for all the family.


Hedge End 4 You

Hedge End Methodist Church is engaged at present in working out its future plans and strategies for our building and for our work in the community.  As part of this work we would like to know what the Hedge End Community thinks of Hedge End Methodist at the moment and what they would like to see us doing in the future.  We are working with our partners Leap Design to carry out a Community survey. We will be approaching various sections of the community in order to complete this task. We would be pleased if you are able to help us with this. The links for parts of the survey are below.

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 details of the online survey and paper questionaires will be distributed by various means over in the next few weeks.

The Residents survey can be found at

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



Plant Sale and Spring Fayre

You are invited to our Plant Sale and Spring Fayre, this event will take place on Saturday 5th May between 10.30-2pm. Stalls and attractions so far arranged are as follows:-

Plants – annuals, perennials, Veg Plants, Potted Annuals.
Red Stall – This will consist of Red objects
Filled Jam Jars
Pamper Hampers
Chocolate Tombola
Craft Stall.
There will be more stalls yet. details will be added to this site nearer the time.
There is no charge for admission for this event so why not come along and see what we have to offer.

The Pictures above where taken at previous Fayres.

Ash Wednesday Service

On Wednesday 14th February we will be holding a service for Ash Wednesday. The first full day of Lent. This will be a Communion Service and will commence at 7.30 p.m.. The Service will be led by Rev. Tony Parkinson. The service will be followed by refreshments and a short discussion on a theme connected to the service.

Lent is a time of reflection (and fasting)  on the way to Easter which remembers Jesus’s forty days in the Desert.  Ash Wednesday is actually a few days more than forty days before Easter as in previous times people were allowed not to fast on Sundays so Sundays were not counted as days. It is coincidence that Ash Wednesday happens to fall on Valentines day this year.


February Jammy

The Theme for Jammy Church on Saturday 10th February is “Samuel -listening to God” which can be found in  1 Samuel Chapter 3. This event will take place between 10.30 and 12.30 in the Hall.

It is also Jammy Churches 7th Birthday in February so it is possible that there may be a birthday Cake. The Pictures above are of a cake that was made to celebrate Jammy Churches 5th Birthday, and of last Months Jammy Church on Epiphany.

more about Jammy Church can be found in previous blogs and at


Womens World Day of Prayer



Please note that the service on 2nd March has been postponed due to the weather conditions. A new post will be created giving details of new arrangements when known.

This Service is run by Churches together in Hedge End and Botley as part of the Women’s World day of prayer. The idea of Women’s World day of prayer is that identical services take place in the same 24 hour period throughout the world. This year the service has been arranged by the Women of Suriname . In  recent years the Women of The Phillipines, Cubu, The  Bahamas and Egypt have arranged the service. The Women’s World Day of Prayer was started by a group of Methodists and Presbyterians in America in 1887, the first service in England was held in 1932.

More details of the National Movement can be found on there website at

This years service will take place at All Saints Church Botley on Friday 2nd March  starting at 7.30 p.m.

The Theme for the service is “All God’s Creation is very good”.

All are invited to attend  including Men.

In preparation for the service a bible study will take place at St Johns Church on Monday 12th February starting at 10.15 and finishing around 1 p.m. The Study will be led by Deacon Carole Smith.   If you wish to attend please bring a packed lunch with you.

The Picture above is the programme for last years service.


Circuit Prayer Breakfast

On Saturday 3rd February we will be hosting the Circuit Prayer Breakfast between 8.30 and 10.00 a.m. I am not sure of the exact Menu but in the past we have had  Fruit Juice, Cereals,  Toast , with Tea and Coffee.. This will take place in the Hall rather than the Church itself.  This is part of the series of monthly prayer Breakfasts being hosted in turn by the Churches in the Southampton Circuit.

These events are described in the circuit plan as

a time of fellowship over a meal, worship, Listening to Gods word, Prayers as the Lord leads.

Everyone is welcome.

January Broader Horizons

The first “Broader Horizons ” of 2018 will take place on Sunday 21st January at 7 p.m. in the church. 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.

Rev Valerie Chapman who was our minister from  1991 to 1995  will be the interviewee on this occasion. She says that we will hear about an unlikely journey to where she is today

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.

Called by name

The All Age Worship and Parade service on Sunday 14th January (at 10.30) has the  theme ‘Called by name’ and will be led by Alison Judd with help from Brigade members, the band, and Deacon Carole Smith.
Alison Writes “There are three long words sometimes used to describe God, and all begin with the letter ‘O’. Omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent (meaning all knowing, always present, all powerful).  And yet this amazing God knows us as individuals. God calls us by name.  God has great things in store for those who listen and respond.”
All are welcome, come along  and experience the service.