On Sunday 1st February we will be celebrating with Stuart Harding as he celebrates 50 years as our organist and 38 years as our Choirmaster. The celebrations will take place as part of our normal service at 10.30 in the morning. The service will be led by Rev. Geoffrey Scarlett who has been the Lyricist to Stuart Musical Compostions composing several Hymns together over the last few years. We hope that many of Stuarts fellow musicians from around the area will be free to join with us on this special day.
We were pleased that members of the Boys and Girls Brigade where able to assist with the Reading and Dramatizations in the service. Also taking part were some people who had attended the Jammy Church on “Moses Crossing the Red Sea ” the day before.
We were also able to celebrate the Achievements of Members of the Boys and Girls Brigades as Badges were presented to them during the service, that they had gained over the last few months.
We were all given a Paper Footprint to take home with us so that we could reflect on aspects of the Service and the Christian Journey during the Week.
A Message and a Poem from Geoffrey
As we enter the New Year, let us remember and give thanks to God for his past and continuing grace.
1. Dear Saviour, I rejoice
To hear your loving voice.
You tell me this:
All the creation longs
To sing my vict’ry song
The world to me belongs
2. If you should feel alone,
Forgotten in this world,
You’re cherished in my sight
And loved with all my might.
Always I hold you tight.
3. However low you feel,
However low you fall,
I lift you to the skies.
With me you shall arise,
By my great love surprised
4. However far you’ve come,
However proud become,
Love wears a gentle face
Humble, yet full of grace.
You’re held in God’s embrace.
5. Whatever doubts you have,
However fears o’erwhelm,
Remember this —
Your Lord was crucified,
For you, my child, I died.
Now I am by your side.
6. My kingdom yet shall come
And I will lead you home.
Remember this –
My glorious Day draws near,
When gone are grief and fear.
I stoop to dry your tears.
7. Lord, now your truth I see,
How you remember me.
Such love is this!
For I have heard your voice.
Now guide me in my choice,
To give my life for you.
With your love blessed!
Geoff Scarlett. Copyright December 2014
Best Wishes to all our Readers for a Happy and Peaceful New Year, from Everyone at Hedge End Methodist Church.
We are looking forward to many events during 2015, some of which are described below.
On New Years Day the Rambling Group will be going to Hill Head. We hope that it warms up by then!.
The first Sunday service will be on the 4th of January our Covenant Service with Rev. Arthur Cowburn.
Jammy Church our Fun sessions for all the family will be continuing on the second Saturday of every Month.
We are busy planning a Jigsaw Festival and Plant Sale on Saturday 2nd May.
We would be delighted to see you, at many of these events please keep looking to see what we are getting up to.
On Sunday 21st December we held our Carol Service. This service was based on the traditional alternating of lessons and Carols. Some of the Carols were sung impressively by the Choir only, and others we all got to join in. The Carols were a mixture of those familiar to us and some that were new to us. We also heard an orchestral arrangement which was played by a mostly brass band which was specially formed for the occasion. At the end of the Service we were able to enjoy a Mince Pie with Tea or Coffee which gave us an opportunity to hear peoples news.
We were pleased to see many friends who we had not seen for while, it was good to see over a hundred people at the service.
Our Thanks to the Choir and their helpers for all the hard work that went into this enjoyable event. We are looking forward to the Christmas Eve Midnight Service, and the Christmas Day service.
There are several events during Hedge End Methodist Church’s celebration of Christmas this year. Details are given below:- In addition to these highlighted events our normal Sunday services will take place throughout December.
This will take place on Sunday 7th December at a cost of £10. Booking forms are now available at the back of the church giving more details. This will a traditional Roast Christmas meal, with Christmas pudding or Apple pie to follow. The booking forms will need to be returned with your payment by Sunday 30th November. Sorry we can only feed people on the day who have booked.
Christmas “Jammy” Church
We will be celebrating Christmas by Crafting, Eating and Watching the Puppets between 10.30 and 12.30 on Saturday 13th December although this activity is primarily designed for families, people of all ages are welcome to attend. More details about Jammy Church can be found at https://www.facebook.com/JammyChurch
Sunday Christmas Celebration
This will take place in the Church on Sunday 21st December at 4. p.m. and will include Bible Readings and Carols interlaced in the traditional Manner. The service will be led by Rev Arthur Cowburn and the Church Choir.
Christmas Eve “Midnight Service”
This will take place at 11.30 P.M. on Wednesday 24th December. The Service will be conducted by our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn and will include Communion.
Christmas Morning Service
There will be a service at 9.30 on Wednesday 25th December. The short service will be conducted by Rev. Tony Parkinson. We celebrate the coming of the Christ Child, lightheartedly and with Joy on this special day.
Today (9th November) was Rememberance Sunday. This is the time when we remember all those people who where involved with Wars many of whom lost there lives. There is a special significance to rememberance Sunday this year as it is 100 years since the start of the First World War.
We welcomed Keith Prentice who took a service of rememberance with us. As well as observing the two minutes silence we talked about the history of the twentieth century Wars, and thought and prayed about peace. We were pleased to welcome some visitors from Northamptonshire who worshipped with us this morning.
Many of those folks who normally attend Church attended the service at the Cenotaph in Hedge End. The Cenotaph service started with a parade by members of uniformed organisations such as the Scouting and Guiding movements and members of our Girls and Boys Brigades. Members of our Church were outside serving drinks to anyone attending the Parade, as they passed our Church after the Service.
The Tea, Coffee, Chocolate and squash, was appreciated by many people passing by. Our Thanks to all the members of the Church who were involved in any way in making this initiative possible.
During the Morning of Saturday 8th November from 10.30 to 12.30 we will be holding our next “Jammy Church”. This is an activity session for children, their families and the young at heart. Each session is based on a biblical story or incident. This Months session is based on the story told in Matthew Chapter 8 verses 23 -27 when Jesus is asleep in the boat, and is woken by the disciples who are afraid of the bad storm. Jesus orders the storm to stop raging and the waves and the wind calm down.
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.
More information can be found on the Jammy Church Facebook page.
Operation Christmas Child
“Thank you for not forgetting us”
Parents of needy youngsters have sent the above message to those people who have made up and sent gift filled shoeboxes to the countries of Eastern Europe and Africa.
Many of these parents can hardly afford to feed and clothe their children, let alone buy them presents for Christmas, but thanks to your generosity thousands of these children have received a brightly wrapped shoebox filled with presents to make the festive season special.
Our church has been donating boxes since 2003 when 23 were given – last year that number had risen to 41 boxes.
If you are able to donate this year please bring your box along on Sundays 2nd, 9th or 16th November, and leave it on the table in the church hall.
Hats, Gloves and Scarves have been handknitted by a member of the congragation these are suitable for placing in the boxes and will be available for a small donation.
The Charity requests a donation of £3 towards their costs in getting the boxes to there final destination. Leaflets are available giving more details about all this. The leaflets also contain labels so that the correct recipient of the boxes can be assured. They say things like Boy aged 2 to 5.
You could also look at the website below for more details.
On Saturday 4th October We Celebrated 90 years in the Present Church Building. We started at 4.30 with a presentation entitled “A potted History of 157 years of Methodism in Hedge End. This Presentation was given by 4 Readers and was accompanied by slides.
The story was told of a group of people who first met to worship in a cottage in 1857. It was then decided to build a Chapel, in due course this Chapel became too small to accomodate all the Worshipers and the decision was made to build the present building which opened in 1924. We explored many aspects of the History of the Church including the role played by the Church during the second world War. The writer of this blog hopes to add a history page to this website in due course giving more details of the History of Hedge End Methodist Church.
We were pleased to have as our guests on this occasion 7 of our former Ministers, 6 of whom are pictured above with our current Minister the Rev. Arthur Cowburn. One of the Ministers who attended was our Minister in 1961. We received messages giving good wishes from another 3 of our former Ministers who were unable to be with us on this occasion. We were delighted that a regular member of our congragation was able to attend this celebration, who as a little girl came to the opening of the building in 1924.
In true Methodist Tradition we then went in to the Hall at the back of the Church where tea had been laid out for us all. We were able to enjoy Sandwiches. biscuits many different sorts of cakes and Tea or Coffee. Thanks were given to God for providing us with food, and to all the people who had helped to make this happy occasion possible.