On Sunday 21st September at 10.30 a.m. our Harvest Festival Service will be conducted by Don Skinner, a Methodist local Preacher. Harvest Festival marks the end of the main harvest Season. We give thanks to God for the crops that have been grown and celebrate the hard work involved in reaping them.
During the Service people will be given an opportunity to donate food to the Food Bank in Hedge End and St Dismas, a Charity that helps the Homeless.
More information about the food bank can be found at http://www.kccsouthampton.org/foodcentre/
if you wish to do this please bring a Tin or a Carton of Food with you. In the past the Charity has been given lots of Baked Beans so if you can another product would be appreciated. Donating is not compulsory you are very welcome to join us for the service whether or not you donate.
Harvest Festival is a lovely community event, which can be enjoyed by families, friends and occasional visitors. There will be an invitation to Tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.
Twice a year, Northam Methodist Church has ‘Caribbean’ events in recognition of the strong links that the community has with Islands. The Christmas Songs of Praise with a Steel Band is a packed event with a unique and colourful style of worship. Do attend if you can.
Each summer it has a ‘Caribbean Evening’ and the recent version was great fun. There were Poems read and jokes made and there was an ongoing easy banter between the audience and the presenters and also with the local Steel Band, whose rhythms were captivating and the range of tunes eclectic. Half way through we all left the packed small hall and went off for a huge buffet of Caribbean ‘small eats’ and refreshments and then brought our well filled plates back into the hall. There was much noisy chatter and gossip by the 40 or so in the audience at this time. The second half included more rhythms and vocals from the Steel Band, which was still raucous and lively and everybody ended up tapping their toes to the beats. Finally, we were all provided with a splendid hot curry supper dish ‘at seat’ and again there was much lively chatter. We all went away with happy memories of the event and the new characters we had met.
We should also remember that Northam only has 20 members yet they have many activities involving the local community AND they have a weekly House Group meeting [the only weekly one in the Circuit?] They deserve our support.
Recently we went to Shanklin one Sunday afternoon where Tim Dakin [of Radio Solent fame] was leading a ‘Songs of Praise’ service in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Shanklin Methodist Church. It was a traditional event when well known hymns were sung, interspersed many interesting quips and quotes from Tim.
Tim said he is invited regularly to Anniversary events; they rightly recognise the sacrifices of significant amounts of time and money invested by earlier generations and we should all be thankful for their efforts and celebrate their foresight and faith in the future. He warned us not to be too precocious though about the past; to survive in 2014, churches cannot be bound by traditions and attitudes such as ‘we have done it this way for many years’ and ‘we tried this once before and it failed’ – we all owe it both to those who went before and to the future generations to be innovative in our ways of worship in order to engage with the young and the old in our local communities; often people find conventional church events unattractive.
Do we in Hedge End share these views? Can we do more for the young and old in Hedge End??
On Thursday 25th September we will be holding our Awayday. All the congregation are invited to join together for a day of Study . Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided, but participants are asked to provide their own packed lunch. The Cost for the Day is £5.00 per Participant.
We will be starting at 10.30 a.m. and we expect to finish at approximately 4 p.m. To enable people without Transport to participate we will be meeting in St Johns Church just up the road from us (Rather than in the New Forest as we did last year). If you need to know the Postcode it is SO30 0BW.
The day will be lead by our New Minister the Rev. Arthur Cowburn the title for the day being “Why did the Lecturn cross the Chapel ?.
We look forward to a day of fellowship and fun – it will not all be serious!
Flyers giving more details of the day and how to book are now available from the front of the Church. If you would like to join us please return your booking form and the payment to a Steward by Sunday 21st September.
The Picture above shows some of the items produced at the last Awayday.
Nine of us met at the Woodmill car park during the evening of Thursday 7th August. We started by walking along the edge of the river Itchen at the Edge of the Park, where we saw about 15 ducks all sat on a log. We walked up to the old bridge, and then we then went through a wood. We saw the remains of a lock on the Itchen Navigation which was built as a Canal about 300 years ago. We carried on until we reached the Mansbridge Reservoir which had a lot of Waterlilies on it. We went a different way back to the bridge near the beginning of the walk and turned right. This took us past some houses until we came to the South Stoneham Church. According to the sign some of the the Church dates back to the 12th Century. We looked at the different sorts of stonework on the building and the signs on their memorial gardens. We then walked back along the road for a while, and along a small path until we got to the Canoe centre on the otherside of the Road from where we had parked the cars. We enjoyed the sunshine and the opportunity to explore some of the History of the area. Thank you to those people who kindly led us on the Walk.
During the Evening of Wednesday 16th July, 18 of us met in the Swanwick Shore Car Park. We strolled along the River in the direction of Warsash, enjoying a cooling breeze while we walked. We saw lots of ducks who were swimming in a straight line, and a Llama which was in a field with a small pony. We walked through the Universal Boatyard, and saw many large yachts including some which seemed to be in a multistorey boat park. After about half an hour we stopped at a Bridge for a while, and had a sweet each. We then returned to the Car Park the same way that we had come. Our thanks to those people who had arranged the Walk. It was good to enjoy the Scenery whilst enjoying fellowship together.
As it is seventy years since D Day this year. As part of the Carnival Celebrations Hedge End Methodist Church will be reopening the “Forces Cafe” which originally was in the Schoolroom at the Back of the Church between August and November 1940, and from 1942 to 1944.
The Canteen was commerated in 2005 which was the 60th Anniversary of the end of the second World War when a Brass Plaque was presented to the Church by Hedge End Town Council and put up over the Kitchen Hatch.
We will be serving refreshments between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday 5th July, The Carnival Procession starts at 2.15.
More Details of all the exciting events in Carnival Week can be found at
Money raised by the Carnival Committee is pledged to charities and organisations local to Hedge End.
During the Morning of Saturday 14th June 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 of “The Feast”. You will need to come along to find out more of what that is about. 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. Last Months session was based around the story of Moses and the Burning bush. April’s session was Easter; a picture of some of what was made at the Easter session is shown above.
More information can be found on the Jammy Church Facebook page.
In 2014 Hedge End Methodist Church is celebrating 90 years in its current building. The first Methodists in Hedge End started meeting in 1857. The present building was opened in 1924. The main celebrations will take place over the weekend of 4th and 5th October. We will start on the Saturday with a presentation entitled “A potted History of 157 years of Methodism in Hedge End. This will be followed by an Anniversary Tea. Entry to the Tea will be by invitation or ticket only to make sure that we have got the right amount of food. We are pleased that several people who have previously been involved with our Church have already told us they are able to attend. We look forward to seeing them again. On Sunday we will be holding an Anniversary Service at our usual time of 10.30 a.m. We will be posting further information on this event nearer the time, and afterwards so you can see what we have been up to.
On Saturday 7th June Dennis and Diane are taking part in a Sponsored Walk in Aid of Action for Children. The Walk is from Barton on Sea to Milford on Sea, and back again, approximately 6 miles. If you are interested in sponsoring them please speak to a Church Member to be introduced.
More details of the Walk can be found at http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/media/9013712/Step-Out-Walks-2014.pdf.
Action for Children was originally started by a Methodist Minister and two friends in 1869. It was formally known as National Children Homes. More details about Action for Childrens Work can be found at http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/