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/
This Event will take place on Wednesday 21st May at 6.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come along and see what the Brigades have been up to.
To give you an idea of what to expect an article about last years Awards evening is below.
During the Evening of Wednesday 3rd July, Relatives and Friends of the Boys and Girls Brigades attended the Annual Display and Awards Evening. This was an opportunity for us all to see what the Brigades had been up to during the last year, and congratulate them on the Badges they had achieved. We were pleased to welcome the Boys Brigade Battalion President, to present the Awards.
Our thanks to all who where involved in this enjoyable event.
To see more about the Brigades please look at the Pages section to the Right of this post.
The New Music Makers have several concerts coming up shortly.
22nd May at St Marks Church Woolston
30th May 7.30 p.m. at Thornden Hall Chandlers Ford
6th June at Netley
7th June 2.30 p.m. at The Berry Theatre Hedge End.
The New Music Makers practice their singing in Hedge End Methodist Church on a Thursday Evening.
More details about them and there concerts can be found at:-
On Saturday 3rd May we will be holding our Spring Fayre.
There will be many stalls including Plants, Books, Cakes, Crafts, Cards, Woodwork, Fruit Veg and Preserves, Gifts. We will also be holding some Raffles including one for a Hamper. Refreshments will be available, there will be an opportunity to play some Games. The Fayre starts at 10.30 a.m. and will go on until about 1.00 p.m. Admission is 50p per Adult and is free for Children. We would be delighted if you came to see us during the Morning. (The Pictures were taken at a previous Fayre).
We started on Friday Night by Hosting this years Womans World Day of Prayer. This years event material was prepared by the Women of Egypt; next year it will be arranged by Women from The Bahamas. This event is arranged so that during the 24 hours an almost identical service is held in many places and countries in the World. We were pleased to be able to host this service, the hosting of which is shared between the churches in the Hedge End Area, so it tends to be our turn every eight years or so. We welcomed our friends from the other Churches to our Church on this occasion. Our thanks to everyone who organised or helped in anyway to make this interesting service possible.
On Saturday we held our childrens event, “Jammy Church” which we hold every second Saturday of the Month. This is an opportunity to think about the Stories in the Bible whilst enjoying yourself doing Craft activities and Eating. This is mainly aimed at families, although the young at heart are very welcome. Saturdays Theme was the story of the Disabled Man who was lowered through the Roof on his mattress so that he got to see Jesus.
When we entered the Church on Sunday we could see that some people had been very busy on Saturday. This was because the front few rows of Pews had been removed and replaced with Chairs. This should make it a lot easier for people with difficulties to sit down comfortably. We would like to thank the Church that wanted to get rid of their chairs and wanted some more Pews. It was good to be able to do a straight swop with them. We are grateful to the Church Council and everyone else involved in arranging this.
The Sunday Service was taken by Deacon Brian Purchase on the Theme of Salt and Light. Some Volunteers got to light some Candles and everyone was given some Crisps to Eat. We were encouraged to think about the theme of bringing light to other people during our normal lives following the service. We were pleased to welcome the Girls and Boys Brigade to this service, and the District officer of the Girls Brigade who presented Gemma with her badge to become an Officer of the Girls Brigade.
The Hedge End Service as part of this International initiative will be be held in Hedge End Methodist Church on Friday 7th March at 7.30 p.m. This years Service has been arranged by the Women of Egypt and the theme is “Streams in the Desert”. The speaker is Alison Judd, Area President of Methodist Woman in Britain. Light Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the Service. All are very welcome to attend this service including men.