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Womans World Day of Prayer 2016

This Service is run by Churches together in Hedge End and Botley as part of the Womans World day of prayer. The idea of Womans 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 Cuba. In  recent years the Women of the Bahamas and Egypt have arranged the service. The Womans 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 7.30 p.m. on Friday 4th March at the “Our Lady of the Assumption”the Roman Catholic Church in Freegrounds road Hedge End. The Church will be open from 6.15 p.m. with a welcome cafe. All are invited to attend  including Men. The Theme for the service is” Receive Children. Receive Me.

The Speaker is Mrs Alison Judd who is an area officer for Methodist Woman in Brtain.


Visit by Bible Society



On Sunday 31st January as part of the Sunday Service we will be visited by Mr Eric Stevens who will be talking about one of our church charities, the Bible Society.

Also, Eric will be bringing publicity material as well as greeting cards from his “Art for Bibles Gallery” – all proceeds of which will go to the Bible Society.  These will be left in the hall for people to peruse after the service.

The Bible Society basic aims are to make the Bible available to anyone who wishes to read it throughout the World. They achieve this by giving out Bibles, and Translating the Bible into the Languages used in each individual country. They also use the Bible as a resource to teach people to read.

The above is a very  brief resume of their aims For More details about the Bible Society Please see  there website

February Jammy



On Saturday 13th February between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. we will be holding our next Jammy Church. During the morning we will be exploring Psalm 23 which starts with the lines

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Jammy Church is our once monthly  activity session for children, their families and the young at heart.    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.

The Picture above is from the January Jammy which was on creation.

Our Thanks to everyone who works so hard to make Jammy possible every Month, including the lovely lady who takes the pictures.

First Jammy Church 2016


Hedge End Methodists Jammy May 2015 #3On Saturday 9th January we will be holding our next Jammy Church. This event will take place between 10.30 and 12.30 p.m.

We shall be thinking about ” The Creation”. Whilst doing so we in turn will be creating by taking part in the various crafting and other Activities. Food will also be being created which many people will get a chance to eat.

Jammy Church is our once monthly  activity session for children, their families and the young at heart. . 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.

The Picture above was taken at a previous Jammy Church.

Dementia Awareness



We are pleased to report that Hedge End Methodist Church has become a member of  Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance. More details about the scheme can be found on there website at.

This is part of our Aim  to become a Dementia Friendly Church.

We wish to do this in response to the increasing numbers of people, and their families in the country who are affected by various Dementia problems.  It is often the families, and especially the main carers who have to bear the consequences and distress of dementia, and need our love and care as a people of God through this difficult journey

In August Hedge End Town Council launched there Dementia awareness initiative amongst the shops, which involved people working in the shops becoming Dementia Friends. This means that they recognise some folks may have this illness and try to support them and their families.

As a church we have begun the process of thinking about what we should be doing. As part of our improvements to church property we are already thinking about the needs of the elderly, and those with special needs, to ensure they move around the church safely, which overlaps well with those who may have difficulties as a result of dementia. Signage is important and at the moment we are in the process of improving our signage

Training and awareness is also very important in understanding how to respond and support those with Dementia and the needs of their carers. We are gradually all learning about this starting by Reading a booklet called Six key steps to making a dementia friendly church. We hope that eventually everyone in the Church will have access to this information. In time we hope to set up a board with information for anyone who enters the building to see.

Covenant Service 17th January

Our Minister  Rev’d Arthur Cowburn has written an Article describing the Covenant service. It can be found below.

The Covenant Service has been part of Methodism from the very beginning although, contrary to popular belief, it isn’t a Methodist invention. John Wesley’s original service came from the works of Richard and Joseph Alleine which were from the Puritan tradition of pastoral care and spiritual guidance. Wesley invited his people to share in this service on an annual basis although the timing varied between the beginning of the Methodist year in September and the Calendar Year in January.

The purpose of the service was to remember God’s enduring love for us and to recommit ourselves to God whatever that might mean for our lives. The words of the original Covenant Prayer were something like a marriage as it involved each person taking Christ as “my Head and Husband, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, for all times and conditions, to love, honour and obey thee before all others, and this to the death”. Although the Wesleyan Methodists retained the tradition of an Annual Covenant Service, the other strands of Methodism celebrated it only occasionally or in some cases not at all and it was only in 1932 with Methodist Union that it once again became an annual event for all Methodists.

It is a service which many people love but which is often quite poorly attended. This may be down to it usually being on the first Sunday of the year whilst people are still on holiday for or recovering from Christmas. This year we have moved the Covenant Service to Sunday 17 January to see if that makes a difference. I used to think that some older folk may have belonged to those traditions that didn’t have the covenant service pre 1932 but that excuse is fast disappearing. Or is it that the words are just too difficult for some of us ? in the 1936 and 1974 services e say with the change of “You” for “thou”:

Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will: put me to doing, put me to suffering: let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you, let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing: I freely and wholeheartedly (heartily 1936) yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.”

Half of these clauses are all right but the other half can be a struggle and yet if we believe that our God is all loving ought we not to be able to trust God and say them ?

I look forward to seeing you on 17 January so that as a church we can commit ourselves to God’s loving and faithful service.

Happy New Year 2016

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 2016, some of which are described below.

The first Sunday service will be on the 3rd of January with Vicky Green.

Jammy Church our Fun sessions for all the family will be continuing on the second Saturday of every Month.

We will be taking part in Hedge End Carnival on Saturday 2nd July.

We would be delighted to see you, at these events please keep looking to see what we are getting up to.

Advent and Christmas 2015

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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.

Christmas Lunch

This will take place on Sunday 6th 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 22nd 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 12th  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

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Sunday Christmas Celebration

On Sunday 13th December at our usual time of 10.30 a.m. Rev Arthur Cowburn will be leading our Sunday Service. This service will be for people of all ages and will include a Christmas based activity.

Carol Service

This will take place in the Church on Sunday 20th 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.

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Christmas Eve “Midnight Service”

This will take place at 11.30 P.M. on Thursday 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 Friday 25th December. The short service will be conducted by Rev. Les Judd. We celebrate the coming of the Christ Child, lightheartedly and with Joy on this special day.

Rememberance Sunday 2015

Today (8th 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. We welcomed Rosemary Minett who took a service of rememberance with us.  As part of the service Rosemary spoke about the fact that so many people expected God to stop all horrible things and asked her and many other Christians “Why has God allowed that to happen”.  She thought that God did not want any of these things to happen any more than we did but it was a consquence of giving people freewill.

The service included the usual two minutes silence, and also included a poem written by a member of the congragation which explored the fact that it was now over 100 years since the First World War and that they hoped in  1914 of the end of all wars and how it does not seem to have happenned yet.

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 Boys and Girls 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.

Whilst we were thinking about rememberance in Hedge End our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn was taking part in  the Service in Eastleigh Town Centre. This was in has capacity as Chaplain to the Eastleigh Mayor Counciller Jane Welsh. He will also be taking part in  a service at the Military Cemetary in Netley this afternoon

Do not Hide your Light

On Saturday  14th November we will be holding our next Jammy Church. This event will take place between 10.30 and 12.30 p.m.

We shall be thinking about “the lamp under the bushel” as mentioned in Matthew and Lukes Gospels.

Jammy Church is our once monthly  activity session for children, their families and the young at heart.    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.