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Northam Caribbean Evening 2018


Northam Methodist Church Caribbean Evening 2015

On Saturday 21st  July at 7 p.m.   Our Friends at Northam Methodist Church will be holding their Caribbean evening.  Several of us have attended this event in past years and it is good fun.  Music is provided by the “Harbour Lights Steel Band” and there is a buffet meal.  Tickets are available at a cost of £6.

previous articles on this site about this event are at

Caribbean Evening

Caribbean Evening

Caribbean Flavours

If you would like to order tickets online  to be picked up and paid for on the day please fill in the form below and your request will be passed onto them. Please do so by Wednesday 18th July  so that catering can be sorted.










The Tower of Babel


The theme for Jammy Church on Saturday 9th June is the Tower of Babel. This story can be found in the Old Testament in the book of Genesis Chapter 11 verses 1 to 9.

Jammy Church is an activity session for children, their families and the young at heart.  Each session is based on a particular Theme.

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. If you wish to stay for the food please try to come before 11 a.m. so we can get our catering correct.

More information can be found on the Jammy Church Facebook page.

New Chairs

The New Chairs arrived on Wednesday. As you can see from the pictures  they are colour co-ordinated with the walls.  We think these should ensure a comfortable sitting experience for everyone.  Some of the chairs have arms and some are fitted with “Nets” for the Hymn books, bibles, service books.  As these chairs stack it will also be possible to move them around as appropriate for events such as the “Christmas Fayre”.

Our thanks to everyone who was involved in organising the New Chairs, and the refurbishment which has been taking place over the last few weeks such as the painting of the walls and the varnishing of the floors.

Christmas Fayre Date and Recipe Request

Our Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday 3rd November from to 2 p.m. We would be pleased if you could put this date in your diaries.  We are finalising the stalls at the moment, It is likely they will include many of the stalls which we had a couple of weeks ago, some of the visiting  stallholders have already asked to attend again.

It is intended  to produce a Church recipe book for sale at this event.  We are grateful to those of you who have already given us recipes but we would like some more please  they can be starter, main course, dessert, cake, bread, snacks, BBQ, cooking tips etc etc. Children are also welcome to take part. More than one recipe is acceptable.
You may either send the recipes electronically using the form below or hand recipes to the Church Stewards. For more details please see the previous blog Church Recipe Book

Thank you for your help.


Winter Wonderland Carnival


On Saturday 7th July Hedge End Carnival will be taking place. Our church family will be taking part in it. The Carnival has been running since 1921 and raises money for good causes local to Hedge End.

Last year the theme for our entry was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, for which we received a first prize. The year before the theme was “Noah’s Ark”. In 2015 it was “All things bright and beautiful for which we were awarded a cup for our walking group.

This year the overall theme for the Carnival is “Winter Wonderland” we have decided to depict “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” which is a children’s story by C.S. Lewis who is well known for his Christian writing. We are looking into the possibility of having a float, rather than the Bus, as a float would make us more visible. If you happen to know anyone who has suitable transport please let us know.

If you wish to join us it would be great. This is not just for the children in the church; or only those people who attend Sunday morning worship, it is for everyone. People who attend any activity associated with the Church are welcome to take part.

If you wish to take part in the procession please let us know, so that we can get an idea of numbers (we need to give the carnival committee an idea of how many people we have) and work out the logistics, so all goes smoothly on the day.If you wish to help beforehand we will be making banners etc in the Hall during the evening of Monday 18th June.

We will be having a stall on the Show Ground where the carnival procession ends and hold a Children’s “Jammy type” event there as we did last year. This was appreciated by the public and good fun was had by all. If there are enough people available on the day we also hope to serve people tea and coffee outside the Church as we did in 2016, but this depends if we get enough volunteers as we do not wish to deplete the procession in order to do this.

The Carnival is an excellent opportunity to all have a good time, whilst telling the people of Hedge End and further afield that we are here, and that God is important to us, and for them. This is part of our continuing outreach into the Community.

Coffee Morning Womens World Day of Prayer


As a replacement for the  Women’s World Day of Prayer Service in March , which was cancelled because of the Snow, Churches together in Hedge End and Botley  have organised a coffee morning. They say

We would like to invite you all to a coffee morning on Friday 18th May at the Underhill Centre, St John’s Church Hedge End from 10.30am-12.30pm.While enjoying homemade cakes and cookies, tea & coffee,we will use the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the women of Suriname who prepared the service,and to show our support for their efforts in protecting the rainforest which helps to protect us from the dire effects of climate change. Please come and bring friends and family members. There is no charge,but donations will be gratefully received for the charities supported by the WWDP.

The chosen country for the 2019 service is Slovenia”.

Brigades Award and Display Evening 2018

On Wednesday 23rd May at 6.30 p.m. the Boys and Girls Brigades will be holding their Display and Awards Evening. There will be a display which normally consists of various sketches, Music and Singing. This is followed by the presentation of Badges and Awards. The awarding is usually  done by the respective district commisioners  of the Brigades.  Anyone who is interested in seeing what the Brigades do is invited to attend. It is possible that as part of the display we may see the “Bucket drumming” for which they won a cup earlier in the year.

Ascension Jammy

The Theme for Jammy Church on Saturday 12th May is Ascension when we think about the body of Jesus being taken up to Heaven.  According to the Bible this happened 40 days after the Resurrection. The Biblical references to this can be found in the book of Acts chapter 1.

Jammy Church takes place between 10.30  a.m and 12.30 p.m. and is our once monthly   activity session for children, their families and the young at heart.  All are welcome.   There will be informal Worship, 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 pictures above were taken at last months Jammy Church “Paul on the Road to Damascus”.


Thy Kingdom Come


There will be a Global Prayer  initiative taking place between Ascension and Pentecost (10th to 20th May).  This initiative is supported by the Methodist Church.  The aim of this initiative is that it “Prompts people to pray that more people might know Jesus”.  Some Resources to support this  have been produced by the Methodist Church.  More details can be found at

and also in the Spring 2018 issue of the connexion magazine.  Copies of this magazine can usually be found in the front vestibule of the church.