On Saturday 6th July we will be hosting the Circuit Prayer Breakfast between 8.30 and 10.00 a.m. I am not sure of the exact Menu but in the past we have had Fruit Juice, Cereals, Toast , with Tea and Coffee. This will take place in the Hall rather than the Church itself. This is part of the series of monthly prayer Breakfasts being hosted in turn by the Churches in the Southampton Circuit.
These events are described in the circuit plan as a time of fellowship over a meal, worship, Listening to Gods word, Prayers as the Lord leads.
Everyone is welcome.
If you wish you could make a day of it and stay for the Carnival, for details of the Carnival please see
Musical Hedge End Carnival 2019
On Thursday 20th June some of us went to St James Road Methodist Church in Shirley Southampton for the Southampton District sharing day of MWIB ( Methodist Women in Britain). We discussed and learnt about a lot of different ideas during the day some of which are described in the following paragraphs.
The theme for the day was “changing world – unchanging Mission” and the guest speaker was Carolyn Lawrence the World Federation of Methodist Women Area officer. She said that the World has changed and will continue to do so, but there will always be a need for Christian mission in the world. We discussed the differences in the Church and society today from the Church in 1900. We also read some bible passages which were relevant to change and mission including Ephesians 4. We were shown a chart called the Engel Scale, which had 16 stages showing how people journey from not knowing God to evangelising themselves.
We also heard from Hilary Evans the Vice President of MWIB who will be appointed president at the Methodist Conference at the end of the month. Hilary introduced herself and spoke about her visit to Mexico during April.
There will be a new District Partnership for 2019 and 2020 which is a linkage with the Women of Fiji arranged by the Global relationships section of the Methodist Church. It is hoped to work in partnership with the people of Nabuna and Vanuakula villages in Fiji to jointly raise enough money for a fibreglass boat for each village. This is to assist in flood rescue as the villages are being flooded much more frequently than in the past due to climate change.
We were also pleased to have the chance to catch up with friends, and make new friends from many different geographical areas as the Southampton District stretches into Dorset.
The next MWIB Southampton District event is a “Celebration day” which will take place in Romsey Methodist Church on Saturday 12th October.
More about WMIB can be found on their website at
Blogs about visits to previous MWIB days can be found at
M.W.I.B. Visit to Verwood
Amazing MWIB at Romsey
District Celebration Portchester
On Saturday 6th July Hedge End Carnival will be taking place. The Carnival has been running since 1921 and raises money for good causes local to Hedge End. This year the overall theme for the Carnival is “Musicals” Last year our church had a stall on the showground (also known as Greta park) where we handed out cold drinks, gave out information about the Churches many different events, services and organisations, and gave people a chance to do various craft activities. We also served tea, coffee and cold drinks in the forecourt of the Church at the start of the procession.
We would like to be able to do this again this year, therefore we would be grateful for some help. If you can give us your time on the day, or are able to provide us with cakes or biscuits (Preferably the sort that do not mind being stored outside for a while) please can you let us know.
We would really like to be able to take part in the procession itself in 2020, (as we did in 2015 to 2017 ) people of all ages would be welcome for this so please can you seriously consider making sure you are free on Saturday 4th July 2020. We intend getting hold of some sort of vehicle so if you do not feel you can walk that far you should still be able to take part.
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.
We would like to thank many members of the Church for their ongoing support with this venture.
For more about the carnival please visit their website
On Saturday 22nd June we will be holding our Awayday at Shirrell Heath Methodist Church. Members of the congregation and Friends of the Church are invited to join together for a day of Study . The theme of the day is ” A Vision for Hedge End” and we will be lead by our Minister Rev Arthur Cowburn. The day will be suitable for participants of all ages. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided, but participants are asked to provide their own packed lunch.
We will be starting at 10.30 a.m. and we expect to finish at approximately 3.30 p.m. Shirrell Heath Methodist Church is approximately 7 miles from our Church the full address is High Street, Shirrell Heath, Southampton, S032 2JN.
We look forward to a day of fellowship and fun – it will not all be serious!
If you have any questions please ask the church stewards, please also speak to them if you need or would be able to offer a lift. To help with the arrangements it would be helpful if you can let the stewards know that you are attending beforehand.
On Saturday 8th June we held an extended “Jammy Church” which included a visit from MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) who brought there Plane with them.
Despite the somewhat wet and windy weather the many visitors and regulars to the Church had a good time whilst raising awareness of and money for MAF. As well as the Plane MAF bought a flight simulator which was enjoyed with various degrees of success, a few crashes occurred and virtual trees were run into. Thee were also various Craft activities available for people to try.
More about MAF can be found at
The event was visited by a reporter from Radio Solent who interviewed Maggie from the Church and Kevin from MAF whilst sat in the cockpit of the plane. This was broadcast during the Tim Daykin show on Sunday morning. If you would like to listen to this broadcast a link is below, (Please note you will need to sign into the BBC in order to listen to this, although you can look at the picture without signing in).
Our Thanks to those people from MAF and from the Church who worked hard to make this event possible.
Just before Easter we started a new initiative called Community Connexions this is an opportunity to come and meet others and enjoy activities together. This takes place on a Tuesday in the Church (not the Hall) between 1.30 and 3.30 in the afternoon. At present this activity runs during school term time only. Activities available include Games, Puzzles, Crafts, Quiz or you can just read the paper. It is a chance to chat, enjoy a drink, and a snack in a relaxed and friendly environment.
You are welcome to just turn up on a Tuesday but if you would like further information please contact Maggie or Carole on
The next Jammy church on Saturday 8th June, will have a different format than usual as we are lucky enough to have a visit from MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) who will be bringing there full size Cessna Plane!. Also a flight simulator will be available. There will be various family activities throughout the day, and a Barbeque. The event will run from 10.30 a.m .to 3 .00 p.m.
Everyone is welcome, please can children be accompanied.
More about the Plane and the various activities can be found on MAF website at
and general information about MAF can be found at
More about Jammy Church can be found at
On Tuesday 18th June 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.
More about the brigades can be found at
or on the twitter site
On Sunday 19th May at 7 p.m. in the Church the next “Broader Horizons” will take place. The Guest will be Rev Janice Cowburn who is an Hospital Chaplain at Southampton General Hospital. We have been holding these events on the 3rd Sunday of most months for over two years now.
The focus of these evenings is to interview Christians ‘Parkinson style’ to hear of their faith and relationship with God, and how, in their professional roles, they have had cause to rely on God. these meetings are fairly informal and usually start with hot drinks and biscuits.The previous meetings have been very interesting and have stimulated many different discussions.