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Womens World Day of Prayer

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This Service is run by Churches together in Hedge End and Botley as part of the Women’s World day of prayer. The idea of Women’s 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 Suriname . In  recent years the Women of The Phillipines, Cubu, The  Bahamas and Egypt have arranged the service. The Women’s 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

http://www.wwdp.org.uk/

This years service will take place at All Saints Church Botley on Friday 2nd March  starting at 7.30 p.m.

The Theme for the service is “All God’s Creation is very good”.

All are invited to attend  including Men.

In preparation for the service a bible study will take place at St Johns Church on Monday 12th February starting at 10.15 and finishing around 1 p.m. The Study will be led by Deacon Carole Smith.   If you wish to attend please bring a packed lunch with you.

The Picture above is the programme for last years service.

 

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Circuit Prayer Breakfast

On Saturday 3rd February 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.

January Broader Horizons

The first “Broader Horizons ” of 2018 will take place on Sunday 21st January at 7 p.m. in the church. 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.

Rev Valerie Chapman who was our minister from  1991 to 1995  will be the interviewee on this occasion. She says that we will hear about an unlikely journey to where she is today

These meetings are informal in style and start with Tea and Coffee.  The previous meetings have been very interesting and have stimulated many different discussions.

Called by name

The All Age Worship and Parade service on Sunday 14th January (at 10.30) has the  theme ‘Called by name’ and will be led by Alison Judd with help from Brigade members, the band, and Deacon Carole Smith.
Alison Writes “There are three long words sometimes used to describe God, and all begin with the letter ‘O’. Omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent (meaning all knowing, always present, all powerful).  And yet this amazing God knows us as individuals. God calls us by name.  God has great things in store for those who listen and respond.”
All are welcome, come along  and experience the service.

Jammy Tots Stay and Play is starting

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We are pleased to announce an addition to the “Jammy Family” On Thursday 11th January the first Jammy Tots Stay and Play will take place. Starting at 1 p.m until 2.45.

This event will then continue every Thursday afternoon (during term time).

There will be a charge of £1.50 (each week)  per family which includes hot drinks for adults and drink and healthy snack for children.

For More details see

https://www.facebook.com/jammytotsstayandplay/

All Tots and there families are welcome.

Exploring Epiphany

The Theme for Jammy Church on Saturday 13th January is Epiphany. This is the name given to the Arrival of the Magi (or the three kings) to see Jesus. This event takes place in the hall at the back of the church between 10.30 and 12.30 in the morning.

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

The session will include informal worship, 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 have Lunch with us it would be appreciated if you could arrive before 11. a.m. so that we can get the catering right.

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

https://www.facebook.com/JammyChurch

 

Covenant Service 2018

This years Covenant Service will take place on Sunday 7th January 2018 at our usual time of 10.30. a.m. .  For those of you who are not familiar what a Covenant Service means an explanation is below.  This description was  originally written by our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn .

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. 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 ?

“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) 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 ?

Jammy Light and Hannkkah

The photographs above were taken at yesterdays Jammy Church when the theme was Light and Hannkkah.  There were lots of craft activities, and the worship was accompanied by the “Jammy Band” for the first time. Hannkkah is a Jewish Festival which includes the special shaped lamp which is illustrated in the first picture. It was said during the morning that we need to enjoy Christmas without getting distracted from cellebrating the birth of Jesus.

The morning concluded with a festive meal for over 50 people.  Our thanks to everyone who uses there time and talents to make Jammy Church possible, including the Puppeters , the cooks and the  lady who kindly sends in the pictures for this blog.

There will be more activities in our Church in  the run up to Christmas for further details see

Christmas 2017