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Christmas 2017

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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. Please note that we will be joining our friends at Woolston Methodist Church for their Christmas morning service so there will not be a service at Hedge End on this day. Several people from Woolston joined our service last year.  We hope to see some of you there.

Christmas Lunch

This will take place on Sunday  3rd  December starting at 12.30. The meal will cost £10, any proceeds will go to Church Funds. The Menu consists of Roast Turkey, two types of Potatoes and Vegetables. Followed by a choice of Christmas Pudding, Apple Pie or Cheese and Biscuits.  Booking forms are now available, and need to be returned by 26th November to faciliate Catering Arrangements . .Sorry we can only feed people on the day who have booked.

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December ”Jammy  Church”

The Theme for Jammy Church in December will be “Light and Hanukkah. We will be  Crafting, Worshipping ,Watching the Puppets  and eating between 10.30 and 12.30 on Saturday 9th 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 https://www.facebook.com/JammyChurch

Sunday Christmas Celebration

On Sunday 3rd 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 17th 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.

Midnight Service

This service will commence at 11.30 p.m. on Christmas Eve (24th December) and will be led by Rev. Arthur Cowburn and will include Communion.

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Novembers Broader Horizons

On Sunday 19th November at 7 p.m. in the Church the next “Broader Horizons will take place.  The Guest will be Martin Cooper former director of the Navigators.  According to their website the Navigators is “an international, interdenominational Christian  ministry  established in 1933. our motto is to know Christ and make him known.” more can be found on their website at

https://www.navigators.org/

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.

 

 

John the Baptist

Our next Jammy Church will take place on Saturday 11th November  between 10.30 and 12.30 in the morning.when we will be exploring the story of John the Baptist.

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.

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

https://www.facebook.com/JammyChurch

The Pictures above were taken at Octobers Jammy Church when the Wedding at Cana was explored.

Our Christmas Fayre is soon

We have been making preparations for our Christmas Fayre. There has  been (or will be soon) baking, Chutney and Jam making, plant potting, sorting etc going on.

The Fayre will take place on Saturday  4th November between 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m .

The stalls will include

Plants (Perennials, Winter Planters, Potted Indoor/outdoor spring bulbs etc
Books and Toys
Potty Peggy’s Crafts. – for more details see https://en-gb.facebook.com/pottypeggyscrafts/
Cards
Refreshments
Craft Stall
Raffle and Tombola
Beaded Gifts
Christmas Gifts
Christmas Plates
Cakes and Preserves

The event is in Aid of Church Funds.

There is no charge for admission for this event so why not come along and see what we have to offer. We would be delighted to see you.

For previous posts on this subject please see

Christmas Fayre

Poster for Christmas Fayre

Operation Christmas Child 2017

Every year the Samaritans Purse charity invites people of all ages to fill a shoe box with gifts. The charity then arranges for these boxes to be delivered by hand by local overseas partners to some of the poorest children in the world – regardless of their nationality, political or religious background.

If you are able to donate a box please take an instruction leaflet from the front of the church. Ready decorated flat pack boxes are available, Please ask the Stewards.

Please bring your filled boxes to church on either 5, 12 or 19 November and leave it on the table in the hall. Bring joy and a smile to a needy child this Christmas.
Our church has been donating boxes since 2003 when 23 were given one year we managed to send  41 boxes.

You could also look at the website below for more details.

www.samaritans-purse.org.uk
www.operationchristmaschild.org.uk

Thank you.

Wedding at Cana

Walking on Water - May '17 (29)

The next Jammy Church will take place on Saturday 14th October when the theme will be the Wedding at Cana when Jesus turned the water into wine. This activity takes place 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.

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.

https://www.facebook.com/JammyChurch

The Picture above was taken at a previous Jammy Church when the theme was Walking on Water.

October Broader Horizons

Please note that the interviewee for this broader Horizons will now be Rev Geoffrey Scarlett who is known to many of us, and has written poems which are elsewhere on this site.  This is because Rev. Les Judd is unwell at present.  All the other details of the meeting remain the same.

Our next Broader Horizons meeting will be on Sunday 15th October at 7 p.m.  The Interviewee on this occasion will be Rev Les Judd. who is personally known to many of us.  As a taster to the evening the next paragraph is a short biography which Les has written .

Les, grew up in Birmingham, though he was born in S. Wales. He  candidated for the Methodist  ministry after spending  5 years as an electrical estimator, and was ordained in 1972. He has served the church in the USA, having a pastorate in Ohio and on the prairies in North Dakota,  as well as 3 short exchanges of pulpits. In Britain he has worked in churches in the North East to the south of the country, and he actually ‘sat down’ the Methodist term for ministerial retirement,  while serving the church in the Caribbean. He enjoys reading, struggling with theology, and walking,  and takes delight in his wife’s global ministry.

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

Pictures of 2017 Harvest

Above are some pictures taken at the end of the Harvest Festival  service this morning.  The pictures show the goods which were donated this morning and during yesterdays Jammy Church session.  The displays also include pictures and other objects made during Jammy Church yesterday.  The goods donated will be given to the Basics Bank and St Dismas, a Charity that helps the Homeless.