Our First Easter Event will be an Easter Themed Jammy Church which will take place on Saturday 12th March between 10.30 and 12.30 p.m. For more details about what Jammy Church is please see
or look at the Jammy Church Blog posts below.
There will be several events and services over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. i.e. between Maundy Thursday (24th March ) and Easter Sunday 27th March). These are detailed below.
Service of Light and Darkness also known as Tenebrae
This will take place at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (24th March).The service includes communion. This service will be conducted by Rev. Geoffrey Scarlett
The Organisation “Churches together in Hedge End ” Hold a Walk of Witness at 11.p.m. starting in the Centre of Hedge End. Near the Co-operative store.
For more details about Churches together see
During the Service at 10.30 a.m. on Easter Sunday we will be creating a Floral Easter Cross. This will be similar to one we made in a previous year which is depicted above. If you would like to contribute to this please feel free to bring a few flowers with you to the service. This Service will be conducted by Rev. Geoffrey Scarlett. We will be thinking about Mary and Peter looking for Jesus.
The Church Rambling group will be celebrating 25 years of existence this year. It has decided to rename itself the “Walk and Talk ” group as nowadays they no longer ramble but walk along avoiding steep slopes and Stiles.
The Proposed dates for the walks in 2016 have now been published. Most Walks include a Lunch as well. If it rains hard the Walkers just enjoy the Lunch.
The Proposed Dates for the Walks are below.
Monday 28th March
Saturday 28th May
Thursday 16th June Evening
Tuesday 5th July all day
Thursday 21st July Evening
Thursday 4th August Evening
Thursday 18th August Evening
Monday 29th August
Saturday 17th September
Saturday 22nd October
Monday 2nd January 2017
You are welcome to join us.Please look in the Paper Church Notices nearer the time for details of meeting places and who to contact.
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Come and enjoy a Quiz evening on Friday 22nd April, 6.45 for 7.00 p.m. prompt start in the social hall (side entrance). Either make up a team of up to 6 or come as an individual and join a team on the night. The evening will include a Fish and Chip Supper. So we can get the correct amount of Fish and Chips it will be necessary to purchase a ticket at a cost of £10 per person. For tickets please speak to the person named on the Posters in the Church or leave a message on 07773498214 Please order by the Sunday before so we can make plans or you may not get any supper. Please come and show us what you know.
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.
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
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.
On 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.
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.
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.