On Saturday 11th June the theme of Jammy Church is “Disciples, the calling of the Fisherman”. This Activity will take place between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. People of all ages are welcome to come along and join in with Craft Activities and worship related to the theme above. Please ensure that an Adult stays with all children. We finish the mornings activities with Lunch. There is no charge for attending, but if you wish a box is available to make a donation.
.More information can be found on the Jammy Church Facebook page.
News from Graham
I arrived back in Nairobi 9 days ago. The flight was good and bad. The good news was that I had a surprise upgrade to Business Class – very nice. Next to me was an elderly African who, I discovered, was not a Kenyan and he spoke no English. However, I did discover he spoke Arabic so I was able to practice my rusty Arabic – the vocabulary comes back quite quickly – even interpreted between him and the Stewardess about his IFE system – he wanted sport and football and she was offering ancient films! At Nairobi BA had moved terminal and when I got out, it was pouring buckets, there was no shelter and the driver had gone to the former terminal. Took about 25 minutes for him to arrive by which time I was like an unhappy and thoroughly drenched rat! Never mind.
It was good to be back at Lavington. The guest preacher was Canon Rosemary Obongo who I had heard before. Heard is the word – she speaks VERY loudly and enthusiastically and it would play absolute havoc with our loop system! She is the Diocesan Secretary and the Anglicans had elected a new Archbishop the previous day so the Super took the opportunity to publicly congratulate them and to request that he preached at LUC on the last Sunday in November which is the Church Anniversary. He went on to explain that as an ecumenical partnership, the church was responsible for the spiritual welfare of those from each of the denominations and that the leaders of the Anglicans, Methodists and Presbyterians also had a return responsibility for the care of their flock worshipping at Lavington. Everyone, regardless of denomination or position, had a shared responsibility for mission. The Presiding Bishop of the Methodists had recent been at Lavington and the Moderator of the Presbyterians was booked in so it was fitting that the new Archbishop should also be invited. Canon Rosemary has a very senior and powerful position as the Diocesan Secretary; she is, in effect, the ‘gatekeeper’ to the Archbishop!
The June theme is ‘Stewardship’; she said that most churchgoers would immediately think that they are about to be asked for more money! Well – stewardship of money is mentioned sometimes, and rightly so…….…………., but she went on to explain many other types of stewardship for which we are each responsible and personally accountable – it included stewardship of time – do we use some of our time each day for God? The stewardship of our belongings – do we willingly offer our homes or our transport to help others or to show hospitality or friendship? The stewardship of talents – do we help out at church when there is a need, we could easily fill…………….or do we leave it all to others? The stewardship of personality – do we give of ourselves and be helpful to all………………. or are we too touchy and sensitive?
We also sang ‘Holy Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty’ but to a quite modern tune – not a ‘belter’ tune but light and melodic and a nice and easy change from the traditional tune. Perhaps we should try it one day at HE-MC?
During the service parents with small children were invited to go off with their toddlers and babies to a clinic set up for the day to administer vaccination against Measles and Rubella. On the spot, there and then. LUC had arranged this with the Kenyan Health Ministry.
The rains seem to be abating but it is cooler here than in the UK, here being winter time and Nairobi being a high altitude capital city. 300 miles away in Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast it would be seriously hotter and more humid.
With best wishes,
The New Music Makers have a concert coming up on Friday 3rd June at the Berry Theatre in Hedge End starting at 7.30 p.m.. The concert is titled “Pop into Summer” Tickets cost £10 or £8 and are available from the Berry Theatre.
The New Music Makers practice their singing in Hedge End Methodist Church on a Thursday Evening.
More details about them and there concerts can be found at:-
More details of the concert at the Berry Theatre can be found at
On Saturday 21st May Churches together in Hedge End and Botley are holding a Mini Market and Lunch. This Event will take place at the United Reform Church between 10 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. The Mini Market will include Books, Plants, Cakes, Toys and a Sweet Tombola. The Lunch will take place at Midday. This Event is in Aid of Christian Aid as it is Christian Aid week from the 15th to 22nd of May. The United Reform Church is on the edge of the “Post Office” Car Park in the Centre of Hedge End.
For More details about Christian Aid week please see the recent post Christian Aid Week 2016
On Friday 15th April about 20 of us got together in the Church for an open meeting to Learn what a Labyrinth is. This came about because there has been a suggestion to paint a Labyrinth on the back car Park. Many of us were not really sure what a Labyrinth was and wanted further information before any decision was made.
The Rev. Janice Cowburn kindly came along to talk to us about Labyrinths. A Labyrinth is not the same as a Maze as there is one obvious path in a Labyrinth rather than having false Paths as you do in a Maze. There is a long History of Labyrinths starting way before the birth of Christ. A well known story involving Labyrinths is that of Theseus and the Minotaur. There is a Labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral which was made in the 11th Century.
As well as talking to us about the History of Labyrinths we were also able to try some out as some Labyrinths constructed on Sailcloth had been borrowed for the evening.
We do not know yet whether we will end up having a Labyrinth or not in the Car Park as we are still at the early stages, but whatever the outcome we all had a good evening and had learnt a lot we did not know before.
Thank you to Rev. Janice Cowburn for talking to us and hosting an informative but at the same time relaxing evening.
This years Christian Aid Week will take place from 15th to 21st May.
The Theme is “Love Every Neighbour” which is based on John 15 verse 12. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”.
More details can be found at http://www.caweek.org
If you wish to donate please use the envelopes which will be available in the Pews or if
you do not have access to these please see the website above.
On Saturday 2nd 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. The Entries start to meet at the recreation ground opposite our church at 12.00. We need to be in place to be judged at 1.00 and the Procession starts at 2.15 p.m, slowly travelling to Greta Park (next to Hedge End Library). Please note the times given are the times from last year; if anything is different this year we will let you know as soon as we can.
Last year we got a cup for our walking group, and this year we will be bigger and better. We are planning to hire an open topped bus which will depict Noahs Ark. We hope that we can avoid the Flood. If you wish to be on the bus please dress up as any Animal (or come as a human); it does not need to be a sophisticated costume. If you have something that was made or bought for another occasion that would be fine. Coming in two by two is not compulsory either.
We shall also be serving Hot and Cold Drinks and possibly some Cake outside the Church before, during and after the Procession. Helpers with this task would be gratefully received. Last year many people welcomed the opportunity to sit down for a few minutes.
This is not just for the Children in the Church; it is for everyone. If you are unable to Dress up as an Animal please do come and take part, after all, Noahs whole Family were on the Ark. It will be possible to sit down on the Bus, if needed. You are very welcome on the bus without dressing up. This invitation is not just for those people who attend Sunday Morning Worship. People who attend any activity associated with the Church are welcome to take part.
This 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 continuing outreach into the Community.
On Saturday 14th May one of the two Church Football teams will be playing in the Solent Churches League Division 2 Final. The Blue team will be hoping to repeat their success of last year and win the cup. They will be playing against a team from City Life Church.The Match will take place at 10.00 a.m. at the Romsey town Football club ground – just along from the Romsey Rapids. Supporters from the Church are welcome please wear something blue.
We will be hosting the Madding Crowd on Saturday 7th May, When they will be performing their concert about Thomas Hardy. Tickets are now available within the Church or if you are in the local Area please see the Posters for a Telephone Number. Tickets will also be sold on the door.
For more details please see the previous post by clicking on the link
The Madding Crowd Hardy Concert
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We are looking forward to enjoying listening to singing whilst learning about Thomas Hardy.