Alison has given us permission to reproduce here an Article she wrote for the connexional world church office,telling of some of her and Les’s activities in Zimbabwe.
Warmed hearts’ has been the theme of the celebration of 40 years of Autonomous mission in the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and we have certainly experienced a warm glow in our hearts these last few days. Since the opening ceremony on Thursday evening, the National Sports Stadium in Harare has seen up to 40,000 Methodists singing, dancing, praying, being inspired by Bible-based preaching and worship, culminating in an excellent sermon by General Secretary, Revd Dr J Dube, and communion for everyone on Sunday morning. Time and again, speakers have acknowledged the guidance and provision of a faithful God over many years. The expressions of joy and trust in God in the face of many challenges, particularly the economic situation, have been matched by the generosity shown to us as visitors. It has also been good to see a number of the UK Zimbabwe Methodist Fellowship here with their Chaplain Rev Cleopas Sibanda. Today, with World Federation Area President Sipiwe Chisvo as our guide, we have enjoyed visits to the Connexional Offices, the Women’s Centre and the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home, where Revd Margaret Mawire is Director.
By Alison Judd, The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women
The Pictures accompaying the article and more articles by Alison and others working for Methodism in the world can be found on the connexional world church office website at
Please note this post was updated on 10th September to reflect the fact that for various reasons the meeting described below has been postponed. Hopefully it will take place next year. The next meeting is now 15th October. More details will be posted nearer the time.
Our fifth Broader Horizons meeting will be on Sunday 17th September at 7 p.m. These events are held in the Church rather than the Hall. The interviewee will be a lady called Caroline who is a hospital consultant specialising in the Rehabilitation of people who have had their brains affected by injury or illness
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.
On Saturday 23rd September at 7 p.m. Our Friends at Northam Methodist Church will be holding their Caribbean evening. Several of us have attended this event in past years and it is good fun. Music is provided by the “Harbour Lights Steel Band” and there is a buffet meal. Tickets are available at a cost of £5.
previous articles on this site about this event are at
If you would like to order tickets online to be picked up and paid for on the day please fill in the form below and your request will be passed onto them. Please do so by Wednesday 20th so that catering can be sorted.
You are invited to our Christmas Fayre, this event will take place on Saturday 4th November between 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m . Stalls and attractions so far arranged are as follows:-
Plants , perennial, Winter pots, Bulbs
Raffle for Hampers
We are still in the process of arranging the stalls so it is likely that there will be more than this. Please keep watching this site and advertising for more details.
There is no charge for admission for this event so why not come along and see what we have to offer. The event is in Aid of Church Funds.
The Picture above is of our plant stall in October last year.
I made a personal visit to Portsmouth Museum recently and found an exhibit about the evolution of the Girls Brigade in Portsmouth since 1893. The exhibit appeared to have been originally curated in 2013 to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the founding of the first organisation that later became the Girls Brigade. On display were a number of different uniforms and various memorabilia related to the various Girls Brigades that have met in Portsmouth over the years. There was also a television showing interviews with people who had been associated with the Girls Brigade over that time. There was also lots of other exhibitions within the Museum including a reproduction of a 1950’s room, which had a lot of objects we remembered from the 1970’s a few of which we still have.
More information about the Museum can be found at
As part of the Tim Daykin Show on Radio Solent this Sunday (6th August) there will be an interview with Alison Judd the World President of The World Federation of Methodist and United Church Women. Alison is personally known to many of us and has written some articles on this site about the World Federation which can be found by using the search facility to the right.
If you would like to listen we believe that the interview will be broadcast between 7.30 and 8.00 in the Morning.
More about Methodist and United Church Women can be found at
Over the weekend of 9th and 10th September we will be celebrating Harvest.
On Saturday we will be holding our Harvest Jammy Church.Jammy Church is an 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.
On Sunday at 10.30 a.m. the Harvest Festival Service will be conducted by Rev. Geoffrey Scarlett. Harvest Festival marks the end of the main Harvest season. We give thanks to God for the crops that have been grown and celebrate the hard work involved in reaping them.
At some point on both days people will be given an opportunity to donate food to the Basics Bank and St Dismas, a Charity that helps the Homeless.
More information about the basics bank can be found at http://www.southamptoncitymission.co.uk/basics-bank
if you wish to donate some Food please bring some with you. In the past the Charity has been given lots of Baked Beans so if you can another product would be appreciated. Donating is not compulsory you are very welcome to join us over the weekend whether or not you donate.
It’s not often that a service in church begins with the question ‘Have you had your five a day?’ No – not fruit and veg, but spiritual input! Jill Baker used some verses from Acts (2.42-47) and from Luke’s gospel (11.1-8 – where Jesus teaches his disciples the Lord’s Prayer) to talk about the need for a rhythm for our spiritual life. It can be as structured as the regular prayers throughout the day and night in a monastic community, or a regular but attentive use of the Lord’s Prayer, with its reminders of God and his kingdom, provision, forgiveness and grace. Or it could be a discipline for our daily life, in which we give time each day to read and reflect, to give thanks, to pray, to keep silence, and to act. And with that ‘five a day’, we should grow in our spiritual life as individuals and as a church. This growth was summarised by the prayer of St Richard of Chichester, sung as a solo by Brian; ‘Day by day, dear Lord, of thee three things I pray: to know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly and follow thee more nearly, day by day.’
But discipline isn’t everything – we must be ready to react to the unexpected; we were reminded how the local church responded to the Grenfell Tower disaster, opening its doors to survivors and releasing its minister to work with people in need. That was exceptional – but we too might have a ‘knock at midnight’ from someone in need (Luke 11.8). And then we need the back-up of the most basic of spiritual rhythms – going in to meet Jesus, going out to share Jesus, ‘day by day’.
Thank you to the person who kindly wrote the above article describing the Sunday Worship on 16th July.
On Sunday 3rd September at 6.30 p.m. we will be hosting a “Circuit Welcome Service” for Deacon Carole Smith who has been appointed to help Hedge End and Woolston in various ways including outreach into the wider community. Carole will start her work in this Circuit at the beginning of September. The Preacher for the occasion will be Rev. Dr. Andrew Wood: the District Chair of the Southampton District of the Methodist Church.
We are all looking forward to working with Deacon Carole Smith in the future and getting to know her better.
We are looking forward to our Sunday service at the usual time of 10.30 next week. This service will be taken by Mrs Jill Baker the Vice-President of the Methodist Church who came into office at the Methodist conference in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago.
More about this service can be found in the previous blog on this site at
Visit of Methodist Vice President
We are very pleased to have the opportunity to meet and share worship with Jill Baker.