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Rememberance Sunday 2015

Today (8th November) was Rememberance Sunday. This is the time when we remember all those people who where involved with Wars many of whom lost there lives. We welcomed Rosemary Minett who took a service of rememberance with us.  As part of the service Rosemary spoke about the fact that so many people expected God to stop all horrible things and asked her and many other Christians “Why has God allowed that to happen”.  She thought that God did not want any of these things to happen any more than we did but it was a consquence of giving people freewill.

The service included the usual two minutes silence, and also included a poem written by a member of the congragation which explored the fact that it was now over 100 years since the First World War and that they hoped in  1914 of the end of all wars and how it does not seem to have happenned yet.

Many of those folks who normally attend Church attended the service at the Cenotaph in Hedge End. The Cenotaph service started with a parade by members of uniformed organisations such as the Scouting and Guiding movements and members of our Boys and Girls Brigades. Members of our Church were outside serving drinks to anyone attending the Parade, as they passed our Church after the Service.

The Tea, Coffee, Chocolate and squash, was appreciated by many people passing by. Our Thanks to all the members of the Church who were involved in any way in making this initiative possible.

Whilst we were thinking about rememberance in Hedge End our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn was taking part in  the Service in Eastleigh Town Centre. This was in has capacity as Chaplain to the Eastleigh Mayor Counciller Jane Welsh. He will also be taking part in  a service at the Military Cemetary in Netley this afternoon


Do not Hide your Light

On Saturday  14th November 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 lamp under the bushel” as mentioned in Matthew and Lukes Gospels.

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.

Music thoughts on Radio Solent

On Sunday 18th October our Organist Stuart was interviewed on the Tim Daykin Show the regular Faith Show on Radio Solent. Stuart was in conversation with a lady called Charlotte who is a Singer they discussed together “Music In Church”. This piece was broadcast as part of Radio Solents coverage of “Faith in the World Week”.

The Radio Solent Programme can be listened to by following the link

This link is to the whole programme if you havent got time to listen to the whole programme if you start to listen at 01.50 on the timeline you will get to the specific piece. Our Thanks to Radio Solent for allowing us to link to their site. Please note this programme will only be available until 15th November.

disagreeing without being disagreeable

The article below was Originally from Moira Sleight, Managing Editor of the Methodist Recorder and has been submitted by one of our Church Members as food for thought.

The tricky art of disagreeing without being disagreeable

Captain of Israel’s host was sung with great gusto in the Methodist Central Hall Westminster as last year’s Conference of the British Methodist Church came to an end with its traditional closing hymn. True, some felt that the hymn that had opened the proceedings had a first line more suited to our exhausted feelings — Charles Wesley’s “And are we yet alive?” — but for another year the conference’s work was done.

Meeting in conference is a very Methodist way of doing things. Wherever you find Methodists in the world — from Russia to Brazil, from Finland to Kenya and to South Africa — they hold a conference in order to confer together and find their way forward as disciples of Christ in today’s world.

In doing so they are following in a long tradition. The first Methodist Conference was held in 1744 under Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, when he brought together his assistants — both ordained ministers and itinerant lay preachers — to confer about “what to learn, how to teach and what to do”.

In his writings, Wesley referred to “Christian conference” as a means of grace and at its best it can be. Anyone who has been at a bad-tempered church council meeting or synod will know what it can be at its worst.

Wesley also sensibly once asked: “Do not you converse too long at a time? Is not an hour commonly enough? Would it not be well always to have a determinate end in view; and to pray before and after it?” Many people who have served on church committees at any level would say “amen” to that.

In recent years American Methodists have been exploring the idea of “holy conferencing”, which sets out principles to help Christians to be caring in their conversations, conferring and decision-making, especially when dealing with polarising subject matters.

It should be possible to disagree without being disagreeable, they say. In his Letter to the Ephesians, St Paul felt he needed to urge his readers: “So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another . . . Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up.” Sadly, over the centuries the Churches of all denominations have not always shown that they have taken this advice to heart.

Holy conferencing does not mean that there is no place for impassioned speech. On the contrary, if people feel strongly about something, then it is natural that their passion will show. Within that passion, though, others should be respected and their viewpoints not misrepresented. In this soundbite age, when people are vilified for making comments that have been taken out of context, this is more important than ever.

The principles put much emphasis on real listening. Holy conferencing is not about convincing others that we are right. Instead it is about listening to others in such a way that we come to understand better why they hold their beliefs. That means proper listening — not just preparing what we are going to say next while we wait for them to finish. True listening is not a passive activity but a demanding one. It involves concentration and is hard work.

When we understand another person because we have listened to them properly — whether in a church, community or political setting — we are less likely to demonise them. We are thus better able to interact with them, coexist with them and, yes, co-operate with them, in spite of real differences.

Holy conferencing is a set of principles we should all be applying to the way we conduct ourselves not just in our church lives, but also in our working lives and personal lives too — and how about over the square from Methodist Central Hall in the Houses of Parliament?

Operation Christmas Child


Near Christmas the Samaritans Purse Charity distributes Shoe Boxes filled with Gifts to Children overseas mostly in the countries of Eastern Europe and Africa.

Many of the parents of these Children can hardly afford to feed and clothe there children, let alone buy them presents for Christmas, but thanks to your generosity thousands of these children have received a brightly wrapped shoebox filled with presents to make the festive season special.

Our church has been donating boxes since 2003 when 23 were given one year we managed to send  41 boxes.

Hats and Gloves that are suitable for inclusion in the boxes have been knitted by a member of the congragation and will be available in the Hall on Sundays.

If you are able to donate this year please bring your box along  on 1st or 8th November, and leave it on the table in the church hall.

The Charity requests a donation of £3 towards their costs in getting the boxes to there final destination. Leaflets are available giving more details about all this. The leaflets also contain labels so that the correct recipient of the boxes can be assured. They say things like Boy aged 2 to 5.

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

Thank you.

Awayday at Netley

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On Saturday 3rd October  nineteen  people met at the Netley Methodist Church for our Awayday. The day was led by our Minister the Rev. Arthur Cowburn.  Netley Methodist Church is now used by a group called Pioneer as it was made redundant by the Southampton Circuit a few years ago.  We were pleased to have some former members from the Church with us who now attend Hedge End.  Those of us who had visited previously found it strange that it had chairs rather than the Pews now.

Our Study was focused on the Holy Spirit. Some of our Study Material was based on the  Alpha Course Material and some of it was created by Rev. Arthur Cowburn. We had many chances for discussion in large and small groups and it was interesting to hear many peoples different experiences  and Views of the Holy Spirit.

We Studied in several sessions having breaks in the Morning, for Lunch and in the Afternoon. We had several different sorts of cake in the Afternoon which had kindly been made by members of the congragation.

The day was not all spent in serious contemplation, as some of it was very lighthearted, and in the breaks and during Lunch we were able to spend some time enjoying the company of our fellow attendees.

Exploring Healing


On Saturday  10th October we will be holding our next Jammy Church. This event will take place between 10.30 and 12.30 p.m.

We shall be exploring Healing, Focusing on The Story of the Ten Lepers in Luke Chapter 17.

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 last Months Jammy Church on The Laws for Living.

2015 Harvest Celebrations


The Pictures above all on the theme of Harvest. Some were taken at Jammy Church on Saturday 12th September and some are from are Harvest Festival Service last week. We are grateful to all those people who bought food in. The Food has now been donated to the Southampton Basics Bank and St Dismas. Thank you to all those People who decorated the Church for Harvest and those that helped to make Jammy Church Possible.

Our New Scarecrows


Meet our New Scarecrows. “Wurzel” and “Sally” these were made by kind volunteers at the weekend. They have been placed outside the Church to publicise our Harvest Festival. Which will take place this Sunday. (See the Harvest Festival  2015 blog for details).  We have made scarecrows for this event for three years now. We hope that the weather improves and we will not have to call them “Wet” and “Soggy” instead.