On Sunday 20th September at 10.30 a.m. the Harvest Festival Service will be conducted by our Minister Rev. Arthur Cowburn. 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.
During the Service 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 for the service whether or not you donate.
Harvest Festival is a lovely community event, which can be enjoyed by families, friends and occasional visitors. There will be an invitation to Tea, coffee and biscuits after the service.
On Saturday 2nd May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. we will be holding a JIGSAW PUZZLE FESTIVAL AND PLANT SALE There will be an Admission charge of 50p which will give you access to hundreds of Jigsaws to View and Purchase, of several different sizes up to 1000 pieces. The Jigsaws are displayed already made up so you can see all the pieces are there. When you buy one it will be placed in a plastic bag, back into its box. Plants for Sale including,Annuals– many varieties, Perennials,Herbs Veg plants,Tomato hanging baskets and Potted summer flower arrangements. Refreshments available all day including Ploughmans at Lunchtime.
During our normal service on Palm Sunday ( 29th March) we think of Jesus’s triumphant procession into Jerusalem in a Service taken by Mrs Jan Hayter.
This is followed by several events and services the next weekend which is the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. i.e. between Maundy Thursday (2nd April) and Easter Sunday (5th April). These are detailed below.
Service of Light and Darkness also known as Tenebrae
This will take place at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (2nd April).The service includes communion. This service will be conducted by Rev. Tony Parkinson.
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.
On Easter Day, we are holding an Easter Breakfast at 8.30 a.m. This will be a light Breakfast including Worship.
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. Arthur Cowburn.
In 2014 Hedge End Methodist Church will have been in its current building for 90 years. The first Methodists in Hedge End started meeting in 1857. The present building was opened in 1924. The main celebrations will take place this Coming weekend (4th and 5th October). We will start at 4.30 on Saturday with a presentation entitled “A potted History of 157 years of Methodism in Hedge End. This will be followed by an Anniversary Tea. As the food has now been organised the Tea is restricted to those people who have already got tickets or received invitations. We are pleased that several people who have previously been involved with our Church are able to attend. We look forward to seeing them again.
On Sunday we will be holding an Anniversary Service at our usual time of 10.30 a.m. This service will be conducted by one of our former Ministers Rev. Christine Coram. Everyone is welcome to attend this service to join in with our celebrations. We are looking forward to the next 90 years of Methodist Worship in Hedge End.
Recently we went to Shanklin one Sunday afternoon where Tim Dakin [of Radio Solent fame] was leading a ‘Songs of Praise’ service in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Shanklin Methodist Church. It was a traditional event when well known hymns were sung, interspersed many interesting quips and quotes from Tim.
Tim said he is invited regularly to Anniversary events; they rightly recognise the sacrifices of significant amounts of time and money invested by earlier generations and we should all be thankful for their efforts and celebrate their foresight and faith in the future. He warned us not to be too precocious though about the past; to survive in 2014, churches cannot be bound by traditions and attitudes such as ‘we have done it this way for many years’ and ‘we tried this once before and it failed’ – we all owe it both to those who went before and to the future generations to be innovative in our ways of worship in order to engage with the young and the old in our local communities; often people find conventional church events unattractive.
Do we in Hedge End share these views? Can we do more for the young and old in Hedge End??
In 2014 Hedge End Methodist Church is celebrating 90 years in its current building. The first Methodists in Hedge End started meeting in 1857. The present building was opened in 1924. The main celebrations will take place over the weekend of 4th and 5th October. We will start on the Saturday with a presentation entitled “A potted History of 157 years of Methodism in Hedge End. This will be followed by an Anniversary Tea. Entry to the Tea will be by invitation or ticket only to make sure that we have got the right amount of food. We are pleased that several people who have previously been involved with our Church have already told us they are able to attend. We look forward to seeing them again. On Sunday we will be holding an Anniversary Service at our usual time of 10.30 a.m. We will be posting further information on this event nearer the time, and afterwards so you can see what we have been up to.