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.