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.
Above are photographs taken at yesterdays Jammy Church where we talked about Elijah at Mount Carmel.
We all had a good time and enjoyed the Puppets and the outside activities.
Thank you to the lady who supplies us with the Photographs and everyone who makes Jammy Church possible.
Due to Holidays you will need to wait until September for the next Jammy Church which will take place on the 9th of September. This is the first time we have missed a month since we started Jammy Church over 6 years ago.
More details of Jammy Church can be found at
Our fourth Broader Horizons meeting will be on Sunday 16th July at 7 p.m. The Interviewees will be Terry and Mandy Monahan whom Richard and Rachel met two years ago in France.
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. The intention is that a discussion is had about Christian faith, and who knows we may also be challenged …
At the last meeting on Sunday 18th June we enjoyed exploring faith with Dr Craig Gallen who has varied higher qualifications in Theology and Technology. we talked about many aspects of his life from his childhood in Northern Ireland to the Christian Values that can be found behind “Open Source” software.
more details on our Broader Horizons meetings can be found on this blog at Broader Horizons
We all had a good time in Hedge End Carnival last Saturday (1st July) The Theme was Roald Dahl so we went as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
We were pleased and excited to be awarded First Prize being given a certificate and a trophy pictured above.
A Big thank you to Southampton and District Transport Heritage Trust who supplied us with the bus and the Driver and did not mind us sticking pictures on the windows.
More details about them and there buses can be found at
Thank you to everyone who took part or helped in anyway to make the day possible.
While we were waiting to be judged we had a Picnic on the forecourt and were able to offer some food and a cup of Tea to the Driver of a steam Roller parked nearby.
We were pleased to be able to meet with many people at our tent as part of the Gala Show. We offered the opportunity to take part in Craft activities as well as a cold drink and a biscuit. These activities were run by some of our Jammy Church team and pictures can be found on the Jammy Church Facebook page.
More pictures of the Carnival can be found at on this site at
We were First
We hope that we will get the opportunity to take part in next years Carnival which if it follows the usual pattern should take place on Saturday 7th July 2018. Watch this space nearer the time.
We are busy painting ceramic tiles we will end up with 160 tiles. These will be mounted on a Wooden Cross which includes an explanatory Plaque. This will be permanently installed to celebrate 160 years of Methodism in Hedge End. The tiles have been painted by people from the Brigades, Jammy Church, the Pop In Cafe and other people associated with the Church as well as those folk who attend on Sunday Morning.
We are grateful to “Potty Peggy’s Crafts” for all there assistance with this project. If you would like to know more about the company please look at.
When we have finished painting the tiles and the cross has been made up it is intended to hold an unveiling ceremony. More details of this will be posted here when they have been worked out.
If you would like to find out more about 160 years of Methodism in Hedge End information can be found in the following blog posts.
Anniversary Celebration 24th and 25th June
160 years of Methodism in Hedge End