On Wednesday 23rd May at 6.30 p.m. the Boys and Girls Brigades will be holding their Display and Awards Evening. There will be a display which normally consists of various sketches, Music and Singing. This is followed by the presentation of Badges and Awards. The awarding is usually done by the respective district commisioners of the Brigades. Anyone who is interested in seeing what the Brigades do is invited to attend. It is possible that as part of the display we may see the “Bucket drumming” for which they won a cup earlier in the year.
The Theme for Jammy Church on Saturday 12th May is Ascension when we think about the body of Jesus being taken up to Heaven. According to the Bible this happened 40 days after the Resurrection. The Biblical references to this can be found in the book of Acts chapter 1.
Jammy Church takes place between 10.30 a.m and 12.30 p.m. and is our once monthly activity session for children, their families and the young at heart. All are welcome. There will be informal Worship, 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 pictures above were taken at last months Jammy Church “Paul on the Road to Damascus”.
There will be a Global Prayer initiative taking place between Ascension and Pentecost (10th to 20th May). This initiative is supported by the Methodist Church. The aim of this initiative is that it “Prompts people to pray that more people might know Jesus”. Some Resources to support this have been produced by the Methodist Church. More details can be found at
and also in the Spring 2018 issue of the connexion magazine. Copies of this magazine can usually be found in the front vestibule of the church.
On Sunday 15th April we welcomed Kevin Crook to lead us in worship and to launch officially the partnership we are entering into. This Charity partnership will enable us as a church to find out more about the work that MAF are doing especially in our chosen country of Papua New Guinea. Kevin shared with us the type of items the planes fly as part of their work, some we guessed such as medicines, people to help as well as books and equipment, However there was also things like blood supplies and even cows and live stock. We heard about the challenges for the teams in landing and flying in this country and how it’s one of the most dangerous areas for MAF. Remember these pilots often go where no other pilots will go.
We were set a challenge, initially for a week, however I guess it’ll be good to keep it up… We were asked when we see a plane to say a prayer for the MAF team and especially those flying and working in Papua New Guinea. It was lovely to see the passion about this work from Kevin and hear about the great calling that these families have to take on the jobs in these often far flung places.
After the service there was the chance to sign up for more information and purchase MAF goodies, Noah spent his pocket money on a MAF lego plane which he has built and is enjoying. (see photo above).
Kevin was very pleased with the Church’s response and conversations had.
I am the MAF link person, so if you have any questions or want to find out more do come and talk to me. Remember to like and follow the Hedge End Methodist Facebook page to keep up to date with MAF work as well as the other church events.
Also watch this space as I will be working with Kevin to organise future events which may include visits to groups to learn more about the work MAF are doing, photo exhibition, a flight simulator as well as community events when we hope to have a real plane visit!
We thank Maggie for these words and her work on our behalf with MAF
more about MAF can be found in the previous article
Preparations are underway for our Plant Sale and Spring Fayre which will be taking place on Saturday 5th May from 10 .30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plants are being grown, Hampers being made up, Books, Jigsaws and many other goods being collected together, Jam Jars being filled and soon cakes will be baked.
For more details please see the previous blog on this event
The event will be going ahead even if it raining but we are hoping for a sunny day.
We hope to see you there.
The Community survey into your views about Hedge End Methodist Church will still be running in the next weeks. If you have not yet completed it we would be very grateful if you could do so. As well as the survey being useful to us in working out future plans and strategies, we should be able to use the survey results as a justification on the paperwork should be decide to apply for any grants. Do feel free to ask your friends to do the appropriate survey as well. If you prefer not to do surveys online paper copies are available on the table in Hall.
We believe that it will take about 7 minutes to complete the survey online. If you are a resident of Hedge End please complete the Residents Survey. If you attend the Sunday services regularly please can you complete the Church People Survey (not the residents survey). The survey results will be given to us in a form that means that individual people cannot be identified.
There are also aspects of the survey specific to people who perform services in the community such as shopkeepers and local councillors. They will be asked to complete there own sets of questions which are different to those below.
The Residents survey can be found at
The survey for those who attend Sunday worship can be found at
More details about the survey are in the original blog on this subject which can be found at
On Saturday 7th July we will be taking part in Hedge End Carnival. The Carnival theme is “Winter Wonderland”. The Carnival has been running since 1921 and raises money for good causes local to Hedge End. Our Church has taken part in the Carnival since 2015.
We will be holding a short meeting after the service on Sunday 29th April to sort out details of our activities and at some point after that more details will be available. If you have any ideas please do come along to the meeting.
We welcome anyone who is associated with the Church in anyway to join in with us on the day.
The Carnival is an excellent opportunity to all have a good time, whilst telling the people of Hedge End and further afield that we are here, and that God is important to us, and for them. This is part of our continuing outreach into the Community.
On Saturday 14th April Jammy Church will be exploring the story of Saul on the Road to Damascus if you would like to read the Story it can be found in the book of Acts at Chapter 9.
Jammy Church is an activity session for children, their families and the young at heart. Each session is based on a particular Theme.
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. If you wish to stay for the food please try to come before 11 a.m. so we can get our catering correct.
More information can be found on the Jammy Church Facebook page.
Posters are now available for our Plant Sale and Spring Fayre on 5th May. So you will be finding them displayed around the area shortly. If you have somewhere you can display a poster please ask for one.
More details about the Fayre can be found in the previous post
Also more details will be posted here nearer the time.
This Sunday (25th March) is Palm Sunday where we think about Jesus entering Jerusalem. Our Palm Sunday Service will be taken by Christina Pritchard and will take place at the usual time of 10.30 a.m.. Palm Sunday is beginning of the Churches contemplation of the Events of Easter. More about our Easter services can be found at
The Picture above was taken at a Palm Sunday Service in Lavington Nairobi in 2016. It is unlikely that we will be holding a procession in this way. More about Graham’s travels in Kenya can be found in previous blogs on this site.