Septembers meeting of Broader Horizons (as described in the post of 22nd August )will not now be taking place. This is for several different reasons including a clash with other events in the circuit. The next meeting will be on the 15th October. More details will be posted here nearer the time.
For more details about what Broader Horizons is please see
Our Scarecrows have recently been put out to invite people to come to Church next weekend for Harvest.
Sunday 10th September is “Bring a Friend to Church Sunday” why not come along and see us. We also will be holding a “Harvest” Jammy Church on Saturday 9th September.
For more details about our Harvest activities please see the post.
Thank you to the lady who made the scarecrows and sent us the picture for the blog.
This Sunday (3rd September) Hedge End Methodist Church will be hosting the circuit welcome service for Deacon Carole Smith.
The event will start with a Faith Tea in the back hall from 5 p.m. The Main Service will be in the Church at 6.30 p.m.
More details about the service can be found in the original post.
Circuit Welcome service for Deacon Carole Smith
More details about Carole can be found in the post below this one.
Deacon Carole Smith whose Circuit welcome service will be held at Hedge End on Sunday 3rd September has kindly written some words introducing herself which are below:
I am from Sheffield and although my family is now spread across the north of England I still like to visit the steel city to catch up with friends. I studied librarianship at Loughborough University and went on to work in the civil service and then the NHS blood donor service. I enjoy walking, pottering in the garden, playing the recorder (not in public!), films, theatre, coffee shops, garden centres and charity shops.
I came to faith as a student but left the church for a few years until I began worshipping at a Methodist Church. There I found a home and discovered a ministry of pastoral care, leading small groups and leading worship before candidating for diaconal ministry. I trained in the diverse community of the Queen’s Theological Foundation in Birmingham and have served for five years in Oxford, living and working on a housing estate.
I am delighted to be a deacon in the Southampton Circuit, primarily involved in Hedge End and Woolston churches and their local communities. I look forward to getting to know everyone and to us serving together in the love of God, and in the name of Christ and in the power of the Spirit.
Alison has given us permission to reproduce here an Article she wrote for the connexional world church office,telling of some of her and Les’s activities in Zimbabwe.
Warmed hearts’ has been the theme of the celebration of 40 years of Autonomous mission in the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe and we have certainly experienced a warm glow in our hearts these last few days. Since the opening ceremony on Thursday evening, the National Sports Stadium in Harare has seen up to 40,000 Methodists singing, dancing, praying, being inspired by Bible-based preaching and worship, culminating in an excellent sermon by General Secretary, Revd Dr J Dube, and communion for everyone on Sunday morning. Time and again, speakers have acknowledged the guidance and provision of a faithful God over many years. The expressions of joy and trust in God in the face of many challenges, particularly the economic situation, have been matched by the generosity shown to us as visitors. It has also been good to see a number of the UK Zimbabwe Methodist Fellowship here with their Chaplain Rev Cleopas Sibanda. Today, with World Federation Area President Sipiwe Chisvo as our guide, we have enjoyed visits to the Connexional Offices, the Women’s Centre and the Matthew Rusike Children’s Home, where Revd Margaret Mawire is Director.
By Alison Judd, The World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women
The Pictures accompaying the article and more articles by Alison and others working for Methodism in the world can be found on the connexional world church office website at
Please note this post was updated on 10th September to reflect the fact that for various reasons the meeting described below has been postponed. Hopefully it will take place next year. The next meeting is now 15th October. More details will be posted nearer the time.
Our fifth Broader Horizons meeting will be on Sunday 17th September at 7 p.m. These events are held in the Church rather than the Hall. The interviewee will be a lady called Caroline who is a hospital consultant specialising in the Rehabilitation of people who have had their brains affected by injury or illness
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.
These meetings are informal in style and start with Tea and Coffee. The previous meetings have been very interesting and have stimulated many different discussions.
On Saturday 23rd September at 7 p.m. Our Friends at Northam Methodist Church will be holding their Caribbean evening. Several of us have attended this event in past years and it is good fun. Music is provided by the “Harbour Lights Steel Band” and there is a buffet meal. Tickets are available at a cost of £5.
previous articles on this site about this event are at
If you would like to order tickets online to be picked up and paid for on the day please fill in the form below and your request will be passed onto them. Please do so by Wednesday 20th so that catering can be sorted.
You are invited to our Christmas Fayre, this event will take place on Saturday 4th November between 10.30 a.m. and 2 p.m . Stalls and attractions so far arranged are as follows:-
Plants , perennial, Winter pots, Bulbs
Raffle for Hampers
We are still in the process of arranging the stalls so it is likely that there will be more than this. Please keep watching this site and advertising for more details.
There is no charge for admission for this event so why not come along and see what we have to offer. The event is in Aid of Church Funds.
The Picture above is of our plant stall in October last year.
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