Thankyou everyone who came to the Spring Fayre yesterday. It was a lovely May day and this encouraged plenty of people to come. Outside we sold lots of plants, annuals, perenials and cacti. Indoor there were lovely cakes and marmalades, vegetables, books, games to play, things to buy, tins, woodwork, and lots of food to eat. More important than all the goodies, was the oportunity for everyone to meet in an informal setting. Nobody offerered me a prize on any of the games because I cheated! We trust everyone had a good time.
We apologise that the Saturday School website “www.jammychurch.co.uk” has now not been working for the last couple of weeks. The state has been brought to the attention of one of the webmasters of the site. Please be assured that Saturday School will still run on the second Saturday of each month, and that hopefully the problem will soon be fixed. In the meantime please refer to the calendar and details on this site, or the Saturday School facebook page.
On Saturday 3rd May we will be holding our Spring Fayre.
There will be many stalls including Plants, Books, Cakes, Crafts, Cards, Woodwork, Fruit Veg and Preserves, Gifts. We will also be holding some Raffles including one for a Hamper. Refreshments will be available, there will be an opportunity to play some Games. The Fayre starts at 10.30 a.m. and will go on until about 1.00 p.m. Admission is 50p per Adult and is free for Children. We would be delighted if you came to see us during the Morning. (The Pictures were taken at a previous Fayre).
I never expected the amazing experiences I would enjoy when I allowed my name to go forward for the position of Area President for the Britain and Ireland Area of the WFM&UCW. Travelling opportunities yes: to South Africa for the 12th World Assembly, to Basel for a World Executive meeting, to Rome for the Joint European Areas Seminar, and to Melbourne for the next World Executive in July when I guess we shall be planning the 13th World Assembly in Houston, Texas.
But it’s not just the travel, exciting though that is. It is the personal contact with women in so many parts of the world, God’s world, (John Wesley’s Parish!) that is an inspiration to me. It’s having opportunities to hear stories of bravery and determination, as we did in Johannesburg, from real women I could see and touch and eat meals with and ask questions of and pray with and take photos of. It’s meeting women like Marianne and Dessie from Bulgaria who came to the Southampton District last October and shared their faith stories with us.
Having the privilege of planning the Joint Area Seminar in Italy with sisters from Ireland, Bulgaria, Sweden and Italy is awesome. To pray for sisters in Ukraine, knowing that two of them are hoping to come to Rome for the Seminar this Pentecost, and wondering whether they will get the necessary visas. Knowing that women around Britain are raising £10,000 so that women from smaller Units have a chance to come to Pomezia for this event (and that women in USA are helping pay travel expenses). Unit Presidents will attend the Weaving Together Programme (prior to the Seminar), which will encourage and equip them to continue the development of women’s lay ministry in their own countries.
The knowledge that through the World Federation, we have a voice at UN level at the Economic Social Council ECOSOC, through our representative Brenda Smith in New York; knowing that through the work of Methodist and Uniting Church Women towards achieving the MDGs* we are step by step making a positive difference in the world. Reading about this work in the pages of the quarterly Tree of Life newsletter and on the website http://www.mwib.org.uk .
This year we are celebrating 75 years since Helen Kim, a young Korean woman, founded the movement first known as the Word Federation of Methodist Women. There have been 75 years of stories of women making a difference. Bringing healing and new hope to their communities. That’s worth bothering about!
*The United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Tenebrae (Latin for ‘shadows’ or ‘darkness’) is a Christian religious service celebrated within Western Christianity on the evening before or early morning of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, which are the last three days of Holy Week. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae is the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted or recited.
We form a circle of chairs. Beforehand about a dozen of us have been allocated a short passage from the bible relating to the events at Easter up until the Good Friday. In due course and after silence each of us reads our allocated passage. There are a number of candles in the centre of the circle. We each extinguish one of the candles, so that at the end of the service the room has become darker. This is a sombre event which attempts to capture some of the gravity of events in the days up to and including the killing of Jesus on the cross.
The event is open to everyone, both Christians and Non-christians, though it is not quite everybodies thing.
Over the next few months we aim to bring attention to a number of the churches social groups. The choir meet most Monday evenings to practice. They sing during Sunday Morning Worship, and at other occasional services. This is a photograph of the choir members just after Palm Sunday Worship having just sung beautifully and joyfully during the service. They sing to a very good standard but not toffy nosedly.
The choir are always interested in new budding choiristers to join their ranks. They sing a combination of traditional and modern pieces, both single hymns and extended suites, predominately of a religious nature, and they sound superb. They are generally accompanied by organ, piano, french horn and sometimes by other Hedge End Methodist instrumental groups.
Sing to the Lord a joyful song,
Lift up your hearts, your voices raise;
To us his gracious gifts belong,
To him our songs of love and praise;
Easter this year takes place between Maundy Thursday (17th April) and Easter Sunday (20th April). There will be a number of services and activities during this time.
Service of Light and Darkness
This will take place at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (17th April).The service includes communion.
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. There will be a Service in Hedge End Methodist Church at 3.p.m. on Good Friday conducted by the Rev. Christine Coram.
On Sunday , Easter Day, we are holding an Agape service at 8.00am., when the New Testament Church met, they shared fellowship, worship and food. They enjoyed a common meal together, which eventually became the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.
We are going back to those earliest times, to share in another part of the common meal, called an Agape or Love Feast. At this meal we share food and fellowship together. You can actively take part, if you wish, by bringing along a prayer, a reading, a poem, a testimony or something similar. Or, of course, you can simply listen.
You don’t need to bring any food of your own, as we’ll be providing some light refreshment. It will be a special act of worship and all are invited. We’d love you to come!
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 (right). If you would like to contribute to this please feel free to bring a few flowers with you to the service.
At our prayer group tonight, and in prayer, Graham has proposed to start a new house group for the church. More details soon.
On Saturday April 5th we ventured on the first Ramble of the Year. 15 of us met in Hamble during the Morning. We walked down to the Quay and then through the Woods to the Beach. We then Walked along the Beach and back to the Village. It was slightly damp and drizzly but none of us got too wet, and we managed to avoid the most muddy paths. Some people who had walked along the beach on a previous Walk were surprised at the extent of the erosion of the Beach paths; this is presumably a result of the recent storms. We were pleased to see that the Spring Flowers were starting to appear. After the Walk we went into to the “Victory” Pub where we had Lunch together. Our Thanks to those people who had arranged this Ramble for us.