Easter 2014

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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.

Good Friday
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.

Agape service
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!

Easter Cross
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.

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Ramble In Hamble

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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.

Our Busy Weekend

We started on Friday Night by Hosting this years Womans World Day of Prayer.  This years event material was prepared by the Women of Egypt; next year it will be arranged by Women from The Bahamas.  This event is arranged so that during the 24 hours an almost identical service is held in many places and countries in the World.  We were pleased to be able to host this service, the hosting of which is shared between the churches in the Hedge End Area, so it tends to be our turn every eight years or so.  We welcomed our friends from the other Churches to our Church on this occasion. Our thanks to everyone who organised or helped in anyway to make this interesting service possible.

On Saturday we held our childrens event, “Jammy Church”  which we hold every second Saturday of the Month. This is an opportunity to think about the Stories in the Bible whilst enjoying yourself doing Craft activities and Eating. This is mainly aimed at families, although the young at heart are very welcome. Saturdays Theme was the story of the Disabled Man who was lowered through the Roof on his mattress so that he got to see Jesus.

When we entered the Church on Sunday we could see that some people had been very busy on Saturday.  This was because the front few rows of Pews had been removed and replaced with Chairs.  This should make it a lot easier for people with difficulties to sit down comfortably.  We would like to thank the Church that wanted to get rid of their chairs and wanted some more Pews.   It was good to be able to do a straight swop with them.  We are grateful to the Church Council and everyone else involved in arranging this.

The Sunday Service was taken by Deacon Brian Purchase on the Theme of Salt and Light.  Some Volunteers got to light some Candles and everyone was given some Crisps to Eat. We were encouraged to think about the theme of bringing light to other people during our normal lives following the service.  We were pleased to welcome the Girls and Boys Brigade to this service, and the District officer of the Girls Brigade who presented Gemma with her badge to become an Officer of the Girls Brigade.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

The Hedge End Service as part of this International initiative will be be held in Hedge End Methodist Church on Friday 7th March at 7.30 p.m.  This years Service has been arranged by the Women of Egypt and the theme is “Streams in the Desert”. The speaker is Alison Judd, Area President of Methodist Woman in Britain. Light Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the Service. All are very welcome to attend this service including men.

Duke of Edinburgh and Queens Badge Awards

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On Sunday 9th February we were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Malcolm Cross and his wife Sue. During the Sunday Morning Service The Mayor presented  4 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards and 3 Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards to members of the Boys Brigade, and a Queens Badge to Gemma from the Girls Brigade. We were all pleased to have the opportunity to congratulate them all on their hardwork in achieving these Awards. Ben, Jonathan and Jonathan are due to attend St James Palace to be presented with their Gold Award certificates either by the Duke of Edinburgh or Prince Edward.  The Sunday Service on the theme of the Prodigal son was conducted by our Minister the Rev. Christine Coram and 157 people attended.

Childrens Church Saturday

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Our theme today was the Prodigal Son.  The children made piggy biscuits and piggy masks.  Richard helped in the construction of home made compasses.  We enjoyed the performance from the puppeteers.   To celebrate the  third year of the childrens group (which we call Jammy Church) everyone ate their share of a big cake with lots of sweets on it.  Everyone had a baked potato lunch together.

Quiz Evening

Come and enjoy a fun evening on Saturday 15th February, 6.45 for 7.00 p.m. prompt start in the social hall (side entrance).  Either make up a team of up to 6 or come as an individual and join a team on the night.  The evening will include a Fish and Chip Supper.  Tickets are £10 and need to be purchased by Sunday 9th February (So that Catering can be arranged) from the Church Stewards.  A Raffle will also take place during the event.

Ramblers Programme for 2014

Thu 20 Mar    Rambling Group Lunch with Michael and Jenny
Sat  05 Apr     Saturday Ramble with Jenny and friends
Mon 21 Apr     Easter Treasure Hunt and lunch with Brenda and Alec
Thu 15 May    Evening Ramble with Colin and Sue
Sat  31 May    Saturday Ramble with Michael and Marilyn
Thu 19 Jun     Evening Ramble with Jeff and Pat
Tue 01 Jul      Day in the country with Brian and Marlene
Tue 15 Jul      Evening Ramble with Stuart and Maureen
Thu 07 Aug     Evening Ramble with Geoff and Val
Mon 25 Aug    BBQ with Malcolm and Margaret
Thu 28 Aug     Evening Ramble with Margaret and friends
Sat  06 Sep    Day on the Isle of Wight with Chris and Diane
Sat  27 Sep    Saturday Ramble with Diane & Dennis
Sat  25 Oct     Saturday Ramble with Jennie
Thu 01 Jan     New Year Ramble with Chris and Val

These walks are an opportunity for fellowship and to broaden our knowledge of the areas around us. If those responsible for an event are unable to organise and lead it, please arrange an exchange with one of the other people on the list or find someone else, who can take your place. Although Saturday Rambles usually include an optional lunch, evening Rambles only include a supper venue at the discretion of the organisers/leaders.

Organisers should pass details of the meeting place, time (and meal venue, if appropriate) to Michael for inclusion in the weekly notice sheet as early as possible.

A warm welcome is given to anyone who would like to join us.
Enquiries to Jenny

Helping you to live in a fellowship of friendship.