Got Questions about Life ?

We are Running “The  Alpha Course” at Hedge End Methodist Church.

Begins 17th April for 11 Weeks.

Starts 18.30 on Fridays in the Church Hall.

First a light Meal then a DVD presentation then a short break, then Discussions it will end about 21.00.

Christians will always be seeking to know more of him and are still asking questions about him – was he merely a man or is he the Son of God?

This course will ask – and attempt to answer – such questions as – “ Is there more to life than this” –“ Who is Jesus?” – “ Why and how do I pray?” – “What about the church?” and many more.

If you wish to attend the course or just find out more about Alpha please speak with one of the church stewards. <

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Radio Interview with Geoffrey

This Morning Rev. Geoff Scarlett was  interviewed on the Tim Daykin Show on Radio Solent. He was interviewed by Mike Apps and talked of Writing Poems and Hymn Lyrics.

The Radio Solent Programme can be listened to by following the link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02jm6bd#auto

This link is to the whole programme if you havent got time to listen to the whole programme if you start to listen at 01.45  on the timeline you will get to the specific piece.  Our Thanks to Radio Solent for allowing us to link to their site.  Please note this programme will only be available until 29th March.

Geoffrey on Solent

As part of the Tim Daykin Show on Radio Solent this Sunday (1st March) there will be an interview with Rev. Geoffrey Scarlett.  He  is a retired Church Minister who is very active within  Our Church and in the local area.  Geoffrey will be talking about writing Poems and Hymn  Lyrics.  He estimates that he has written approximately 70 Poems and Hymns over the last 30 years.

Some of his poems can be found in the blogs posted on January 2nd and January 21st This year.

This is the second Radio Solent interview that Geoffrey has been involved in as he was interviewed with Stuart (as part of his Celebration of 50 years playing the organ) in the same show on 1st February.

We believe that the interview will be broadcast between 7.00 and 8.00 in the Morning.

Easter 2015

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During our normal service on  Palm Sunday ( 29th March) we think of Jesus’s triumphant procession into Jerusalem in a Service taken by Mrs Jan Hayter.

This is followed by several events and services the next weekend which is the  Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. i.e.  between Maundy Thursday (2nd April) and Easter Sunday (5th April). These are detailed below.

Service of Light and Darkness also known as Tenebrae
This will take place at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (2nd April).The service includes communion. This service will be conducted by Rev. Tony Parkinson.

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.

Easter Sunday

On  Easter  Day,  we  are  holding  an  Easter Breakfast at 8.30 a.m. This will be a light Breakfast including Worship.

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 above. If you would like to contribute to this please feel free to bring a few flowers with you to the service. This Service will be conducted by Rev. Arthur Cowburn.

Hard Work for Boys Brigade

We were joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh  councillor Tony Noyce and Mrs Janice Noyce  on Sunday 8th February for our 10.30 service.  We had several visitors associated with the Boys Brigade including the Battalion president  of the Southwest Hampshire Battalion and  former members of Hedge End Boys Brigade.

We were Pleased to celebrate the achievements of several people all associated with the Boys Brigade.

The Captain of the Hedge End Boys Brigade Jeff was congratulated as he has now served for 40  years as a leader in the Boys Brigade. He was presented with the National long service Award and Certificate by the Battalion president.

The Mayor of Eastleigh presented certificates to people who  had completed sections of the Duke  of Edinburghs Awards. Presenting Silver Awards to Callam and Aaron and a Gold Award to Jack.  Gold is the highest Level that can be obtained in this scheme.

Completing the Duke of Edinburghs award involves work in many different areas including working for the community in various ways and completing tests of outside endurance. Since the Scheme was launched in the 1980’s Hedge End Boys Brigade has gained 8 Golds,23 Silvers and 46 Bronzes including  those presented above

More details of the Duke of Edinburghs  Award can be found at:

http://www.dofe.org

The service was conducted by our Minister the Rev. Arthur Cowburn who talked about the difficulties that can occur when completing tasks and the necessary persistence that we sometimes require to do so.

Valentines Jammy Church

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During the Morning of Saturday 14th February  from 10.30 to 12.30 we will be holding our next “Jammy Church”.  This is an activity session for children, their families and the young at heart.  Each session is based on a particular Theme. This Months session is about people who show Gods Love, in the Bible and in Modern Times.

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.

https://www.facebook.com/JammyChurch

Musical Celebration

On Sunday 1st February our service explored Music in Worship.  The theme for the service was prompted by the fact that our Church Organist was celebrating 50 years of making music in our Church.

The service was led by Rev. Geoffrey Scarlett, who frequently has collaborated with Stuart Harding (The organist in question) on writing Hymns and songs for Worship over the last few years.

The service started with the Reading together of Psalm 98 “Oh sing to the Lord a new song”;  later on we did just that.   We sang The Gift of Music” with Lyrics by Geoffrey and the Music by Stuart .

Stuart had chosen the Hymns for the service which were:-

  • “Meet and right it is to sing”
  • “For the Music of Creation”
  • “Take this moment, sign, and space”
  • “When in our music, God is  Glorified”

The Choir sang an Anthem “Just as I am” which was written by Charlotte Elliot in 1834.  It was good to see some old friends who had moved away from the area  back singing in the choir for the occasion.

During the service a speech was made by Jennie, the Senior Steward, detailing Stuarts Musical life in the Church over the years, and he was presented with a framed certificate and  an engraved paperweight.

After the service the celebrations continued as sixty four people sat down to Lunch together, with Tarragon Chicken to start then various sweets and a celebratory cake.

Our thanks to everyone who made this occasion possible.

We all look forward to many more years of exceptional musicmaking in the church.

Stuart and Geoffrey in the news.

This Weekend the Church has been featured in the Southern Daily Echo and in an interview on Radio Solent.  Both Articles are about Stuart Hardings 50 years as our organist.

Stuart and Geoff Scarlett were interviewed on the Tim Daykin Show on Radio Solent.

The Radio Solent Programme can be listened to my following the link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02h981j

This link is to the whole programme if you havent got time to listen to the whole programme if you start to listen at 01.48 on the timeline you will get to the specific piece.  Our Thanks to Radio Solent for allowing us to link to their site.  Please note this programme will only be available until 1st March.

Stuart was also pictured and interviewed  in the Southern Daily Echo for Saturday 31st January.

Radio Broadcast

As part of the Tim Daykin Show on Radio Solent this Sunday (1st February) there will be an interview with our Church Organist Stuart Harding. We believe that the interview will be broadcast between 7.00 and 8.00 in the Morning. The reason for this occasion is because Stuart is Celebrating 50 years as our Church Organist this year.

We will be celebrating this event later that day as part of the Church Service. Please see the blog entry “50 Years at the organ” posted on 13th January for further details.

In Praise of Jesus

A Message and a Poem from Geoffrey.

After  a  wonderful  Covenant  Service  at  the  beginning  of  the  year,  I  felt  inspired  to  write  this  poem….

IN  PRAISE  OF  JESUS

How  can  you  possibly  pray  for  me?
How  can  you  graciously  care?
I  have  done  nothing  to  earn  your  love,
Yet  you  are  always  there,
Ready  to  guide  me  on  my  way,
Meeting  my  deepest  needs  each  day.

How  can  you  possibly  break  the  bread
And  offer  a  piece  to  me?
How  can  you  offer  me  wine  —  the  sign
I  am  from  sin  set  free?
I  am  not  worthy  to  receive.
Such  pard’ning  love  I  scarce  believe!

How  can  you possibly  die  for  me,
Die  such  a  bitter,  cruel  death?
Knowing  me,  how  can  you  choose  to  love,
Love  me  with  your  last  breath?
It  should  be  me  upon  that  Cross.
So  great  a  love  at  such  a  cost.

How  can  you  possibly  trust  me,  Lord,
To  follow  you  and  obey?
I’m  but  a  poor,  struggling  Christian,  Lord,
Humble,  with  feet  of  clay.
Yet  you  choose  me  to  spread  your  word.
Use  me  to  bring  you  glory,  Lord!

Geoffrey Scarlett 2015

Helping you to live in a fellowship of friendship.