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