Christmas Fayre Date and Recipe Request

Our Christmas Fayre will take place on Saturday 3rd November from to 2 p.m. We would be pleased if you could put this date in your diaries.  We are finalising the stalls at the moment, It is likely they will include many of the stalls which we had a couple of weeks ago, some of the visiting  stallholders have already asked to attend again.

It is intended  to produce a Church recipe book for sale at this event.  We are grateful to those of you who have already given us recipes but we would like some more please  they can be starter, main course, dessert, cake, bread, snacks, BBQ, cooking tips etc etc. Children are also welcome to take part. More than one recipe is acceptable.
You may either send the recipes electronically using the form below or hand recipes to the Church Stewards. For more details please see the previous blog Church Recipe Book

Thank you for your help.



Winter Wonderland Carnival


On Saturday 7th July Hedge End Carnival will be taking place. Our church family will be taking part in it. The Carnival has been running since 1921 and raises money for good causes local to Hedge End.

Last year the theme for our entry was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, for which we received a first prize. The year before the theme was “Noah’s Ark”. In 2015 it was “All things bright and beautiful for which we were awarded a cup for our walking group.

This year the overall theme for the Carnival is “Winter Wonderland” we have decided to depict “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” which is a children’s story by C.S. Lewis who is well known for his Christian writing. We are looking into the possibility of having a float, rather than the Bus, as a float would make us more visible. If you happen to know anyone who has suitable transport please let us know.

If you wish to join us it would be great. This is not just for the children in the church; or only those people who attend Sunday morning worship, it is for everyone. People who attend any activity associated with the Church are welcome to take part.

If you wish to take part in the procession please let us know, so that we can get an idea of numbers (we need to give the carnival committee an idea of how many people we have) and work out the logistics, so all goes smoothly on the day.If you wish to help beforehand we will be making banners etc in the Hall during the evening of Monday 18th June.

We will be having a stall on the Show Ground where the carnival procession ends and hold a Children’s “Jammy type” event there as we did last year. This was appreciated by the public and good fun was had by all. If there are enough people available on the day we also hope to serve people tea and coffee outside the Church as we did in 2016, but this depends if we get enough volunteers as we do not wish to deplete the procession in order to do this.

The Carnival is an excellent opportunity to all have a good time, whilst telling the people of Hedge End and further afield that we are here, and that God is important to us, and for them. This is part of our continuing outreach into the Community.

Coffee Morning Womens World Day of Prayer


As a replacement for the  Women’s World Day of Prayer Service in March , which was cancelled because of the Snow, Churches together in Hedge End and Botley  have organised a coffee morning. They say

We would like to invite you all to a coffee morning on Friday 18th May at the Underhill Centre, St John’s Church Hedge End from 10.30am-12.30pm.While enjoying homemade cakes and cookies, tea & coffee,we will use the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the women of Suriname who prepared the service,and to show our support for their efforts in protecting the rainforest which helps to protect us from the dire effects of climate change. Please come and bring friends and family members. There is no charge,but donations will be gratefully received for the charities supported by the WWDP.

The chosen country for the 2019 service is Slovenia”.

Brigades Award and Display Evening 2018

On Wednesday 23rd May at 6.30 p.m. the Boys and Girls Brigades will be holding their Display and Awards Evening. There will be a display which normally consists of various sketches, Music and Singing. This is followed by the presentation of Badges and Awards. The awarding is usually  done by the respective district commisioners  of the Brigades.  Anyone who is interested in seeing what the Brigades do is invited to attend. It is possible that as part of the display we may see the “Bucket drumming” for which they won a cup earlier in the year.

Ascension Jammy

The Theme for Jammy Church on Saturday 12th May is Ascension when we think about the body of Jesus being taken up to Heaven.  According to the Bible this happened 40 days after the Resurrection. The Biblical references to this can be found in the book of Acts chapter 1.

Jammy Church takes place between 10.30  a.m and 12.30 p.m. and is our once monthly   activity session for children, their families and the young at heart.  All are welcome.   There will be informal Worship, 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.

The pictures above were taken at last months Jammy Church “Paul on the Road to Damascus”.


Thy Kingdom Come


There will be a Global Prayer  initiative taking place between Ascension and Pentecost (10th to 20th May).  This initiative is supported by the Methodist Church.  The aim of this initiative is that it “Prompts people to pray that more people might know Jesus”.  Some Resources to support this  have been produced by the Methodist Church.  More details can be found at

and also in the Spring 2018 issue of the connexion magazine.  Copies of this magazine can usually be found in the front vestibule of the church.

Visit from MAF on 15th April


On Sunday 15th April we welcomed Kevin Crook to lead us in worship and to launch officially the partnership we are entering into. This Charity partnership will enable us as a church to find out more about the work that MAF are doing especially in our chosen country of Papua New Guinea. Kevin shared with us the type of items the planes fly as part of their work, some we guessed such as medicines, people to help as well as books and equipment, However there was also things like blood supplies and even cows and live stock. We heard about the challenges for the teams in landing and flying in this country and how it’s one of the most dangerous areas for MAF. Remember these pilots often go where no other pilots will go.
We were set a challenge, initially for a week, however I guess it’ll be good to keep it up… We were asked when we see a plane to say a prayer for the MAF team and especially those flying and working in Papua New Guinea. It was lovely to see the passion about this work from Kevin and hear about the great calling that these families have to take on the jobs in these often far flung places.

After the service there was the chance to sign up for more information and purchase MAF goodies, Noah spent his pocket money on a MAF lego plane which he has built and is enjoying. (see photo above).

Kevin was very pleased with the Church’s response and conversations had.
I am the MAF link person, so if you have any questions or want to find out more do come and talk to me. Remember to like and follow the Hedge End Methodist Facebook page to keep up to date with MAF work as well as the other church events.
Also watch this space as I will be working with Kevin to organise future events which may include visits to groups to learn more about the work MAF are doing, photo exhibition, a flight simulator as well as community events when we hope to have a real plane visit!


We thank Maggie for these words and her work on our behalf with MAF

more about MAF can be found in the previous article

Mission Aviation Fellowship

We are getting Ready


Preparations are underway for our Plant Sale and Spring  Fayre which will be taking place on  Saturday 5th May from 10 .30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plants are being grown, Hampers being made up, Books, Jigsaws and many other goods being collected together, Jam Jars being filled  and soon cakes will be baked.

For more details please see the previous blog on this event

Plant Sale and Spring Fayre

The event will be going ahead even if it raining but we are hoping for a sunny day.

We hope to see you there.

Hedge End is still 4you


The Community survey into your views about Hedge End Methodist Church will still be running in the next  weeks.  If you have not yet completed it we would be very grateful if you could do so.  As well as the survey being useful to us in working out future plans and strategies, we should be able to use the survey results as a justification on the paperwork should be decide to apply for any grants. Do feel free to ask your friends to do the appropriate survey as well.  If you prefer not to do surveys online paper copies are available on the table in Hall.

We believe that it will take about 7 minutes to complete the survey online.  If you are a resident of Hedge End please complete the Residents Survey.  If you attend the Sunday services regularly please can you complete the Church People Survey (not the residents survey). The survey results will be given to us in a form that means that individual people cannot be identified.

There are also aspects of the survey specific to people who perform services in the community such as shopkeepers and local councillors.  They will be asked to complete there own sets of questions which are different to those below.

The Residents survey can be found at

The survey for those who attend Sunday worship can be found at

More details about the survey are in the original blog on this subject which can be found at

Hedge End 4 You


Carnival “Winter Wonderland”

On Saturday 7th July we will be taking part in Hedge End Carnival. The Carnival  theme is “Winter Wonderland”. The Carnival has been running since 1921 and raises money for good causes local to Hedge End. Our Church has taken part in the Carnival since 2015.

We will be holding a short meeting after the service on Sunday 29th April to sort out details of our activities and at some point after that more details will be available. If you have any ideas please do come along to the meeting.

We welcome anyone who is associated with the Church in anyway to join in with us on the day.

The Carnival is an excellent opportunity to all have a good time, whilst telling the people of Hedge End and further afield that we are here, and that God is important to us, and for them. This is part of our continuing outreach into the Community.

Helping you to live in a fellowship of friendship.