March Broader Horizons

Please note this meeting will now take place at a later date, as it has been postponed due to the Icy Conditions.

Our next Broader Horizons meeting will be on Sunday 18th March at 7 p.m.  The Interviewee on this occasion will be our Minister Rev Arthur Cowburn. . The focus of these evenings is to interview  Christians ‘Parkinson style’ to hear of their faith and relationship with God, and how, in their professional roles, they have had cause to rely on God. These meetings take place in the Church not the Hall.

These meetings are informal in style and start with Tea and Coffee.  The previous meetings have been very interesting and have stimulated many different discussions.



Easter Offering 2018


Easter offering  envelopes are now available in the pews. This is a scheme run by Methodist Women in Britain to support the world Mission Fund. The World Mission Fund supports Gods Mission in 65 Partner Churches outside the U.K. through various means including scholarships and leadership training.

This years theme is ” Seek Peace and Pursue it”. They say “God of Peace and reconciliation, may the World Mission Fund and all our partner Churches enable your peace to dwell in communities all over your world, and may we do our part to seek peace and pursue it in our lives.

If you would like to give money please use the envelopes provided and put them in the collection in the usual way. This needs to be done before the circuit dedication service. If you wish to gift aid all of the form on the back of the envelope also needs to be filled in.

The Circuit dedication service for this scheme  will take place on  at 4. p.m. on Sunday 20th May  at St James Road, Methodist Church Shirley Southampton..

More about Methodist Women in Britain can be found at


Blooming Again

Following the three-month experimental period, the Flower Rota will now come back into operation, but with a difference. A team of people have offered to arrange flowers, and they will fill in the dates when they are available on the last column of the rota. If you wish to donate money for flowers for a specific week (up to a maximum of £15), please will you put your name in the first column, and contact the allocated arranger to discuss what you would like, or talk to Tony; if you would like to arrange your own flowers, please fill in both columns.

Church Recipe Book

As some of you will remember a recipe book was produced a number of years ago which contained favourite recipes, some including anecdotes, from members of this church.
As a fundraiser for future fayres etc, we thought it a good idea to repeat this and invite you to participate. As last time 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.
It is hoped that the book will be available to purchase at our Christmas Fayre in November.

You may either send the recipes electronically using the form below or hand recipes to the Church Stewards.

Thank you for your help.

Cancelled Women’s World Prayer Service

Due to the nasty weather conditions the women’s world day of Prayer service that was being organised for Botley Church tomorrow evening (2nd March)  has been cancelled.  It is hoped to hold the service sometime after Easter instead.  The date (and venue) will be published here when it is known.  The services will still be taking place in many of the 170 countries involved in the movement so we are requested to think of the people of Suriname during tommorrow.

More details about the day of  prayer can be found in the previous blog

Womens World Day of Prayer


Easter 2018

There will be several events and services over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. i.e.  between Maundy Thursday (29th March) and Easter Sunday 1st April). These are detailed below.

Maundy Thursday Service
This will take place at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (29th March). This service will be conducted by Rev. Arthur Cowburn and will include communion.

Good Friday
The Organisation “Churches together in Hedge End ” Hold a Walk of Witness at 11.a.m. starting in the Centre of Hedge End. Near the Co-operative store.

For more details about Churches together see

Easter Sunday

During the Service at 10.30 a.m. on Easter Sunday (1st April)we will be creating a Floral Easter Cross.  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 Tony Parkinson and will be suitable for all the family.

Hedge End 4 You

Hedge End Methodist Church is engaged at present in working out its future plans and strategies for our building and for our work in the community.  As part of this work we would like to know what the Hedge End Community thinks of Hedge End Methodist at the moment and what they would like to see us doing in the future.  We are working with our partners Leap Design to carry out a Community survey. We will be approaching various sections of the community in order to complete this task. We would be pleased if you are able to help us with this. The links for parts of the survey are below.

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 details of the online survey and paper questionaires will be distributed by various means over in the next few weeks.

The Residents survey can be found at

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



Plant Sale and Spring Fayre

You are invited to our Plant Sale and Spring Fayre, this event will take place on Saturday 5th May between 10.30-2pm. Stalls and attractions so far arranged are as follows:-

Plants – annuals, perennials, Veg Plants, Potted Annuals.
Red Stall – This will consist of Red objects
Filled Jam Jars
Pamper Hampers
Chocolate Tombola
Craft Stall.
There will be more stalls yet. details will be added to this site nearer the time.
There is no charge for admission for this event so why not come along and see what we have to offer.

The Pictures above where taken at previous Fayres.

Ash Wednesday Service

On Wednesday 14th February we will be holding a service for Ash Wednesday. The first full day of Lent. This will be a Communion Service and will commence at 7.30 p.m.. The Service will be led by Rev. Tony Parkinson. The service will be followed by refreshments and a short discussion on a theme connected to the service.

Lent is a time of reflection (and fasting)  on the way to Easter which remembers Jesus’s forty days in the Desert.  Ash Wednesday is actually a few days more than forty days before Easter as in previous times people were allowed not to fast on Sundays so Sundays were not counted as days. It is coincidence that Ash Wednesday happens to fall on Valentines day this year.


Helping you to live in a fellowship of friendship.