In 1857 a group of people got together in Hedge End to start a branch of the Bible Christians, which was closely connected with early Methodism.This was the origin of what is now Hedge End Methodist Church. Celebrations of the 160th Anniversary of this event will be taking place over the weekend of 24th and 25th June. It has so far been arranged that on Saturday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m .we will be serving free light refreshments to everyone who turns up. We have already started advertising this in order to encourage people formerly associated with the Church to return to visit, and also the local Community to come and see us. We also have plans for Music for some of this time, and will let you know what will be happening when our plans are finalised.
On Sunday 25th June our celebrations will continue in the Sunday Service which will be conducted by Barry Matthews (who was our Minister from 1966 to 1968) .
We hope that you are all able to keep these dates free, so that you are able to be with the Church Family on this happy occasion.
The Theme for Jammy Church on 10th June will be “The Birth of Jesus”. the idea is to examine the story of the birth of Jesus in its own right away from the trappings of commercial Christmas.
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.
On Thursday 18th May some of us went to the Methodist Women in Britain Roadshow at Romsey Methodist Church. The theme for the day was “It’s Amazing”.
we were welcomed to the day and the programme was given out. We then started with worship which included “amazing Hymns”. We then heard what the Southampton District and the wider MWIB organisation had been up to.
Following this we split up into activities we could choose two activities from the following:-
- Choral Speaking – Amazing Gifts
- Creative silhouettes
- Amazing Science experiments
- Quiet Area – which included colouring.
we then had Lunch. This was followed by news from the wider MWIB organisation. Then we had A Talk on “Amazing” which was given by one of the four Gentlemen amongst us. This talk ranged from the beauty of Gods Creation, to the origin of various Hymns. All the things mentioned were linked with Amazing in some way.
We then had a presentation of the results of the morning activities, and finished with Communion.
This day gave us an opportunity to meet with and share stories with over 50 women, members of 5 different methodist Circuits were represented including people from Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
For more about Methodist Women in Britain please see
For another description of a Methodist Women in Britain day please see
M.W.I.B. District Celebration Portchester
on this site.
On Saturday 3rd June we will be hosting the Circuit Prayer Breakfast between 8.30 and 10.00 a.m. I am not sure of the exact Menu but in the past we have had Fruit Juice, Cereals, Toast , with Tea and Coffee.. This will take place in the Hall rather than the Church itself. This is part of the series of monthly prayer Breakfasts being hosted in turn by the Churches in the Southampton Circuit.
These events are described in the circuit plan as
a time of fellowship over a meal, worship, Listening to Gods word, Prayers as the Lord leads.
Everyone is welcome.
Our second Broader Horizons meeting will be on Sunday 21st May at 7 p.m. The Interviewee will be Deacon Brian Purchase. Who is known to many of us through his outreach work at St James Road.
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. The intention is that a discussion is had about Christian faith, and who knows we may also be challenged …
more details on these meetings can be found on this blog at Broader Horizons
or if you prefer scroll down this page.
It is coincidence that the first two interviewees are called Brian we have lots of different names lined up.
The New Music Makers have a concert coming up on 3rd June at the Berry Theatre in Hedge End. The concert is entitled ” Free Fall into Summer”.
The New Music Makers practice their singing in Hedge End Methodist Church on a Thursday Evening.
More details about them and there concerts can be found at:-
More details of the concert at the Berry Theatre can be found at
This years Christian Aid Week will take place from 14th to 20th May.
Christian Aid say that “Christian Aid has been there for refugees since 1945. We’re not turning our backs now”.
More details can be found at http://www.caweek.org
If you wish to donate please use the envelopes which will be available in the Pews or if
you do not have access to these please see the website above.
Final Preparations are underway for our Plant and Craft Fayre which will be taking place this Saturday 6th May from 10 .30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The pictures are of last years flowers so they may not be the same. There are lots of other stalls as well.
For more details please see the previous blog on this event at
Plant and Craft Fayre
or scroll down this page
The event will be going ahead even if it raining but we are hoping for a sunny day.
We hope to see you there.
On Saturday 13th May the theme for Jammy Church is “Jesus walking on Water”. We hope that it is a sunny day as it sounds like people could be having fun getting wet. 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 previous Jammy Churches.
On Tuesday 9th May at 7.30 in the Evening John Maromba will be coming to talk to us. John Maromba is the Methodist Superintendent Minister based at Lavington United Church in Nairobi; and will talk to us about how his Church has developed in recent years, its range of activities and how he sees it develop. His is a large congregation with six Sunday morning services and a strong emphasis on youth activities.
He is with us at Hedge End on Tuesday 09 May at 7.30 pm – it will be interesting to hear him! . Please note The Meeting will be in the Church not the Hall. Many of you will have read about Lavington in Grahams blogs, giving more details about his visits to Kenya.
Some of the links to these blogs are below:-
Methodists in Kenya
Baptisms and Elections Kenyan Style
Palm Sunday at Lavington Nairobi
If you would like to find more please use the search button to the right of this post underneath the dates.
More about Lavington can also be found at: