Over the next few months we aim to bring attention to a number of the churches social groups. The choir meet most Monday evenings to practice. They sing during Sunday Morning Worship, and at other occasional services. This is a photograph of the choir members just after Palm Sunday Worship having just sung beautifully and joyfully during the service. They sing to a very good standard but not toffy nosedly.
The choir are always interested in new budding choiristers to join their ranks. They sing a combination of traditional and modern pieces, both single hymns and extended suites, predominately of a religious nature, and they sound superb. They are generally accompanied by organ, piano, french horn and sometimes by other Hedge End Methodist instrumental groups.
Sing to the Lord a joyful song,
Lift up your hearts, your voices raise;
To us his gracious gifts belong,
To him our songs of love and praise;
Easter this year takes place between Maundy Thursday (17th April) and Easter Sunday (20th April). There will be a number of services and activities during this time.
Service of Light and Darkness
This will take place at 7.30 on Maundy Thursday (17th April).The service includes communion.
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. There will be a Service in Hedge End Methodist Church at 3.p.m. on Good Friday conducted by the Rev. Christine Coram.
On Sunday , Easter Day, we are holding an Agape service at 8.00am., when the New Testament Church met, they shared fellowship, worship and food. They enjoyed a common meal together, which eventually became the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion.
We are going back to those earliest times, to share in another part of the common meal, called an Agape or Love Feast. At this meal we share food and fellowship together. You can actively take part, if you wish, by bringing along a prayer, a reading, a poem, a testimony or something similar. Or, of course, you can simply listen.
You don’t need to bring any food of your own, as we’ll be providing some light refreshment. It will be a special act of worship and all are invited. We’d love you to come!
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 (right). If you would like to contribute to this please feel free to bring a few flowers with you to the service.
At our prayer group tonight, and in prayer, Graham has proposed to start a new house group for the church. More details soon.
On Saturday April 5th we ventured on the first Ramble of the Year. 15 of us met in Hamble during the Morning. We walked down to the Quay and then through the Woods to the Beach. We then Walked along the Beach and back to the Village. It was slightly damp and drizzly but none of us got too wet, and we managed to avoid the most muddy paths. Some people who had walked along the beach on a previous Walk were surprised at the extent of the erosion of the Beach paths; this is presumably a result of the recent storms. We were pleased to see that the Spring Flowers were starting to appear. After the Walk we went into to the “Victory” Pub where we had Lunch together. Our Thanks to those people who had arranged this Ramble for us.
We started on Friday Night by Hosting this years Womans World Day of Prayer. This years event material was prepared by the Women of Egypt; next year it will be arranged by Women from The Bahamas. This event is arranged so that during the 24 hours an almost identical service is held in many places and countries in the World. We were pleased to be able to host this service, the hosting of which is shared between the churches in the Hedge End Area, so it tends to be our turn every eight years or so. We welcomed our friends from the other Churches to our Church on this occasion. Our thanks to everyone who organised or helped in anyway to make this interesting service possible.
On Saturday we held our childrens event, “Jammy Church” which we hold every second Saturday of the Month. This is an opportunity to think about the Stories in the Bible whilst enjoying yourself doing Craft activities and Eating. This is mainly aimed at families, although the young at heart are very welcome. Saturdays Theme was the story of the Disabled Man who was lowered through the Roof on his mattress so that he got to see Jesus.
When we entered the Church on Sunday we could see that some people had been very busy on Saturday. This was because the front few rows of Pews had been removed and replaced with Chairs. This should make it a lot easier for people with difficulties to sit down comfortably. We would like to thank the Church that wanted to get rid of their chairs and wanted some more Pews. It was good to be able to do a straight swop with them. We are grateful to the Church Council and everyone else involved in arranging this.
The Sunday Service was taken by Deacon Brian Purchase on the Theme of Salt and Light. Some Volunteers got to light some Candles and everyone was given some Crisps to Eat. We were encouraged to think about the theme of bringing light to other people during our normal lives following the service. We were pleased to welcome the Girls and Boys Brigade to this service, and the District officer of the Girls Brigade who presented Gemma with her badge to become an Officer of the Girls Brigade.
The Hedge End Service as part of this International initiative will be be held in Hedge End Methodist Church on Friday 7th March at 7.30 p.m. This years Service has been arranged by the Women of Egypt and the theme is “Streams in the Desert”. The speaker is Alison Judd, Area President of Methodist Woman in Britain. Light Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the Service. All are very welcome to attend this service including men.
On Sunday 9th February we were pleased to welcome the Mayor of Eastleigh Councillor Malcolm Cross and his wife Sue. During the Sunday Morning Service The Mayor presented 4 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards and 3 Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards to members of the Boys Brigade, and a Queens Badge to Gemma from the Girls Brigade. We were all pleased to have the opportunity to congratulate them all on their hardwork in achieving these Awards. Ben, Jonathan and Jonathan are due to attend St James Palace to be presented with their Gold Award certificates either by the Duke of Edinburgh or Prince Edward. The Sunday Service on the theme of the Prodigal son was conducted by our Minister the Rev. Christine Coram and 157 people attended.
Our theme today was the Prodigal Son. The children made piggy biscuits and piggy masks. Richard helped in the construction of home made compasses. We enjoyed the performance from the puppeteers. To celebrate the third year of the childrens group (which we call Jammy Church) everyone ate their share of a big cake with lots of sweets on it. Everyone had a baked potato lunch together.
Come and enjoy a fun evening on Saturday 15th February, 6.45 for 7.00 p.m. prompt start in the social hall (side entrance). Either make up a team of up to 6 or come as an individual and join a team on the night. The evening will include a Fish and Chip Supper. Tickets are £10 and need to be purchased by Sunday 9th February (So that Catering can be arranged) from the Church Stewards. A Raffle will also take place during the event.
Thu 20 Mar Rambling Group Lunch with Michael and Jenny
Sat 05 Apr Saturday Ramble with Jenny and friends
Mon 21 Apr Easter Treasure Hunt and lunch with Brenda and Alec
Thu 15 May Evening Ramble with Colin and Sue
Sat 31 May Saturday Ramble with Michael and Marilyn
Thu 19 Jun Evening Ramble with Jeff and Pat
Tue 01 Jul Day in the country with Brian and Marlene
Tue 15 Jul Evening Ramble with Stuart and Maureen
Thu 07 Aug Evening Ramble with Geoff and Val
Mon 25 Aug BBQ with Malcolm and Margaret
Thu 28 Aug Evening Ramble with Margaret and friends
Sat 06 Sep Day on the Isle of Wight with Chris and Diane
Sat 27 Sep Saturday Ramble with Diane & Dennis
Sat 25 Oct Saturday Ramble with Jennie
Thu 01 Jan New Year Ramble with Chris and Val
These walks are an opportunity for fellowship and to broaden our knowledge of the areas around us. If those responsible for an event are unable to organise and lead it, please arrange an exchange with one of the other people on the list or find someone else, who can take your place. Although Saturday Rambles usually include an optional lunch, evening Rambles only include a supper venue at the discretion of the organisers/leaders.
Organisers should pass details of the meeting place, time (and meal venue, if appropriate) to Michael for inclusion in the weekly notice sheet as early as possible.
A warm welcome is given to anyone who would like to join us.
Enquiries to Jenny