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    Our Mission is 'Sharing God's Love in the Community'
    All Are Welcome


    Rev Norman Hooks

    Minister of Highlands Methodist Church

    Norman was born and lived the first 19 years of his life in West Belfast, N. Ireland. He is married to Jan, they have 5 grown up children, with 7 grandchildren. Norman and Jan met at Cliff College, Derbyshire, and since then have lived, studied and worked in Berwick on Tweed, Somerset, Scotland, back to N. Ireland, then to Essex, over to Bristol, to Buckingham as a Methodist Minister, and then in 2007 to Southend.

    He loves being with the family, enjoys exercise, plays the cornet (not very well), but his real passion is Jesus and seeing lives transformed by his amazing love and grace! He believes that the Christian life should be profoundly spiritual, and also deeply practical. Alongside this he can be very forgetful, and a bit of a scatterbrain.

    Worship, Services and Fellowship

    We meet for traditional morning worship on most Sundays at 10.30am and enjoy tea & coffee together after the service. We'd be delighted if you came and joined us.

    The exception is the 1st Sunday of each month.  On those days we'll meet for an informal Café Church, also at 10.30am.

    Come and join us every Tuesday for Morning Prayer from 9.00am till 10.00am.


    Come and join us at the Coffee Mornings every Wednesday and Saturday 10.00am till 12.00noon in the Church.

    Also, a friendly group of Highlands' people meet every two weeks at 7.30pm on Tuesdays for Housegroup. A warm welcome awaits you if you would like to join us. Contact Kathy on 01702 714528.


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    “Minister’s Contribution


    August 2019

    While Julie was on holiday Andrew Hyde and I had the privilege of representing Highlands Methodist Church at the Premier Radio - “Love Britain and Ireland Awards”. We had been nominated for our Community Events which have become a regular feature in the church’s calendar. Although we were not successful in going on to the next stage of the awards we had an amazing time just drinking in all the incredible things that are being done by churches all over the southeast. Such wonderful initiatives as people shared how they have been reaching out to care for the homeless, feed the hungry, befriend the marginalised. So many of the initiatives started small with one or two people catching a vision, driven by a passion. empowered by prayer and God’s Spirit to face every obstacle, so that a dream became a reality and then grew at times to encompass many hundreds of people.

    What was really great was the realisation that in different ways Highlands engages in different ways to serve, as we are able, many of the people who featured in the different projects presented at the Awards Evening! Can I encourage us all to continue in prayer with open and listening hearts! You never know when the next whisper from God will plant a seed into our hearts and from that seed a tree could grow, then from the tree could come a forest. This is the history of the church of Jesus Christ through the centuries. It is how God has always worked - all he needs is  people with open, obedient, responsive hearts.

    As I write we are still in the aftermath of England’s first World Cup Cricket win - what a nail bitting final! But where did it start? Maybe a young boy paying cricket on the beach while on holiday with his family, or getting a cricket set for Christmas to play in the garden. Every hero has an occasion that at the time seems insignificant, but which proves to be a defining moment for them.

    When our grandson was born with severe cerebral palsy our world stopped! He was examined by many specialists who never seemed to have any good or hopeful news, until one day my daughter took him to a wonderful speech and language therapist, who told her - “Always keep open to be surprised by you son!” I think there is a lesson here for all Christians - “Always be in that place where God can surprise you! You never know what he might do next!”

    Have a wonderful August! Jan and I are busy for a couple of weeks camping at two different venues and serving families with special needs children - what a privilege!

    Every blessing, Norman.”


    Highlander Magazine

    The Highlander is our monthly magazine. You can click here to read the latest issue.

    You can read the 2018 Serving the Homeless Report here.


    At Highlands we support a Methodist charity called All We Can.
    All We Can is a pioneering international development, relief and advocacy organisation that helps people to find solutions to poverty and become all that they can, in order to create positive, long-term change in some of the world’s poorest communities.  Find some inspiring stories about All We Can, and about how you can help by using this link to their website


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