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Chinese Congregation EMC (CCEMC)
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EMC’s OWN GIANT CHARITY BOOK FAIR Thursday, Friday, Saturday 16-18 February
PLEASE WILL YOU HELP US, IF YOU CAN, WITH SOME OF THE FOLLOWING TASKS:
1. Collect supermarket/street market sturdy fruit boxes (ones which are at least 6inches deep). Please bring them to the church and if not occupied, leave them on the stage in the Community Hall. They are essential for the smooth running of the fair and we need almost two thousand of them, please! (If bringing banana boxes please bring both halves – the inverted lids stops books falling through the bottom).
2. Tell everyone about the book fair and don’t be afraid to boast a bit about the amount raised for charity and the fact that there are about 60,000 books to choose from. Even carry a few leaflets with you to hand out to friends and colleagues.
3. Advertise the fair by putting up an A4 poster wherever you can, be that in your car, on the fence or a tree outside your house or other prominent places (but do ask if you need to!). Remember to weather-proof it if it is outside. If you have a local school, college, adult education centre or other local group to which you belong tell them about the fair, its excellent work and benefits. Remember to give them some leaflets too.
4. From Wednesday 8th at 9am to Sunday 12th at 4pm come to the Youth Hall and help with sorting all the books we receive. This is the task with which we have most help from the charities with whom we work and we welcome all the additional help we receive during this time.
5. Bring all those books you and your friends and neighbours no longer need. Please deliver them to the Youth Hall before 6pm on Sunday 12th – we cannot receive books after Sunday 12th as we will have started the specialist sorting by then.
6. At 7pm on Sunday 14th help move the books from the youth hall to their sale positions. We need a large strong labour force for about one hour to shift the books to the areas where they will be sold ready for the final sorting for sale.
7. Specialist Sorting on Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and until 4pm on Wednesday 15th, this task is vital to the success of the fair and we definitely need as much help as possible. The books will be organised into defined sections so that they are easily reviewed by those who come to buy books, and so we sell as many as possible. There is no need to commit to a particular time during the specialist sorting, just come and stay for as long as you can. There will be tea and coffee and lots of friendly guidance if you need it. It is great fun and establishes a real camaraderie amongst all those who help.
9. At about 4pm on Saturday 18th February at the end of the fair we need a lot of strong people to load the lorry which will take away all the left-overs and then tidy the premises ready for Sunday. This does not happen if we do not get enough people to come and help with this vital task. With all the help we received last year the lorry was loaded in under 75 minutes!
10. On Saturday 4th March from 7 to 10pm come to a Party to celebrate this year’s book fair.
With your help the fair will run really smoothly and all those who helped will have enjoyed themselves and be proud of our readiness for the first invasion of the book dealers on the Wednesday evening. Some of these dealers will have travelled a long way based on our reputation for a well organised fair which has spread widely over the previous fifteen years. Over the following three days we will welcome crowds of people who live in and around Epsom many of whom rely on the fair for their annual reading.
Remember that last year we raised over £32,000 for the six different charities who helped us with the book sorting and raised money for the uniform groups as well as for the EMC Family Worker and all the work was voluntary.
We are in the final stages of making sure that the book fair runs smoothly again this year and continues to raise a substantial amount for charity. This year we are lucky enough to have help with sorting books from Action for Children, our Scouts and Guides, Hope4Malawi, PHAB, Rainbow Trust, Age Concern Epsom & Ewell and the Food Bank.
We are now in need of as much additional help as possible with the tasks mentioned above to continue to make it a truly successful event and a great example of EMC’s role in the Epsom Community
We thoroughly look forward to seeing you at our book fair.
Andrew Jennings, Jacqui Raggett and many other key book fair helpers.
Dates for your Diary 2017
The Leadership Team are proposing to the Church Council that we organise several events to look forward to in 2017.These include the Church Anniversary, Christian Aid Week, Harvest Festival, and Black History Month. Food and friendship will be key elements and we hope that we can make them special events to which to invite others. Here are some of the events for you to note in your diaries.
Sunday 12th March, evening. (Time to be confirmed) Church Anniversary Celebration. A birthday tea followed by Songs of Praise. We will be looking for members who would like to suggest a favourite hymn. Christian Aid Week begins on 14th May Our proposals involve a Sunday breakfast and lunch on 14th May. We hope that the 9.00 and 10.30 services will join forces to organise a morning that begins with breakfast, welcomes a guest preacher from Christian Aid to a joint service, and then a church family lunch.
Following last year’s excellent Black History Month lunch, we hope Church Council will approve an expanded version on 21st to 22nd October. We are looking for people to help us make this special and more details will follow.
There will, of course, be many other things to look forward to including; Chinese New Year celebration, an Easter holiday club event, summer holiday club, Holiday at Home and the 85th anniversary of Guiding groups. More details will follow in future Focus magazines. We look forward to seeing you there!
Additional dates that may be of interest: Saturday 15th April 2pm ‘Classical Babies’ concert with proceeds to the church. http://www.classicalbabies.com/concerts/ Saturday 20th May in the evening, Richard Muddiman in concert with guests Saturday 10th June.7.30pm Utopians Unlimited Opera will be performing Gilbert and Sullivans ‘Ruddigore‘at EMC. Tickets (£10) will be available from the church office with proceeds being donated to the church. Details of all these events will be published nearer the dates. Please contact the church office regarding any of the events listed and you will be directed to the appropriate person.
THE MARSDEN MARCH
On Sunday 19th March the seventh “Marsden March” will take place – a walk of just under 15 miles from the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. The object of the walk as many of you know is to raise the much needed money to enable the hospital to afford the ever increasing cost of more advanced equipment and drugs. I am well aware that through the generosity of many people at EMC over the years your donations have helped in the purchase of these more advanced equipment and drugs.
I am asking if as many of you as possible will sponsor me and by so doing support The Royal Marsden Hospital. I will be present with my sponsor forms after the 9.00 and 10.30 services.
It would be helpful if you could let me have your donations at the same time as you sponsor me. Cheques should be made payable to “Royal Marsden Cancer Charity”. May I remind you that if you are able to gift aid your donation we will of course be able to receive an additional 25% or a quarter of your donation from HMRC. I welcome the opportunity to meet you and thank you for your support.
Christmas Together 2016
In excess of fifty guests attended EMC’s annual Christmas Lunch for those in the borough who would otherwise have been on their own. Guests and helpers alike were treated to a fabulous lunch of turkey and trimmings, roast veggies, Christmas pudding etc.
There followed, in the afternoon, some carol singing, quizzes, stories and sketches and ...(yes, the technology worked!!!) we were able to show the Queens Christmas message on the big screen which everyone enjoyed. Our guests also had a bumper year for presents given the generosity of many, many people who had donated gifts of biscuits, chocolates, toiletries etc.
Events such as these are down to the generosity of giving by so many people – giving in terms of time, money and effort. Thank you to all, but especially: -
• My band of merry elves who helped peeling veggies and prepping the hall on Christmas Eve.
• The hosts and hostesses of tables at lunch. For all your efforts in helping your guests have such a good day and for helping clear up afterwards.
• The drivers – who willingly gave their time in getting guests to and from EMC.
• Sheila King for a fantastic Christmas cake (there was a bit left over so I am happily munching through it bit by bit!!)
• Heather, Maureen and Judith – the kitchen girls – great meal again – thank you.
• Karen Ver for the very kind donation of sweeties.
• Paul Massingham for helping get everything ready (technically) for the day.
• Master Butchers (Paul Sawyer) in Manor Green Rd – for not just the turkeys but also carving them.
• Sainsburys Kiln Lane and Waitrose Epsom for their extremely kind donations of veggies, sweeties, crackers and other bits and pieces.
• Longhursts Epsom for the ‘puds’.
• The ‘Trees’ charity of Epsom and Ewell for Christmas gifts.
• The ‘Big Warm Up’ charity for their kind donations of Christmas pressies.
I have probably forgotten a few, - if so I apologise – there are so many to thank – so if I have forgotten you – thank you!!!
Heather and I said that this would be our last year of ‘doing’ Christmas Together and we would very much like for that to remain – so…………we are looking for someone to take on the organisation and management of this project for Christmas 2017. We are still willing to help and pass on our knowledge and contacts but it does really need a new approach and someone new at the helm. If you are reading this and feel drawn to taking this on then please let us know.
Thanks again to EMC for your support.
Tony and Heather Blakeburn