Every so often we have a Ploughman’s lunch for people who are newcomers to the Church. This is a relaxed way to meet other newcomers and find out a little more about the Church.
The next lunch will be on Sunday 11th June from 12 to 1.30pm in the Lower Lounge at the Church and we do hope you will be able to join us for an hour or so. If you have already filled in a Welcome Card I have your details and will send you an invitation. If you haven’t filled in a Welcome Card please will you do so and I can invite you too. The cards are kept on the table just inside the entrance to the Church, or speak to one of the Stewards, and when completed can be put in the brown box on the same table. We do hope that all newcomers will join us for lunch and children will also be very welcome.
We look forward to meeting you.
Carol Stringer 01372 745313
EMC Youth Club May 2017
Although the youth club has only been around since September it has already embedded itself into my Sunday evenings. Every other week sees me hurrying through my dinner at such a pace that Usain Bolt would be jealous, only to arrive at the youth group to find more food. Perfect! Rachel quickly found out that the way to make us all participate was through our stomachs. So pretty much since the very first evening, Rachel has been prepared with all kinds of goodies. Obviously though, the youth group isn’t all about food. We do lots of activities that try and help us to develop our personal relationship with God. After the activities we usually have a discussion, which usually leads to a debate, which usually ends up about us arguing over America’s president… we’re forbidden to say his name. It’s great fun and I look forward to going. It’s an informal way of reaching God which, for me personally, is really nice because I’m not great at sitting still and praying and prefer to do something active. Our discussions have ranged from talking about housing Syrian refugees led by Neil Dallen, to having communion twice, once with Nik and once with Mark. It’s a great opportunity to listen to everyone’s viewpoints and what they have to say on current matters, The room is truly full of inspirational minds. The thing I like best about youth group is the fact that there is a time of silence, time together, time for food but most importantly time for prayer. We always have an open prayer at the end of the meeting where anyone can add in a prayer which is done in various ways- from prayer scrabble to consequences. Recently we’ve started prayer partners and for 10 minutes in the evening we discuss with our partner things that might be troubling us. There’s a prayer jar for any prayers we only want to share with God. It’s come so far already, so here’s to the next year of youth club! All we need to do now, is to finalise our name…
News and Events for Children and Families May 2017
Baptism Discovery Mornings Feel free to pop into Roots coffee shop at the church on the 3rd Monday of each month between 11 am and 12 noon to ask any questions you may have about baptism, naming ceremonies or thanksgiving ceremonies for children. There will be helpful leaflets to take away. Messy Church There will not be a Messy Church in May, but do come and join us at Messy Church on Wednesday 28th June both from 4 to 6 pm. There will be crafts, games and one or two challenges for the first hour. This will be followed by a short time in church and then a meal for everyone. It is free and there is no need to book. All ages welcome, however, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Crazy Science Party On Saturday 8th April about sixty people came to a Crazy Science Easter Party led by Duggie Dug Dug. Through Crazy Science Experiments, songs, puppets and lots of fun we were reminded that Easter is all about forgiveness and new life. Many thanks to all those who helped with this event before the day and on the day itself.
Easter Eggsplorer On Wednesday 12th April 36 children came to Easter Eggsplorer. Through worship, action songs, games, crafts, drama and an Easter egg hunt we reflected on the Easter story. Many thanks to all those who helped to prepare for the day and helped on the day itself. That Spring Thing That Spring Thing, an activity day for children aged from reception to year 6, is taking place at Epsom Methodist Church on Wednesday 31st May from 10am to 4 pm. Children can be dropped off with a packed lunch to enjoy lots of fun. Cost is £10 per child. To book places contact John at . Polar Explorers Holiday Club Lots of fun activities at Polar Explorers Holiday Club for ages 5 to 15 from 10 am to 2.15 pm from Tuesday 29th August – Friday 1st September - £30 for all 4 days or £10 per day. Stay on for Polar Explorers Extra till 4 pm for just an extra £3 per day. For more information contact John at If you feel that you can help in any way with this event contact John at or phone him on 07517 368362.
News and Events for Children and Families April 2017
Messy Church Come and join us at Messy Church on the last Wednesday of each month from 4 to 6 pm. There will be crafts, games and one or two challenges for the first hour, followed by a short time in church and then a meal for everyone. It is free and there is no need to book. All ages welcome, however, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Baptism Discovery Mornings Feel free to pop into the coffee area on the 3rd Monday of each month between 11 am and 12 noon to ask any questions you may have about baptism, naming ceremonies or thanksgiving ceremonies for children. There will be helpful leaflets to take away.
Activity Days for children On Wednesday 12th April there will be an activity day for children aged 5 to 11 called Easter Eggsplorer. There will be games, crafts, dramatic bible stories and much, much more. There will also be an activity day for children from 5 to 11 on Wednesday 31st May. To book places or for more information contact John at . Cost is just £10 per child.
Polar Explorers Holiday Club Lots of fun activities at Polar Explorers Holiday Club for ages 5 to 15 from 10 am to 2.15 pm from Tuesday 29th August – Friday 1st September - £30 for all four days or £10 per day. Stay on for Polar Explorers Extra till 4 pm for just an extra £3 per day. For more information contact John at There are lots of ways in which you can support the event. Could you pray for the club, lead or help with crafts, games or small group activities, help with refreshments or registration, help with planning and designing our holiday club set, help with publicity? If you feel that there could be a role for you contact John at or phone him on 07517 368362.
John’s Joke; Whenever I feel sad, I look at my blood donor ID. It says B positive.
John Wilson 01372 741384/07517 368362
Circle The City London Sunday 21st May 2017
CIRCLE THE CITY – SUNDAY 21ST MAY 2017 LONDON
This family-friendly Christian Aid event will be a fantastic day packed with activities, challenges, pop up exhibitions, musical performances, guided tours and many more adventures along the way!
The walk explores historical places around the City of London, starting at St Mary-Le-Bow Church (Cheapside, EC2V 6AU) registration begins at 12:15pm. There are two distance options - 3 miles and 6 miles both starting and finishing at St Mary-le-Bow. There will be a pre-walk service starting at 13:00 at St Mary-le-Bow.
Joining Christian Aid for Circle the City is not only a chance to see some of London’s best sites and discover hidden gems in the City; you will also be raising funds to support the work as part of the fight to end poverty.
When you register for this event we will send you a sponsorship pack with all the information you need to get started. Everyone taking part will need to register either in advance or on the day. So grab some friends and family, bring a picnic and make it a fun day out! If you are unable to raise sponsorship, for a minimum donation of £25 at the door, you can come on down for a great day!
Groups (church, youth, school and others) are also welcomed. For more information please contact: