The Revd Sarah Sewell the Trust Chaplain to the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and works with Revd Sue Bull, whilst Epsom Methodist Church supports the Trust. Lay assistants - some from our own church - take an active part in these and also minister to patients throughout the wards. Together they have responsibility for the hospitals and clinics covered by the Trust.
Action for Children is the children's charity of the Methodist Church. It was founded in 1869 by Methodist minister Revd Thomas Bowman Stephenson in response to the poverty and danger faced by vulnerable and destitute children and young people living rough on the streets of London.
Today, Action for Children, (formerly called National Children's Homes) has grown to become a leading children's charity running over 500 projects and working with more children and young people affected by poverty, disability and abuse than any other UK charity
Although it has this close link with the Methodist Church all its projects are multi-cultural, multi-racial. Epsom Methodist Church has an Action for Children Support Group which works to raise money for this, one of the largest child care agencies in the UK, while also seeking to increase awareness amongst members and friends of the importance of the work the charity carries out.
We would like to thank everyone for their generous support of the fundraising activities and for the direct contributions.
Thank you very much.
Ann Kelly & Janet de Bourcier
Book Fair Report March 2018
Amazingly 2018 was yet another record year for the Book Fair. We raised £37,688 up from £36,002 last year.
We sold over 2,700 tickets to the fair and with the students and children who are allowed free entry we had over 3,000 people visit the fair which was again over 10% up on the previous year.
This year the visitors were more evenly spread over the three days of the fair, rather than the crowd we had on the Thursday morning last year, although the starting queue was just as large.
We also had more books delivered than ever and probably had almost 80,000 books to sort.
We cannot display much more than about 60,000 books so the increased numbers proved a real challenge.
We had more help from members of EMC than we have done in previous years which was very welcome and is reflected in the increased contribution the fair is making towards the fund for the Children and Family Worker. However, we could not do without the help of the charities who particularly provide help during the general sorting in the Youth Hall to whom we have made donations as set out below. In addition, we had a new layout in the church, because we used Roots as the café area rather than the lower lounge. This worked very well and the gross takings from the café over the fair were increased as well as providing a very good opportunity to promote Roots to many who had not previously visited it.
The new layout using the lower lounge and the creche room proved a success as did the new display arrangements in the Hartley room. As a result, for instance, we sold more Cookery, Health and Wellbeing, Religious and Poetry & Drama books than we have done in previous years. However, overall, we only sell about one third of the books we receive and we need a dealer to provide a 40-tonne articulated lorry to take the books away at the end of the fair.
This year the dealer, who we had used previously and had agreed to continue to do so this year, told us the day before we started sorting, that he was unable to take the residue for resale. This gave us considerable concern, but we finally agreed, a week later(!) with a dealer, who had been recommended, that they would take the books on the Saturday evening. The Scouts then did a superb job in almost completely filling the lorry he provided with all the unsold books, despite the lorry arriving late.
We again celebrated the fair with a very enjoyable party, with entertainment provided by Peter and Kathryn Thompson.
The donations which we are making this year are:
Action for Children £7,850; EMC Family Worker £6,750; Scouts £6,500; Guides £2,000
We again provided books to support the development of Libraries in Malawi which the volunteers from Hope4Malawi help to build.
Finally, we could not run the fair without the help of so many volunteers who willingly give their time and expertise.
Huge thanks go to all of them for making this another successful event.
Both Jacqui and I look forward to planning for next year’s fair
Andrew Jennings and Jacqui Raggett
To respond to God’s love in Christ for everyone - by being a real focus in the town for Christian teaching, worship and care
Christian Aid June 2017 update
How lovely it was to welcome so many people to both the Christian Aid Service and the two meals on Sunday 14th May. With around 100 for the joint service and a total of around 70 fed, it was a wonderful time of community and fellowship. Our thanks go to Ann, Una and Sheila for all they contributed as well as to everyone who helped in any way, great or small.
It was a real privilege to have Laura Mead, area co-ordinator for Christian Aid, visit us and share again the message of Christ’s love for the needy and how we, as Christians, are called to be partners with Him in our giving, our helping and our praying. As she told us of the work of Christian Aid, we felt the pleasure of success stories such as in Haiti where the input to small scale dairy farming means they can now provide wholesome milk for local schools, only to be contrasted with the desperate sadness of the seemingly endless plight of refugees as they are herded into camps in neighbouring countries, having fled the most horrific situations in their own. This year Christian Aid Week is celebrating its 70th Anniversary by highlighting the needs of so many refugees, just as they did in 1945 at the end of the 2nd World War.
At the time of writing this for the June issue, the Christian Aid envelopes for this year will have been put through doors and a tireless force of volunteers have been calling house to house to collect them again. We pray that people will be generous in giving, but more importantly that they will be touched by the plight of so many in our world today and will be challenged by that force of Love that will not turn its back on those in need. If you missed Christian Aid week, it is not too late to give, or to think about how you can help and it is never too late to pray.
The Foodbank at Epsom Methodist Church has been running since 2012 and is open Friday afternoons from 2.00-4.00. It is run by the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust network. To date the five Epsom and Ewell Foodbanks have fed over 10,000 people.
To be able to receive help someone must have a valid voucher, obtainable from local agencies such as:
the job centre
the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The foodbank provides an emergency parcel of 3 days of nutritionally-balanced, non-perishable food, the quantity is according to the number of adults and children indicated on the voucher. Clients can only receive 3 vouchers in a six-month period and the Trust has a database to identify multiple applications.
While the food parcel is being prepared, the recipient is offered a warm drink and a biscuit and those Foodbank volunteers, who are specially trained to know about local services, can offer practical guidance helping them to break out of crisis. They are also offered a prayer with someone, should they wish to do so.
We welcome donations of non-perishable food, washing powder and liquid, antiperspirants and deodorants, shampoo and shower gels, but can only accept small quantities of donations at Epsom Methodist Church where there is a collecting box in the office. The urgent items required are on listed on Weekly Notes.
For larger quantities, please leave the items in the collection box at
Sainsbury’s, Kiln Lane
those other local supermarkets that have collecting boxes
or at the main centre at the Generation Resource Centre, Ruxley Lane, Ewell.
In addition Epsom and Ewell Foodbank runs “Eat Well Spend Less”, a six-week basic cookery, nutrition and budget management course. It also runs a Furniture Bank, which includes bedding, linens and crockery and which in one month gave out 98 items of furniture and household items.