There is a vacancy for an Assistant Treasurer commencing September 2018. The Nursery is open each weekday morning during term-time. Financial competence and computer literacy is a minimum requirement. The Post is for an average of 3 hours per week during term time, mostly working from home. Applications close on Friday 25th May. For further information and application form, please contact John Riley: e-mail .
Digital EMC April 2018
Through the internet, EMC has new outreach tools which did not exist 20 years ago, to speak both to those outside and those within the Church family. Websites and emails can add to the bigger picture of EMC communication, which includes the preaching, the welcome, the smiles, the activities, House Groups, Weekly Notes, Focus and so much else.
It is interesting to note that most people in EMC are internet-connected, having an email address accessed via smartphone, pad, laptop or desktop. Since last May, our website can now be read, equally well, on the smallest smartphone screen and the largest desktop monitor. We have also added Weekly Notes, Focus articles, book reviews and Sunday morning sermons (since June 11th), recorded digitally and uploaded, by Richard Smith at the sound desk. We have a dynamic website which many people read because it contains interesting, relevant, up to date information. Therefore it does need regular new input please, to keep this up. We are continually looking for new ideas, graphics, photos, articles etc. to publish. We love to have feedback as to what we’re doing right and what could be done better/differently. And if you’d like to get involved in the website, do get in touch!
To give you some idea of the usage of the EMC website, there have been 12,695 sermon audio file hits (each sermon averaging 165 hits) since June 2017. Google Analytics shows that since Sept 2017, there were 1,000 website users per month, peaking at 1,700 during Book Fair. The most frequently visited pages were Home Page: (30%); Book Fair: 7.6%; What’s On?: 8.3%; Weekly Notes (2.2%); etc.
The new EMC email distribution list
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in Europe on May 25th 2018. To ensure compliance, there must be explicit recorded consent to holding and processing names and email addresses for contacting you by email. We have set up a free Mailchimp email subscription system to ensure this. Forms to subscribe and un-subscribe are now accessible on the EMC website at:
We hope that this new email service will open a new channel of communication to provide you with details of news, events, activities or services at EMC. We will not send more than one email per month and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please would you sign up to this EMC email list. And please add to your email contact list to ensure that emails from that address don’t go into your ‘spam folder’.
Please email if you have any issues
Part-time Coffee Shop Manager
EMC is seeking a part-time Coffee Shop Manager (Job Share)
18 to 20.5 hours per week, plus holiday / sickness cover, 1 year fixed term contract initially. Salary approx. £10 per hour
Our lively, town centre church is looking to expand and enhance ‘ROOTS’, our current Coffee Shop, in Ashley Road.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the team in our successful Coffee Shop, which opened in April 2017.
Whilst a catering background or experience in the hospitality industry would be an advantage, this role would suit someone with good administrative / PC skills and the ability to plan and implement promotional initiatives for ROOTS.
The successful applicant should be sympathetic to our church’s Christian views and have a desire to be part of a professional operation that puts hospitality at the heart of our mission.
CLOSING DATE: 13th April 2018 Application Pack from Sue Massingham 01372 728535
A satisfactory Disclosure from the DBS is an essential requirement for this post.
News and Events for Children and Families March 2018
The next two regular Messy Church dates are Wednesday 28th February and Wednesday 25th April, both being held from 4 to 6pm. There is no Messy Church on the last Wednesday of March.
The Secret Angel and Messy Easter Event
On Saturday 24th March at 2.30pm Saltmine Theatre Company are coming to perform a dramatic version of the Easter story called ‘The Secret Angel.’ This will be followed from 3.30 to 5pm by a Messy Easter event. These afternoon activities are open to all ages; however, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. At the Messy Easter event there will be a bouncy castle, games, crafts, food and lots of fun. Entrance to the event starting at 2.30pm is by ticket only. Tickets can be purchased from the church office between 10am and 12.30pm on weekdays, or by emailing . Tickets are priced at £3 per person, with under 3s free. You must fill in a booking form when buying a ticket and all those attending must have a ticket, even those under 3. If you would like further information about this event do feel free to contact me.
Children’s Activity Days
There are two activity days for children coming up this Spring. Both days run from 10am to 4pm for children aged from reception to year 6. The cost is £10 per child, concessions are available.
On Wednesday 11th April we have Easter Eggstravaganza. Come and reflect on the Easter story through games, crafts, songs, gospel illusions and much, much more.
On Wednesday 30th May come and enjoy ‘Spring into Action.’
To book places for either of these activity days please contact John at
Children and Family Worker
Full-time Children's and Family Worker wanted
Epsom Methodist Church (EMC) is looking to recruit a full-time Children and Family Worker to join our Ministerial Team and provide drive, vision and inspirational leadership to our work among children and families in Epsom.
This is an exciting role for an active Christian within a supportive team, and offers the opportunity for a varied and fulfilling ministry.
EMC has an active and expanding program of ministry to children and families, including: Activity Days, Messy Church, special events such as pantomimes, plays and a full program for all on Sundays. The church runs a very successful nursery, a thriving toddler group, has its own flourishing Scout and Guide groups and is the meeting place for a large number of other groups which make use of our facilities throughout each week.
We are looking for an energetic and experienced individual who can lead the continued development of our work with children (0-12) and families and help us to grow our impact in this crucial area of church life and mission.
Key aspects of the role will include:
Bringing vision and development to our children’s groups and activities.
Leading, inspiring and resourcing our teams of volunteers.
Building relationships with children and families in Epsom,
Providing opportunities for them to explore and respond to the Christian message
The ideal candidate will:
Have at least three years’ experience as a Children and Family Worker or similar.
Be someone who has energy, is an enabler, supporter and challenger of others.
Have demonstrated their initiative in successfully introducing new exciting programmes and events for children and parents.
Be a good team member able to work within our existing ministry and leadership teams.
The appointment will initially be for a three-year term with a salary of £26,500 - £29,000pa (depending on experience).
Closing Date: 4th April 2018.
Application packs for this position can be obtained from our church office at: or by telephoning 01372 728535
Minister's Message February 2018
So, I’m not the greatest gardener.
I can quite imagine the scene in a few months-time – one sunny summer’s afternoon – as Bob (not his real name) is in the garden next door filling his wheelbarrow with freshly-pulled spuds (‘Cor, I got some whoppers ‘ere!’ – his cheery Devonshire accent drifting over the fence), weighing his prize marrow (‘Nearly broke the scales that did!’), and offering me a couple of crates of his succulent strawberries (‘I just got no room left in the fridge!’)… while, on my side of the fence, I’m throwing my pitiful looking carrots straight onto the compost heap (hoping that Bob’s not looking), discovering that blight has once again ravaged my tomato crop, and cutting up into six pieces the one small raspberry I’ve successfully grown so that whole family can have a taste of the season’s harvest.
You get the picture.
Here’s what Bob knows: Set the right environment for your fruit and veg and they will thrive. Give them the sunlight, warmth, water and nutrients that they need and they’re going to do well.
And just as gardeners want their gardens to thrive, God wants us to thrive.
We see a picture of it in the first psalm,
’They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do’ (Psalm 1:3)
God wants us to thrive, to be healthy, growing followers of Christ. There are many things that will help us to thrive as Christians, but here’s a key one that we’re going to be focusing in on during our teaching in February: being a part of a House Group.
House groups help us to thrive because they are a fantastic place to make meaningful and lasting friendships. And friendships are important. God created us for community, to be with one another, to encourage and support one another, to share together in the difficult times as well as in the happy ones. In House Groups we have a safe space to be ourselves, to be real, open and honest; to care and to be cared for, to love and to be loved.
House Groups also help us to thrive because they are a fantastic place to grow in faith. As we study the Bible together, share testimonies, ask questions, worship and pray together, we get to know God in a deeper way and are strengthened and encouraged in our Christian walk.
House Groups help us to thrive because they give us a chance to participate and to get involved… to help, to serve, to host, to lead, to pray for others, and just to be ourselves! House Groups provide a safe context for us to use the gifts that God has given us and to be a blessing to others as we do so.
Here’s what some people have said about House Groups:
"I have gained a lot from being part of the group, making a contribution, the social events and the Bible studies” " Apart from everything we have learnt together, so many friendships have been formed as well as some deeper ties which are of great and lasting value..." "We have been gaining a great deal from the studies... it is proving a wonderful opportunity... we are gaining so much from doing this."
So, if you are not already part of a house group, we’d love to encourage you to consider joining one! Our groups meet at various times of the week in different locations throughout Epsom. You’d be very welcome to try one or two groups out to get an idea of which one feels right for you. If you’d like to know more, you can:
God wants us to thrive, to be healthy and to grow in our relationship with Him. House groups can really help us to do that. If you’re interested in joining one, please do let us know how we can support you.