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.
Ready Teddy Go! - Nursery Manager
Come and lead our staff team! There is a vacancy for a Nursery Manager, commencing September 2018. The Nursery is open each weekday morning during term-time. An NVQ Level 3 qualification is a minimum requirement. The Post is for 5 days (a total of around 35 hours) per week.
Applications close on Monday 12th March. For further information and application form, please contact John Riley.
Part-time Circuit Administrator
The duties are to undertake the work as secretary to the Circuit Meeting and circuit committees, serve as Circuit Safeguarding Officer and to assist the Superintendent Minister in his circuit related duties.
It requires computer literacy and sympathy with the aims of the church. 20 hours per week, start May 2018, £12 per hour.
Application form from Rev Dr David Dickinson, . Office: 020 8643 6884
Closing date noon Friday 23rd March.
Epsom Passion Play - Frequent Asked Questions
I cannot act… is there still some way I can contribute?
Yes! We need stewards, people to help set up the staging, prayer, encouraging other people to come and, above all, your support as part of the procession on Good Friday.
When are the rehearsals?
There will be a full schedule of rehearsals published in late December. These are likely to be on Monday evenings (from 8.00) at Christ Church, Epsom and will include the weekend prior to Good Friday for Dress and Technical rehearsals. We will plan the schedule with people’s availability in mind.
Isn’t there already an established cast – why do you want more people?
We have been blessed by many committed individuals who have supported this important witness over the last five years. However, we are always looking for more people to get involved - costumes and props are provided
Why don’t we hold a silent procession like we used to?
The point of the Passion Play is to make a real impact in our community, a huge act of witness by hundreds of local Christians to remind people what the Easter story is all about. We encourage all the participants to mark their own devotions at services in local churches afterwards.
Why do you include the Resurrection when it’s only Good Friday? Should we not be focused on the crucifixion?
Again, we are staging the Epsom Passion Play to remind our local community about the real message of Easter and felt that we needed to capture the whole story and its message of hope, Christ’s love as well His sacrifice.
Do I have to be able to sing?
No – we have singers (and musicians) to lead the music and we turn off the cast microphones during the communal singing at the end of the Passion Play.
Part-time Coffee Shop Manager (Job Share)
EMC is looking to expand and enhance ROOTS, our Coffee Shop with this new position.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the team in our successful Coffee Shop, which opened in April 2017. This role will suit someone with catering experience and proven ability of working in a team, preferably with volunteers. 18 to 20.5 hours per week, plus holiday / sickness cover; 1 year fixed term contract initially; salary approx. £10 per hour.
Applicants should be sympathetic to our church’s Christian views and have a desire to run a professional operation that puts hospitality at the heart of our ministry.
CLOSING DATE: 1 March 2018
Application Pack from Sue Massingham: 01372 728535 / 07534 428584
A satisfactory disclosure from the DBS is an essential requirement for this post.
"The power of a praying ..." series
Stormie Omartian recognises the power of prayer to change things, sometimes in what seem to be near impossible situations and in this series of books she helps us to see how praying for our family members, whether it be for husband, wife, children or grandchildren can make a real difference, whether they are already Christians or not. She helps us to see that prayer often changes us so that we can become part of the transformation process, but also makes clear statements as to what we can pray for, helping us to understand better the needs of those we care about. We all need to cover our loved ones in prayer and these books can give helpful guidelines, encouraging and enlightening us in what can sometimes seem like an uphill struggle. She helps us to see that whereas worrying changes nothing, prayer can change everything.
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
This is a spiritual classic that you may have heard of, but never read. It is a series of letters and conversations from a lay monk who worked in the kitchens of a Monastery in Paris in the 1600’s. He came from a poor peasant family, and being unable to read or write was denied the religious life of a monk. However his desire to know more of God was so deep that he determined to find a place and was appointed as a lay brother to work in the kitchens. It was there that he learned to practice the presence of God, developing such a deep peace and joy that, as years passed, many sought his counsel. Reading about his simple approach to God and its profound effect upon his life cannot leave us unchallenged in our often over-cluttered lives. This is certainly a text worth reading.