Major life-events such as loss of a job, a relationship, a home, health and a loved one have a huge impact on well-being. We want to reach out to those in the fellowship of our church and the Epsom community who are experiencing or have experienced loss and bereavement, to offer support, friendship and fellowship in a safe environment. The pastoral team at EMC will be starting, from April, a Tuesday Drop-In, focusing on those experiencing loss and bereavement. The pastoral team will pray regularly for those families being contacted and the people attending the Drop-In.
The Tuesday Drop-In will be open between 3 pm to 4.30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, located in the Lower Lounge at EMC.The group will provide a safe and supportive space for listening and being heard, for friendship and fellowship. We will be responsive to need and able to ‘signpost’ useful services and organisations.
Please come. Feel free to bring a friend. We look forward to meeting you over tea and cake.
The focus group members are: Carol Stringer; Val Imms; Libby Fairweather; Lisa Halstead; Pauline Nott and Jane Williams. If you would like to be involved in the support group, you will be very welcome. Please pray that we can provide a useful and supportive outreach and demonstrate God’s love for us all as we try to support one another.
House groups are at the heart of Methodism and play a key role in church life, particularly in a church as large as EMC. Small groups of people get together in each other’s homes for fellowship, study, prayer and mutual support. Everyone can join a House Group - there are a wide variety which meet at different times and days in the week and, when necessary, new groups will start.
We want House Groups to provide a safe environment where we can have fun and fellowship together as we support and encourage one another in our faith, but always in an informal atmosphere where everyone feels valued whatever their contribution. New members and visitors will always receive a warm welcome, so please contact us if you would like further information.
If you would like to think about joining a group, please click here to email us:House Groups Coordinatorand we'll get back to you
Methodist Homes for the Aged (MHA) is a charity providing care homes, housing and support services for over 12,500 older people throughout Britain. MHA is not just for Methodists; about 50% of MHA residents are Christian, of which about 50% are Methodists. Last year MHA celebrated its 65th anniversary – and this was especially significant for Ryelands, the home in Wallington, in our own church circuit, because Ryelands was the very first MHA care home.
To meet changing needs and current standards, Ryelands was completely rebuilt in 2004 to create a modern two-storey building in its own grounds and which now provides three kinds of facility: residential care in the part still called Ryelands; dementia care in the Brooklands wing; and self-contained retirement flats in Moorlands.
Typical residents’ single rooms at Ryelands are larger than found in many care homes, and include a kitchenette and en-suite shower room. Social activities mainly take place in the ground-floor lounge, which serves also as the chapel for mid-week and Sunday services. There is a dining room, a music room and a craft room.
A new manager has recently been appointed and the senior team under her reorganised. As well as the care staff, Ryelands has an activities coordinator and also a chaplain.
Ryelands is not far away and if you would like to get involved in supporting the home there are various ways of doing so. The Ryelands Support Group, for which I am Epsom church’s representative, organises a summer Fête and a Christmas Fair and raises funds to provide little extras for the residents, such as hiring a minibus for an outing. You can also leave small donations for the Support Group in the embroidered ‘penny pouch’ on the top left of the information display in the welcome area of the church.
Ryelands’ chaplain, Elizabeth Fleischer, is setting up an organised volunteer group. Applicants will need to undergo suitability checks and will be properly trained in how to assist elderly residents with their activities within or outside the home, such as accompanying them on local shopping trips.
If you would like to find out more, I can put you in touch with Elizabeth. Separately, if you have a skill or interest which you think you might contribute as one of the scheduled activities, I can introduce you to the activities coordinator, Dawn Sleeman. There is currently a shortage of musical assistance, such as for playing the piano. I myself have visited to entertain the residents and to help revive old memories by playing records from the 30s and 40s on my collection of wind-up gramophones – and I even get asked back again!
The Church Council meets formally three or four times a year. It provides leadership across the whole range of local church life and is responsible for ensuring that Epsom Methodist Church’s affairs are managed, decisions taken and resources used in a way which integrates into one community and purpose the work of the ministers, officers and members.
The Church Council appoints a number of representatives to the Circuit Meeting, which is responsible, in particular, for ensuring that there are adequate ministerial resources in all churches in the Circuit.
Youth Hall Development
The Youth Hall development was completed in 2012 and officially opened in the Summer.