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.
Here you will find our growing list of Christian books and short book reviews, aiming to inspire, challenge and encourage.
Many of these books will be available for you to borrow. These will be on the 'A Good Read Bookcase' at the back of the Roots Coffee Shop area, where you are most welcome to come and browse.
Please click on the "Publisher Information" for their write-up, or click on "Our Review", for ours.
You may have read a book, not included here, which has had a particular impact on you. If you would like to share that on this webpage, do please submit its title, author and a short review, by clicking here and we will add it to this book listing.
During the month of November, we are thinking in our church services about prayer and its relevance to our lives. Below are reviews of some books that are available in the ‘Books to Borrow, Basket, which may help as we think through this important, but often difficult aspect of the Christian Faith.
Peter and Kathryn Thompson
Some Books on Prayer:
Too busy not to pray ; Prayer: Does it make any difference? ; Praying with the Grain ; Moving Mountains ; Let’s talk about Prayer ; The Night the Angels Came ; The Power of a Praying... ; The Practice of the Presence of God
Every Monday morning the Pastoral Group meets. It is made up of the Ministers, Judith and eight people from the Church. The purpose of the group is to update each other on pastoral issues which have come up recently.
Apart from visiting people who are unwell or housebound, Holy Communion is regularly taken to the housebound and on a Monday the church flowers** are taken to a variety of people. If someone is returning home from hospital, moving house or has had a baby we endeavour to arrange for a meal to be taken to them. Every other Monday we have a training session, covering a variety of aspects of pastoral care, which helps us to understand the best way to cope with different situations.
Our aim is to try and care for everyone who has a need but we would like everyone in the Church to be involved. On a Sunday we try to speak to anyone who is visiting for the first time, give them a Welcome Card, Focus and a booklet about our activities at EMC. If they fill in a Welcome Card we will then invite them to a welcome lunch so they can meet other newcomers and find out a bit more about the Church.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
On a Sunday please talk to people you don’t recognise. I know some people find this difficult, but a smiling face breaks down many barriers.
If you hear of someone who is unwell or in hospital please let us know, but do ask their permission first.
If there is anything else you think we could be doing please let me know.
Everything discussed on a Monday is strictly confidential and, finally, would you like to join us on a Monday and help us to extend our care?
**People who take out the flowers on a Monday only do it once every 2 months and we would really like a new person to help us with this. If you have a car and feel you could be involved do contact me, Carol Stringer, or Beryl Furness in the Church Office (01372 728535).
The first record of Methodism in Epsom is of meetings in a cottage on Epsom Common in 1840. Subsequently there was a move to a barn roughly at the back of where Sainsbury's Central is now. It is reported that on one occasion a donkey wandered in during a service. As the society grew there was a move to a chapel in Waterloo Road, part of the former open-air market.
In 1914 the present church was built and the chapel became the Foresters Hall. Even at this stage the congregation came from quite a distance, several walking from Ashtead one way and taking a train for the other if not walking both ways.
The move to Ashley Road was taken only after much deliberation; while there was a desire for example to get away from the disturbance of services by the whistling of steam trains at the station. There was also a fear for the safety of children crossing the High Street to the new site.
Both world wars left some mark on the life of the church. In the first a police sergeant, at the police station then opposite EMC, who was a member of EMC was killed during rioting by Canadian troops. (more below)
In the second the buildings suffered some damage from a flying bomb which landed in the vicinity. It was during this war that the Youth Club that later formed such a strong part of EMC's work among young people was started providing a meeting place to which young men and women in the forces could come and be with others of the same age group.
The late 1950s and early 1960s saw the building of the Church Hall and the addition of the transept to the main church building. While in 1984 the extension to the Church Hall block was built and named the Leyland Rooms in honour of Dr Leyland who served EMC so many years in his "retirement".
Sources: Glorious Burden By Rev Dr Leonard P Barnett Epsom Methodist Church 1964 - 1989 By Rev Dr A Stanley Leyland
An Audiotape prepared in the early 1950s recounting memories of the move from Waterloo Road to Ashley Road.