A very easy-to-read book of only 106 pages, ‘Let’s talk about Prayer’ addresses many questions that we may have as Christians when we think about prayer. It doesn’t go into great detail, but gives plenty of Bible references which you can look up for yourself and sets of questions at the end of each chapter that can prompt further thinking. It certainly challenges the reader to think through their approach to Prayer as well as their approach to the God who answers prayer, especially when life is hard and prayers seem to hit the ceiling.
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.
We all want to see answers to our prayers and in this 230 page book, John Eldredge helps us to see how we can all pray with passion, confidence and authority, the sort of prayer that can move mountains. He explains that we are in the midst of a great and terrible war, but that, whilst the collision of the kingdoms is going on all around us, God is looking to us to be his soldiers, learning on the job, growing in understanding and confidence as we go!! There is no greater adventure than that of God using us to bring about a change in his world and we don’t have to persuade, beg or cajole him, as if he were some reluctant and distant benefactor. He is already there ahead of us, willing us to become involved in what he is already doing, assuring us that as our Father he loves to see us learning to be totally dependent on Him.
Newcomers' Lunch Sunday 11th June 2017
Every so often we have a Ploughman’s lunch for people who are newcomers to the Church. This is a relaxed way to meet other newcomers and find out a little more about the Church.
The next lunch will be on Sunday 11th June from 12 to 1.30pm in the Lower Lounge at the Church and we do hope you will be able to join us for an hour or so. If you have already filled in a Welcome Card I have your details and will send you an invitation. If you haven’t filled in a Welcome Card please will you do so and I can invite you too. The cards are kept on the table just inside the entrance to the Church, or speak to one of the Stewards, and when completed can be put in the brown box on the same table. We do hope that all newcomers will join us for lunch and children will also be very welcome.
We look forward to meeting you.
Carol Stringer 01372 745313
News and Events for Children and Families April 2017
Messy Church Come and join us at Messy Church on the last Wednesday of each month from 4 to 6 pm. There will be crafts, games and one or two challenges for the first hour, followed by a short time in church and then a meal for everyone. It is free and there is no need to book. All ages welcome, however, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Baptism Discovery Mornings Feel free to pop into the coffee area on the 3rd Monday of each month between 11 am and 12 noon to ask any questions you may have about baptism, naming ceremonies or thanksgiving ceremonies for children. There will be helpful leaflets to take away.
Activity Days for children On Wednesday 12th April there will be an activity day for children aged 5 to 11 called Easter Eggsplorer. There will be games, crafts, dramatic bible stories and much, much more. There will also be an activity day for children from 5 to 11 on Wednesday 31st May. To book places or for more information contact John at . Cost is just £10 per child.
Polar Explorers Holiday Club Lots of fun activities at Polar Explorers Holiday Club for ages 5 to 15 from 10 am to 2.15 pm from Tuesday 29th August – Friday 1st September - £30 for all four days or £10 per day. Stay on for Polar Explorers Extra till 4 pm for just an extra £3 per day. For more information contact John at There are lots of ways in which you can support the event. Could you pray for the club, lead or help with crafts, games or small group activities, help with refreshments or registration, help with planning and designing our holiday club set, help with publicity? If you feel that there could be a role for you contact John at or phone him on 07517 368362.
John’s Joke; Whenever I feel sad, I look at my blood donor ID. It says B positive.
John Wilson 01372 741384/07517 368362
News and Events for Children and Families May 2017
Baptism Discovery Mornings Feel free to pop into Roots coffee shop at the church on the 3rd Monday of each month between 11 am and 12 noon to ask any questions you may have about baptism, naming ceremonies or thanksgiving ceremonies for children. There will be helpful leaflets to take away. Messy Church There will not be a Messy Church in May, but do come and join us at Messy Church on Wednesday 28th June both from 4 to 6 pm. There will be crafts, games and one or two challenges for the first hour. This will be followed by a short time in church and then a meal for everyone. It is free and there is no need to book. All ages welcome, however, all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Crazy Science Party On Saturday 8th April about sixty people came to a Crazy Science Easter Party led by Duggie Dug Dug. Through Crazy Science Experiments, songs, puppets and lots of fun we were reminded that Easter is all about forgiveness and new life. Many thanks to all those who helped with this event before the day and on the day itself.
Easter Eggsplorer On Wednesday 12th April 36 children came to Easter Eggsplorer. Through worship, action songs, games, crafts, drama and an Easter egg hunt we reflected on the Easter story. Many thanks to all those who helped to prepare for the day and helped on the day itself. That Spring Thing That Spring Thing, an activity day for children aged from reception to year 6, is taking place at Epsom Methodist Church on Wednesday 31st May from 10am to 4 pm. Children can be dropped off with a packed lunch to enjoy lots of fun. Cost is £10 per child. To book places contact John at . Polar Explorers Holiday Club Lots of fun activities at Polar Explorers Holiday Club for ages 5 to 15 from 10 am to 2.15 pm from Tuesday 29th August – Friday 1st September - £30 for all 4 days or £10 per day. Stay on for Polar Explorers Extra till 4 pm for just an extra £3 per day. For more information contact John at If you feel that you can help in any way with this event contact John at or phone him on 07517 368362.