What an exciting and inspiring day we had at Ignite. With about eighty people attending, there was a wonderful sense of fellowship and being together, whether in the meetings, or chatting over lunch. As was said in the feedback: ‘It was just great seeing the congregations meeting together.’ ‘When can we do this again?’
Our speaker, Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, gave us three talks, leading us through the great Commission and onto the ways in which the face of mission has changed drastically in the UK over the last 40 years and how, therefore, as God’s people, the church must respond. One word that I am sure we will all have taken away with us is the word ‘Go’. ‘Go and make disciples of all peoples’. In this day and age, we can no longer expect people to come to us. God started his rescue mission when he sent Jesus and the sending has been going on ever since, but we do not go alone; it is a com-mission, ‘I am with you always.’ (Matt 28) He gives us His Holy Spirit to help, guide and empower, which both challenges and encourages us. We were reminded that it is what people see in us, not just what we say that counts. We must be vulnerable, honest, and real with them, not implying that we have readily available answers to dispense, but befriending, caring and working alongside, becoming a servant community. But also, when in this day and age so many seek after mystical or spiritual experiences, perhaps it is time to rekindle that flame of authentic mysticism in our Christian faith, that wonder of an all-powerful, all-loving God, that working of His Spirit that we can neither explain, predict, nor control.
What else can I say? We had two wonderful times of worship, which were described as ‘inspirational’, ‘refreshing’, ‘uplifting’, ‘empowering’, as we sensed God drawing us closer to Himself.
Were there things we could have done better? Of course, such as warning about parking, giving out notes for the talks, and having a cup of tea earlier in the afternoon!!
Will we do it again? I am sure we will.
Will we take what we have heard this time and allow God to direct us in His mission here in Epsom? Let us pray that as His people here at EMC, we will.
Maybe everything is best summed up by two comments from the feedback sheets:
‘It is not about coming in and getting comfortable. It’s about going out and being uncomfortable for Jesus.’
‘Now all we have to do is respond to God’s mission and let Him make the difference.’
Thank you to all who came and made it a great day.
Everyone who joined our virtual charabanc tour earlier in the summer had a fun-filled three days in Edinburgh, Scarborough and Tenby! On Monday we were welcomed to Edinburgh by a piper and we ended our visit with Scottish dancing.
Later in the week we decorated candles, had a hand massage, a manicure morning and a percussion afternoon which involved some of us being able to ‘have a go’ on the timpani and snare drums together with all the other instruments.
Jim Bosley instructed and helped us to make scones and the week ended with the ever popular Hedley Kay singing for us. Andrew Jennings, ably assisted by Judy Higginson, cooked delicious lunches that reflected the areas we were visiting.
We have had many really enthusiastic comments from lots of those who came saying how much they enjoyed the three days, such as: “It made me feel so much younger”, “The food was delicious”, “The baking was great fun”.
Thank you so much to all our helpers each day and to all those who made cakes, puddings and gave lifts which enabled all our guests to come along and enjoy their holiday.
Next year’s Summer Fun in the charabanc will be on Monday 30 July, Wednesday 1 and Friday 3 August 2018 and we look forward to seeing you. Jenny Jennings, Janet de Bourcier, Libby Fairweather, Valerie Sheene, Carol Stringer Editor’s note; Grateful thanks to Jenny for leading this event and making it such a success.
Commissioning Service for Chris Shaw and John Dawson: Sept 10 2017
The Sutton Methodist Circuit held this service led, by Rev Dr Dave Dickinson,
to appoint Chris Shaw to the ministerial team at Epsom
and John Dawson to the pastoral ministry in Cheam.
Each was welcomed by a representative from their church.
During the last week of the Summer Holidays just over 50 children spent 4 fun filled days exploring what it means to be a friend of Jesus through worship, games, crafts, polar Olympics, junk modelling, illusions with a Christian message and much, much more.
Our oldest group of children [black group] also enjoyed 2 evening events, bowling and burgers at Kingston and a barbecue and games evening. Many thanks to everyone who helped to prepare for the club and helped during the club itself.
Baptism Discovery Mornings
On the 3rd Monday of each month between 11 am and 12 noon feel free to pop in to Roots coffee shop to find out more about baptism and naming ceremonies for children. There will be helpful leaflets to take away.
Mayoral opening of ROOTS Coffee Shop
Roots was formally opened by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell on May 25th 2017.
After opening prayers led by Rev Nik Woolller, Councillor Liz Frost cut the celebration cake, beautifully made by Jim Bosley.
Liz recalled that the Coffee Cup project started in 1985 with a small servery offering hot drinks and cakes with the intention of providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for people to meet and chat over a cuppa.
Four of the five Coffee Cup founding ladies: Janet de Bourcier, Pam Olsen, Margaret Boulton and Audrey Howe (Doris Howarth was the fifth founder) were presented as a memento, with an original 1985 teapot, scrubbed, polished and wrapped in the Roots colours.
This presentation was made by Ann Arthur, representing the ROOTS steering committee.
Roots coffee shop, managed by Wendy Hitchin and staffed by volunteers, continues the Coffee Cup tradition but in bright and attractive new surroundings, including a children’s play area.
Entertainment was provided by the Epsom Rock Choir, which rehearses at EMC weekly on Thursday mornings