Ths sound file of the thanksgiving service for George Furness, held at EMC on November 10, 2018. can be listened to, by clicking the green square with white triangle below, or downloaded, by clicking the green circle with white arrow below left
10th November 2018 2.30pm George Furness Memorial Servce George Furness Memorial Service
The end of September and start of October have been busy with at least twenty events. They included the Concert celebrating the end of World War 1 and the unveiling of the mural of those in the Borough who died during the war; events during Epsom Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival week, Celebrating Surrey businesses and their award presentation at the Racecourse and the reading challenge at Stoneleigh Library with one of the best number of entries in the County. We were also invited to Watermael-Boitsfort, a suburb of Brussels, who were celebrating sixty years of twinning with Chantilly. Alongside all the invitations, the Charity Committee have also been busy running and planning a variety of events including the first Café Bridge event in Epsom. This has continued to help the Mayors Charities both in fund raising and raising the profile of the three charities which are - Girlguiding UK, Talking Newspaper and Work Stress Solutions.
Summer Holiday Club 2018 @ EMC
At 9.00am on Tuesday 28th August 2018 a band of approximately fifty willing volunteers arrived at EMC to prepare for the week of fun, games, fellowship, food, base time (worship), craft, drama, music, science and laughter. The children followed!
We were delighted to welcome sixty children, aged 4 -16, to Heroes and Champions. A few of the children who attended are regular attendees of Messy Church, Junior Church or have family connections to EMC but we are pleased that over 40% came to EMC for the first time – and really enjoyed it!
The week was spent exploring the ‘hidden heroes and champions’ of the Bible and telling the children (and adults) that, in God’s eyes, we are all heroes and champions no matter how old we are, how tall or how small we are, how clever, how pretty etc etc.
Our hero on day-1 was David (of Goliath fame); day-2 was Miriam, (Moses’ sister); day-3, The Good Samaritan and finally, day-4, Mary Magdelene. Every day we had a word to remember – Courage, Compassion, Change and Challenge.
The children arrived each morning and joined their group – Playgroup, Blue, Yellow, Red or Black Group. After a short time in their groups they all joined together at the front of the church for our morning ‘base time’.
They were told the story of the day in the form of a daily drama, songs, prayer and hilarious messy games!
The morning continued with either craft or drama workshops, Sublime Science or Ready Steady Go Kids. Between sessions the groups gathered in their ‘holding zones’ for a delicious variety of snacks and drinks
The morning ended when we all came together in the church for a final base time session, to recap the story of the day, sing more songs and remember the fun of the morning.
Parents, grandparents, etc were invited to join us for this final session.
On Wednesday 29th, the Black Group (11 – 16 years old) and their leaders enjoyed a fabulous day out. Leaving Epsom at 9.00am they headed up to London to the Tower Lifeboat Station to meet and learn about real life heroes! From the lifeboat station they enjoyed a gourmet lunch (McDonalds!) then headed to Battersea Park for a session of Crazy Golf before heading back to Epsom. Friendships were formed on their day out and they continued to join the fun at EMC on Thursday and Friday, ending their week with a BBQ at the manse on Friday evening, kindly hosted by Mark and Judith.
On Friday 31st we welcomed three special guests. The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Councillor Neil Dallen, his wife, Ann and the Mayor’s Chaplain, Rev Gill Long, joined us to meet all the children and adult helpers.
The morning ended with all the children being presented with Heroes and Champions medals by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell – a wonderful ending to a great week!
Thanks to the many volunteers, budding actors, amazing crafts, our fabulous theme song and musicians, the prayer champions, excellent script writing, hot croissants and coffee every day and a great group of enthusiastic children, we enjoyed every moment of every day. We shared in great fellowship and felt totally embraced by the love of God.
Pam Brogan and Jane Barden
Holiday at Home October 2018
This year our Summer Fun was in Europe and on Monday our charabanc took thirty six guests to Monte Carlo where we played bingo for high stake chocolate coins and took part in ballroom dancing. On Wednesday we were treated to a welcome return of hand massages and manicures in addition to a fitness and balance class and boccia. The Mayor and Mayoress, Neil and Ann Dallen, came for lunch and, as we were in Salzburg, singing the Sound of Music was an obvious afternoon choice.
Our MP Chris Grayling came to talk to us on Friday morning about his roles as Minister for Transport and MP for Epsom and Ewell. Afterwards he answered all our questions and promised to look into the issues that were raised. Lunch, which as we were in Venice, was a porcini mushroom and chicken risotto with truffle oil was followed by Spirit of the Wild who came with their animals. They showed us barn and snowy owls and then some of us held large centipedes, a Mexican Red Knee spider, a chameleon, a tiny frog and larger bull frog. There was a fruit bat and a meerkat to stroke. Finally, some brave people were draped in a boa constrictor!
A huge thank you goes to Andrew Jennings and his team in the kitchen who produced delicious lunches, probably the favourite was sea bass in a mushroom, sage and crème fraiche sauce. Thank you to all those who made wonderful puddings to follow which represented the countries we ‘travelled’ to. We also wish to also thank Ben the Butcher in Upper High Street, Epsom and S R Kay, fishmongers in Tadworth for providing the high-quality meat and fish with a very generous discount. We recommend supporting both these excellent establishments.
The holiday would not have been possible without all our extremely willing helpers, both in front and behind the scenes each day and drivers kindly bringing those who needed transport. If you would like to join us for Holiday at Home in 2019 keep Monday 5th, Wednesday 7th and Friday 9th August free.
Jenny Jennings, Janet de Bourcier, Libby Fairweather, Carol Stringer
News from your Mayor Councillor Neil Dallen August 2018
My second month as Mayor has involved a large variety of events. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of supporting Stamford Green, Wallace Fields, Ewell Castle and Glyn Schools together with Orchard Field College which enables young people to overcome their disabilities and achieve success in many different ways. June saw the relaunch of Surrey Wheels for All at King George V Playing Fields where there were a variety of bikes that had been adapted so anyone could have a go at cycling, including those in wheelchairs. Even the Mayoress, who has not been on a bike for 50 years had a go!
The highlight of the month was the visit to Chantilly, Epsom’s twin town in France, where we were treated like royalty. The occasion was the three-day choral festival highlighting choirs from Epsom, Uberlingen (Germany), Watermael (Belgium) and of course, Chantilly. The Epsom choir, Barisons, was in great form and the weekend was very enjoyable.
I am extremely grateful to all those involved in raising the profile of my three charities which are -
· Girlguiding UK, specifically for projects in the Borough to improve facilities for not only Girlguiding but other youths including Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
· Talking Newspaper based at Swail House and providing a ‘lifeline’ service to those who are blind or partially sighted.
· Work Stress Solutions (WSS) who support a wide range of disadvantaged people, young and old, by improving their self-esteem, providing training and offering volunteering or employment opportunities both within and outside their organisation.
My thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and energy and to my Chaplain, Rev Gill Long who continues to be a great strength and support to me!
As always, if you feel my presence could benefit your organisation’s activities, I am happy to take part. Please get in touch with the Mayors’ office at the Town Hall, email .
Thank You from Liz Frost August 2018
My Mayoral year absolutely flew by. It was a huge privilege to be Mayor of Epsom & Ewell for the civic year 2017 – 2018 and as you can imagine, I have many treasured memories, several of them from the times shared with you. Most Mayors appoint a Chaplain – however with the timing of Mark’s Sabbatical and Nik’s move to Blairgowrie, I had two – Nik at the start of the year, then Mark took over when she moved north! A large number of you came and supported me at my Civic Service which Nik led and preached at back in July 2017. You may remember that a good number of Mayors and Chairmen from other Surrey Boroughs and Districts, the Vice Chairman of Surrey County Council and our MP also attended. I was very happy some of my family and long-term friends were also able to join us. With such a large gathering, I know there was a great deal of work cheerfully undertaken by a large number of people to organise the service and the refreshments afterwards. Many of our visitors commented on what a lovely service it was and how welcoming you all were.
During my year I was pleased to be invited to various special EMC services and other events and I’ve enjoyed meeting more members of our wider church community through Roots, Ready Teddy Go and the uniformed groups. One of the important functions of a Mayor is offering support to charities and this includes choosing their own ‘Mayor’s Charities’ for the year. My particular charities were Citizens Advice (Epsom & Ewell), The Sunnybank Trust and the Lower Mole Countryside Trust. Over the year there were several fund-raising events and I hope that those of you who were able to come enjoyed them as much as I did.
A huge Thank You to those of you who helped with or attended the events, sponsored me on walks, and made donations /cheques to the three worthy charities for which they are very grateful and for your prayers.
Liz ( Councillor Liz Frost)
Thy Kingdom Come June 2018
‘An eleven day ‘Global Wave of Prayer’ from Ascension Day to Pentecost.’
It was really encouraging on the Sunday before Ascension Day to see how many people took one of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ booklets, as we thought about praying for five friends who need to know more of Jesus. The desire to pray is there, but it is so easy to get distracted. We recognise that the devil will only try to stop us when what we are doing is of eternal significance and so finding the time and inclination to pray can be hard. Coming together to pray can be a real source of encouragement.
‘Praying Together’ on the Tuesday morning and ‘Prayer and Praise’ on the Wednesday evening were wonderful times of encouragement. Spending time together, aligning ourselves to God’s purposes and then lifting the things that he puts on our hearts in prayer is a real privilege and already we have seen some of those prayers answered.
‘Prayer Ministry’ – (a posh name for being ready to listen to someone and then pray with them!) Few of us like to admit that we might need help at times, but we know we do and we would like to see it become quite normal and acceptable for anyone to come for prayer at the end of the 10:30 service. This can be a real blessing and we have a team of very able and willing people who are ready to pray with you. Please don’t forget that we also have ‘Prayer at 10’ on a Sunday in the Lower Lounge so do come and join us there.
‘God does nothing but in answer to prayer’
We may have heard this John Wesley quote a few times recently, as we have been thinking again in the Sunday Services about Prayer but do we really believe it and are we willing to act on it?
Thanksgiving service for Brian Nixon
Ths sound file of the thanksgiving service for Brian Nixon, held at EMC on April 12, 2018. can be listened to, by clicking the green square below, or downloaded, by clicking the green circle below left
12th April 2018 2.30pm Thanksgiving service for the life of Brian Nixon Rev Dr Mark Wakelin
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.
This attachment is the sound recording of Joyce's memorial service at EMC on October 10 2017