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