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2020

 

Dovecote Christian Bookshop, Epsom

The COTE Trustees and Bookshop Managers have very sadly concluded they will have to close the Bookshop at the end of March 2020. Although economically viable, as with all Bookshops due to internet purchasing, sales have been in steady decline over many years. However, the main reason for closure is our unsuccessful attempts to attract younger, probably early retired, local Christians to take over the day-to-day management of the business. All three members of the Bookshop Management Committee are adversely affected by encroaching age and/or health issues. In addition, the Shop’s Lease expires at the end of March 2020 so now is a suitable time to close the Shop.

From January 2nd, 2020, we shall be holding a HALF PRICE CLOSING DOWN SALE on all items apart from Standing Orders and Special Request Orders, where Recommended Retail Prices will be charged. We hope our customers will be able to work with us over the next 3 months to clear the stock, including Christmas gifts and cards, and be blessed by many real bargains. We thank you very sincerely for your support and loyalty to Dovecote since its opening in 1996. It has been a real privilege and pleasure to serve you.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

Unusual kindness – 18th – 25th January

 

The story of St. Paul’s being shipwrecked on Malta

For the churches in Malta, the Bible has special relevance for the shared life of the churches there, for the Gospel first came to Malta in the events that are told in the Acts of the Apostles, where St. Paul and those with him encountered unusual kindness from the inhabitants.  Many people in Britain and Ireland will have visited Malta on holiday and seen the place where these events are believed to have taken place.  This is a reminder that Christianity is not merely a spirituality, but a faith rooted in events in human history: the redemption of humanity and the whole of creation.  The Unity for which we pray, therefore serves to make Christ known in the World.

The story of St. Paul’s being shipwrecked on Malta in Acts27 and 28 leads us, during these eight days of Prayer for Christian Unity, to reflect upon many aspects of own lives, and the lives of our churches.  As we approach one another, seeking Unity, we recognise that we sometimes carry baggage from history, tradition, and cultural expectation, which can weigh us down, and threaten to overwhelm us.  There is the danger that, in the face of that experience, we might lose sight of the hope which first called us, and so give us reaching for the light which Christ offers us.

To demonstrate unusual kindness is to see the sister and brother in the monster’s shame and know that they too are children of God.  To demonstrate unusual kindness is to give without counting the cost, and to allow us to be given unto, without questioning worth.  As we reflect upon, and pray for, Christian Unity, we acknowledge the injury that we have caused, the pain we carry, the baggage that we must jettison.  We pray for Christian Unity as the place from which we can move forward in faith and in hope for the redemption of the world, and the restoration of creation.

For this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we accompany the Churches of Malta, praying with and alongside them, praying also for them in their Christian pilgrimage as they, and we too, seek the Unity for which Christ prayed.  And we rejoice with them that Malta traces its Christian origins back to the time of the Apostles.  And in so doing we enter the drama of St. Paul, those who travelled with him, and the inhabitants whom they met, to discover our shared Unity, and in so doing recognise the importance of unusual acts of kindness that bear witness to the Gospel of peace and reconciliation.

A token number of pamphlets will be given to the 10 church communities in Epsom to encourage prayer and reflection during this week beginning Saturday 18th January – 25th January ‘the Conversion of St. Paul.’’

 

Please join us for our Churches Together in Epsom United Service

on January 19 at Epsom Methodist Church.

Doors will open at 5.30 pm for refreshments and the service will begin at 6.00 pm.

All are invited and are very welcome.

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CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT

 

Please read this Report and enhance your knowledge, CLICK HERE

 

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Date of next CTiE meeting.  Wednesday 5 February 2020 venue TBA.

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Teaching Day at EMC: ‘Catching Breath’ Saturday

1st February 09:30-15:30 at Epsom Methodist Church

Rev. Tony Miles is a Methodist Minister and Superintendent of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.

 Tony is a former member of Epsom Methodist Church. 

His subject matter for this interactive teaching day is based on a new book he is writing.

Everyone is invited.  Lunch will be provided

To book a place please contact 01372 728 535

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Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese Congregation will celebrate Chinese New Year on 03/02/2019.

At this time when Chinese are happily celebrating this good festival we welcome you to Chinese Congregation, Epsom Methodist Church, to celebrate together and at the same time offer our thanksgiving to the Almighty God.

This is because the love of God comes upon all different nationalities and likewise, Chinese receive the grace of Jesus Christ’s forgiveness of sin and redemption.

We shall begin our New Year thanksgiving service at 2 pm and together with International Congregation Christians at 3:45 pm for a corporative worship and buffet.

 During the enlarged worship, apart from wishing one another happy new year in advance, we shall have an alternative fire cracker show, fan dance, games, etc. At the buffet there will be Chinese well wish posters, Chinese paintings, and karaoke.

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Friday 6th March 2020 at 10.30 a.m.

St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA

 Women's World Day of Prayer -WWDP

See more of WWDP History HERE

2020, Jesus said to them: Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk, Zimbabwe

More Details HERE

 

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Welcome All Wonders

Guest conductor: James Henshaw

Saturday 21st March 2020 7:30pm

St Martin’s Church, Epsom KT17 4PX

Ralph Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor

Charles Villiers Stanford Latin Magnificat for double choir Jonathan Dove Welcome all Wonders in One Sight

John Tavener Hymn to the Mother of God and music by Tallis, Byrd and Finzi

Inspiring the title of Epsom Chamber Choir’s spring concert is music by contemporary British composer Jonathan Dove. It isn’t the only work expressing spiritual wonder, however: included on the bill are Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor, Stanford’s Latin Magnificat and John Tavener’s Hymn to the Mother of God.

James Henshaw returns as guest conductor for this spring concert in which the choir draws on the rich vein of English choral music. Anthems by Byrd and Tallis from five centuries ago are contrasted with works from both the early and late 20th century. A piece by another fine 20th century choral composer, Gerald Finzi, is also being performed but this time not by the choir but by clarinet and piano – his wonderfully rhapsodic Bagatelles.

Tickets: £14 in advance, £16 on the door. Under 18 free

Tel: 020 8672 5495 or 07940 486163

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