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Food Bank URGENT - FoodBank Food Swap

As you may be aware the numbers of people of using the foodbank has sadly increased and our stocks are therefore going down. One of our ongoing challenges is an imbalance in our stock of food and we wanted to ask if you could help us?

Currently, we have excessive stocks of baked beans, pulses, soup, cereal and dry pasta whilst for other items we have no reserves at all. This causes us storage difficulties but, more importantly, means we may struggle to always provide a balanced diet for clients and their families.

In an effort to address this issue we have an idea –

FoodBank Food Swap

and we will be keen to know if you would take part. We would see this working as follows:

1. We will supply your Church a crate or 2 of what we have excess of and a couple of empty crates to the church

2. You would invite your congregation to take home a tin of beans or packet of pasta or box of cereal and in return donate an item that we urgently need such as:

a.-tinned meat

b.-tinned meat pies

c.- long life fruit juice

d.- cooking sauce (not pasta sauce)

3. The FoodBank will collect the donated products when the crate is full.

If you could help then please email us on foodbank@generation.org.uk or call 0208 786 8221 with the amount of mixed crates you think you could take and we will then arrange getting the food to you? We look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks

Jonathan Lees, Senior Leader, Generation Church, Epsom & Ewell Foodbank

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What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, it’s free, and everyone’s welcome.

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions

and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world.

Millions of people have tried Alpha, all around the world, and it's been translated into 112 different languages.

Developed as a short course in 1990 by Nicky Gumbel running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

Find an Alpha near you

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view - wherever they are in the world.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith and it runs all around the globe even in EPSOM

Most of the Courses in Epsom start again after the 2018 holiday period so come back to this page and local Courses will appear below.

St Joseph’s Epsom Church Hall

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly and informal environment, in 11 weekly sessions (Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30 pm, in the church hall).

Each session involves food, a video talk and some time to say what you think.

It’s fun, relaxed and free and you can ask anything you like.

To find out more, join us for supper and a taster Alpha

session at St Joseph’s Church Hall at 7.30pm

on Monday 24th September 2018.

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Each week we eat, hear a talk on one of life’s big questions, then have an informal discussion in groups. Alpha is free to attend, relaxed and friendly. Everyone is welcome. You can share your views and ask what you like. Some of those who do Alpha are thinking about faith for the first time. Others have been Christians for a while.

If you would like to do Alpha, you can choose between three different times of the week:

  • Wednesday mornings (with crèche 10:15-11:30am)
  • Wednesday evenings (with dinner 7:30-9:45pm)
  • Friday mornings (10-11:30am)

For further information and to book places, email David Senior or 07710 313749.  

Each week we eat, hear a talk on one of life’s big questions, then have an informal discussion in groups. Alpha is free to attend, relaxed and friendly. Everyone is welcome. You can share your views and ask what you like. Some of those who do Alpha are thinking about faith for the first time. Others have been Christians for a while.

If you would like to do Alpha, you can choose between

 three different times of the week:

  • Wednesday mornings (with crèche 10:15-11:30am)
  • Wednesday evenings (with dinner 7:30-9:45pm)
  • Friday mornings (10-11:30am)

For further information and to book places, email David Senior or 07710 313749.  

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The King’s Church, Epsom is delighted to be working in partnership with

 St. Paul Howell Hill;

United Life and Christian Against Poverty (CAP) a Christian charity passionate about releasing people in our nation from a life sentence of debt, poverty and their causes.

Britain has a serious problem with dependency and it’s getting worse. 2.6m children live with parents who drink hazardously, and we have the biggest drug problem in Europe.

 

A CAP Release Group empowers us as a church to help people break free from life controlling habits like drinking, smoking, gambling or internet addictions.

 

The release groups provide a place of trust and security, where people are offered emotional and practical support.

Contact:- The King’s Church for more information

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A new initiative of care and concern are a home for vulnerable/homeless people in the town which is being set up through a partnership between Churches Together in Epsom and the Christian charity, Hope into Action

 It is our hope that this project will be a very real help to many – in addition to so much else

 that Churches Together in Epsom and others are already involved in doing.

More online information is HERE

Chris Shaw - Chair CTiE

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Churches Together in Epsom and Ewell

This is a call for any budding actors in and around Epsom and Ewell.

For the past six years there has been a Good Friday Passion Play performed along

the High Street and in Market Square.

I know it's a long way away but we now need to plan for 2019

but if you would like to take part please express your interest.

Thanks Sue Curtis

I am interested in taking part CLICK here

See the  2018 Drama HERE

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"Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network work to welcome and support Refugees coming through and settling in our area.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact them via their website at www.epsomrefugeenetwork.org and find out ways in which you can help.

Now they are looking in particular for befrienders"

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‘Taste & See’ Cake Stall:

You may be aware that Pret a Manager have just opened next to Metro Bank in town. We talked to their management because we did not want any conflict of interest. They have given their blessings for us to continue with the Cake Stall every third Saturday of the month. Praise God.

Cake Stall dates for the next 12 months (always the third Saturday of the month excluding the whole month of August),

 ‘Taste & See’ Cake Stall:

Can You Help?

 There’s an opportunity to join a number of teams to provide FREE muffins, cupcakes and hot and cold drinks at the “Taste & See” cake stall in Epsom town centre from 11am to 1pm on every third Saturday of each month.

 

And if you like things logistical, there’s plenty more to do setting up and crashing down at the event. How often you help is entirely up to you – just let us know for planning purposes

And if you like things logistical, there’s plenty more to do setting up and crashing down at the event. How often you help is entirely up to you – just let us know for planning purposes.

Besides seeking the above, we are looking to develop a network of reps for this ministry from various churches in Epsom to share the vision as it grows. If you are curious about joining this ministry in either capacity, please contact Bukai Palmer on 07519967970 who would be happy to answer your questions and see how you may bless others with the talents and skills God has given you.

Regards Bukai and MorganPalmer

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"The Beacon"

Everyone is welcome

to the monthly afternoon teas being held at

St Martin's Church, Epsom

Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX

 

Tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes will be served to anyone who lives on their own or needs company or just wants to be part of a group.

All for a small donation.

If you would like to come, please ring Linda on 01372 274995 so that we have some idea of numbers.

We look forward to seeing you.

Sunday afternoon teas are re branded as "The Beacon teas" this is so we can be differentiated from other activities held within the church.

Future dates 2018 for The Beacon teas are;

Sunday, 5th August at 4.00pm

Sunday 2nd September 4.00pm,

Sunday 28th October 3.00pm,

Sunday 25th November 3.00pm

Sunday 9th December 3.00pm.

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Will you help us to create a dementia-friendly borough?

Join the Epsom and Ewell Local Dementia Action Alliance

The number of people estimated to be living with dementia in Surrey is over 16,000.

In Epsom and Ewell, it is around 1,030.

The Epsom & Ewell Local Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA) aims to support these people and raise the profile of dementia issues within the borough.

·        Find out what joining the Alliance means to you and your business.

 calling 01372 732 457, text or phone on 0770 306 1470

 or email dorahmay.hancock@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

Thank you so much for taking an interest in this very exciting new initiative.

Dorah May Hancock

Epsom & Ewell Local Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator

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     The Trefoil Guild
 

TREFOIL GUILD  EPSOM DISTRICT

The Trefoil Guild offers you the space to be with friends, undertake challenges and laugh together. If you enjoy adventure, travel and helping Girlguiding UK and other charities, join us!

Every guild is different to suit the interests, time and abilities of its members, so you could choose one that specialises in photography or walking or music or activities as shown below.

The Trefoil Guild is open to anyone over the age Of 18, so whether you are at university and want to keep in touch with guiding.

Membership types

• If you hold a role in Guiding or Scouting you will find that joining the Trefoil Guild is for you!

• If you were in Guiding or Scouting and enjoyed the camaraderie of friends with a similar outlook, you will find that in a Trefoil Guild near you!

• If you are having a break from Guiding or Scouting you will find Trefoil Guild is the place to be!

Even if you have never been involved in either Guiding or Scouting, there is always a warm welcome for anyone who likes the idea of learning something new, travelling, meeting new people or getting involved in local Guiding and Scouting projects.

Become a full member:

• If you are 18 or over and

• You have been a member of either Guiding or Scouting or

• You are willing to make the Guide or Scout Promise.

Become an affiliate member:

• If you are 18 or over and

• If you subscribe to the aims and principles of Guiding and Scouting but are not able to make the Promise.

Membership benefits include:

• Opportunities to join with members at local, regional and national events.

• A full-colour magazine three times a year

The Epsom District Guild meet monthly, usually the last Thursday of the month, for a variety of meetings and lunches at different venues plus in the summer trips of interest such as Watts Gallery, Polesden Lacy National Trust, the Lavender Fields in full bloom, Thames river trip, Nonsuch Park and Museum, etc.

We also support other Trefoil Guilds up to County level

To know more or join us contact Eve Douthwaite e-mail Chair Epsom Trefoil

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Bell ringers

There have been bells at St Martin’s for over 450 years and some magnificent ringing performances are recorded on peal boards in the tower from 1776 when 8 bells were installed. The present peal of 10 bells was installed by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1920 and was fully overhauled in 2012.

The band of ringers attends every Sunday morning to ring for half an hour before service and to wind the church clock.  They also ring on Sunday evenings when there is choral evensong and at other times for weddings and special occasions.

The ringers are of all ages and welcome visitors and new recruits.

We will teach anyone who is physically fit (and over the age of 10 years). Like any musical instrument, it takes time, dedication and perseverance to learn, but you do not need to be musical. There is a whole special language and many mysteries to ringing, but you become a member of an international community that will involve you in a lifetime of social, physical and mental enjoyment. We practise every Monday evening from 8 to 9.30 pm, so please come along then or contact us to find out more.

For more information about bell ringing in Epsom visit: www.epsomringing.org

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