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Events for Churches Together in Epsom (CTiE) for 2019

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

18th January to 25th January

Theme: Only Justice

“Justice, only justice, you shall pursue…”  Deuteronomy 16:18-20

2019 Resources have been prepared by the Christians of Indonesia, the largest country in South East Asia which is made up of more than 17,000 islands.  1,340 different ethnic groups, with 740 local languages, but united by one national language – Bahasa Indonesia.  86% of its 260 million people are estimated to be Muslim; 10% Christian.

Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in “solidarity and by collaboration.”  This sits ill at ease with the neo-liberal approach to economic growth, and the corruption infecting politics and business.  Therefore, a country rich in resources bears the burden of many people living in poverty.  In 2019 we are reminded that our prayer for Unity is offered up amidst injustice, and that Christian disunity is in so many ways related to the divisions in our world.

Our aims are to pray ‘That they may be one’.  To pray for all Christian people as we share in Christ’s ministry.  Token booklets will be delivered to this end to each Church in Epsom which could, where appropriate, be shared in a group within their own communities during that week. 

 Unity Service on Sunday 20th January 2019  hosted by Christ Church

Some thoughts from the sermon preached at the Week of Prayer

for Christian Unity 20th Jan. 2019

The call for Christians to be involved in justice issues goes beyond national boundaries, beyond denominational loyalties and beyond the constraints of a specific historic time. It is compelling and universal, and we need to take the call to work for justice as serious and life changing.

We are required to reflect God’s character in the world. We risk criticism, we risk loss of power and status. We may need to take sides, even if not everyone within the church agrees. The Biblical evidence is that God wants justice, mercy and truth for the world, and opposes greed and oppression. What in our context - international, national and domestic - needs to be supported to bring compassion, equality and respect to all peoples and places?

We need to speak out for the most vulnerable, the hungry, the exploited, the weak, the inarticulate, those who have no voice – through lack of means, education, disability, illness or frailty. It may be those on benefits, or the mentally ill or abused. If we are to reflect God’s character, we will be their voice.

The poor may be able to detect that Jesus is on their side. The Biblical evidence is compelling, but they also need to see that the Church is not primarily for the settled and successful but has a radical and passionate compulsion to speak out and act for the poorest, whether that makes the Church popular or not. This goes beyond national and denominational boundaries - it extends beyond a bias to its own, to reach out to all humanity.

The change Jesus calls us to is not an idea or a concept but a person. Jesus is the change. Any definition of release, sight, gospel can be taken from Jesus’ actions and in his words. It will influence how we petition those in power, vote, spend our money, use our homes, use our time, act towards those we know, towards those in need we will never meet. The mission of the church extends beyond those in the flock to embrace and learn from those on the outside.

Rev Sue Curtis, Christ Church, Epsom, Surrey

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A new exciting job offer!

Epsom & Ewell Foodbank has been concerned about the rising use in numbers at its centres, usage was up 40% for 2018 on 2017.

Following some research we have created the East Surrey Poverty Truth Commission. Its a new initiative set up to explore the root causes of poverty in our community. We are looking to employ a Co-ordination & Support role for up to 25 hours per week for the project?

If interested then please email poverty@generation.org.uk or ring 0208 786 8221 for a copy of the job description and information.

Thanks

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

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Bach to the future!

German motets from Bach to Berg

 St Martin's Church Epsom

Saturday 23rd March 2019 7:30pm

Epsom Chamber Choir’s ‘Bach to the future’ concert on 23rd March showcases German motets in many shapes and sizes. Alongside Bach, from the 19thcentury there is not only Brahms but also the great Mendelssohn, and from the 20thcentury are Berg, Webern and Reger.

Less familiar names are also given the limelight, including Austrian Heinrich von Herzogenberg and German composer Hugo Distler, who tragically fell foul of the Nazi regime.

Epsom Chamber Choir have an excellent track record of performing not only some of the most beautiful but also technically challenging of motets.

With the mix including Bach’s Ich lasse dich nicht, Brahms’ Warum, Mendelssohn’s Jauchzet den Herrn and Berg’s Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, it promises to be a memorable way to spend a spring evening.

Book online HERE

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At Epsom Methodist Church we are running an evening Alpha course beginning with a launch meeting on Thursday 17th January 2019 and running for the next ten weeks on Thursday evenings (with a break on Thursday 21st February).
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that explore the basics of the Christian faith in an informal, fun and friendly environment. There is no pressure, no direct follow up and no charge. It looks at topics including, "Is there more to life than this?", 'Who is Jesus?' and 'Why and how do I pray?
 

There is a meal together at the beginning of each session which gives an opportunity to get to know each other. The material is presented in the Alpha Film Series. The Alpha Film Series is a global, updated and engaging resource designed to take people on a journey to explore the basics of the Christian faith. It has been repackaged for today's audience. The Series is emotive and epic in scale and scope. The episodes feature inspiring stories, interviews from all around the world, visual illustrations and motion graphics.
After each film presentation, those taking part divide into small groups for a time of discussion. The aim is to "listen, learn, discuss and discover". There is the opportunity to ask anything. Alpha is a place where no question is too simple or too hostile.
Who is it for? Basically, Alpha is for everyone. There is no assumption of background, knowledge of or belief in Christianity and everyone is welcome.
So, this could be a refresher course for anyone in the church or an opportunity to invite friends and family into a relaxed environment to learn about Christian faith.
Alpha courses are currently being run in churches, homes, workplaces, prisons, universities and a wide variety of other locations. The course is being run around the world by all major Christian denominations. So, it is tried and trusted and has proved to be a great way to learn about Christian faith.
If you wish to book please contact the Church Office on 01372 728535, or e-mail alpha@epsommethodistchurch.org.uk.

If you have any questions and want to find out more, please contact the course coordinators

Keith Halstead - lisahalstead500@gmail.com
or
Chris Shaw - chris.shaw@epsommethodistchurch.org.uk

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The next CTiE Council meeting will follow the AGM on 6th February 2019 at St Barnabus Church at 7.30

We have recently received the resignation of Alan Payne as Treasurer of Churches Together due to his health and other commitments. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to Alan for his many years of dedicated service in this important role – we are very grateful to him.

 You may be aware that in 2018, I indicated my intention to resign at the AGM in 2019.

I need nominations, proposed and seconded for Treasurer and Secretary by 23rd January 2019. 

Judith Mitchell who is rep for Christchurch, Epsom is willing to take on the role of Secretary and has been proposed and seconded but other nominations are welcome. (Proposers and Seconder must either be Clergy or Church reps.)

 We are seeking a new treasurer for CTiE.

This role includes processing payments into and out from the CTiE account, communicating annually with churches, record keeping, and providing a summary report to CTiE at the AGM. No previous accounting experience is required, and the role should require no more than an hour per month.  

If you need further information on this role please contact

Chris Shaw the CTiE Chair at chris.shaw@epsommethodistchurch.org.uk

Elizabeth Martin, Secretary, Churches Together in Epsom CTiE

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More details of how you can help are HERE

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 Women's World Day of Prayer -WWDP

2019, Jesus said to them: Come – Everything Is Ready, Slovenia

 

more details are here

 

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Epsom Passion Play 2019

Epsom Passion Play has taken place opposite the Fire Station, down Epsom High Street and into the Market Square for the last 6 years, building on a much longer tradition of a service and procession in the town.

It is an excellent team effort across the Christian Churches in Epsom and a dynamic and powerful portrayal of the Christian narrative of Good Friday and Easter, witnessing to the people of Epsom who come in large numbers   Those who have taken part in previous years have found it a valuable experience and have acted convincingly. For some it is their first venture into performing.

Rehearsals will be on Monday evenings from mid-March 2019.

If you can volunteer to act, steward, sing or work as crew, moving staging, please reply to me via sacsac@ntlworld.com   

We particularly need a few more actors!

Revd. Sue Curtis

Review The sequence for 2018 HERE

Review The sequence for 2017 HERE

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2019 News from your Mayor – Councillor Neil Dallen

The end of November and December were both busy and contained the likely highlight of the Mayoral year!

A two-minute interview on BBC Radio Surrey advertising Christmas events in the Borough was closely followed by a 10 second live appearance on ITV X-Factor, fully robed (picture), supporting Scarlett Lee, a local resident.

Christmas, unsurprisingly, has been the main theme with the opening of 4 fairs, attending 8 carol concerts, 10 Christmas meals and 10 other Christmas events.

Visits to the Town Hall included 12 youth groups and an Army cadet leader. We attended two school ‘speech day’ celebrations, the young musician’s competition, Epsom Business awards and Sycamore Tree awards. I chaired the Puffin AGM, judged the battle of the bands at the Playhouse (Realistic Music Academy) and we visited Royal Mail to wish the posties a happy Christmas.

We opened an art studio at Appleby House, Squires coffee shop in the Ebbisham Centre, 30 new, much needed, affordable houses/flats in Hollymoor Lane and the new Wilson’s Nissan showroom.

We hosted the Active Citizens tea party, a Councillors ‘drinks and nibbles’ (following a challenging full Council meeting!) and the civic night at the Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime (Oh yes we did!). If you haven’t yet seen it there is still time and it is one of the best I have seen at the Playhouse.

The winners and runners up of the ‘design the Mayor’s Christmas card’ competition were invited to the Town Hall to receive their prizes and the winners were from 1st Ewell Court (St. Clements) Brownies and from 7th Epsom Methodist Guides.

For the Mayors Charities we ran a coach trip to Winchester and had collections at Carol singing in the Ashley Centre and the Realistic Rock Academy event at the Playhouse. These events both raised funds and the profile of the 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.

Their next major fund-raising events are –

·        A curry night at Everest Spice on Wednesday 6th February

·        Another quiz night on Saturday 9th March (last one sold out!)

·        A Tapas meal at El Pateo on Wednesday 3rd April

·        Another Café Bridge event on Tuesday 9th April

·        The Mayor’s Ball on Saturday 11th May

I am passionate about our community and if my presence could support your organisation’s objectives I am happy to take part by giving short talks, presenting certificates, starting or opening an event or simply supporting whatever you are doing.

If you would like me to take part, please get in touch with the Mayors’ office at the town hall, email mayor@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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‘Taste & See Cake Stall:

 

This is a great Churches Together in Epsom CTiE initiative

and it takes every church in CTiE to make it work.

 In 2019 St Martin's will take its turn leading the Taste and See stall, so do please look at the website in the New Year for more details. 

In the meantime, have a great Christmas!

Every blessing, David Candlin - St Martin's Church

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Reverend Michael Roper

Father Michael is the Priest-in-Charge at St Barnabas.

Born and brought up in North Carolina, Fr. Michael came to Britain in 1996 to do voluntary wok in London’s East End. Through one of the projects, he was encouraged to train for ordination in this country.

He studied at the College of the Resurrection in West Yorkshire and was ordained in 2003 in Southwark Cathedral. He served as Priest-in-Charge for nine years in Egham Hythe before moving to St. Barnabas. Fr. Michael is a trustee of OneBodyOneFaith and Inclusive Church.

He is passionate about including everyone in the life of the Church and giving a warm welcome to those who visit St Barnabas, as well as trying to make the Good News of Christ accessible for all.

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This is a FREE fund raising for Epsom Christ Church

but is available to ALL Churches to find out more go to this site

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/register-your-good-cause/

Needs to be on your own Church site not on CTiE!

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