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We have received a newsletter from the foodbank from their Chair Jonathan Lees, as follows:

“This month, the Foodbank in Epsom & Ewell sees its five year anniversary.

In that time we have fed nearly 12,000 people, providing 160 tonnes of food, given over 200 hours of volunteering a week and developed our project to include three other centres.

We also offer furniture, cooking courses, counselling, support and signposting to other agencies.

We would like to send a big thank you to all those who have donated food to us during this busy harvest time.

Our volunteers are tirelessly putting in many hours to sort and store the food.

So far we have collected almost 5 tonnes of food.

Please, keep praying for and supporting this vital work in our area.”

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Are you aware that Dovecote Book Shop have a NEW web page ? - More here

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There will be a Council Meeting of the above on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at the Baptist Church, Epsom

Refreshment will be served at 7.30 pm and the worship and the meeting will commence at 7.50 pm.

AGENDA

Apologies for Absence

Minutes of last meeting

Matters Arising

Receive Reports:

Vice Chair & Chair

Webmaster

Visits to churches encouraging support for Good Friday 2018

Fun day at Hook arena

Ecumenical youth club

Week of Prayer for Christian unity

Report on Outreach to Epsom meeting on 2nd October and what happens next

Report from Homelessness Project meeting on 6th November and what happens next.

Prayer for the Churches - do we continue with the present arrangement?

Any other Business

Date of next meeting – AGM on Friday, 9th February 2018

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Christmas Tree Festival at St. Barnabas, Temple Road, KT19 8HA,

 

7 – 10 December 2017

A variety of Christmas trees will be on display in the church for the entire festival.

 

Official opening by the Deputy Mayor on Thursday 7th December at 12.30pm, with singing by Epsom Male Voice Choir, finishing at 2pm.

Friday 8th to Saturday 9th December various craft and other stalls

 

Open 11am to 4pm. All welcome.

 

Dinner with Cabaret at St. Barnabas, Temple Road, KT19 8HA

 

Friday 8th December 2017

7.30 – 11pm Dinner with cabaret by singer Howard Dee.

 

Tickets £15 each. Available by calling 01372 721518.

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Soundbytes Choir (Leatherhead) Concert

Finally, the charity I have been supporting this year is Age Concern Epsom.

Soundbytes Choir have kindly agreed to hold a concert to raise funds for the charity.

The concert is being held at Christchurch United Reform Church, Epsom Road, Leatherhead KT22 8ST on Friday 8th December 8pm, everyone is very welcome.

I want to thank all the members of the choir for their support.

With best wishes,

Chris Grayling”

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Secretary of State for Transport

MP for Epsom and Ewell

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Sunday 10th December: 3pm at St Barnabas St Lucia Christingle Children's Service (in aid of the Children's Society).

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Christmas Together in Epsom

Christmas Together at Epsom Methodist Church provides a Christmas lunch on Christmas Day each year for those in our borough who might otherwise be on their own (and this includes couples too). We 'do' the full Monty for lunch -turkey, roast potatoes, Christmas pudding, mince pies, Christmas cake and much more.

After lunch, we have a little light entertainment, watch the Queen's broadcast and generally have a good time. If you know anybody (and it might even be yourself) who might like to come along to lunch, then just give me a call.

There is no charge for lunch - this is funded by Epsom Methodist Church. Transport to and from Church can be provided if necessary.

For this event to be successful we do need some help and you can help in many ways.

We need help on Christmas Day

can you host a table looking after guests?

I know Christmas Day is a lot to give up but it is very rewarding.

Can you help with transport? If you can give up a couple of hours on Christmas Day driving guests to and from Epsom Methodist Church it would be a great help. Janet Brogan is organising our transport effort so if you can help, contact Janet on (01372 729186)

Help is also needed on Christmas Eve setting tables, peeling veggies, laying out crockery etc. The more help we have the easier it is so if you can come along just let me know.

Thank you in anticipation for all your support.

Tony Blakeburn

Tony.blakeburn@ntlworld.com or 0208 394 2618 or 07722617

 

Christmas Together in Ewell

 

Churches Together in Ewell organise a traditional lunch on Christmas Day for those who would otherwise be spending the day by themselves.

 

This year's Christmas lunch will take place at Stoneleigh Baptist Church.

 

We need volunteers to help at the lunch with transport for guests, preparing, serving, washing up, clearing away, entertainment, etc.

Whether you can spare a half-hour or all afternoon, we have a task for you!

 

A list of services required, approximate timetable and contact details can be downloaded here (size 248 kB).

 

Please also use our contacts page to enquire if you would like to attend or know of someone who might otherwise be alone on this special day and would appreciate an invitation.

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24th December at 7 pm Carol singing at Epsom General Hospital

Also, 25th December 10 am

Epsom General Hospital

CTiE AGM on 9th February 2018 when Jeremy Taylor, our Chair completes his two-year term.

Nominations for Chair and for Vice-Chair are required to the Secretary

see Constitution http://www.ctie.org.uk/who/constitution.htm

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Justice & Peace Assembly 2018

Saturday 27 January 2018 at DABCEC 10am – 4pm

HOPE overcoming FEAR

The Church in the Modern World

‘The Glory of God is the human person fully alive’

Speakers will include Jack Valero, coordinator and co-founder of Catholic Voices and Dr Anthony Towey, Director of the Aquinas Centre for Theological Literacy at St Mary’s University.

Themes to explore will include a Christian response to rising nationalism, the media including social media, how we inform ourselves and messages of hope. We feel our Church has a tremendous opportunity to speak with authority on the issues of our time, issues which are causing a rise in fear in our society at present. The day will also include an update on our diocesan response to the Refugee Crisis.

Speakers will include Jack Valero, coordinator and co-founder of Catholic Voices and Dr Anthony Towey, Director of the Aquinas Centre for Theological Literacy at St Mary’s University.

To book please contact Ruth Gerun: ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

t: 01293 651164 or visit www.dabnet.org/courses

DABCEC stands for Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Christian Education Centre at Crawley

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   Help Needed

    

 

Once again Churches Together in Epsom will be staging the

Passion of Jesus 0n Good Friday 2018,

gathering at the Car Park opposite the Fire Station and processing to the Market Square.  

 This hugely popular drama is entirely dependent on a team of volunteers from local churches.  

 

Can you help?

 

Please get in touch if you can offer your services for any of the following:

Actors                                              donovancraig8@gmail.com

 

Stage hands/technical crew      sacsac@ntlworld.com    

 

Stewards                                          jeremy.i.taylor@gmail.com

 

Publicity                                          meryl_smith@hotmail.com

 

Come and be part of the action

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Eight days 18th January to 25th January 2018

Praying for the unity of the Church involves a recognition not only of the brokenness of Christian relationships but also how injustice in the world at large rends asunder Christian communities and impedes our participation n God’s mission.  History too plays a part, casting a shadow over how we live our lives together in community.

‘THAT ALL MAY BE FREE’   Recognising the hand of God in the ending of enslavement, the Churches of the Caribbean offer Exodus 15 as a song of triumph over oppression, as the motif for the Week of Prayer.  The hymn, ‘The Right Hand of God’, reflecting the song of Miriam and Moses in praise of the liberating action of God, has become the anthem of the ecumenical movement in the region.

The chosen passage from Exodus 15 allows us to see that the road to unity must often pass through a communal experience of suffering.  The Israelites’ liberation from enslavement is the foundational event in the constitution of the people.  Although our liberation and salvation is at God’s initiative, human agency are engaged in their realisation.  Christians participate in God’s ministry of reconciliation, yet our divisions hamper our witness to a world in need of God’s healing.
 

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The Fellowship in 2017 Who is Who in CTiE

Click above for present and past members

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If you have attended any of the previous Women's World Day of Prayer then browse some of them HERE

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What to bring - our 'wanted list' of long life, in date food is as follows:

Tinned or long life sponge puddings, Tinned potatoes, Tinned fruit, Tinned pies, Ketchup/brown sauce, Honey/jam/ chocolate spread, Treats, Biscuits, Shampoo/conditioner, Soap, Feminine products, Baby toiletries/food, Dried rice, Sugar, Condiments - small size oil, salt, pepper, mixed herbs, vinegar

The Epsom & Ewell Foodbank urgently needs the following items: 

Washing up liquid, Washing powder and liquid, Men’s deodorant, Shaving foam, Dog food, Cooking sauces (not pasta sauce), UHT fruit juice, Powdered milk, Sugar (500g)

WE DO NOT NEED baked beans, dried pasta, soup, tuna, dried rice, pulses, chocolate spread, baby wipes or nappies.

Many thanks for your support

New information about Food Bank is here