The Week of Prayer for Christian
18th January to 25th
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%
Indonesians have lived by the principle of
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
Unity Service on Sunday 20th
January 2019 hosted by
Some thoughts from the
sermon preached at the Week of Prayer
for Christian Unity 20th
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
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
Rev Sue Curtis, Christ Church, Epsom, Surrey
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0208 786 8221 for
a copy of the job description and information.
Jonathan Lees, Senior
Leader, Generation Church, Epsom & Ewell Foodbank
Bach to the future!
German motets from Bach to Berg
St Martin's Church
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
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.
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
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
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
If you have any questions and want to find out more,
please contact the course coordinators
Keith Halstead - email@example.com
Chris Shaw -
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
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
Chris Shaw the CTiE Chair at
Elizabeth Martin, Secretary, Churches Together in Epsom
More details of how you can help are
Women's World Day of Prayer
Jesus said to them:
Come – Everything Is Ready, Slovenia
more details are
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
We particularly need a few more
Revd. Sue Curtis
Review The sequence for 2018
Review The sequence for 2017
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!
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
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
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
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
Talking Newspaper based at Swail House and providing a
‘lifeline’ service to those who are blind or
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 next major
fund-raising events are –
A curry night at
Everest Spice on Wednesday 6th
Another quiz night
on Saturday 9th March (last one sold
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Taste & See Cake Stall:
This is a great Churches Together in Epsom CTiE
and it takes every church in CTiE to
make it work.
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
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
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
This is a FREE fund raising for Epsom
but is available to ALL Churches to
find out more go to this site
Needs to be on your own Church site
not on CTiE!