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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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Free cake and a cuppa!

The Council and the Ashley centre have granted us permission to have a Cake & Tea stall on one corner of Epsom high street

 (in front of Metro bank) every third Saturday of the month.

Please look out for us on Saturdays from about 11am – 1pm.

 Take a break from your shopping and come and help yourself to a free cake and hot drink.

There really is no catch!

We just want to demonstrate God’s love to the community.

The Kings Church is an independent free church with strong roots in prayer and the teaching of the word of God,

dating back to its early roots in 1936.

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http://www.epsomrefugeenetwork.org

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OASIS 2017. Out of Darkness comes Light

During the business of Christmas preparation and all that it involves,

COME and be refreshed, replenished and rejuvenated in the weeks of Advent, by attending OASIS.

Enjoy a FELLOWSHIP MEAL with a small act of worship.

RELAX with FILM, BOOKS, CREATIVE ACTIVITIES and MUSIC.

End the session with PRAYERS, POETRY and READINGS.

BRING SHOW AND TELL an object or other idea that has helped your reflection in Advent in the past.

Share with others the story associated with it.

OASIS will run on FRIDAY LUNCH TIME BETWEEN 12.30 AND 2.30 FOR 3 WEEKS.

Please consider a time for reflection.

If you missed it last year you may find it beneficial this year.

Starts: in the WISLEY ROOM, Church House, St Martin’s Church on FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER and on FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2017.

Finishes:  on FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER.

Make a note in your diary and sign up

Ruth Foxcroft ruthfoxcroft52@gmail.com when you hope to come and join us.

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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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Saturday, 23rd December At 3 pm    Carols at Epsom Hospital, meet at front entrance. 

25th December 10 am  Epsom General Hospital Chapel

Epsom General Hospital

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Prayer for the Churches

There is an opportunity when any Epsom Christians can come together for prayer for the Churches in Epsom.

 

It is on the first Monday in each month at 9.15 am in St Martin's Church, Church Street.

 

Please NOTE -  will be held on 8th January 2018 at 9.15 then reverting as above.

 

Needed Volunteer cooks for the St Barnabas Church - Monday drop in:

St Barnabas  provide approximately 30 weeks of dinners during the year, and feed between 25-30 people each week. 

We do not meet on Bank Holidays, during August and we have a number of outings for which a meal is not required. 

Our volunteer cooks provide the main dish which is usually delivered around 5-5.30pm.  At present we have six cooks so this works out at about 5 times a year. 

Our number of cooks has gone down these last few years due to illness, moving away etc., so we are hoping to find some replacements so the cooks will not have to cook so often.  

The cooks choose their own meals.  At present we are given a variety of dishes including chicken pies, curries, shepherds pie, mince and pasta, sausages and roast beef. 

 We can provide black plastic trays to cook the dinner in,  and  provide vegetables and whatever else is needed to go with the main dish, plus  puddings and cheese.

 We are of course willing to cover the cost of the meal as required.

If the meals need to be collected this can be arranged.

If you feel you could only provide one or two meals a year this would be appreciated. 

Naturally the more cooks we have the less number of weeks the cooks would be asked to cook.

I have been arranging these meals for four years (I took over from a lady who had done it for six years!). 

A  list for the year is prepared hence everyone knows well in advance when they are cooking - but nothing is set in stone - dates can be altered.

Looking forward to hearing from you. 

 And please do be in touch with any questions before making a decision.

Thank you so much for your time.

Muriel Stafford.  01372 721518   info@lovemelovemymind.org.uk  St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA

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St Stephen-on-the-Downs

and Oasis Church, Epsom (Baptist Union), invite you to

AN EVENING OF GOSPEL PRAISE

 

AND WORSHIP

on Saturday 13 January 7.30 pm

at St Stephen’s Church,

Rosebery Road, Langley Vale, Epsom Downs, KT18 6AF

Registered Charity Number 1134149

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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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The Gathering

 

 

The Gathering is an inter-church movement for people seeking more of the power and presence of God in their lives.

 

Hosted at the prestigious Queen's Stand at the Epsom Racecourse, Join Steve Pailthorpe, Pastor Hans Mollen and the Crown Global team

 

with a range of guest speakers for prophetic worship, prayer and ministry.

 

The event is free to attend however you must book your place below.

 

An offering will be received for the work of the ministry and to cover costs

When & Where

The Queen's Stand, Epsom Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Epsom, KT18 5LU, United Kingdom

 

Sunday, 28 January 2018 from 19:00 to 21:00

Crown Global is an international Christian ministry founded in 2009 by Steve Pailthorpe and his family. Steve is received as a prophet into many church streams across the world. He is also a trusted advisor to churches, businesses, and government leaders.

The charity operates both in the UK and overseas and runs several projects which aim to transform lives and empower leaders across all walks of life. We work in partnership with churches, businesses, and national leaders to help fulfil our mandate to bring transformation to communities.

 

We do this by helping each individual to discover their destiny. Currently we have active projects in Kenya, Rwanda, India, Burundi, the USA and the UK. Our funding comes directly from corporate giving from companies that are owned and operated by our founders.

Today, our President acts as a trusted adviser to many leaders around the world and we award grants to notable projects.

Crown Global - Registered charity no: 1135975

 

 

 

http://www.crownglobal.com/gathering

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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

 

Epsom Passion Play - Frequent Asked Questions

 

I cannot act… is there still some way I can contribute?

Yes! We need stewards, people to help set up the staging, prayer, encouraging other people to come and, above all,

your support as part of the procession on Good Friday.

When are the rehearsals?

There will be a full schedule of rehearsals published in late December. These are likely to be on Monday evenings (from 8.00) at Christ Church, Epsom

and will include the weekend prior to Good Friday for Dress and Technical rehearsals.

We will plan the schedule with people’s availability in mind.

Isn’t there already an established cast – why do you want more people?

We have been blessed by a number of committed individuals who have supported this important witness over the last five years

however we are always looking for more people to get involved.

Do I need to provide my own costume?

No – costumes and props are provided

Why don’t we hold a silent procession like we used to?

The point of the Passion Play is to make a real impact in our community, a huge act of witness by hundreds of local Christians

 to remind people what the Easter story is all about.

We encourage all the participants to mark their own devotions at services in local churches afterwards.

Why do you include the Resurrection when it’s only Good Friday?

Should we not be focused on the crucifixion?

Again, we are staging the Epsom Passion Play to remind our local community about the real message of Easter

 and felt that we needed to capture the whole story and its message of hope, Christ’s love as well His sacrifice.

Do I have to be able to sing?

No – we have singers (and musicians) to lead the music and we turn off the cast microphones during the communal singing at the end of the Passion Play.

Who runs this?

The Epsom Passion Play is ecumenical, organised by Churches Together in Epsom. CTiE

Do not churches in Ewell play a part?

Yes they do and we’re very grateful for all their support (especially the Prayer Tent).

 ALL are welcome to be part of the Drama see the list above, even the Crowd!

What if it rains?

It will not!

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Monday 15 January, 2018 12 noon – 2 pm  First planning meeting for

Epsom Mental Health Week to run from 6 -14 October 2018.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday, 21st January, 2017 5 pm  Epsom Baptist Church 

Ecumenical Service during 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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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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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