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It's the royal event of the century – the King and Queen's only daughter is turning eighteen and everyone is excited. Follow Princess Aurora as she meets a charming prince, a friendly gardener, magical fairies and much more, as everyone heads to the woods for the biggest birthday celebration the kingdom has ever seen.

However, somebody wants to crash the party, fulfil the curse spoken at the princess' birth and throw Aurora's dreams to the dust. Will the princess and her friends give in to the enchanted sleep, or will they find the cure to break the curse?

Clap, celebrate, cry with laughter and discover how words can be our greatest gift. And, whatever you do, don’t fall asleep...

  Friday 23rd Nov 2018 at 6.00pm   

Epsom Methodist Church

Buy your tickets now: £3.00 each, under 4s free.

For tickets, call 01372 728535 or email:

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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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‘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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News from your Mayor Councillor Neil Dallen

It has been a very busy month with the continuation of events commemoration the ending of World War 1. Many have been very moving. The primary schools garden of remembrance service at Bourne Hall started the beginning of Remembrance week, planting trees in the centenary woodland at Langley Vale in the rain was certainly a memorable day and the Remembrance Day service and the beacon at Bourne hall ended the week. This was followed on the Monday with a very poignant and moving commemoration by Epsom College at the Playhouse which summarised everything in an entertaining but serious play.

Some of the other events we have attended include the annual Epsom Fireworks display, the first ever Epsom Film Festival, Scout Jamboree on the Air, ELOC’s West side story, Celebration of 60 years of VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) organisation, Celebration of Nonsuch girls school GCSE results, Diwali ball at Elmbridge, a fund raising event on Stoneleigh Broadway for Royal Marsden (photo below) and the Riding for the Disabled celebrated a very successful year at Blenheim school where I presented certificates and cups to the riders.

Visits to the Town Hall have included a group of Taiwanese students visiting Epsom and studying at Rosebery school for two weeks and a group of Brownies from Ewell.

We ran a competition with the local Girlguiding sections to design the Mayor’s Christmas card and received some very talented and imaginative entries. The results will be announced late November. The Mayors Charities fund raising quiz night added over £1,800 to the total and raising 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 coach trip to Winchester, including their excellent Christmas Market, on Sunday 2nd December

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

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

  • ·         The Mayor’s Ball on Saturday 11th May

I am passionate about our community and if my presence could support you 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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"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 25th November 3.00pm

Sunday 9th December 3.00pm.

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Chinese congregation of Epsom Methodist Church Choir sings:

Epsom Methodist Church

15 December 2018 at 5.30pm

A Christmas Cantata by Heather Sorenson

sung in English and Mandarin

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Date – Saturday 24th November

Time – 11am to 3pm

Venue – St Martin’s Church, Church House, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX

Free Admission – All welcome, accessible venue

Stalls include: Cakes & Preserves, Bric-a-Brac, Jewellery, Christmas Cards & Gifts

Plus: Model Railway, Chocolate Tombola, Raffle, Children’s Games & Crafts and more…

Refreshments and a light lunch available

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Diocese of Guildford Vacancy for CHOIR DIRECTOR/MUSIC LEADER

Christ Church Epsom Common (Diocese of Guildford) is looking for a talented and versatile CHOIR DIRECTOR/MUSIC LEADER with vision and energy to extend the ministry of this lively Anglican church in both traditional and contemporary styles of music worship.

The successful applicant would direct a choir of competent and enthusiastic  musicians, both vocal and instrumental (mostly music readers), whose repertoire covers a wide range of music, and who can adapt to different styles of service. and it is also hoped to develop a children’s choir in due course. The choir practises on a Thursday evening, and again briefly before the Sunday services.

The successful applicant would also be expected to assist with planning the music ahead of time, and introducing and teaching new music where appropriate.

We have a restored William Hill pipe organ, and a Yamaha Electric Clavinova piano CLP670 with amplified speakers. An ability to play both instruments would be preferred, but not essential.

We are offering RSCM rates, plus fees where appropriate. An enhanced DBS check  is required. Do check out our website: www.christchurchepsom.org.uk and applications in the first instance should be addressed to vicar@christchurchepsom.org.uk.

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Christmas Day Alone



 

Epsom Methodist Church are again hosting Christmas Day lunch for those in our borough who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. Many will be aware that Epsom Methodist Church has been hosting this event for several years and it has proved very popular in Epsom and Ewell as well as beig a valuable outreach event in the life of the church.

If you yourself will be alone on Christmas day, either as a single person or as a couple, you will be very welcome to attend.

As in previous years, we will have a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, followed by the Queen's speech and some entertainment.
The invitation is open to all in the borough.

Contact -  Lisa and Keith Halstead – o1372 723 826 or mobile 07875 835 486

Or mailto:lisahalstead500@gmail.com

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Churches Together in Ewell organise a traditional lunch and festive activities 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.

The is open and FREE to all those in the Epsom and Ewell,

 please contact Churches Together in Ewell at HERE

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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. 

All Church members in Epsom will also be welcome to attend a Unity Service on Sunday 20th January 2019 at 5pm which will kindly be hosted by Christ Church, Christ Church Rd. KT19 8NE with refreshments beforehand.

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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 venue to come

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More details of how you can help are HERE

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