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Chinese Congregation EMC (CCEMC)
The Chinese congregation operates a separate website giving details of Services and other Events:
2017 Book Fair: Another Amazing Success
Our Charity Book Fair this year raised £35,700. This great result was an increase of almost £4,000 on last year. we also had over 2,500 people visiting the church, which was over 10% up on 2016. We could not have done this without the help of about 200 people who willingly gave their time to publicise the event, sort books and run the Fair. It was hard work, but what a great outcome for EMC and the charities involved!
The charities which benefit are:
Action for Children
Age Concern Epsom & Ewell
EMC Family Worker
Epsom & Ewell Foodbank
Epsom Scouts and Guides
Hope4Malawi (organised by St. Paul's Howell Hill, CHeam)
A party will be held at EMC to thank the Book Fair Volunteers
7-10pm on Saturday, 4th March
Fish and chips, line dancing optional, and a quiz. £2 a ticket
Dates for your Diary 2017
The Leadership Team are proposing to the Church Council that we organise several events to look forward to in 2017.These include the Church Anniversary, Christian Aid Week, Harvest Festival, and Black History Month. Food and friendship will be key elements and we hope that we can make them special events to which to invite others. Here are some of the events for you to note in your diaries.
Sunday 12th March, evening. (Time to be confirmed) Church Anniversary Celebration. A birthday tea followed by Songs of Praise. We will be looking for members who would like to suggest a favourite hymn. Christian Aid Week begins on 14th May Our proposals involve a Sunday breakfast and lunch on 14th May. We hope that the 9.00 and 10.30 services will join forces to organise a morning that begins with breakfast, welcomes a guest preacher from Christian Aid to a joint service, and then a church family lunch.
Following last year’s excellent Black History Month lunch, we hope Church Council will approve an expanded version on 21st to 22nd October. We are looking for people to help us make this special and more details will follow.
There will, of course, be many other things to look forward to including; Chinese New Year celebration, an Easter holiday club event, summer holiday club, Holiday at Home and the 85th anniversary of Guiding groups. More details will follow in future Focus magazines. We look forward to seeing you there!
Additional dates that may be of interest: Saturday 15th April 2pm ‘Classical Babies’ concert with proceeds to the church. http://www.classicalbabies.com/concerts/ Saturday 20th May in the evening, Richard Muddiman in concert with guests Saturday 10th June.7.30pm Utopians Unlimited Opera will be performing Gilbert and Sullivans ‘Ruddigore‘at EMC. Tickets (£10) will be available from the church office with proceeds being donated to the church. Details of all these events will be published nearer the dates. Please contact the church office regarding any of the events listed and you will be directed to the appropriate person.
THE MARSDEN MARCH
On Sunday 19th March the seventh “Marsden March” will take place – a walk of just under 15 miles from the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. The object of the walk as many of you know is to raise the much needed money to enable the hospital to afford the ever increasing cost of more advanced equipment and drugs. I am well aware that through the generosity of many people at EMC over the years your donations have helped in the purchase of these more advanced equipment and drugs.
I am asking if as many of you as possible will sponsor me and by so doing support The Royal Marsden Hospital. I will be present with my sponsor forms after the 9.00 and 10.30 services.
It would be helpful if you could let me have your donations at the same time as you sponsor me. Cheques should be made payable to “Royal Marsden Cancer Charity”. May I remind you that if you are able to gift aid your donation we will of course be able to receive an additional 25% or a quarter of your donation from HMRC. I welcome the opportunity to meet you and thank you for your support.
Christmas Together 2016
In excess of fifty guests attended EMC’s annual Christmas Lunch for those in the borough who would otherwise have been on their own. Guests and helpers alike were treated to a fabulous lunch of turkey and trimmings, roast veggies, Christmas pudding etc.
There followed, in the afternoon, some carol singing, quizzes, stories and sketches and ...(yes, the technology worked!!!) we were able to show the Queens Christmas message on the big screen which everyone enjoyed. Our guests also had a bumper year for presents given the generosity of many, many people who had donated gifts of biscuits, chocolates, toiletries etc.
Events such as these are down to the generosity of giving by so many people – giving in terms of time, money and effort. Thank you to all, but especially: -
• My band of merry elves who helped peeling veggies and prepping the hall on Christmas Eve.
• The hosts and hostesses of tables at lunch. For all your efforts in helping your guests have such a good day and for helping clear up afterwards.
• The drivers – who willingly gave their time in getting guests to and from EMC.
• Sheila King for a fantastic Christmas cake (there was a bit left over so I am happily munching through it bit by bit!!)
• Heather, Maureen and Judith – the kitchen girls – great meal again – thank you.
• Karen Ver for the very kind donation of sweeties.
• Paul Massingham for helping get everything ready (technically) for the day.
• Master Butchers (Paul Sawyer) in Manor Green Rd – for not just the turkeys but also carving them.
• Sainsburys Kiln Lane and Waitrose Epsom for their extremely kind donations of veggies, sweeties, crackers and other bits and pieces.
• Longhursts Epsom for the ‘puds’.
• The ‘Trees’ charity of Epsom and Ewell for Christmas gifts.
• The ‘Big Warm Up’ charity for their kind donations of Christmas pressies.
I have probably forgotten a few, - if so I apologise – there are so many to thank – so if I have forgotten you – thank you!!!
Heather and I said that this would be our last year of ‘doing’ Christmas Together and we would very much like for that to remain – so…………we are looking for someone to take on the organisation and management of this project for Christmas 2017. We are still willing to help and pass on our knowledge and contacts but it does really need a new approach and someone new at the helm. If you are reading this and feel drawn to taking this on then please let us know.
Thanks again to EMC for your support.
Tony and Heather Blakeburn