It has been a while since I have written an update and a lot of things have happened. Christmas was a joyful but frenetic event at EMC with many services and events.
EMC hosted another successful Christmas Together. I would like to thank Heather and Tony Blakeburn and their team for running the event. Heather and Tony have decided to step down after five years. Thank you to them for this commitment – the event makes a huge difference to those who would have been alone at Christmas. Keith and Lisa Halstead will be taking over in 2018.
In January we had an amazing church mission day. I hope that those who joined us for Ignite found it an uplifting and helpful occasion. It is really positive to think about our mission as a church. Keep your eyes open for follow up.
Over the last few months, Richard Smith and our auditor Harry Wilkinson have been working hard on our annual report. I would like to thank them for all their time and effort. It is an enormous piece of work which can be found on the Charity Commission website and in the office. It will be presented at the Church AGM on Saturday 21 April. Come along to hear about the plans for the year and be involved in the decision making. We will have children’s activities so that everyone can come.
This month we are looking forward to the church Book Fair in February. This will be EMC’s seventeenth successive Book Fair. There are many opportunities to get involved and plenty of books for sale so do come along and support it!
We are always trying to support you with any issues so please feel free to come and raise anything. You can see me in the welcome area between services, use my pigeon hole or email me ().
The Church Council meets formally three or four times a year. It provides leadership across the whole range of local church life and is responsible for ensuring that Epsom Methodist Church’s affairs are managed, decisions taken and resources used in a way which integrates into one community and purpose the work of the ministers, officers and members.
The Church Council appoints a number of representatives to the Circuit Meeting, which is responsible, in particular, for ensuring that there are adequate ministerial resources in all churches in the Circuit.
Following a very well supported and positive special general meeting of the church on 25th November 2014, we are delighted to let you know that we now have a much fuller complement of leadership/stewards. We were delighted to see a number of folk willing to stand for election and the meeting gave their unanimous support. The members elected are Neil Dallen, Liz Frost, Andrew Jennings, Sharon Lam, John Riley, Elizabeth Smith, Harvey Morris, Ann Arthur, Zoe Grant, Carol Thorley, Rachel King, Betty Mickelburgh and Peter Thompson.
Some will be known to many, and others are less well known. It is hoped that we now have a team of people with a range of experiences and backgrounds to help EMC move forward to fulfil God's Mission for church. This is a very exciting time for our church, please pray for guidance for our leadership/stewards.
From January 2015, the former title of 'Leadership Team' is become the 'Stewards Team'.