During the last week of the Summer Holidays just over 50 children spent 4 fun filled days exploring what it means to be a friend of Jesus through worship, games, crafts, polar Olympics, junk modelling, illusions with a Christian message and much, much more.
Our oldest group of children [black group] also enjoyed 2 evening events, bowling and burgers at Kingston and a barbecue and games evening. Many thanks to everyone who helped to prepare for the club and helped during the club itself.
Baptism Discovery Mornings
On the 3rd Monday of each month between 11 am and 12 noon feel free to pop in to Roots coffee shop to find out more about baptism and naming ceremonies for children. There will be helpful leaflets to take away.
Holiday at Home – Summer Fun
Everyone who joined our virtual charabanc tour earlier in the summer had a fun-filled three days in Edinburgh, Scarborough and Tenby! On Monday we were welcomed to Edinburgh by a piper and we ended our visit with Scottish dancing.
Later in the week we decorated candles, had a hand massage, a manicure morning and a percussion afternoon which involved some of us being able to ‘have a go’ on the timpani and snare drums together with all the other instruments.
Jim Bosley instructed and helped us to make scones and the week ended with the ever popular Hedley Kay singing for us. Andrew Jennings, ably assisted by Judy Higginson, cooked delicious lunches that reflected the areas we were visiting.
We have had many really enthusiastic comments from lots of those who came saying how much they enjoyed the three days, such as: “It made me feel so much younger”, “The food was delicious”, “The baking was great fun”.
Thank you so much to all our helpers each day and to all those who made cakes, puddings and gave lifts which enabled all our guests to come along and enjoy their holiday.
Next year’s Summer Fun in the charabanc will be on Monday 30 July, Wednesday 1 and Friday 3 August 2018 and we look forward to seeing you. Jenny Jennings, Janet de Bourcier, Libby Fairweather, Valerie Sheene, Carol Stringer Editor’s note; Grateful thanks to Jenny for leading this event and making it such a success.
Commissioning Service for Chris Shaw and John Dawson: Sept 10 2017
The Sutton Methodist Circuit held this service led, by Rev Dr Dave Dickinson,
to appoint Chris Shaw to the ministerial team at Epsom
and John Dawson to the pastoral ministry in Cheam.
Each was welcomed by a representative from their church.
Roots was formally opened by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell on May 25th 2017.
After opening prayers led by Rev Nik Woolller, Councillor Liz Frost cut the celebration cake, beautifully made by Jim Bosley.
Liz recalled that the Coffee Cup project started in 1985 with a small servery offering hot drinks and cakes with the intention of providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for people to meet and chat over a cuppa.
Four of the five Coffee Cup founding ladies: Janet de Bourcier, Pam Olsen, Margaret Boulton and Audrey Howe (Doris Howarth was the fifth founder) were presented as a memento, with an original 1985 teapot, scrubbed, polished and wrapped in the Roots colours.
This presentation was made by Ann Arthur, representing the ROOTS steering committee.
Roots coffee shop, managed by Wendy Hitchin and staffed by volunteers, continues the Coffee Cup tradition but in bright and attractive new surroundings, including a children’s play area.
Entertainment was provided by the Epsom Rock Choir, which rehearses at EMC weekly on Thursday mornings
This concert at EMC marked the 40th Anniversary of Richard starting to play the organ at EMC and was planned after his retirement as EMC organist in January 2017. A wonderful evening of classical and modern organ and keyboard music, with some original compositions written by Richard
These included the memorable and beautifully performed New York Organ Fantasia which was premiered at this concert. Richard also sang a number of his favourite songs from musical theatre.
The guest singer was Lesley Chapman from Bath.
Proceeds of the concert will go to the "New Organ Fund".
GOODBYE TO NIK So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Nik as she heads off to Scotland on her next adventure. Nik joined us six years ago as a fresh faced probationer and has flourished. She has been involved in so many elements of church life that I am sure we will all have our own memories of things that she has done during her time at EMC.
There are some big things that Nik has been instrumental in, such as the series of quiet days that she led and the new look coffee shop. However, it is the little things which we will all remember; the kind word of encouragement on a down day, comfort at the time of loss, the joke to lighten the meeting… She also participated in virtually everything happening at the church and was tirelessly supportive, even when she had health or personal issues of her own.
On Sunday 23rd July, there was a circuit service at EMC at 6pm as the circuit formally said goodbye to Nik. Nik preached her final service at EMC on Sunday 30th July. This was followed by a church lunch, which filled the Youth Hall. On behalf of the entire congregation at EMC, I would just like to say thank you to Nik for all her hard work, patience, love and commitment. We have really enjoyed having you as a Minister at Epsom Methodist Church and wish you all the best for your time in Blairgowrie.