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Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton

The Last Word

Last word – January 2020

2020 it doesn’t seem possible, to think it was 20 years ago we were celebrating the Millennium!

As you know we have been considering the future of the church. The suggestion that we should remain open until June 2021 but reduce the number of services after June 2020 seems to have been met with warm approval. Church Meeting expressed a desire that the building should still be a community building if at all possible. With this in mind I am suggesting that we try to develop a Mission Project. Such a project would need a Management Committee that would run the buildings and would also give the option of continuing to have services in the building if the congregation wanted to.

The question is what kind of Mission Project would be feasible for Thames Ditton? The one idea that came to me and I would like to test to see if it is from God, relates to Arts and Crafts. Could the church become some kind of Art and Craft Centre in Thames Ditton? It could have three strands to it: be a studio where artists and community groups could work; be used for Art Therapy; be used as an Art Church where people are encouraged to explore their faith through art. At our next Church Meeting on January 12th we will discuss this idea and whether you would like it explored further.

May you know God’s presence throughout the New Year,

Peter



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