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Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton


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Charlie Waite Evening

Margaret Gatter raised just under £5000 from the Charlie Waite evening. It was a wonderful evening and a most magnificent effort on her part. Well done Margaret! Margaret hopes that the money will be used to furnish the new foyer area.

Building works

Phase 1 of the Church building works is almost complete as I write this. A huge thanks must go to Beth Odom and Geoff Moyle from the Church and to our builder Mr Curtis for the terrific job that has been done. Not only do we have a new kitchen and a new foyer area which will provide a great place for meetings and Coffee & Chat but also, the wiring in that area has been replaced, ceilings and walls finished off and new front doors provided. It all looks great and it is really an exciting stage in the life of our Church. A big thank you also to all who have contributed funds for this development.

Film Night

'Witness' - Saturday 11 November 2017 at 7.30pm On Saturday 11 November at 7.30pm we will be showing the film, 'Witness' which stars Harrison Ford. It is described as a 'romantic thriller', but it is also a study of cultural collision. Ford plays a policeman who is assigned to protect a little Amish boy who is the only witness to a brutal gangland murder. Ford takes the boy and his widowed mother (Kelly McGillis) back to their Amish village to await the arrival of the killer. The Amish community is a peaceful religious sect that eschews as much of modern life - including machinery - as they can and the intrusion of Ford, his growing involvement with both the boy and his mother, and the threat of the killer throws up a lot of problems. The result is a five star film that is both exciting and uplifting to watch.

Price - £8. The evening starts with cheese and wine and coffee and cake will be served afterwards.

Wintershall Nativity play - Friday 15 December 2017 at 7pm

Churches Together in the Dittons is once more running a trip to Wintershall to see the Wintershall Nativity play. The play is housed in a huge barn on the estate and sheep baa and donkeys bray when the Magi arrive on live donkeys as the Nativity story unfolds. The play runs approximately 90 minutes and it is suitable for both adults and children. A coach group to Wintershall. The price is £18 for adults and £9 for children plus £10 each for the coach. This is open to all whether they are church members or not. If you are interested, please contact Linda Lambert

Messy Church

Peter has already referred to our most recent Messy Church. There was a wonderful buzz i n the building with about 40 people(including helpers) in the Church hall. Here comes my PLEA for more helpers. Do you have a son/ daughter, grandchild, neighbour. Sister/brother who would be willing to help? We NEED more helpers. Please, please, please consider giving it a try. It is not onerous. I supply all the materials and the activities. Many of the activities need very little guidance but a friendly face is needed at each table.

Lyfe Group

The Lyfe group will continue their gatherings on Thursday 9 November. These are a good way to learn more about the Bible and to explore out faith in a friendly meeting with like-minded people. Do come along. Details of where the meeting will be held will be announced in Church.

Bereavement Café

1st Tuesday 10.30 am every month at All Saints Church
2nd Wednesday 19 30 – 21 00 every month at St Mary’s Community Hall
See Ruth McMaster for further details

Messy Church Dates .

New helpers welcome! It meets from 15 30 – 17 30

October 8th

November 12th

December 10th to include a Christmas lunch for the whole church family. All are welcome. This will start at 12 30.

Kingston Street Pastors

Kingston Street Pastors are looking for more people who would be interested in joining their group. Although the group is made up of Christians, they are not allowed to preach to the people they are helping. Instead they attest to Christian values by just being there to help people in need over the weekends – an act of witnessing that has proven to calm things down in Kingston and to keep young people particularly safer than they might be.

Before Church

Many people like to sit inside the church in quiet before the service begins. If you are in the foyer would you please try to speak more quietly so as not to disturb those already inside the church. Thank you.

Visits to the church at other times

Members of the church have been asked to confine visits to the church during term times until after 2pm on Mondays and Fridays, after 4pm on other weekdays, as the last Ofsted report expressed concern about non playgroup people coming into contact with the Teddies children who are here.
If for some reason you have to be at the church before those times, please go to the main door and catch the attention of one of the Teddies staff.

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