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Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton


Church Family News

Jean Arscott

It was with great sadness that we heard of the recent death of Nora Birtwistle's long-time friend Jean Arscott. Although Jean attended St Mary's Long Ditton Church, she was a frequent visitor to our Church. She was a great supporter of all our social activities and her friendliness and lively sense of humour will be sorely missed. Please keep Jean and all her friends and family in your prayers.

Other News

Church Meeting - the future of our Church

At the recent Church Meeting, Rev Peter Flint raised the question of the future of our Church. Since Peter came to our Church roughly five years ago, we have tried a number of initiatives to see if we could draw some younger people to our congregation but with no success. Meanwhile, as the congregation has aged, more and more of the Church's work has fallen on the shoulders of just a few people and the strain is beginning to tell on them. Peter is due to retire in 2 1/2 years and he suggested that perhaps this would be a good time to think about how we see the future of the Church. He suggested that we all think and pray about this and then, sometime towards the end of August, we meet for a luncheon here in the Church and discuss the way forward. Please keep the Church in your prayers and pray for God's guidance in this matter.

Church Garden Party Saturday 20 July

We will be having our annual Summer Garden Party at Geoff and Dot Moyles' home on Saturday 20 July at 3pm.There will be tea and cakes and a lot of good company. Offers of cakes and other food will be gratefully received. There will be a list at the back of the Church that you can sign. Do put the date in your diary and come along on the day. Lifts will be available if needed. Also, bring along any 5p's that you have been collecting

Bike Race on 4 August

There will be no Church on this day as the Bike Race gridlocks the nearby roads making it very difficult to get to the Church.

Trip to the Sunbury Rose Garden

There will be a Church trip to the Sunbury Rose Garden sometime in August. The date has yet to be fixed. This is always a lovely occasion so do plan to come along. Rides can be arranged for all that need them.

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

Books, Books, Books!

Our book trolley seems to be a success and the sales have added to our collection for “extras” in the foyer and in the kitchen. Thank you all for contributing by bringing in such a wide variety of subject matter and for buying ones to read. One request: please put new contributions into the large cupboard at the far end of the foyer, not straight onto the shelves. This is so that I can price them first. Some will be held for a while so that there is as wide a selection as possible all that he time.
Thank you. Margaret

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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