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Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton


Messy Church Farewell

This was a bitter sweet occasion for me. We had our full complement of families and the atmosphere was buzzing. It was oh so hard to say goodbye, especially to the children who came with eager, expectant faces. The biggest compliment we could ever have came from one of the youngest children when he told his mother in the car, ‘I love going to Messy Church.’ Her response ‘why is that?’ Quickly he responded, ‘you get there and the church looks so small from the outside but when you get in, it is so big with lots of fun and magic activities.’ Thank you so much. I have been blessed, beyond measure, while organizing Messy Church and my life has been greatly enriched by the presence of all these wonderful families.

Many of you will know that that particular Sunday was particularly challenging for me. We had heard , that Bruce’s middle brother, Laird was rapidly approaching death. Laird came to our church at the time of Bruce’s retirement and once met, he was difficult to forget. He, along with Bruce’s eldest brother were both ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and Laird had had a wonderful ministry. Laird rallied briefly, but with great sadness we learnt that he passed away peacefully on Wednesday 19th. Our Christmas is tinged with sadness but we also rejoice in the joyful knowledge of the life to come. Christmas is a time of sadness for so many here on earth, but the joyous sound of angels singing rings in our hearts.

Chris Stuart

Children's Christmas Eve Candlelight service

24 December at 6pm. This is a special service aimed at the young people of our community but you don't have to be a child to enjoy it. This service is a lovely way to prepare for the good news of Christmas Day. Do come along.

Soup & Sweet Lunch Saturday 5th January 12 for 12.30pm

Start the new year off with a happy gathering of friends and neighbours! Come to our Soup & Sweet lunch! January can be a bit dreich (as my Scottish in-laws used to say!) so let the joy of Christmas carry on into the new year with this festive lunch.. All are welcome. £5 a head

Scottish Evening 26 January 7 for 7.30pm

This won't quite be a traditional Burns Night - our piper can no longer play - but we will have the haggis and the address to it plus all the usual trimmings as well as Judith Flint playing the piano, the singing of some traditional Scottish songs and some Scottish poetry - no, not all of it by Burns! For all you ex-patriot Scots as well as all those who just enjoy a jolly evening - do come along! It will be a lot of fun. The price is £20 a head.

Church Family News

Susan Poole is now back at home from hospital

Other News

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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