SPEER ROAD CHURCH

(UNITED REFORMED
CHURCH)

THAMES DITTON

Important Notice

Dear Member/s

We hope that you are all well and coping with these strange and difficult times.

The Church Council held a meeting on the 15 June and, as we cannot hold a Church Meeting at present, we would like to update you on our current situation. Neither a date nor the regulations to be followed has been given for the full opening of churches but it is expected to involve social distancing, control of movement on the premises and no singing! Because of the uncertainty, we decided to delay a decision on not reopening the church until September. In the meantime, services will continue to be provided on Zoom, Facebook and by phone and Peter intends to continue with these broadcasts after New Malden reopens in September. If you cannot access these broadcasts, could you please let Peter know as paper copies of the URC services can be provided.

However, our building is not empty as Teddies has continued to run a playgroup for children of key workers. As there have only been 4 to 8 children attending and no additional funding, the Church Council decided to allow Teddies to use the premises rent-free. We felt that this was a contribution the Church could make in the fight against the coronavirus and we benefit from having a presence there to check and manage the building.

Our financial position is still satisfactory, with £12,500 in the current account after receiving £2,763 of Gift Aid. Members have continued to support the church and we thank those who have found alternative ways of making their donations. If anyone has envelopes, Peter is happy to collect them from you. Envelopes run out at the end of June and replacements have not been ordered. For the future, you can use an envelope - remembering to give your name or number – or old envelopes can be provided. If anyone would like to transfer money directly in to our bank account, please contact Beth for the details.

Social life is on hold for all but Peter ran a very successful quiz on Zoom to raise money for Christian Aid. He hopes to put on another quiz in the near future and, together with the regular Coffee and Chat Zoom meetings, many of us are still able to stay in touch.

As many members do not live in Thames Ditton, an article which Linda sent to Thames Ditton Today is enclosed.

Keep safe and well and, if you need support, please contact either Peter or one of the elders.

Thoughts for these difficult times

To all at Speer Road Church

If you followed any of the worship material recently you may well have heard or read the reading from Ezekiel 37:1-14 where he sees a valley of dry bones come to life. It seemed a very apt reading for the time we are in, a reminder of the life giving power of God's Spirit and something to hold onto as we celebrate Easter in very different way this year.

Maybe you are using this time to rediscover old skills or learn something new, using this time to sort out a cupboard or shed that you have been putting off for sometime. Judith got out a needle and thread and mended some items that she has been putting off for years. I found a home made Table Tennis Table in the garage that my dad made some 35 years ago. It is now assembled in the garden and along with two of our sons who are staying with us, we play on it from time. I haven't played table tennis since I was a member of the youth club so am very rusty, but it has brought back memories of those times.

God bless you and take care of you,

Peter

Ephesians1:16 I have not stopped giving thanks to God for you. I remember you in my prayers

Rev. Peter Flint,
United Reformed Church Minister, New Malden and Thames Ditton

Contacts

Minister Rev'd Peter Flint. Tel 07436 119626 email: plflint2@gmail.com

Secretary : Mrs Linda Lambert Tel 020 8398 1476 email:lindanmlambert@aol.com

Treasurer : Mrs Beth Odom Tel 020 8398 2945 email: eodom@btinternet.com

Hall bookings : Mrs Helen Osborne Tel 020 8224 6396 email: helton.osborne@ntlworld.com

Website : Mr Graham Ashton Tel 020 8398 6349 email: gjashton@aol.com

Update: Christine Stuart: e mail: christinestuart70@gmail.com

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