Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton.

Church Diary

Services

AS YOU KNOW, CHURCHES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPEN FOR SERVICES (WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS).

Amazing to think that it was a year ago we entered the first Lockdown and churches were shut for the first time in history. I hope you have discovered that our worship of God is not confined to a building and that our faith supports and guides us through all situations

The services will be via zoom. Zoom available every Sunday starting at 10.30 am

Join Zoom Meeting for worship https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87416794861?pwd=hacSRN2cxOe2W_zGvGi3eomJo65pQA

The code is always 874 1679 4861 The password is 007602

Peter usually sends an invitation to join each week which also gives instructions on how to join by phone.

Sunday service on FaceBook Live
Please open the following page at 10.25 and if you scroll down the page you should be able to see the service. https://www.facebook.com/newmaldenurc/

By Phone Dial 0131 460 1196
When asked: Enter the meeting ID on their keypad, followed by #
When asked to enter their unique ID: simply input # (This skips this stage)
When asked: Enter the meeting password followed by #

Services

Upcoming Sevices

We will be having the Church open for the following services:

4 April Easter Sunday service at 9am

9 May Communion Service at 10.45am with the Blessing of Matt and Justyna Lambert’s baby son Stanley. Linda Lambert will take the service

13 June Communion service at 10.45am with the Rev Peter Flint

26 June Saturday final service in the Church – time to be decided

Next Tuesday's Bible Study is last in our series looking at the patriarchs and we are considering the second part of the story of Jacob. Tuesday April 13th at 7.30pm on Zoom.

Blessings Peter

Prayers for other churches

Church of the Holy Name, Claygate

Prayers for the Locality in April

April 4 Orchard Lane
April 11 Queens Road
April 18. Riversdale Road
April 25 Warwick Gardens

Other Events

A year on from our initial lockdown

Easter this year will be a time for hope once more. For many it will be a time of emerging from a year of being sheltered. The world has changed a lot during the past year. Re emerging may be quite challenging for many but let us hope that Easter this year will be a time of renewed hope, very much as it was all those years ago when Jesus emerged from the tomb bringing fresh hope to his followers.

Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

"Hold the date" request for a Church Thanksgiving Service on Saturday June 26th at 15.00 which will be held in the church and be live online.

Church Closure

A big Thank You to everyone who sent back their voting slips so promptly. According to our Church’s constitution two-thirds of those voting were needed to carry a motion. We had more than the two-thirds needed to agree to close the Church. One might have thought that we were all keen to do so but in fact almost everyone accompanied their voting slip with words to the effect that ‘this is a very sad occasion and that it was with sorrow that the votes were being cast’. I know that I felt that way. It is the closing of a door to the over 40 years that our Church has been a part of my life. I know that you all feel the same.

So, it is official. We will close the Speer Road URC Church for worship at the end of June 2021. The buildings will remain open until at least the end of July 2021 so that the Teddies Playgroup can finish their school year.

Some housekeeping work that needs to be done

There are a number of tasks that we will have to take on when we close the Church. One thing that has been exercising some of us is a new home for the Milk Marketing Board war memorial and the Thames Ditton Foundry WWI memorial plaque. Both are of historical and artistic significance and we need to find ‘safe’ homes for them in case Synod at some point decides to sell the building. I have been in discussion with some of the old Milk Marketing Board staff (including George Wright who was Church Secretary here many years ago) to discuss possibilities. I will let you know how things proceed.

There are also official papers and registry books that will have to be deposited in appropriate places. I am looking into this.

I am happy to say that Helen Osborne and her family have asked to have the garden bench which was purchased to honour Tony for all that he had done for the Church over many years. It seems extremely appropriate that his family should have it. On a slightly more mundane level – the Church has a lot of crockery, cutlery, chairs and tables that it would be good to find homes for. Suggestions and offers will be gratefully received.

Weekly Events

Tuesdays 10.30am. Intercessions for healing at St Nicholas

Bible Study

This coming week a new Bible Study series begins on Tuesday at 7.30pm looking at the patriarchs in Genesis. This week we look at the first part of Abraham's journey. Do join the Zoom call if you are available

New Malden and Thames Ditton Bible Study January to April 2021 The Patriarchs

On Tuesdays Abraham the whole story is found in Genesis 11:26-15:11

January 26th Abram Part 1

Born Gen 11:26, Starting out Gen 12:1-9, Abram rescues Lot Gen 14:1-16, God’s Covenant with Abram Gen 15

February 9th

Abraham Part 2 Hagar and Ishmael Gen 16, A son is promised to Abraham Gen 18:1-15,

Sacrifice of Isaac Gen 22;11-19, Abraham’s family, and his death Gen 25:1-11
Isaac the whole story Genesis 24- Genesis 28:9

February 23rd

Jacob The whole story Genesis 27:1-Genesis 49

March 9th

Isaac Part 2, Isaac blesses Jacob Gen 27:1-29, Esau begs for Isaac’s blessing Gen 27:30-45, Death of Isaac Gen 35:27-29

March 23rd

Jacob’s Part 1 dream Gen 28:10-15, Jacob’s wives Gen 29:15-30 Jacob’s children Gen 29:31-35 Gen 30:1-24

April 13th

Jacob Part 2 Jacob meeting Esau Gen 32:1-21 Jacob wrestles with God gen 32: 22-32 Jacob’s last words Gen 49:1-28 Jacob dies Gen 49:29-33

To All at Speer Road Church

Season of Lent

This lovely idea arrived too late for inclusion last time around. Thank you Margaret for sharing it with us.

Something I did some years ago during Lent. Vicky, from St. Mary’s, had the idea of making a path of coins for Water Aid. I thought about how important water is in our lives...even more so at the moment..and I charged myself at the following rate:
10p every time I turned the tap on
: 20p for every cup of tea or coffee
:50p for a bath or shower or going to the loo

It not only made me think but accumulated quite an amount for Water Aid.

I shall do the same again this year. Think how many times we wash our hands at the moment!

Looking at the blank page wondering where can I go with this I found myself thinking about love and hope and found these wonderful prayers from Christian Aid. I hope you like them too.

Prayers in a time of coronavirus

Love never fails

Even in the darkest moments, love gives hope. Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty. Love compels us to stand together in prayer with our neighbours near and far. Love compels us to give and act as one. Now, it is clear that our futures are bound together more tightly than ever before. As we pray in our individual homes – around the nation and around the world – we are united as one family. So, let us pause and find a moment of peace, as we lift up our hearts together in prayer.

A prayer for medical workers everywhere

Restoring and healing God, thank you for medical workers everywhere, embodying sacrificial love in these challenging times putting the welfare of others before their own staying away from their family and loved ones. Comforting the concerned and bereaved reassuring the anxious and vulnerable working to heal and restore people who are ill. Be their guide, strength, wisdom and hope. We pray for those in authority to do right by them for proper protective equipment to be provided and for their dedication to be met with much gratitude and appreciation when they return home, exhausted. And we pray for medical workers around the world, where resources and protective equipment are always in short supply, not only now but always. May these extraordinary times lead to deep and necessary changes in how our world works, resulting in a genuine effort to address the profound injustice of life expectancy being determined by geography, to awaken us all to the reality of how connected we all are and to work together to create the community and world we all want to be part of. So help us, God, Amen

A prayer for times of isolation

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come… will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:38-39)

God of heaven and earth, in these times of isolation, apart from loved ones distant from friends away from neighbours thank you that there is nothing in all of creation, not even coronavirus, that is able to separate us from your love. And may your love that never fails continue to be shared through the kindness of strangers looking out for each other, for neighbours near and far all recognising our shared vulnerability, each of us grateful for every breath, and willing everyone to know the gift of a full and healthy life. Keep us all in your care. Amen.

Enjoy this beautiful spring like weather and marvel in the wonder of God’s creation.

Peter

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

Tel: 020 3754 0940
Mobile: 07436 119626 Facebook: www.facebook.com/newmaldenurc/

PLANS FOR RETURNING TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS

Church layout

Use one main door for entry and exit. Hand sanitiser on table on left as enter foyer. All doors to be left open to improve air flow.

Next to that table is table for a duty elder to note who is attending service, including any new people whose names and addresses/telephone numbers are to be obtained. This record must be kept for 21 days. Foyer seating area to be screened off by chairs.

Only one person in the vestry or kitchen at a time.

Care to ensure only one person at a time in toilet area. Anti-bacterial spray and paper towels to be available to wipe down handles in toilet after use. Peter will use pulpit and there will be one reader per service who will use the lectern and sit at the front. They will use the microphones at these places.

Play area toys to be removed from Church.

No collection. Donations box to be put on table at rear for end of service.

Flowers will not be able to be distributed at end of service.

Water and glasses to be replaced by a few small bottles of water plus some plastic cups.at the rear of the church and in the pulpit. Gloves and masks to be available at the rear of the church in case elder needs to go to person in congregation to give them water.

Bibles to be available on table as enter Church. To be returned to a box at end of service so no one has to handle them.

No coffee after service.

Cleaning

From the 13 September, the church, vestry, hall and toilets to be cleaned by cleaner as per cleaning schedule on the Friday/ Saturday before the service and again on Sunday afternoon/ evening ready for Teddies on Monday.

Duty elders to sanitise seats and door handles used after the service and clean toilets??? before the King’s Church service

Duties

Normal duties except: no prayer with Minister before service, (only one person at any time in the vestry), no reading of minutes, no offertory plate on table, sit at the front of the church.

Need two duty elders (wearing face masks):
One outside to manage congregation (keeping people 2 metre apart whilst people use hand cleansing facilities before moving inside. Ensure that everyone is wearing a mask. Take record of attendees plus any new people whose names and telephone numbers are to be obtained.
Other to assist seating, asking people to use front seats first, only alternate pews and keeping 2 metres from aisles if possible.

Signage

Sign for offertory box, sign for return bible box



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