Speer Road Church
(United Reformed Church)
The Last Word
Last word – June 2021
You may have read “the brand name will then disappear from UK high streets for the first time since 1813, when William Debenham became a partner at a draper’s store in London’s Wigmore Street, and the shop was renamed Clark & Debenham.” It is a reminder that household names such as Debenhams are changing, our society is in a different place than it was 25 years ago let alone over 200 years ago when the Thames Ditton Congregational Church (as it was then) was founded.
As society changes, so does the way the church responds, the way that people come together to witness to the resurrection of Jesus. It is not easy being at the end of something, but it has been impressive to see how the church has made the brave decision to close. We need to remember that while this marks the end of the United Reformed Church in Thames Ditton, it does not mark the end of the faith. Wherever people gather in the name of Jesus he is present, and his resurrection is being proclaimed and lived.
While change is hard for all of us, we know that change must happen. Let us pray for the continued witness of Jesus in the community of Thames Ditton and surrounding area. Let us also pray for each other as we look for a new spiritual home and way of sustaining our faith. May God guide you and give you assurance now and in the future. During great change may we hold onto the words of scripture found in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”