CONTACT pagesCONTACT is the name of the Ewell magazine which is published for the Church at the beginning of each month (with the exception of August and January).
From time to time items that might be of interest to a wider audience, rather than the more in-house things like flower rotas etc, will be published here too. The Church Diary and the preachers are already published elsewhere on this web-site and they appear in CONTACT
Dear Jean and everyone at Ewell URC
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3v5
We were so thrilled to receive your recent donation of £100.00. We are always so grateful when wonderful people like you want to support Toybox's work because it really does mean that we are able to change the world for street children
I'd like to tell you about Michelle. When Toybox first met Michelle, she worked with her mother in a boarding house in a central, gang-controlled district of San Salvador, EI Salvador's dangerous capital city. Her mother's partner was a violent man, often abusing Michelle and her mother and forcing them to give their income to him to support his alcohol addiction. Although Michelle was enrolled in school, she did not attend regularly because she was unable to wash herself or her clothes - this made it difficult for her to make friends and settle in. Each of these factors contributed to Michelle becoming incredibly withdrawn and shy.
Thanks to the support of people like you, Toybox was able to spend time with Michelle and offered her psychological support to deal with the abuse she had suffered. She has learned vital life skills such as the importance of personal hygiene and now understands that how finishing school will enable her to achieve her dreams. Now,' she is attending one of Toybox's projects at her local church, is achieving in school and is looking forward to a happier future.
Reaching children like Michelle and spending the necessary time with them would be impossible without you and we are so grateful to you for joining us to change the world for street children. On behalf of Michelle and thousands like her, thank you and God bless.
SIMON PETER REMEMBERS (Luke 5, 1-3)
We’d had a long, dark night at sea,
And not a lot to show,
And then we had to clean the nets,
Mend holes before we’d go.
Look! Someone’s standing on the shore,
With crowds of folk around.
I’ve seen that Rabbi here before,
His teaching’s new and sound.
I think I’ll stop and listen,
Leave the mending for a while,
But now the Rabbi comes to me,
He greets me with a smile.
He wants to use my boat, he says,
The people press too close –
If we can leave the shore a bit,
His words will reach the most.
And though I’d caught no fish that night,
I listened as he taught,
and when he bade me follow him,
I went without a thought.
My life was spent in service
To the Jesus I adored,
I trust one day I’ll be with him,
My Master and my Lord.
We will be celebrating 153 years on Sunday 27th. May
With a morning service at 10.30a.m. led by our Minister
Followed by a buffet lunch.
Please sign up for the lunch on the list on the noticeboard opposite the kitchen in church
Or telephone Malcolm.
IT’S ALL GO IN THE SUBURBAN GARDEN
So at last we have had some milder weather and we have been able to get out in the garden a bit more. The grass has been cut for the first time this year – in fact I have actually done it twice!!
Milder weather certainly helps you to feel more enthusiastic about gardening so I have manged to ‘crack on’ with quite a bit. I have dug up quite a bit of the garden and have planted my potatoes, strawberries, pak choi and carrots directly into the ground. Seed wise I have planted, salad leaves, radish, spring onions, cucumber, courgettes and aubergines (the latter are Janes!!). I reported last month that things in my pots hadn’t come to anything and that I was going to start again with them – but a bit of mild weather and they have finally germinated, so I have some spring onions and kale growing now.
I have been joined every time I have been out in the garden by our faithful blackbird and robin has put in a few appearances – they both seem to vie for my attention at times. The warmer weather has also meant that my wildlife habitat has suddenly started to grow. I am going to add some cornflower seeds to the mix to give a bit more colour.
Jane has been painting her gnomes; she has one completed and is half way through her second one with a third one waiting in the wings. Her hostas have suddenly taken on a life of their own, growing at least an inch a day and she has cleared some space at the back of the garden and has planted two shrubs and two hydrangeas. She wants to get on and plant her poppy seeds, but the bed that she wants to use has some late growing tulips in it – so she is going to have to wait a bit longer!!
Oh – I almost forgot – the great bean competition has also begun!! I have planted my runner bean seeds and in a separate propagator I have planted the seeds given to me by Mr and Mrs Mugridge – let battle commence!! I will give you all monthly updates on their progress.
Enjoy the rest of April and see you all next month.