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
NOTHING BUT WORK, WORK, WORK IN THE SUBURBAN GARDEN
It has been quite a busy month for both Jane and I, even though it is still only spring and the garden season is quite young!!
We have had the people in working on the garden for us and we are now the proud owners of a new shed (that doesn’t leak!!), a jet washed and cleaned patio, 13 new fence panels and two small brick walls that have been rebuilt, giving us two improved flower beds. As the weather over Easter was so nice we have spent a couple of days putting things back to how they were.
Jane has put all of her pots back to where they were and has brought all of her garden ornaments out of winter hibernation. She has bought a few plants to go in some of her empty pots and will be filling the rest up over the next couple of months. Her hostas continue to grow by the day – once they start there is no stopping them!! As we are away for the first two weeks in May, Jane has decided not to fill her planters up with flowers until we get back as she doesn’t want to risk losing everything (should the weather continue to be warm!!).
Now that the patio has been cleaned I am no longer allowed to have all of my vegetable pots and grow bags on it, so I have had to redesign part of the garden to accommodate these things. I have dug up some of the ground at the back of my strawberry beds, flattened it down, covered it all with bark and my pots have now been relocated there. Things should do well in them as it is an area of the garden that gets a lot of sun. I have planted my potatoes in the ground and in one large pot and I have also planted radishes, spring onions, chard and salad leaves.
A quick update on the house – the three piece suite has arrived, along with a new coffee table and a new sideboard – the only problem now is that the dining room table looks out of place!! Jane has plans to rectify this situation in the not too distant future!!
Another season has begun in the suburban garden and we can look forward to many months of hard work, but much pleasure in all that it produces. More to come next month.
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THE UPPER ROOM
We’re gathered in Jerusalem,
Passover tale to hear;
recall once more the saving grace
we celebrate each year.
How God with his almighty arm
set all our people free
to leave their brutal bondage,
their Promised Land to see.
Now we are in that Promised Land,
but life is hard and bleak,
our Roman overlords are harsh,
a brighter life we seek.
And we have found it through our Lord,
here seated at our table,
He tells us how life ought to be -
He teaches to enable.
Together at his table,
we share the wine and bread,
to fortify us for the times
He says must lie ahead.
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Spring Clean 2019, Refresh & Church Garden Tidy.
The time of year is fast approaching when that Spring Clean feeling creeps upon us
once more. We need to clean & wipe down dusty surfaces within the church sanctuary
as well as in the circulating area, kitchen, small hall, vestries & offices, large Youth
Centre as well as access halls & passageways.
Can we all be involved in this please - from the Minister in his vestry right the way
through to the segregated & disabled toilets? We as the property & maintenance
committee will do our part; we wish other church members & friends to muck in with
Linda our regular cleaner to rid us of unwanted dust & grime so that the Refresh
decorating due to restart in April is not spoiled by mucky cobwebs, corners & ledges.
Then there is the gardening on which Viv & Stan & others were very keen. Can we cut
back some bushes, clear away litter that blows in, weed & recut edges so that visitors
& outsiders alike are shown that we care about our surroundings? Please help all you
can; thank you in advance.
Speak to Mike Westbrook if you are willing to help