On Saturday 5 May at St James' URC, caller Jane Pfaff and her musicians will be helping us to dance traditional dances around the maypole, enjoy a Spring supper together, have a raffle and lots of fun as well as raising funds for Epping Forest Foodbank.
Wild and bee friendly seeds will be distributed to all dancers.
Date: 5 May 2018
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Location: St James' URC, Buckhurst Hill
Tickets: £10 for adults, £5 for children. Family tickets £25.
For more information, please contact Margaret Minoletti on email@example.com.
On Saturday 17 March, there will be an evening of Spanish and Latin American music at Chingford URC, courtesy of Adrian Azuelo and Ricardo Curbelo.
Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets cost £12 in advance or £14 on the door. £10 for concessions and £6 for under 16s.
Tickets are available from www.wegottickets.com/event/430781 or call 020 8539 0246/ 07986 589553.
It hardly seems possible that a month has passed since I retired, but here we are.
Our first words must be of huge thanks for the cheque, the gifts, the flowers, all the cards to our new address, and the expressions of good wishes for the future. Bless you all.
Some of the cheque has been used to purchase my ‘traditional’ membership of Lancashire County Cricket Club (which carries with it a place on a priority group for the ballot for tickets for the 2019 Old Trafford Ashes Test – I still grieve over the recent 4-0 defeat but the 4-1 victory in the one day series has helped a little), and the rest will go towards a summer house for the back garden.
Jane is now working at the Sue Ryder Charity Shop in Moreton just along the road and has also got involved with the gift shop at the nearby Urban Farm, a project involving animals and children which is thus right up her street.
I have started volunteering with the Wirral Foodbank in Central Birkenhead.
We have become regular attenders at St Andrew’s URC, Meols, just down the road in the other direction from the Sue Ryder Shop, and are getting used to the strange experience of sitting next to each other in worship.
Laura has found lovely walks in the dunes by the coast and in local parks. We have also found one large field surrounded by fences which can be an enclosure where we can let her off and she can have a good run.
Love and blessings,
Richard and Jane
This year's Free To Believe National Conference will be held 8-10 November at The Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire.
The theme for this year's conference is ‘Grounded and Grateful’ and the main speaker is Diana Butler Bass. Diana is an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics. She has preached and taught in hundreds of church, college, and conference venues in North America and beyond. Her lectures will explore the surprising complexity of thanksgiving, how we understand gratitude, how we practice it, and why it is so important in these difficult days.
Bible Studies will be led by Trevor Dennis. Trevor is passionate about the Bible and its extraordinary artistry, about opening up the world of biblical scholarship to a wider audience, and about being honest about it all. He has written extensively on the Old Testament and the Gospels, and has six collections published of sermons written in story form or in blank verse.
For more information and to download the booking form, go to: www.freetobelieve.org.uk/conferences
Each year, millions of people around the world take part in WWF’s Earth Hour. It started in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and now it is the biggest movement to show support for protecting our planet and stopping climate change.
Lights will be switched off for one hour from 8.30pm - 9.30pm on Saturday 24th March this year.
We will be holding an Earth Hour Service at St. James’ in the Church Room at that time, with all the lights switched off, so if you decide to come, please bring a torch. We might even go outside for a while to look at the stars, weather permitting!
Click here for more info about Earth Hour.
We had a lot of fun at holiday Bible club from Monday to Thursday of half-term. The children were split into three groups according to age.
We had games, songs and a Bible story that was split into smaller parts. The story was about Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, so on Monday, we built our own walls up Pole Hill out of branches.
On Wednesday, we went in search of the letters in “Nehemiah” and our group found 9½ full “Nehemiah”s. The main song we sang was “Ace Foundations” and we also sang “Boing” which was good fun.
We made some new friends and enjoyed playing with old ones. At the beginning of each session we had free time when you could play games, do wordsearches or build things like Lego or a marble run.
Some of my friends and I made a massive marble run out of four smaller ones.
By Lydia Haigh
The Forest Group of United Reformed Churches is a family of four churches on the edge of Epping Forest. We belong to Thames North Synod.
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