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Goodbye to Rene.
Posted 17 June 2017 
Rene BellOn Wednesday 14 June family and friends met at EFM to say goodbye to our oldest church member, Rene Bell, who died on 24 May at the age of 103.

Rene BellIt was a time to celebrate a life well lived in faithful service, patient good humour and grace. All were able to share their memories of Rene, who example had affected so many during the service or at reception afterwards. It was clear that she was held in great affection.

'So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.'
1 Corinthians 13 v 13.

Easter at EFM
Posted Monday 17 April 2017

Cross DecorationEaster is the most significant festival in the Christian calendar. The period of Lent is a preparation of seven and a half weeks that culminates in Good Friday, where we mark the sacrifice that Jesus made of himself for our salvation, and Easter, when we celebrate his resurrection; the overthrow of the power death.

At EFM we held a service of reflection and meditation on Good Friday. The Passion narrative from Matthew's Gospel was read and this was followed by a period of reflection. 14 modern images of the stations of the cross were displayed around the sanctuary and the congregation were invited to use these as part of their devotions.

EasterEaster started early (for some) at 9 am, when we held a service of Breakfast and Holy Communion. The reading of the visit to the empty tomb from Matthew's gospel was followed by prayer and then a simple agape breakfast. The service was completed with hymns, a short sermon and prayer.Cross Decoration

For those attending the 10.30 am there was the double treat of decorating the cross with flowers and a Simnel cake to assist our celebrations. Two of the Easter Gospel narratives were read (Matthew and John) and short play and meditation help us reflect on the messages contained there.

It's been a busy weekend but one that has been profound and stimulating.

EFM hope to flush out funds for Toilet Twinning project
Posted: Saturday 25 February 2017

Toilet auctionWe are about to use a little piece of porcelain history to raise money to help those without a loo of their own. Upwards of 2.4 billion people in the world do not have somewhere safe and hygienic to go to the loo, something we take for granted. EFM wants to help by buying at least one loo (£60) and ideally a whole school block (£240) to transform and save lives. It’s not just about loos, of course, but also about the supply of clean water and basic sanitation in places where water-borne disease is a constant problem.

Whoever makes the biggest donation at a special event on the 22nd April can take the loo home with them but everyone who donates will get a ‘thank you’ photo of the super loo.  Even if people can only spend a penny it all helps”   Anyone who can’t be there on the night can leave an offer on 0208 444 2016.  You can check on toilettwinning.org/what-is-toilet-twinning to find out more. 

The bidding will take place at the church on Saturday, April 22nd 6pm with entertainment provided by the locally based London Metropolitan Brass Band.

LMB Concert

Harvest Supper - A Visit from the Ambassador
Posted: Saturday 4 September 2014

Ambassador of BurundiOur annual Harvest Supper was honoured this year with a visit from the Ambassador of Burundi and three of his children. The church was decorated for harvest by Anna, Richard and Jane with garden produce, dried plants artifacts that remind us of a bountiful God. Robert and Graham prepared a three course meal for the 30 people that had gathered for the evening. Between the Harvest Dinner 2014

main course and the pudding the Ambassador spoke and outlined some of the work that is being carried among the poor of that country. This year's Harvest appeal by All We Can (The Methodist Relief and Development Fund) is highlighting its work in Burundi and the visit from the Ambassador brought this into focus. 

This was a great start to our Harvest thanksgiving and the October Open Church that runs throughout the month.

Church Anniversary
Posted: Sunday 8 June 2014 

EFM Birthday 2014

We have just celebrated our 192nd birthday and were delighted to invite our former pastor Brenda Dunstone to lead our Sunday morning service of celebration. Brenda arranged the service so that several of the congregation were involved in the prayers, meditations and readings which reflected on the events of Pentecost. 

It was also a joy to welcome back some former members and friends of EFM to join in our celebrations and to meet with Brenda again.

EFM Birthday 2014Afterwards, we enjoyed fellowship over a shared faith lunch and, because the weather was so warm and sunny, we were able to move out into the church garden. Members and friends of the church had worked really hard to provide a wide range of main course dishes and puddings to tempt the appetite.

Of course, there was a birthday cake and a rousing 'Happy Birthday to EFM.'

Cake Sale for Christian Aid

Posted: Saturday 10th May 2014

Cake Sale

At the start of Christian Aid Week we held our annual Cake Sale to raise money for this charity that helps those in need around the world.

On sale were sponges, fairy cakes, muffins, bread pudding, loaf cakes and many more and Wesley's Coffee Bar was open for refreshments.

We raised £757

To find out more about the work of Christian Aid click here.

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Mike Thomson Lecture
Posted: Sunday 19 January 2014

In the week before Holocaust Memorial Day and the year in which we remember the centenary of start of World War I, BBC Correspondent and Journalist of the Year, Mike Thomson provided a first hand insight into genocide in our world today at an alt.worship.God Extra on 19th January 2014.

Mike's talk was illustrated with some of his award winning and life risking reports from the lesser known front lines in Congo, the Central African Republic, Burma, North Korea and Sinai.  At times it was a harrowing journey into the dark heart of humanity. The congregation were encouraged to draw on their own spirituality for answers, as we looked at the tragic consequences of greed, fear and  prejudice on the lives of civilians, especially children. But, it was not a bleak evening, far from it, as Mike brought surprising stories of freedom, recovery and joy.


Last updated: 25 February 2017

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