Our Mission Statements & Agreements
Mission Memorandum - January 2019
"A New Way Forward"
The following is part of the memorandum outlines of the covenant partnership agreement made between Ewell URC (EwURC) and The Ewell Korean Church (EKC) who are seeking to worship and minister together together in this community.
교회비전 – 2019년 1월
“하나의 새로운 방안”
아래 내용은 Ewell URC (EwURC)와 율촌한인교회 (EKC)가 함께 예배하며
사역하는 공동체로서 파트너 협약에 관한 양해 각서(MOU)의 개요입니다.
The EKC and EwURC are agreeing to
work together as a Partnership congregation for the purposes of worship, ministry and mission in furthering God's kingdom on earth. The Partnership will take place on the premises of Ewell United Church where we will be seeking to work and minister together as well as being distinct independent church communities.
The Aims of the Partnership are:
To provide EKC with a regular worship space & environment to offer its ministry & mission amongst the Korean community.
As partners, EwURC & EKC to learn & grow together in grace & favour with God.
As partners, EwURC & EKC share ministry & mission in organisation, administration & accommodation.
To provide a witness to the community of God's love & blessing.
To be open to the Spirit & to jointly seek to discern God's will for the Partnership.
율촌한인교회와 EwURC는 아래와 같이 동의합니다:
이 땅에 하나님 나라를 확장하기 위해서 예배, 사역, 선교에 목적으로 두고 하나의 파트너십을 가지며 서로 협력합니다.
이 파트너십은 제각기 뚜렷한 독립 교회들이며, 함께 사역하고 예배 하기 위하여 Ewell United Church를 한 장소로 사용합니다.
파트너십의 목적은 율촌한인교회가 영국한인사회에서 사역하고, 선교하기 위해서 정기적인 예배 공간과 적합한 환경을 제공하기 위함입니다.
파트너로서, EwURC 와 율촌한인교회는 하나님의 은혜와 은총 안에서 함께 배우고 성장하기 위함입니다.
파트너로서, EwURC 와 율촌한인교회는 조직적으로 사역과 선교를 공유하고, 해당 업무와 장소를 공유합니다.
하나님의 사랑과 축복을 지역사회에 증거하기 위함입니다.
이 파트너십을 위해서 성령 하나님께 오픈하고, 공동으로 하나님의 뜻을 분별하기 위함입니다.
Mission Statement - 24th February 1998
"Ewell URC aims to provide a welcoming centre & spiritual base for people of all ages, which offers encouragement for individual & collective outreach, & through the Holy Spirit, Christian love & care in the community."
"This Church aims to provide a welcoming centre..."
All services and meetings (except for the Elders’ Meeting) are open to all & the service sheet & announcements in church emphasise this.
There is always an Elder at the door to greet people as they come into church.
Service Sheets are available every Sunday. They not only provide information regarding that specific service, but act as a diary update & newsletter as well. The service sheet has become an indispensable means of communication.
Our monthly magazine 'Contact' is edited & produced by Malcolm Saunders with occasional help from others.
Anyone is welcome to take their turn in donating & arranging the flowers for each Sunday. Flowers are given each week by a member of the Fellowship.
We hope that visitors will join us for coffee after the morning worship as we see this as an important time of fellowship together.
Marilyn Westbrook deals with all the lettings of the premises, whether to church members & friends or other members of the wider community.
"...and spiritual base..."
We are part of a pastorate of three churches, Epsom, Ewell and Tolworth URCs. Each of the churches holds morning worship on Sundays in their own church most of the time. Epsom & Ewell share worship in the morning every Sunday.
Our Bible Study Group meets on the second & fourth Monday lunch-time each month. We meet at 12.15pm in the Mary Wallis Room at Church. We spend half an hour having a cup of tea or coffee eating our lunch (which we bring ourselves) & chatting about what has been happening to us & then we spend about an hour & a half on Bible study, praying, singing & in discussion.
A small group of people belong to our Prayer Circle - praying for anyone in the church family or community. Prayer requests & concerns are passed from person to person within the group. All requests are kept confidential between the members of the prayer circle.
We have a Prayer Board in the circulating area of the church premises, which is available for use by church members as well as visitors alike.
In 2008 we had an anonymous bequest to bring a relatively unused room into use as a prayer room. Mary Wallis Prayer Room is left open to anyone using our premises during the week. Visitors & children are requested to remain quiet & respect privacy in the adjoining coorridor.
"...for people of all ages..."
On Wednesday & Friday mornings during term time our large hall rings to the sound of little ones & their mums, dads, grandparents or minders as they enjoy themselves at the parent & toddler Group, the Lion Cubs Toddler & Baby Club. It is a vital part of our co-operation within the community by providing a safe place for the children to play & adults to chat.
The Friendship Hour meets on the third Thursday of each month. This provides a time of chat over a cup of tea & cakes. This event is for anyone not just members of the church. Some come from the local Anglican Church, some from local residential homes. We are happy to welcome everybody.
The Lunch Club meets every 4-6 weeks in a local hostelry, attended by any of our fellowship who wish to meet & enjoy fellowship over a meal.
"...which offers encouragement for individual and collective outreach, and through the Holy Spirit, Christian love and care in the community."
Many members are involved in voluntary work within the local community - a positive example of our faith in action.
The pastoral care that is involved in our Elders work in their 'patches' extends outside the small group of members & includes many people who no longer attend church activities on a regular basis.
The church has pledged its support to the "Israel & occupied Palestinian Territory" as part of the Commitment for Life Project, supporting the oppressed people of Palestine.
Our fund raising projects attract people from outside the fellowship. Malcolm Saunders & Dennis Sexton endeavour to devise a programme of activities for all ages and tastes. Quiz nights, concerts, the church anniversary weekend with flower festival & cream teas, our newly devised Christmas Evening, with stalls, refreshments & carol singing, all these attract people from the area, & we are working to forge stronger links with our neighbours.
We work with Churches Together in Ewell to provide Christmas Day activities for local people who would otherwise spend Christmas alone. This presents a wonderful opportunity for community 'caring'.
Also working with Churches Together in Ewell, we have a stall, usually of large games for children to play on, at the annual "Hope" celebration which takes place in the summer in the grounds of Bourne Hall. This is an event to which the local community is invited at absolutely no cost to themselves ~ everything is free, food, drink, games, music, a bouncy castle & a prayer tree.
Lettings provide us with a very valuable source of income, but as with our fundraising, the valuable work that Marilyn Westbrook puts into this aspect of church work provides a very important link with community groups: Brownies, the Trefoil Guild, an Art group, a Dog Training group, a Choral Society, Dancing Classes, Keep Fit, a Young Carers group, two seperate Choirs (one male, one female) - all use the premises. We enjoy their company & also their community contribution.