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Unity The Newsletter of Ealing Green Church Ealing Green Church, The Green, Ealing, London W5 5QT

October 2019


Ealing Green Church (Methodist & United Reformed) Minister: the Rev Susan Male 07939 150194 ~ susan.d.male@googlemail.com Church Office: egcadministrator@btconnect.com / 020 8810 0136 open weekdays 10am ~ 3pm, apart from on Wednesdays, when it is open 1pm ~ 6pm Website: www.ealinggreenchurch.com Contributions to Unity: unitymagazine@hotmail.com

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~ Groups ~ Afternoon Bible Study: first Thursday monthly at 1.30pm Monday Fellowship: 2nd & 4th Mondays monthly at 1.45pm Choir Practice: before and after the service each Sunday Luncheon Club: Thursdays 12 noon—1.15pm Full details can be found in the weekly notice sheet ~ You are welcome to come to any meeting ~ 2


October 2019 Welcome to your Unity Magazine for October 2019 and my thanks to Sarah for filling in while I was away. It is/was very much appreciated. I hope you enjoy the ‘new look’ of the newsletter for which I will be happy to receive any comments you have or any further changes that you might suggest. More of that later. This month’s contents are listed below. Thank -you all for your submissions. Closing date for submissions for the November issue is Sunday 13th October, thanks! Contents: Letter from our Minister, Sue Letters and emails News of the Church Family South Ealing Saints MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Day 11 Capital Ring Day 12 Capital Ring Japan Classic Cinema Collection Point Rehema Rotas

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You will also find lots of dates for your diaries contained within Sue’s newsletter. Lee Horwich

It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth. Arthur James Balfour, 1848 - 1930

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From Sue: Dear Ealing Greeners It has been a good start to the new Methodist year. We have already celebrated our Harvest Festival and done our part in replenishing the stocks for the Ealing Food Bank, and we had a wonderful morning at the Macmillan Coffee morning, where over £1000 was raised for the charity. On top of that we also were entertained by Joan’s rock choir, who made an excellent sound, and were joined by some of the ladies who are involved in the “Creative Conversations Project” The “creative Conversations” project is for women of different faiths to meet to form good relationships. We also plan, though it is almost a secondary aim, to do something creative together. If you are a woman of any age and would like to be involved please talk to me, for we would love you to join us. Our next meeting is at the Gurdwara close to Southall Station on 20 Nov, lunchtime. I will be very happy to give you more information if you contact me for it. We will also soon be beginning our new Bible Study Group – joint with Kingsdown, but for both churches. The initial three meetings will take place at Kingsdown Methodist, but after Christmas I hope to move meetings into people’s homes. The dates which we will meet on are: 15 Nov, 29 Nov, 13 Dec, 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 6 March, 20 March, 3 April, 24 April, 8 May, 22 may, 5 June, 19 June, 3 July, 17 July. The First Three Sessions will be introductory, as people in the group get to know one another better. The aim of the group will be to help us to explore Discipleship and our relationships with God – through Bible Study, prayer, and reflection on the world, current affairs, and our part in it all as Christians. Put the dates in your diaries, and here is the detail for the first three sessions. Session 1 15 November 10-11.30 AM

Why do you come to church?

An exploration of what church is for and why we come? Session 2 29 November 10-11.30 AM What Bible passage is special/important to you and why? A time for sharing our most valued Bible passages 4


Session 3 13 December 10-1130 AM

What is prayer?

An exploration but come prepared to share what helps you to be with God. Planning for the Spring Term If you prefer an Evening Bible Study group, Phil Male will be continuing his group in the manse at 8pm on these Wednesdays: 9th October, 13th November, 11th December , 8th January , 12th February , 11th March , 1st April The group looks at overviews of the Books and will be looking at Judges, the Psalms and other Books. All welcome. Deb, Louise and Phil are busy selling tickets for our Christian Aid Fish and Chips Quiz supper to be held on 19 October. You can come as individuals or as teams from 7pm – 9.30 pm. you can invite family and friends too. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children. We need to know who is coming in advance though please so that we can organise the fish and chips. The Quiz has been jointly organised by Ealing Green Church and Kingsdown Methodist, and – importantly – will take place at Kingsdown! Now you might think I am, getting silly. It’s bad enough when the shops look like Christmas in October … but believe me Ministers must be just as bad. This year I really want a good turn out for our “Carols for Christmas” Big sing. We are holding a Big Sing at our church on Sunday 22nd December at 6pm in order to raise money for the Night Shelter. This will take on a different form to previous Carol Services, in that it will be Christmas centred, and the kind of jolly service which we are hoping you will want to invite friends and family to as well. Please put the date in your diary, and theirs too! Let them know about the charity we are supporting! WE WOULD ALSO LIKE YOU TO CHOOSE THE CAROLS! PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE INCLUDED BY THE END OF NOVEMBER, and then invite all your friends to come and hear it. Please ask your children and Grandchildren what they would like too, and then bring them along to sing. Please try your hardest to get involved in these events which will bring new life both to you, and to your church community. 5


Additional dates you might be interested in: Mon 14th Oct 8.30pm. A very small Taize group meets monthly at Ealing Abbey, in their Newman chapel. Phil and I are going to join them this month. If anyone else would like to join us, let me know and I will show you the way. Sunday 19th January 4.30 pm at Kingsdown Methodist Church. I am leading this years’ Service for Christians Together in Central Ealing to come together for The Week of Christian Unity. Please put the date in your diary and come to join Christians of all denominations for this special service. All being well our choir should be singing at it. With Prayers Sue

Letters and emails From Janette Pender May I please extend my sincere thanks to everyone who communicated with me during my rehab after my ankle replacement. The cards, phone calls, flowers and visits were most welcome and brightened up a long, difficult recovery". Thank you. Janette Pender.

Macmillan Coffee Morning - from Helen I would just like to thank everyone who helped to raise over £1040, at last count, on Saturday 28th September. I shall not be volunteering to organise the MacMillan Coffee Morning next year, I’m getting too old and stupid (shurely shome mishtake - ed. – see also page 11). I would love someone to take over from me - and of course I would help. Please think if you could do this job to help the valuable work of MacMillan Cancer Care. Again, thank you all. :Your generosity of money is wonderful, but it is your generosity of spirit that makes me proud and blessed to be a member of this very special church family. Thank you! Helen Harper 6


News of the Church Family Janette Pender is making great progress and we were delighted to see her back in Church, for Harvest Festival. Please pray that Janette will regain her confidence go out alone after three months of enforced inactivity. Please pray for Robina Thexton who has had surgery following a fall and breaking her hip. She has made a remarkably quick recovery for a lady in her 90’s! When I visited her just over two weeks later, I had the best conversation with her that I’ve had for years! After 2 falls at the beginning of September, Dorothy Ravillious was admitted to hospital for 2 weeks. She was only home for a short time when she had to readmitted. Please pray that Dorothy will regain her strength and soon be able to return home. Please continue to pray for Jean Rose who is getting stronger every day and feeling much better in herself. It was lovely to see her at our Harvest Service, supported by her family. Please also pray for Margaret Cooper who continues to have pain, which limits her mobility. She is expecting to have surgery later this year. Valerie Jokosenumi is now feeling much better. We give thanks that she has been able to start a staggered return to work. Peggy Allaway is in good spirits. She sends her love to all at Ealing Green. We wish her a Happy Birthday this month. Congratulations to Alicia on her great GCSE results. All that hard work has paid off! Do talk to her about the interesting voluntary work she did during the summer holidays. Our love and sympathy to Ben Head on the death of his father and also to Rev Rachel Bending, our Superintendent minister, on the death of her father. We remember both families in our prayers. We continue to remember in our prayers those of our church Family who are housebound:- Jean Rose, Rene Edwards, Robina Thexton, Dorothy Ravillious and Peggy Allaway. We want them to know that although they can no longer join us at Sunday Worship, they are not forgotten. We pray for those mentioned above and for all who carry the burden of illness and for their families and friends. Gill Hatherall 7


Unity It’s back to work/the grindstone/real life again in our house, after a ‘break’ that we are still recovering from. More of that in future issues, and there are a load of issues that we came across on our trip, but first I have to thank Sarah for producing the newsletter for September. Sarah looked at the format - sent to her as a basis for the next month’s issue and decided that the setup that I have been using for over 10 years was possibly not the thing to start with. I remember upgrading to word 2007 after producing the newsletter for a few years and have stuck with it since – not least because I didn’t want to go and fork out quite a lot of money for an updated version of quite expensive software. I imagine this looked somewhat antediluvian for someone more used to moving with the times. So she did the only thing a reasonable person could – junked my format and software and started off with something slightly more up to date and fresh. And I, for one, am grateful for the fresh look at what, looking back, had become more than just a little dated. It was well overdue for a change and I am glad that one has been made. Unfortunately the version of Publisher that I have, the software Sarah used, is of the same vintage as my Word software, and I have found it a serious problem trying to get to grips with it. So I am back in the familiar fields of Word, but hopefully reflecting the changes that Sarah instigated. Please let me know if you like the changes/have any suggestions for the layout and content of the newsletter – after all it is your newsletter, so should reflect your wishes. God bless you.

The Jews and Arabs should sit down and settle their differences like good Christians Warren Robinson Austin 1877 – 1962 US Politician and diplomat 8


South Ealing Saints Sue passed this on – to see if there is anyone who is interested or can help. Dear Rev.Male My name is Carl Smith and I am a member of St. Mary's, Ealing, and I also help run their associated Junior Football team - the South Ealing Saints. We are having a recruitment drive and I am hoping that you may be able to let your membership know about us?. To give you a little insight into the club, the sessions usually include both training routines as well as matches. Although the club does not play in a regular league we try to arrange friendly matches, where possible, and regularly enter age group teams into local 6-a-side competitions as well as competing in the London Churches Football Tournament run by Ambassadors Football. We currently charge a one-off fee per season of £25.00 and kit can be purchased at a reasonable cost. ---

*** Any Saints in your Family? *** Do you like football? Are you in School Year 4,5,6,7 or 8? Then why not join the SOUTH EALING SAINTS? We welcome both boys and girls and everyone gets to play. Ideal for those with Sunday commitments. The club is associated with St. Mary's, Ealing, and is based on Christian values. We welcome children of all faiths to participate and to have fun. When? Most Saturday Mornings during term time Where? Ealing Common Time? 09:30-11:30

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We're always looking for extra adult help, so if you're a dad (or mum) with a couple of hours free any week, fortnight or month we'd be happy to see you. No experience necessary. Interested? Then contact us atfootball@southealingsaints.org or call Carl Smith on 07786726003. Best Wishes Carl Smith Admin Team South Ealing Saints Junior Football Club

Ecumenical Visit This will be to The Regent Hall, Salvation Army church on Oxford Street at 3pm on Saturday November 2nd. See https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/regent-hall If people would like to join us, please contact Noreen BarnesHoggett, noreen29@googlemail.com or on 020 8997-4935. She will let you know about the arrangements for meeting up. Thank you Gordon Tel: 020 8997-7055 (0790 562-4562 for texts)

Rich men’s houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty. Margot Asquith 1866 - 1945

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Didn’t we have fun? Well the weather didn’t help, but with a little urging, well just a bit more than just a little, we rolled up with our cakes (or not) and our willingness to pitch in, because, hadn’t Helen been working on this for months now and made pretty sure we knew which date and what was supposed to be happening – and the consequences of not being there. Bur she had urged us and we were there – and ready! The cakes and coffee went well and some of the ’best quality’ bric a brac’ was snapped up, but things really got going when Joan’s friends and colleagues Rock Choir came along and gave a really spirited performance of some classic rock tunes, Then it was back to getting what money/donations we could for the stuff on the tables, including the cakes and tea/coffee inside until the ‘morning’ was over. When the money was being counted up Helen’s face lit up as she realised how much her efforts had produced. Over £1040 at the time of writing this, a wonderful result for her, those who helped in all their various ways, and, most importantly of all, Macmillan Cancer Support. As you have seen earlier in this issue, Helen isn’t going to do it next year, so would you think about taking this on? But lastly, huge thanks to Helen for all her efforts. Lee 11


Day 11 Capital Ring: Hendon Park to Highgate woods This was a five mile walk that started in (possibly) the most unattractive part of the Capital Ring walk, and ended in a lovely wooded section of the walk. Martin and I started the walk under the flyovers of Brent Cross. The sky was grey and rain threatened. It did not look good as we tried to ignore the pollution from the many cars traversing the roads and flyovers in the area and along the North Circular. As my trusty guide notes, the North Circular ‘has the dubious distinction of being the noisiest road in Britain.’(p116). However, this part of the walk did not last long and we soon found ourselves amongst the woods and parks next to the River Brent and the elegantly named Mutton Brook and Dollis Brook. Remnants of past glories could be found in the woods such as the two pepper pot gazebos which were part of the Brent Bridge hotel- a major dance band venue of the 1920s and 1930s. As we walked away from the brooks we entered Hampstead Garden Suburb. The sun began to shine and we walked through the pretty streets of ‘one of the most affluent parts of London.’ (Trusty guide, p119) We wended our way left and right through the pretty streets as we followed the Capital Ring and walked through the subway in East Finchley tube ( a rather odd part of the Capital Ring!) until we came to Cherry Tree woods. Many of the woods in this part of London leading up to Highgate are remnants of the ancient Forest of Middlesex and of the Bishop of London’s hunting park. These woods were originally named as Dirthouse, Gravel Pit and Churchyard Bottom Woods. In the late 19th and early 20th century they were, not too surprisingly, renamed as Cherry Tree, Highgate and Queens woods. Each has a different character and are lovely walks for anyone who likes walking in woods. 12


Cherry Tree wood is a quiet, dark, hilly wood, which leads into the very pleasant Highgate woods. Here the woods are open and varied, with the sunlight dappling through. There is also a ‘plaque which marks the spot where the Capital Ring was formally launched on 21 September 2005.’ (Trusty guide, p122) Martin and I stopped for a bit to decipher the plaque and also give thanks to those whose hard work led to the creation of this 78 mile walk. It has given us, and many others, much fun over the 14 years since it was created. Queens woods, renamed after Queen Victoria, is much wilder, darker and hillier than Highgate Woods. However, as we scrunched our way through some of the early leaves that had already fallen, we came across a group of children enjoying a picnic in the woods surrounded by little ‘tents’ made from stacked wild branches. They all looked very tame amongst the wild woods. We made our way out into the sunshine, Highgate station, and our journey home. Next walk we move onto North East London....

If Kitchener was not a great man, he was, at least, a great poster. Margot Asquith 1866 - 1945

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Day 12: Highgate Woods to Stoke Newington This was a walk with a lot of variety. The sun shone and other friends joined Martin and me for the walk. We started off in the cool of Highgate Woods and then descended down to a disused railway line to walk the Parkland Way for two miles. This railway line, the Edgware, Highgate &London Railway was opened in 1867, but was never very successful. In the 1930s there were plans to turn it into part of the Northern Line. But war got in the way and the idea was abandoned. The line closed in 1954. Some far-sighted people at the local council helped set it up as a nature reserve and walk and cycle path. It’s lovely, if sometimes a bit spooky with its abandoned platforms ( anyone for Stroud Green or was it Stapleton Hall ??). We emerged from the railway line path into Finsbury Park which is a delightfully large park with children’s play areas, gardens and lakes. And has a great cafe for a cup of tea! Suitably refreshed we walked on to the New River. This is neither new nor a river. It is an unnavigable artificial watercourse, completed in 1613 to bring fresh water to London from springs near Ware in Hertfordshire’. (Trusty guide, p 128) There is now a walk you can do along the New River Path all the way to Hertfordshire. We were only walking along it for a mile. It is a very pretty path which for some of the way runs next to two reservoirs and where you can see one of those Victorian water pumping stations which is disguised as something else. In this case it is disguised as a castle; is no longer used for pumping and is now a ‘really good climbing centre’, said one of our friends. 14


We left the New River to walk into Clissold Park and the two wonderful old churches of Stoke Newington. There is an older, smaller church called the ‘Ancient Mother Church’ from 1563, and a larger church called St Mary’s which was designed by George Gilbert Scott and consecrated in 1858. (Trusty guide, p 132). We enjoyed our packed lunches in the park, in the shade of a large horse chestnut tree, and mused on all the hidden paths and parts of London we had found in our walk around the Ring. The delightful Church Street in Stoke Newington, unlike many city streets, had lots of independent shops we could browse. We stopped to look at the town hall and searched out the camouflage paint that was still on part of the hall from the Second World War, and then walked on to find the different objects that illustrated how, during the 17th and 18th centuries, the village of Stoke Newington had been a refuge for dissenters and nonconformists excluded from the City of London e.g. Daniel Defoe who had lived in Church street. Our last stop was Abney Park Cemetery. Many religious dissenters are buried here e.g. William Booth and Isaac Watts. The cemetery was also devised as an arboretum and has many types of tree. As the trusty guide notes it is a ‘cheerfully eerie place.’ The cemetery is worth another visit at some time to investigate all the tomb stones and trees, however we had come to the end of our walk and left the cemetery to join the busy A10 and find our way back to Ealing. Next walk I move onto Hackney Wick and the last couple of walks to complete the Capital Ring. Pat Sucher 15


Japan

No.1 of a series

OK so you might’ve seen Sue Perkins’ recent documentary and others over the years on Japan, but have you really seen and understood what goes on in that country, so far away from us and so fundamentally different to us in so many ways? Sure, Japanese parents want the best for their children and Japanese people know they have to rub along with each other in the best interests of the overall community and society in general on that crowded island, with which, tellingly, they draw comparisons with Great Britain, but there, apart from eating and sleeping and a few of the other things that we all do, is where parallels between us start to break down. Having had the good fortune of visiting Japan for work and having lived nearby so I could go there for long weekends, the country has fascinated me more as time has gone on. Years ago when I was sent to Germany, to learn German and work there, by the company I worked for there was a Japanese girl in my class. She was both lovely and enigmatic – the latter characteristic enhanced out of all proportion by the fact that she would not talk with anyone apart from the teacher. This intrigued, to put it mildly, all of her classmates. Wanting to take Jane to see something of the country as well I arranged for a trip recently. We left a cloudy London around lunchtime with the temperature roughly 19 degrees, missing out a night’s sleep on the 12 hour plane flight and arriving at 0700 the next morning into a sun blazing 35 degree 95% humidity Tokyo. This was enough to disorientate anyone. Despite being allowed to check in to our room at 0900, way ahead of the normal 1500 check in time and the bliss of a few hours 16


sleep things did not ‘settle down’ for days. Tokyo is, according to Sue Perkins’ documentary, the largest city in the world, at 37million, and the most densely populated. It is also, even with all those people, one of the cleanest I have ever been in. And the transport . . . everywhere you look there are trains and subways and monorails – and some buses. One thing that struck us was how few cars there were. Another thing that struck us was the number of convenience stores. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that there is one on every corner, and I do mean every corner. If not it is probably in the middle of the block Many Japanese are single or do not have children, theirs is one of the lowest birth rates in the world. Many don’t cook for themselves – and eat out for all their meals, often in the convenience stores where you can get noodles and instant meals, use the microwave ovens and sit at the few tables always available. You can get almost anything in these convenience stores, the range of foods and other items (facemasks!!) and, our universal need, milk and tea, were as nothing compared to some of the things we found there. We bought a small bottle of an upmarket ‘special’ rice wine as a present for some friends in one – as it was the only place we could find a bottle of that size. Cash machines, something we needed but would otherwise have struggled to find – are always available. So is fruit, however, each apple, or banana or orange, is individually and tightly wrapped in an almost indestructible transparent industrial film. I hesitate to use the word cling film as that doesn’t 17


carry with it the suggestion of the strength of the stuff and the force needed to get it off! Umbrellas are sold in convenience stores, and indeed in almost anything else you would recognise as a shop. Looking out of the front door on one of our days there to see it raining, the concierge offered me a loan umbrella for the day. When I said we were checking out he put the one offered away and then produced another, seemingly identical one. That will be 500yen, sir (about £4) he said. I bought it. The nearest convenience store was at the other end of the block. I would have been soaked by the time I got there and it would have cost the same! There are also umbrella stands outside virtually every establishment. Some of them have polythene covers for your umbrella so you can take it into the shop without soaking the floor, but many are stands so you can just leave your umbrella outside with little fear of it being taken – honesty is another thing you begin to notice. Curiously it was only at a few tourist spots where some umbrella stands had a locking arrangement where you locked your umbrella in by taking a tab out of the slot the umbrella went in and unlocked it by returning the tab. As you step out from your shop, hotel or tourist destination, you start to develop an awareness of bicycles – on the pavement! No matter how crowded the pavement, there is often a bicycle weaving its way, not necessarily at breakneck speed thank goodness, but at a respectable speed, through the pedestrians. No one seems to see this as an infringement of their rights to walk unhindered and curiously, there is little animosity shown to the cyclist. It is something that often made us jump as we were overtaken while walking along. The thing that really struck us, figuratively speaking, though, was the attachment to many bikes, on the handlebars, of an umbrella clamp. When it rained, as it did often while we were there, the sight of hundreds of these things sailing along both road and pavement was striking to say the least – and an image that will remain with us for some time to come. More on Japan in the next newsletter. 18

Lee


Classic Cinema Club Ealing

, Fridays 7:30pm

Dressed to Impress We look to cinema as a purveyor of escapist entertainment, glamour and luxury on screen. From historical period pieces and costume dramas, to films that set future fashion trends, the outfits veer from chic to ridiculous. Also featuring gorgeous sets, elaborate choreography and spectacular visual style. Friday October 4th Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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A man named Turner works for the CIA reading books and postulating possible scenarios that could be applied to intelligence work. He goes out to get lunch but when he returns everyone at the centre has been killed. He calls his superior and asks for someone to bring him in, he tells him that his section chief will get him but when he arrives, the man tries to shoot him, he manages to shoot back and escape. In an act of desparation, the abducts a woman and forces her to shelter him until he can figure out what is going on. When someone goes to the woman's house and tries to kill him, he kills the man and discovers that he has a connection to the CIA, which means that someone in the CIA is behind the attempt on him. Simply put – a classic.

Friday 11th October The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

102 mins

Steve McQueen assembles a crack team for a bank heist, with Faye Dunaway as the insurance investigator on his trail. An action caper with optical trickery, and its sexy stars bringing the cool and the heat. Recently remade – but this is the original.

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Friday 18th October Dreams(1990) 120 mins Akira Kurosawa minutes – certificate PG – in Japanese with English subtitles In 8 sequences inspired by his reveries and personal reflections, the great director uses sumptuous imagery to imagine childlike wonder, ancient folklore, modern fears, and mankind’s bond with nature. One review: In all I recommend this film to anyone who has the chance to see it, It is possible that Dreams may not appeal to a mainstream audience in terms of content because there is a lot of symbolism and critical engagement but the photography and sceneries are for sure something that should not go amiss for anyone. If you get the chance it is truly worth giving it your time, a fantastic experience. Friday 25th October Top Hat(1935) 93 minutes Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers tap around a love-hate flirtation founded on a misunderstanding. Dancing Cheek to Cheek across stunning Art Deco sets, this feel-good rom-com is one of the best Hollywood musicals. Showman Jerry Travers is working for producer Horace Hardwick in London. Jerry demonstrates his new dance steps late one night in Horace's hotel, much to the annoyance of sleeping Dale Tremont below. She goes upstairs to complain and the two are immediately attracted to each other. Complications arise when Dale mistakes Jerry for Horace. All these films are shown in the Parlour, so ‘home’ fixtures. 20


Collection Point Rehema Organisation The people of Rehema Organisation would like to sincerely pass their love and greetings to you all. We extend our heartfelt appreciation for your great support to Rehema which has been received monthly for over years. The friendship was born sometime in 2008 when one of your church family Mr Peter Firstbrook visited Kenya on a journalism voyage to cover the former USA President Barack Obama’s campaign that year. Peter was on a mission to look into Obama's African roots and his African ancestry. This eventually led to my visit to your Church where we met and since then the people of Ealing Green have been a family to us at Rehema. Rehema is a community Based Organisation in Kajulu Village of Kisumu City in Kenya in East Africa. Kisumu is the 3rd largest city after the Capital Nairobi and Mombasa. Rehema is a Swahili word for Mercy. The organisation has 3 main branches namely: ▪Rehema Family Church ▪Rehema Children's Home ▪Rehema schools

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Other projects include youth and women empowerment programs. This includes training, mentorship and income generating activities programs e.g. the widows program run by mama Mary. Rehema began slightly over 20 years ago as a small project by bishop Ambros & Mama Mary Samo. Even though bishop Ambros has now handed over much of the duties to his other leaders, he still plays an overseer role as the father of faith to Rehema people. The leadership is currently shared between pastors leading church groups like pastor James & Alice who are leading our branch in Kisumu, pastor Vincent in the Bandani slums, pastor Nick of the Kajulu branch, pastor Tabitha of the Kibos branch, pastor Mark of the Nyahera Branch, Mary Orende of Seme and Roy Samo who leads the organisation's development programs like the Children's work and Linnet who handles the schools.

The Rehema organisation has achieved tremendous results in both its spiritual programs developing large 22


active church congregations, in supporting children and young people schooling and training them and, in some cases, housing and feeding them. There are numerous women’s groups that have trained and then supported women into employment with a number of businesses being established such as tailoring. We welcome more support and partnerships for the organisation's greater impact. There are various programs that needs urgent support like the children's work that includes schooling & accommodation. Those who want to volunteer in Africa are also welcome during holidays or at any time in the year. Some notable partnerships in the UK includes Ealing Green Church, Lea Valley Church by pastor Geoff & Bo Ace, London Network Church by pastor Alex Afriyi, Mission Africa by David & Eather Tucker among others. Attached are some recent pictures of the organisation's programs. Thanking you all, Roy Samo Director 25 August 2019 Please give generously. Thank you

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Church Rotas Could we have some volunteers for readers and in particular the prayer rota (now with only 3 persons on it!) – Please see Sarah or myself if you are interested/willing to help. Thanks, Lee

October

Preacher

Bible Steward

Reader

Prayers Colin Hatherall

7th

11:00

Rekka Cheriyan

Ela Trail

Helen Harper

14th

11:00

Jane Horwch

21st

11:00

The Rev Sue Male Holy Communion The Rev Sue Male

Nyarai Gondo

Elspeth Singleton Pat Sucher

Jane Horwich

28th

11:00

Susan Peatfield

Stalin Sundarraj

Christine Edwards

Colin Hatherall

Communion Stewards

NM, MR, GH, AK

To marry a man out of pity is folly; and, if you think you are going to influence the kind of fellow who has ‘never had a chance poor devil,’ you are profoundly mistaken. One can only influence the strong characters in life, not the weak; and it is the height of vanity to suppose that you can make an honest man of anyone. Margot Asquith 1865 - 1945

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