ADVANCED NOTICE

Sunday 8th August 2021 10:30am - 150th Anniversary Service of Celebration, followed by refreshments

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER


24 July 2021

What's happened to the Common Good?

covid 19 mask

I chose to become a minister of religion, not a policeman. But in the days of Covid, I feel sometimes that is what I have become: a policeman! Trying to keep people safe – and everyone wants the church building to be a place of safety, don't they? – has become a difficult and lonely role. During the second world war, everyone was responsible to make sure blackouts were up and effective – one light could show up in the night sky and be a target for bombers. We've all seen Dad's Army and the constant vigilance on keeping the lights out. It is the same now – but this is about wearing face coverings and social distancing. Even though the government has eased up on the restrictions, churches are being asked to continue to ensure safety above all else is maintained.

Most people look out for one another. It has become, however, for some, ok to put yourself first, in our society; to make sure you're ok, over and above everyone else. I was brought up, even if people didn't always keep to it, with the idea that the Common Good overrode my personal desires and wants. It was a mark of good neighbourliness and a sign of common decency. But, sometimes I ask myself: where has that attitude gone?

Jesus, we are told in all the four gospels, fed the multitudes from the few loaves, and fishes, brought to the party by a small boy. The story goes that Jesus took what someone had and after saying thank you, shared it so everyone could have 'as much as they wanted'. The miracle was that when this was shared there was still much left over to fill 12 baskets.

It is hard to live up to the standards set by Jesus and most of us fail. But perhaps when you think about whether you'll wear a mask today, you might consider those who are vulnerable, the people who through illness have no immune system to protect them, those still not vaccinated and those already sick and vulnerable to catastrophic illness.
Martin Hazell




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Previous messages from the minister

 SERVICES AND OTHER EVENTS

    Services will be on the first and third Sunday of each month, and occasionally on the fifth Sunday too

 July 2021

Sun 4 10.30amService at Moat; Led by Martin; Please ensure you bring your own bread and wine/juice for the service
Sun 4 12 noonChurch Meeting
Sun 4 3.00pmService on Zoom; Led by Martin
Mon 5  9.00am Prayer Meeting; Led by Martin on Zoom
Mon 5 9.00am Moat’s Quinquennial Inspection
Tue 6 ??? Finance & Fabric Meeting
Sun 11 3.00pmService on Zoom; Led by Martin
Mon 12 9.00am Prayer Meeting; Led by Martin on Zoom
Sun 18 2.00pmCluster Group Walk. Meet at Reigate Park URC ready to leave at 2pm. Followed by Tea and a church service together. ALL WELCOME
Mon 19  9.00am Prayer Meeting; Led by Martin on Zoom
Sat 24 3.00pmMeeting in Church Hall to discuss Moat’s Future.
Sun 25 3.00pmService on Zoom; Led by Martin
Mon 26 9.00am Prayer Meeting; Led by Martin on Zoom

 August 2021

Sun 1 10.30amService at Moat; Led by Martin; Please ensure you bring your own bread and wine/juice for the service
Mon 2  9.00am Prayer Meeting; Led by Martin on Zoom
Sun 8 10.30am150th Anniversary Service at Moat
Mon 9  9.00am Prayer Meeting; Led by Martin on Zoom
Sun 15 10.30amService at Moat; Led by Martin
Sun 15 3.00pmService on Zoom; Led by Martin
Mon 16  9.00am Prayer Meeting; Led by Martin on Zoom
Sun 22 3.00pmService on Zoom; Led by Martin
Mon 23  9.00am Prayer Meeting; Led by Martin on Zoom
Sun 29 10.30amService on Zoom; Led by John Sinclair

URC Services

During the Covid-19 emergency, while URC church buildings are closed, a weekly Sunday service in a radio-style, with hymns, readings, prayers and a sermon, was provided by churches around the denomination.

Please go to URC Devotions Page for the online URC Sunday services

Previous Online URC Services

Other Resources

• Videos of Reigate Park URC services, including ones produced in conjunction with Moat, on their YouTube channel • During the current crisis Reform magazine is available online

• Selection of streamed services from various URC churches

Apart but United a COVID-19 prayer letter

Daily Devotions from the URC