Moat's 150th annivesery


MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER

14 November 2021

We remember those killed in warfare

soldier and tank

Having been born seven years after the end of World War II, I have not experienced warfare. Apart, that is, from the early weeks of 1990, when I was in Bucharest shortly after the collapse of the rule of the tyrant Nicolae Ceaușescu. I was visiting to see what could be done for the babies abandoned in the orphanages. Everything was grey: the wintry weather, the bleak buildings and the shellshocked people. It was my first glimpse of an implausible and widespread poverty. People moved about the city, fearful and empty: empty of food, empty of possessions, and empty of soul. The terrors that they had seen dulled in the reflected death of their empty eyes. They crammed, searching for hope, into what was left of tiny orthodox churches, after the tyrant’s reign of terror and the more recent battle for liberation.

My hotel room, on the 20th floor, looked out over the broken city. The balcony was damaged and the frosted glass of the parapet was punctured by a stray gunshot, the wound allowing me to view the ruins of the city centre below. Walking the streets was like walking through a battlefield, visible signs all around of hatred, struggle and blood. I shuddered. The earlier battle had extinguished what little the people knew of life. But the struggle was over, even as the ghosts walked free.

How much more terrible to have been there at the heart of battle.
Martin Hazell




  Martin

Previous messages from the minister

 SERVICES AND OTHER EVENTS

 November 2021

Mon 1  9:00 AM Prayer Meeting Led by Martin
Sun 7  10:30 AM Service at Moat Led by Martin
Sun 7  3:00 PM Zoom Service Led by Martin
Mon 8  9:00 AM 9am Prayer Meeting Led by Martin
Sun 14  - Please feel free to join other local EG churches in the morning
Remembrance Services for the two minutes’ silence and reflection.
Led by Martin
Sun 14  3:00 PM A service of remembrance will be held on Zoom. Links to follow Led by Martin
Mon 15  9:00 AM Prayer Meeting Led by Martin
Sun 21  10:30 AM Service at Moat Led by Martin
Sun 21  3:00 PM Zoom Service Led by Martin
Mon 22  9:00 AM Prayer Meeting Led by Martin
Sat 27  10.30AM – 2:00PM Christmas Mini Market at Redhill URC. Please come and support our Moat Medley stall
Sun 28  10:30 AM Service at Moat Led by Graham Campling
Sun 28  3:00 PM Zoom Service Led by Martin
Mon 29 9:00 AM Zoom prayer meeting

 December 2021

Sun 5 10:30 AM Communion service at Moat, led by Martin
Mon 6 09:00 AM Zoom prayer meeting
Sun 12 10:30 AM Service at Moat led by Pat Oakley
Sun 12 3:00 PM Zoom service, led by Martin
Mon 13 9:00 AM Zoom prayer meeting
Sun 19 10:30 AM Service at Moat led by Martin
Sun 19 6:00 PM Candlelight Carol Service led by Martin, followed by refreshments
Mon 20 9:00 AM Zoom prayer meeting
Fri 24 11:15 PM Communion Service at Moat, led by Martin
Sat 25 --- Please feel free to join Martin leading Worship at Redhill URC
or another local EG church for a morning service
Sun 26 10:30 AM Zoom service of readings and carols, led by Martin

 January 2022

Sun 2 10:30 AM Communion service at Moat, led by Martin
Sun 2 03:00 PM Service at Moat, led by Martin
Sun 9 10:30 AM Zoom service, led by Martin
Sun 9 03:00 PM Zoom service, led by Martin
Sun 9 04:00 PM Zoom bible study - The Book of Ruth (Introduction and Chapter 1)


URC Services

During the Covid-19 emergency, while URC church buildings were 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