Ecumenical new start @ Ruxley, Epsom
This September a brand new church was officially dedicated and opened in Ruxley Lane, Ewell. The service at the new Ruxley church was led by the Revd Michaela Youngson, Chair of the London District, and the Rt Revd Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford. A congregation of more than 220 people attended the service, enjoying songs and hymns by the worship band Emmaus.
The Revd Michaela Youngson and Bishop Christopher Hill began the proceedings by cutting a ribbon at each door into the worship space.
"We had a veritable feast of clergy involved in the dedication service," said Jenny Meineck, press officer for the church. "The Ven Stuart Beake, Archdeacon of Surrey; the Revd Margaret Adams, Superintendent of Wimbledon Circuit; the Revd Canon Stuart Thomas (Anglican) and the Revd Dr Martine Stemerick (Methodist) all participated in the proceedings. A special visitor, the Revd Jeanne Bryan, priest of Emmanuel Church, Ignace, Ontario, flew 5,000 miles from a tiny community in Canada, bringing greetings from her congregation along with a specially carved cross and peace candle."
Ruxley Church has been an ecumenical partnership since 2002. The congregations of Ruxley Methodist Church and the congregation of St Francis of Assisi (Anglican) joined together when the Methodists welcomed in the Anglicans after their church had to be demolished due to subsidence. Ruxley Church is now building links between Epsom Deanery and the Keewatin District.
Text and Picture from The Buzz (123) news, The Methodist Church with thanks.