Railton Road Methodist Church

Railton Road Methodist Church                                    141 Railton Road
London SW24 0LT

Pastoral Oversight: Rev. Andrew Dart
                                  Rev. Lena Ali

Sunday Service:  11:00 a.m. 
Sunday School:   11:00 a.m. (Junior Church)

Joint Bible Study (with Mostyn Road MC - led by Rev. L. Ali)
Monday - 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  

On Bus Route:  322
Near Bus Route:  3, 37, 196, 690

Direction:  See map below...

 

SUMMER BREAK

Most of us at RRMC would describe ourselves as ‘sun seekers’ and we really thank God for the glorious sunshine; especially the arthritis sufferers whose joints are less painful and a bit more supple. For some who suffer from breathing problems; it has been a bit uncomfortable but we consider ourselves most fortunate when we look at the world's natural disasters like the raging fires in Greece and South California and cannot even begin to imagine what it is like to lose everything; especially loved ones.  We all have so many blessings to give God thanks and praise for and to seek ways to help others in need.


Amongst our blessings was a huge rebate we received after a long battle because we were wrongfully billed for gas supplied to the flat next door. Two other gifts of money from a member and well-wisher helped us to repay our loan in full.  We are  grateful to the Circuit for the loan to us.  We also paid our assessment.  Members are planning to do some fund raising events and this will include a celebration for Black History Month on Saturday 27th October from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. to which, the whole Circuit Churches are invited.

Our Junior Church is making good progress and one young boy surprised the congregation by reciting all 66 Books of the Bible.  Our Bible Study Group is challenging and interesting. The group is taking a well-deserved holiday during August.  We had a Bring and Share meal  prior to breaking up and there was enough food to feed a crowd.

Recently, we met with the Property Developers and we are all excited about the possibility of a new Church and Offices. We ask that all Churches in our Circuit would pray for us to make the right decision and leave a legacy for the next generation. 

With our love and prayers

 

SHARING NEWS FROM US @ RAILTON 

Churches are places which seem to have something magnetic about them and especially at Christmas and Easter; strangers and lapsed members feel that they are obligated to attend worship.  RRMC was blessed with a good attendance over the Easter period and we all shared in a joyful celebration.  On Good Friday, we had our morning Service, then  a short break when we had the traditional hot cross buns followed by a moving meditation on the Stations of the Cross.  Our Junior Church made a wonderful contribution at our Easter Service  and we consider ourselves blessed  to have some gifted and enthusiastic children at RRMC. Mothering Sunday Service was led by the ladies of our Church and it was a moving Service. This year, our flowers of choice were roses.

Usually, our contributions to the Newsletter tend to be cheerful and optimistic but this time, we are asking for prayers for RRMC.  Over the past few months, we have had six funerals which is more than we have ever had in the past.  In March 2018, a long-standing member Ivy Cherrington died and she will be sadly missed.  Mrs. Delores Stuart's husband Roy  also died.  Easter was a time for us to reflect on the death which is not the end and Jesus' Resurrection which gives us hope that we will all meet again.

With old age comes infirmities and illnesses; especially during this past winter, almost everyone suffered from the norovirus.  Many of our members are still ill and  some are also housebound.  We offer each other support, love and encouragement through prayers and visits.

Our building, like our members is old and in need of urgent repairs and maintenance.  Our Minister told us that the Quinquennial report highlighted some urgent work to be done which will cost us approximately £90,000.  Following all the struggles we have encountered and the opportunity we have had to keep RRMC open, we pray that we will be guided for a way forward.  We have also been approached by the Property Developers again, anxious to develop the site with the promise of a brand-new Church.  We pray for God's guidance.

Fortunately, the picture is not all that of doom and gloom.  We have had lots of celebrations for those who have reached milestones in life and others who are responding well to treatment for various ailments which involved surgery and hospitalization.

With summer around the corner, we look forward to feeling more energized and the chance to get out and about and visit friends and loved ones.

May God bless you all!

Submitted by:  Members of RRMC

 

 

ANOTHER BLESSED YEAR FOR US @ RAILTON

During our last Church Service in 2017, members were asked to reflect on the countless blessings which we received and offer our sincerest thanks to God.  We were also encouraged to praise God for the year ahead and think of the ways of being true disciples for 2018.  This was a stark reminder for us all that there is a time for everything in the different seasons of our lives.  Some are tough; some are great; some are for doing new things.  As a Church family, we are conscious that our attitude is what holds the key to every season and regardless of what we are facing, we are confident that God is guiding, comforting and equipping us.

Our Christmas and New Year Services were well attended and we had our usual social gatherings with lots of good food and fellowship.  Our Junior Church did a beautiful play entitled:  ‘We Three Kings’.  Giving our best to the Master is what He really deserve from us, after all He gave His life to save us.

The New Year started off with the loss of one long-standing member; Viona Shalland who was ill and housebound for, sometime.  She will be sadly missed.  There are quite a few members who are ill and housebound; some in hospital or Nursing Home and as a small close-knit community, we offer support; prayers and frequent visits which they really appreciate as the Church hasn’t forgotten them.

With age and wear and tear, the building remains in need of constant maintenance but we are fortunate in having two devoted gentlemen who work tirelessly with repairs and decorating.

We are looking forward to the Lenten Season and the Special Services which are always so uplifting.  In addition to the traditional Good Friday Service at 11.00 a.m.; we reflect on the Stations of the Cross at 1.30 p.m.  Everyone takes an active part, including our Junior Church and the prayers and reflections are solemn and deeply moving.  Why not join us for the Stations of the Cross?  We will treat you to some delicious West Indian style hot cross buns and cheese.  We wish you and your family a very Happy Easter  as we celebrate our Father’s greatest sacrifice through his Son, Jesus Christ.  Have a
                                                
blessed Easter!

Submitted by:  Railton Congregation

 

I am sure that we are all asking the same question;  "Where has this year gone?"  But even though the year has flown past, so much has happened in our individual lives and the life of our Church, some called for celebrations while other with sadness...

Mr. Levi Hamilton, a long standing member celebrated his 100th Birthday on the 29th September.   He received a Telegram from the Queen and there were three Birthday parties organised for him, one of which was attended by the High Commissioner for the Jamaican Embassy in London.  We give God thanks for his long life, good health and his sharp mind.

Quite a few of our members also reached other milestones, our Young people excelled academically and our Junior Church is making good progress.

Many of our members have lost loved ones but Rev. Ali said in one of her Funeral reflections that "Life is not all beauty, love and happiness; there is also pain, strife and loss.  Life certainly includes joy, laughter and dancing but there is also a heavy side.  Life can be rich and satisfying but life can also be dangerous and sorrowful.  Life includes the whole package of light and darkness."

We are grateful and fortunate to have Rev. Ali as our Minister.  She is a tower of strength and we all wonder how she manages, considering that she travels a long way to get to Brixton and her husband has  not been enjoying good health.  Yet, she is always cheerful, energetic, willing and ready to offer Pastoral care to members and non-members.  She also has a unique way of guiding us when we go astray.

We were blessed with a rich Harvest Service, a wonderful Black History Month Celebration and we are now busy planning our Christmas Carol Service and our Church and  individual family celebrations for Christmas.

We, the members of RRMC would like to wish you all our love and best wishes for a very Happy Christmas and Blessed  New Year.

Submitted by:  Railton Congregation

A SMALL KNIT COMMUNITY

An article entitled Buildings & Grounds Ministry highlighted how members dedicated their time and energy to the upkeep of their Church; with many, working diligently behind the scenes.  It reminded us that we are blessed at RRMC with numerous unsung heroes who share their Spiritual gifts to ensure that the Church looks great and works well.  In our Bible Study,  we studied  the  Gifts  of  the  Spirit   and  the Fruits of the Spirit and realised that these Gifts are not for our individual self-aggrandisement but for sharing with others. We must have the Fruit of the Spirit at work, if we want God to entrust us with the Gifts of the Spirit.  Thankfully, God has blessed us with a combination of opportunities  and gifts to suit our individual situation in life.

RRMC is a small close knit Church community. Our families have grown up together; we have faced challenges both in the life of the Church and in our private lives; but we are stronger because we are connected to each other.  Many of our elderly members are suffering from ill health and infirmities and it is sad to see those who were once very active now having to take a back seat due to ill health.

On the positive side, we are excited at the prospect of a new  Church and flats being developed on our site.  Discussions are  in the early stages and we have met with property developers  and listened to their proposals. The building like many of us is  old and with age and wear and tear, it needs constant repairs.  It is not exactly fit for purpose anymore. We may not all live to see the final results in the new Church but it will be there for the  enjoyment of future generations.  It will also help us to serve the community by providing accommodation which is a problem in the area.  RRMC has always been a community Church and hopefully with a new purpose built building we will be able to do more Outreach work.

Submitted by:  The Bible Study Group


I have been attending Railton Road Methodist Church since I was a baby.  My brother, sister and I were Christened and brought up at this Church.  My parents were married into the Church and my mother has served as a Vestry Steward.

Over the years we have seen many changes including members of my family, friends and Church members passing away, including my grandparents Enalyn and Herbert Davis.

I look forward to attending Church on Sundays.  I enjoy listening to the interesting bible stories, taking part in the readers’ rota, fund raising, seasonal and celebrated events.  This includes the support and encouragement from Reverend Ali, Mrs Shepherd, the Stewards and members of the Congregation.

As time has gone by the Congregation has been reduced due to illness, death of members and young people moving on in life, some of them having gone off to University.  I would like to see the Church grow with a diverse congregation and a variety of age groups.  I would also like to help raise the profile of our Church.  I believe we can achieve this by working more closely with local schools, colleges and community centres.  This would enable more people to be a part of our Church community; to help raise money for the Church and to help others who are less fortunate.

I pray for God’s divine intervention and continuous guidance, that one day our congregation will grow again.

God Bless you all

Submitted by: Savannah Davis (aged 12)

 

                                          

Railton is experiencing a small growth which we are thrilled and we will continue to reach out for that growth to continue and flourish. 

After the uplifting Inauguration Service (of the new Lambeth Circuit) held on the 4th of September at Lambeth Mission & St Mary’s Church for the merger of the two Circuits, we at Railton had a Family Summer outing to Bournemouth as arranged by Rev. Lena Ali.  This family outing was very well attended and we are just thankful to have a relaxing and joyous trip.  Even though it rained on this trip, that didn't dampen our spirit.  Some of us had the chance to have a quiet time and meditate in the beautiful Anglican Church in the city centre, some had the chance to contemplate and admire the beauty of the Cathedral's architecture, while some of us just sat down listening to the beat of the brass band, enjoying our fish & chips and ice cream.

Here at Railton we are really thankful and happy to know that the Rev. Lena Ali and our Superintendent Minister Rev. Andrew Dart will still be with us for another five years.  Long may they continue doing their good work.  We will support them along this journey including them in our prayers.

Submitted by: Edna Stevens 

 

Life for us at RRMC for the past year has been a mixture of joys and sorrows; we have shared good news, good times and sad news and sad times --- but together we have weathered the storm by the grace and mercy of which God has bestowed upon us.  As a Church family, we shared in the celebration of an All Age Carol Service, Christmas Service and our Covenant Service; all of which were well attended and spiritually uplifting.

The majority of us at RRMC are well advanced in years but we came here when our mothers’ milk was still on our faces.  I came to England from Jamaica in 1961.   Railton Road Methodist Church was already an established Methodist Church then, so my husband and I decided to join the Congregation one Sunday, along with our young children.  This was a special blessing for us at a time when black people were turned away from the main stream Churches and that was the reason why Pentecostal Churches were established in Britain.

Although I have seen numerous changes over the past 55 years; including standing outside the Church watching Brixton burn during the riots, I thank God that we at Railton have been truly blessed, both with Ministers and fellow Congregationalists.

May God continue to bless us all and hold us together and help us to support our present Superintendent Minister Rev. Andrew Dart and our Minister Rev.  Lena Ali as they do God’s work and minister to the flock at RRMC.  (Have an Open House – Hebrews 13:2)

With love to you all!                                                                

Submitted by: Daisy Ralph

OUR CHURCH FAMILY 

          

    

Celebrating Internation Day @ Railton Road as a Church Family