On your travels, many of you may have passed Everyday Church on Queens Road. Some of you may have even had the pleasure of going inside to attend an event in one of their many wonderful spaces for hire. In this article, Everyday Church invite us into their church to share some of their 2019 highlights and show where they’ve had a positive impact in our community.
One of our local families at Everyday Church celebrated a wonderful victory this year in the midst of their pain. Nadim and Tanya Ednan-Laperouse tell us in their own words how the Natasha’s Law was passed faster than any law in modern history (except for laws to safeguard against terrorism):
“Our daughter Natasha attended Friday night Nightlife Youth Club at Everyday Church in Wimbledon from the age of twelve years old. When she was fifteen, she told her best friend that she had decided to be baptised: she was a follower of Jesus. Two weeks later, we lost her to a very serious allergic reaction to sesame seeds in a bought sandwich. Her death was completely unexpected and devastated our entire family – and then it brought us to her church. Natasha’s inquest was hugely publicised and allergies have since been taken seriously like never before, and we celebrate this victory as Natasha’s Law will ensure full ingredient labelling on pre-packed sandwiches and ‘food to go’. Natasha Allergy Research Foundation (NARF) will continue to battle for this cause, making sure no other family will ever have to face our pain; but the love we have been shown by our Pastor at Everyday Church and the church community has been like no other. We have been supported through the many trials, and have experienced God’s love and presence. He has sustained us, and we now comfort others as he has comforted us. There is hope in Jesus.”
This year we hosted monthly afternoon teas for our elder members and guests. We have a fabulous team who presents tea and home baked treats in vintage China crockery. It is a fabulously international affair given we gather people from many countries – and we often hear incredible stories from other times around those tables. We already have invitations to next year’s Sunday Afternoon teas, so if you consider yourself a more mature ‘vintage’ or know someone who could enjoy our free tea&cakes, then come or bring them along! There’s many friendships to be made around our buzzing tables brimming with delicious goodies and warm atmosphere!
If you’ve ever walked past Everyday Church Wimbledon on a Friday evening, you’ll know what a buzzing, colourful and fun atmosphere there is on Fridays at our Youth Club “Nightlife“! Youth from Year 7 – 13 gather from 7.00pm to enjoy games in our Sports Hall, table tennis, pool table, board games, tuck shop, food challenges and Wii and Playstation competitions – and bring their friends along! This regular event is open to all teenagers in our community, and our passionate and loving Youth Leaders volunteers serve them with enthusiasm and energy, making sure that every single one goes home knowing that Jesus loves them lots – as do they.
These two yearly Families events bring over 550 children aged 0-10 years old (+ their parents/carers!) from the local area and any faith or none to celebrate all together the hope Jesus brings. For 2 whole hours at Easter and then as an alternative to Halloween, the whole building buzzes with glitter, crafts, games, child-appropriate competitions, glow sticks, hot dogs, sweets and music – and even a bouncy castle! This is one of the ways we show love to our local families… and we continue doing so every Sunday morning in our Kids Ministry, and throughout the week with Twiglets – our Parent & Toddlers group, both at Everyday Church Wimbledon and Southfields. What a joy to see the little ones have fun! ❤️
Written by the Everyday Church Team