Weekly News

Sun. 24th Mar. The THIRD SUNDAY of LENT
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Parish Communion
11.15 a.m. Family Service

Tues. 26th Mar.
3.30 p.m. Messy Church, in the Church

Wed. 27th Mar.
2.00 p.m. Pray, Knit & Chat, at 12 Canon’s Hill
7.00 p.m. Life Group ‘Lent Study’, in the Church

Thurs 28th Mar.
11.00 a.m. Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Sat. 30th Mar.
10.00 a.m. Nearly-New Sale, in the Parish Hall
7.30 p.m. Downland Chorale Concert, at St. John’s

Sun. 31st Mar. The FOURTH SUNDAY of LENT
Mothering Sunday

8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Parish Communion
11.15 a.m. Family Service

This year we have to compile a new Electoral Roll so everyone who is entitled to be on the roll will need to complete an application form. If you are aged 16 or over and have been baptised you are entitled to be on the Roll if you live in the parish or if you don’t live in the parish, but regularly attend services at St John’s and have done so for at least six months. Application forms are available in church or from the Parish Office. Please complete one form for each person and the form must be signed by the person applying. Please put completed forms in the marked box on the Information Desk at the back of the church – forms must be returned by 31st March. The Electoral Roll is a record of the membership of the church and only those who are on the Electoral Roll will be entitled to vote at the Annual Parish Church Meeting, which this year will be held on 28th April.

Thank you Nicola Moorby for giving us a fantastic presentation on Saturday 9th March on ‘Turner v Constable: The Great British Paint-Off’. £1,058.50 was raised for St. John’s Church funds, with a further £40 promised from the ‘Go Fund Me’ site. Thank you to everyone who supported this event in any way, those who prepared food & drink and served us, those who welcomed people in, Wendy who sold tickets & took all the bookings, etc. AND ABOVE ALL to those who came along on the night! Thank you everyone. Carole Caddick

Every Tuesday 3.30-5.00pm in term time Messy Church is open in the church for local families to bring their children after school for crafts, songs, story and other activities rounded off with ‘Tea’. We are looking for an extra person to help in the kitchen with preparing food and clearing up TWICE A MONTH, so if you could help in any way please contact Christine McCutchion via the Parish Office 01737 552461 or email: E-Mail link

will be held on Tuesday, March 26th at 7 p.m., at Christ Church, Brighton Road, Purley. The speaker is Professor Keith Fox, MA, MPhil, PhD, who will be speaking on ‘DNA, Free Will, and Human Identity.’ Prof. Fox is Professor of Biochemistry, and Principal Investigator [Nucleic Acids], at Southampton University. He is also Deputy Director of The Faraday Institute for Science & Religion, Cambridge, and Lay Reader at Highfield Church, Southampton. The talk is suitable for non-scientists, and will be about 45 minutes long, followed by a 20 minute Q & A session. The event is free of charge, with a suggested donation of £1 to cover refreshments. Doors open at 6.00 p.m.

The Belles of St. John’s have their next Nearly New Sale of Babies’ & Children’s Clothes, Toys & Equipment on Saturday, 30th March in the Parish & School Halls (opposite the pond at the top of Marlpit Lane). If you would like them to sell any very good quality items for you (a percentage of marked price goes to charity), you will need to complete a Registration Form in advance (available via the Parish Office—email: E-Mail link or call 01737 552461). Don’t forget to come along between 10.00 a.m. & 12.00 on the day. There are usually wonderful bargains to be had so it’s a ’must’ for parents and grandparents!

on Sunday 31st March
– between the 9.30 Parish Communion and Family Service – to support the MU Appeal ‘Make A Mother’s Day’ – helping mothers around the world to bloom and their communities to flourish. All gifts of homemade cakes for the Sale will be very welcome.

Massive thanks to James Gaskell of Gaskells Gardens (local man – lives in Court Avenue) who cut the churchyard grass during the week – free of charge. We’re so grateful and will now hopefully be able to keep it in good order for the warmer weather ahead. TT

Please help preserve our church heritage in Surrey by taking part in the SCPT’s Easter 2019 ‘Fun Forecasting Quiz’. There are copies of the quiz on the Information Desk in church and full instructions for entering are on the quiz sheet. The closing date for entries is April 30th and we will post a summary of the entries on the Trust’s web site. PRIZES: £500, £200, £100 for the first three entries drawn. A Case of Claret and a Crystal Ball for the entry with most forecasts correct, A Magnum of Champagne for the entry with the best financial forecasts (in case of a tie, the winning entry will be drawn) AG

A talk on Local Birds by John Birkett, RSPB Croydon Group, Monday 1st April, 10.30-11.30 am. Admission FREE but please contact the Library to book. Tel 020 3700 1003 Email E-Mail link

I would like to draw your attention to an upcoming event that may be of interest. ‘The History of Parish Registers’ is happening here, at Trinity House, on Saturday 6 April, from 10:00am – 1:00pm. It is being led by Ray Wheeler who is a reader in Southwark Diocese. Family history has never been as popular as it is now thanks to TV programmes such as’ Who Do You Think You Are?’ Among other aspects of family history, this session uncovers the story of parish registration from Elizabeth 1 (when a record of baptisms, marriages and burials was first required to be kept) to the present day. For anyone interested in genealogy. Ray will also give an introduction to researching your family history. To book a place, just send an email to me letting me know you wish to attend. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Zoe Skilton

The Downland Chorale presents a Concert featuring this by Howard Goodall and also works by Mendelssohn, Haydn & Mozart at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 30th March at St. John’s. Tickets: £12 (child £5) on the door.

with eggs will be on sale at just £1.10 each in church on Sunday 7th April. Remember to bring your purse or wallet because we’re sure you won’t be able to resist them!

Judy, who has organised the laundry since the start of the Shelter in 2011, has had to retire and so I’m looking for someone (or perhaps two people) willing to step into her shoes next autumn. It’s a very practical job with no need to be adept at technology, just reliable, able to drive and available as follows. It entails: attending a meeting of the Shelter planning team in September and then compiling a laundry rota; driving around launderers’ houses on Thursday mornings in November and December to collect clean laundry from doorsteps; delivering same to the Shelter at St AIdan’s at about 5.30pm on Thursdays; collecting dirty laundry at about 8am on Friday mornings from St Aidan’s, sorting and delivering it to launderers. Can I ask you all to consider it seriously and let me know if you are able and willing to do the job or share it with someone? There would be nothing to do until September. Thanks. Leonie Wilding, Coulsdon Floating Shelter Co-Ordinator E-Mail link

‘Contact the Elderly’ offers a lifeline of friendship to thousands of people aged 75 or over through small local tea party groups which meet monthly on a Sunday afternoon. The service is completely free. Call 0800 716543 or visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk for more details.

We would be very pleased to receive any suitable items to be used as raffle prizes at our fund-raising events. Your unwanted, unused gifts may be just what someone else would like to win! Please leave any donations with the Parish Office. Many thanks.

SAT. 27 APRIL 7 for 7.30
A BARN DANCE with the live ‘CROOKED STOVEPIPE’ BAND in the church

Tickets £10 to include Supper NOW ON SALE
from St. John’s Parish Office on 01737 552461 or email: E-Mail link
Barn Dance 2019 flier

SAT 8 JUNE 7 FOR 7.30
Quiz Night with sausage & chips supper in the church

Tickets £10 to include Supper
from St. John’s Parish Office on 01737 552461 or email: E-Mail link