Weekly News


Sat.17th Feb.
   7.30 p.m.       Croydon Male Voice Choir Concert, in the Church

Sun. 18th Feb.   FIRST SUNDAY of LENT
   8.00 a.m.          Holy Communion (1662),  in the Old Church
   9.30 a.m.          Worship Together, in Church

Tues. 20th Feb.
    9.45 for 10.00 a.m.      Pram Service for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers, in Church

Thurs. 22nd Feb.
  11.00 a.m.        Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Sun. 25th Feb.  SECOND SUNDAY of LENT
   9.30 a.m.        Parish Communion, in Church
(and live-streamed on Facebook/ through church website)
   11.15 a.m.       Family Service, in Church

Wed. 28th Feb.
   2.00 p.m.       Pray, Knit & Chat, in the Old Church

Thurs. 29th Feb.
  11.00 a.m.       Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Fri. 1st Mar.
  10.30 a.m.      World Day of Prayer Service, in the Congregational Church

Sat. 2nd Mar
  10.00 a.m.      Gardening Morning, in the Garden of Remembrance
  7.00 p.m.   ‘Shuttleboard Evening’, in the Church

Sun. 3rd Mar.   THIRD SUNDAY of LENT
    8.00 a.m.      Holy Communion (1662),  in the Old Church
    9.30 a.m.       Parish Communion, in Church
                               (and live-streamed on Facebook/ through church website)
   11.30 a.m.       Baptism Service


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We look forward to the Choir’s Concert at St. John’s this Saturday 17 February at 7.30 p.m. in the Church.  We’ve just heard the exciting news that they will be joined by soloist Harry Baker, an award-winning jazz and classical pianist whose wide-ranging repertoire includes appearances at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and classical performances with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason among others.  A treat of an evening is promised!  Tickets available on the door.

NEXT PRAM SERVICE – Tuesday, 20 February
for babies, toddlers & preschoolers and their mums, dads, grannies, grandpas or other carers. will be on Tuesday, 20 February in the Church at 9.45 for 10.00 a.m. start   A time of praise and fun with rhymes, action songs, story, activity, musical instruments and birthday celebrations.  New baby, active toddler, needing an uplift yourself?  Then come with your little one(s) and give it a try.     Refreshments afterwards when we play and chat.

After a few months of uncertainty, the Rectory has now been sold.  The new owners are a local family with young children who are delighted to own such a lovely house and garden.  A relief to us all that developers did not get involved.  The Diocesan Property manager and Archdeacon Greg are actively looking for a suitable property to offer to our future incumbent.     Gill

…  would like to know if you have a Tablet that you would be willing to lend or donate to the Church, for use by Ministers during services that are projected onto the screen.  If so, please contact the Parish Office at or on 01737 552461.

A BREATH of fresh air!
This year we are basing our Lenten reflections and discussions on ‘Signs along the Seashore’.  It’s a thought-provoking course—something different—a breath of fresh air!  Do think about joining others at a house-group just for the six weeks of Lent.  Four different groups will be meeting, once a week, during Lent: two evening and two daytime groups.  We hope one of these will suit you. Please contact Carole Caddick email or on 01737 558936 to find out details.

If you’re unable to join a group, copies of the booklet are on the Information Desk in church for you to take and follow at home—please pop £1.50 per copy in the box there to cover costs.  Do come and join us on our Lenten journey towards Easter——even if you’ve not done anything like this before.

Everyone’s invited to a Public Meeting at the Old Coulsdon Congregational Church at 7.00 pm on  Monday 19th February concerning the threat to close the library.  Opposition to the Croydon Mayor’s plans to close or downgrade half the borough’s public libraries is expected to gather pace in the coming weeks, as the council stages a 10-week-long public consultation.  Do come and have your say.

I am going to have an Easter stall between the 9.30 and 11.15 service on 26th Feb. in church. I will have Easter cards and gifts suitable for Mothering Sunday and Easter.  Do bring some cash with you.  70% of the takings will go to ‘The Church Spire Fund’ and 30% will go to ‘The Porridge Pot Fund’.                         Sandra Meadowcroft

The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical movement inspired by the motto ‘Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action’.  The service in our area, one of thousands all over the world, using the words of Palestinian Christians, who were invited to write it, will be held on Friday 1st March in Old Coulsdon Congregational Church at 10.30am.  Come and find out how the Palestinian women dealt with their problems, and whether those methods can still be used in today’s war zone.  There will be an opportunity to air your views over coffee (or tea) afterwards, and we hope many of you will do so.  All are welcome, women, and men too.              Your local committee

Shuffleboard CR5 Poster 2024
See the leaflet enclosed for all the details of this special evening on Saturday 2nd March at 7.00 in the Church.  Something different with a shared supper on offer.  Everyone can take part – adults, children, wheelchair users, etc. – but tickets must be booked in advance.  So please order or buy yours soon!

These two prizes were won in the Raffle at the Christmas Fair.  Unfortunately, part of ‘Lili’s’ phone number was missing and we’ve been unable to contact ‘Mr. Dawson’ by the given phone number.  If you could help us to make contact with either of them, please let the Parish Office know – 01737 552461 or at .

Monthly Saturday afternoon screenings at 2:15 for 2:30 in the Carter Room are followed by tea and cakes.  All donations will go towards their supported charities.  You are welcome to bring family, friends and neighbours.  See ‘Spring Programme’ poster in church.  Enquiries and bookings to Paul Sandford  at

Tollers Edible Garden..  has produced small packets of wildflower seeds [labelled ‘Save our Pollinators’] which are available on the large table at the back of the church for just 50p, to raise funds for their community project.  You can read about this venture in the February parish magazine.  You could grow these in a pot, scatter them in a ‘wild’ corner of your garden or, as suggested on the packet, sprinkle them ‘on your daily walk to sprinkle the joy’


APCM 2023 reports

Annual Report for 2022

St John’s Annual Accounts for 2022