Weekly News

Sun. 19th Jan. THE SECOND SUNDAY of EPIPHANY
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Worship Together
11.15 a.m. Family Service
5.30 p.m. ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ United Service,
at St. Andrew’s Church, Coulsdon

Tues. 21st Jan.
9.45 for 10.00 a.m. Pram Service, in Church
3.30 p.m. Messy Church, in the Old Church

Wed. 22nd Jan.
2.00 p.m. Pray, Knit & Chat, at 12 Canon’s Hill
7.30 p.m. The Life Group meets, in the Church

Thurs 23rd Jan.
11.00 a.m. Holy Communion, in the Old Church
8.00 p.m. PCC meets, in the Church

Sat. 25th Jan.
10.00 a.m. Marriage Preparation, in the Church

Sun. 26th Jan. THE THIRD SUNDAY of EPIPHANY
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Parish Communion
11.15 a.m. Family Service

CALLING ALL BABIES, TODDLERS & PRE-SCHOOLERS!
What are you doing this Tuesday, 21 February? You should get your Mum, Dad, Granny, Grandpa or whoever will be with you in the morning to bring you along to our Pram Service at 9.45 for 10.00 a.m. start in the church. It’s a short time of fun and praise with rhymes and action songs (you can even choose your favourite), an interactive story, prayers, activity, birthday celebrations … and bells, tambourines, shakers, etc. And afterwards we have juice, tea, coffee & biscuits and there’s time for play while the adults chat. Hope you can come – we’d love to see you.

MESSY CHURCH
Collecting your children from school on Tuesday? Then you should bring them along to Messy Church for some family fun-time together. Messy Church opens at 3.30 p.m. in the Church, this Tuesday, 21st January and finishes at 5.00 p.m. by which time there will have been art and craft time, songs, a story, prayers, and a sit-down tea. All parents or other carers and their children will find a very warm welcome – one little girl we know thinks it’s the best afternoon of the week! Messy Church is open every Tuesday afternoon during term-time – so why not give it a try?

HELP still required
Another call for help please – does anyone own a pickup or van and be prepared to take some rubbish to the tip? Round by the tap to the right of the main doors there lies a broken chair, a pair of old sliding doors, other bits and pieces, and a bright yellow road salt container, all of which we would like to get rid of. This is particularly important as I have recently discovered that that area contains quite a number of old graves, where the stones have been laid flat, and it would be lovely if we could get it clear and relate to it as part of the Garden of Remembrance. Thanks very much Tony Tucker

‘UNUSUAL KINDNESS’
This is the theme of this year’s ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ which runs annually from 18th to 25th January. The churches in Coulsdon are marking it with a united service on this Sunday 19th January at St Andrew’s Church, at 5.30 pm. We hope that the earlier than usual start will encourage as many as possible to come together as a visible sign of our unity in Christ. The theme of the service, which has been prepared by the Christian Churches in Malta & Gozo and will last about an hour, will be the sea voyage of St Paul to Malta, how the people showed unusual kindness to him and his companions, and how we can encourage one another to share the good news as he did.

THE ‘AUTUMN BRONZE CHALLENGE’
…has come to an end with a super amount of £161.00 banked for essential repairs to our lovely Grade 1 listed building! Thank you to everyone who helped us to reach this total. If you missed the chance to let us have your coppers, please note that these are always welcome – along with any other coins (& notes) – for Church Funds, and can be dropped into the wall safe in the church entrance lobby at any time. Lynn Howell, Parish Treasurer.

RETIREMENT of THE ARCHDEACON OF CROYDON
The Archdeacon of Croydon, the Venerable Chris Skilton, will be retiring in February. The official service of farewell for Chris will take place at Emmanuel Church, South Croydon on Saturday 1 February at 6.00pm. It is anticipated that the service will be quite informal and everyone is welcome to attend. Emmanuel Church and Centre are situated on the corner of Normanton Road and Hurst Way, CR2 7AF.
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards a leaving present for the Archdeacon may contact his PA, Susan Wheeler Tel: 020 8256 9633. Email:

A TWO-COURSE MEAL INCLUDING WINE FOR JUST £3?
You’re invited to enjoy a hot Supper with members of our Mothers’ Union branch on Wednesday 29 January at 7.30 p.m. in the Old Church and to stay for their AGM afterwards. A very enjoyable evening with a chance to find out what this very busy and active branch has been up to during the year and what their plans are for this year. Please contact Elaine on 07712 825015 to book your place.

A DATE to NOTE! Friday 28th February
Utopians Unlimited return to St. John’s with Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Sorcerer’. Tickets will be on sale soon for another entertaining evening.sorceror poster 2020

PLEASE ALSO KEEP SATURDAY 25th APRIL FREE
St John’s has an exciting opportunity to host a professional pianist. Maria Garzon is a Spanish pianist who has performed in some of the world’s most famous concert halls and has also taken part in many International Music Festivals. Maria has offered to come to St John’s to play well known classical pieces, including Saint-Saëns’ ‘Carnival of the Animals’. She has asked if our local children can be encouraged to take part in this exciting celebration of the world of animals. It should be an extravaganza with great music, movement and creative masks. Please put the date in your diary. Tickets [Adults £10, children FREE] will be available from the church office nearer the time.

MEN’S GAMES GROUP…
meets every Thursday 12.30-2.30 p.m. at The Tudor Rose, Old Coulsdon. It’s a local free weekly group just for men. If you’d like the opportunity to socialise, make friends, play board/card games and eat together then this would be just what you need and you would be very welcome to join us. If you like to know more, please contact Rob on 07578 899 204 or at .

NEWS from PURLEY FOOD HUB
With the magnificent help of the Food Hub’s volunteers, friends and supporters, we were able to provide food for 1,098 meals for people in crisis at our busiest ever session on the Saturday before Christmas (21st Dec). This took us past 3,000 meals provided in December and 30,000 meals during 2019. On behalf of the Trustees and Management Committee, we send enormous thanks to everyone who donated food, money and their time. Food donations in December were so huge that in January we are asking supporters to focus please on the following six items that we remain short of: Tins of Plain Meat – Chicken, Ham, Corned Beef; Cartons of Long Life Whole Milk; Jars of Peanut Butter; Strawberry & Raspberry Jam; Packets of Dried Potatoes; Unisex Shampoo. We thank God for his mighty provision and overall direction of the Food Hub and pray that Jesus will remain at the very heart of the work during 2020. With our very best wishes for the New Year, Steve Hunt

THOSE LITTLE GREEN COUNTERS …
handed out at Waitrose Coulsdon could bring much-needed funds to St. John’s. During February Waitrose is including the church in their Community Matters green coin collection. So every time you shop please look out for the collecting unit and pop your counter in St. John’s slot!

‘FOLK ROCK FOR CHOIRS’
The Downland Chorale invites you to come and sing choral arrangements of Simon & Garfunkel, Fairport Convention, The Byrds, and more, at their Workshop on Saturday 15th February 11.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. at Sanderstead Methodist Church, Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, CR2 9EF. Free informal concert at 5.00 p.m. No need to read music or have previous choral experience. Tickets £12.50 on 07729 618226 or at .

CROYDON MALE VOICE CHOIR …
will be presenting a Concert at Old Coulsdon Congregational Church on Saturday 15th February at 7.30 p.m. Come along and enjoy a programme of show songs, ballads, spirituals and operatic numbers. Tickets £10 including refreshments, on the door, or from the Box Office: 01737 554362.

RAFFLE PRIZES ALWAYS REQUIRED
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.