Weekly News

Sun. 15th Sept. THE THIRTEENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Worship Together
11.15 a.m. Family Service
12.15 p.m. Baptism

Tues. 17th Sept.
9.45 for 10.00 a.m. Pram Service, in Church
3.30 p.m. Messy Church, in the Church

Wed. 18th Sept.
7.30 p.m. Life Group meets, in the Church

Thurs 19th Sept.
9.30 a.m. Coulsdon CofE School ‘New Year’ Service, in Church
11.00 a.m. Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Sat. 21st Sept.
11.00 a.m. Thanksgiving/Memorial Service (JS), in Church

Sun. 22nd Sept. THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Parish Communion
11.15 a.m. Family Service

PRAM SERVICE
Calling all Babies, Toddlers & Pre-schoolers!

You are ALL INVITED to our monthly Pram Service THIS Tuesday, 17th September at 9.45 for 10.00 a.m. start in the Church. We look forward to seeing you all with your mums, dads, grannies, grandpas or whoever spends Tuesday mornings with you, for a short time of fun and praise followed by chat and play, with refreshments. If you enjoy rhymes, action songs, stories, activity and helping to celebrate birthdays – and who doesn’t! – then this is THE PLACE TO BE on the third Tuesday morning each month. This month we will sadly be missing the older children as they start school – there will be plenty of room for newcomers, so do come and join in the fun. We’d love to see you but if you can’t make it this month – make a note of Tuesdays, 15 October, 19 November & 17 December.

MESSY CHURCH
St. John’s famous ‘after-school club’ for parents and children has re-started after the summer break. If you’re meeting the children from school on a Tuesday afternoon, why not bring them along to the Church at 3.30 p.m. this Tuesday, 17th September for arts, crafts, singing, a story, birthday celebrations and a ‘sit-down’ tea, all finishing at 5.00 p.m. Why not come along and give it a try – we’d love to see you any Tuesday in term time.

THE ALPHA COURSE STARTS on Thursday 26th September!
Alpha is a very hospitable way of introducing people to the Christian faith and learning more about it. The evening starts at 7.30 with a hot meal and is followed by an up-to-date video and plenty of time for discussion. We finish at 9.30 p.m. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome. If you are interested in coming along, or know of someone else who might be, do let me know. Why not come on the 26th and give it a try? If it’s not for you, there’ll be no pressure to continue. Please pray for the success of the course, and for those who will attend. Paul

THE AUTUMN BRONZE CHALLENGE … is on!
This is your opportunity to lighten your purses, wallets or pockets by donating any spare bronze coins during the autumn months (September, October and November) towards repair costs at St John’s. 1p or 2p coins dropped into the wall safe in the entrance lobby (slightly hidden by the Messy Church noticeboard) will be earmarked for essential repairs to our lovely Grade 1 listed building – or bags of coins can be handed in to the Parish Office any weekday morning at the church. So why not let us have your ‘bronze’ coins – you’ll hardly notice this easy way of helping St. John’s. And many thanks to those who’ve already handed in some bags of bronze ‘treasure’. Lynn Howell, Parish Treasurer
(We understand Lynn has already banked £15 – Thank you.)

AUTUMN ALPHA COURSE ~ CATERING
The Alpha course starts on Thursday, 26th September. Each evening begins with a meal. Could you please look at the list on the Information Desk and see if you could sign up to help in some way – perhaps provide the main course or dessert or offer to wash up? Some weeks have already been covered by house groups but the gaps offer all of us a chance to get involved in some way and to be part of the church family’s commitment to the Alpha course. Please contact Carole Caddick via 01737 552461 if you’d like to know more of what is involved. Thank you.

A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND A LEISURELY SATURDAY MORNING!
‘Cafe Concert’ on Sat. 12th October 10.00-12.00 in the Church. A morning of unlimited tea/filter coffee & homemade cakes, entertainment in words & music and an Art Exhibition by the local ‘Painting for Pleasure’ group. Tickets available from the Parish Office on 01737 552461 or at stjohns@coulsdon.net. Cafe Concert 2019

CHURCH CLEANER STILL URGENTLY NEEDED!!
We’re looking for a self-employed cleaner (responsible for their own income tax and National Insurance payments, if applicable) on a weekly basis for 3 hours a week, preferably towards the end of the week. Payment would be made monthly on receipt of invoices, at an hourly rate of £10. The successful applicant would need to be relatively flexible and sympathetic to the life of the church. A job share would be considered. For further information, please contact the Parish Office on 01737 552461 or at stjohns@coulsdon.net.

COULSDON CofE SCHOOL
invites you to their Open Days on Thursday 10th October (10.00-12.00 & 2.00-3.00 p.m.) and Tuesday 5th November (10.00-12.00). No appointment is necessary. ‘Come and see our school at work, and meet the Head Teacher and Admission Governors. We are now accepting applications for Reception Class 2020.’

THE SOUTHWARK DIOCESE SPIRITUALITY DAY
Booking is now open for ‘To Be A Pilgrim’, the 2019 Southwark Diocese Spirituality Day. It takes place in Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 19 October from 10.00 until 4.00. The keynote speaker is Dr Meg Warner, who will be speaking on Abraham. There will be workshops on hospitality, making your daily commute an act of prayer, Thomas Merton and Celtic pilgrimage. There will also be dance and craft based workshops, and an opportunity to walk a labyrinth. All this takes place in the context of uplifting worship, with prayer stations and a marketplace of stalls. To book, visit: https://to_be_a_pilgrim.eventbrite.co.uk. Tickets cost £8.00. (You can also pay at the door, but that costs £10.00.)

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.