Weekly News

‘CORONAVIRUS’ UPDATE

You will have heard that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have advised that all public worship in churches should cease for the time being. Their statement is here.
This is an unprecedented step and greatly saddens me.  When I think of how our church stood open during the 2nd World War when bombs were falling all around, and before that how it managed to get through times of plague, this shows us that we face a very serious threat.  The government’s advice is in order to ‘flatten the curve’ of outbreaks of the virus so that the NHS can cope with the number of people that will be infected.
It’s more important than ever to be together in prayer – together in spirit if not in body.  Please, please do not take a holiday from prayer and worship, or bible reading.  Let’s commit ourselves to keep faithful to the God whom we serve, faithful to his word, and faithful to caring for each other.

    Paul

 

ST. JOHN’S VERY OWN CHRISTMAS CARD is NOW ON SALE!

Christmas Card poster-1

The inside has been left blank for your own Christmas greetings.  On the back is: ‘St. John’s Church, Old Coulsdon  – 1921  –  from a painting by Ray Goodwin (1912-2001)  –   helping to raise much-needed funds for St. John’s  –  www.stjohns.coulsdon.net’  Each card is roughly 4” x 6” and the fold is at the top.

These very good-quality cards are available in packs of 5 (£2.50) and 10 (£4.00) with envelopes and can be ordered from the Parish Office on 01737 552461 or at .  We can arrange for you to collect and pay for them at the church any weekday morning or we will deliver them locally.  Payment can be made online:  Payee:  Coulsdon St Johns Church PCC   Sort code: 405240   Account number:  00030868  Ref: ‘Cards/and your surname’ or by cheque or cash on collection or delivery.

 

EASY FUNDRAISING UPDATE 
We’ve just received a payment of £68.15 for the last quarter of 2019 – thank you to all our supporters who’ve made this fantastic amount possible.  If anyone else would like to join our 34 supporters by shopping on line through Easy Fundraising, please let me know or follow the link on our website.  Just a warning to those who use the Easy Fundraising donation reminder – Amazon donations no longer work through this reminder and Amazon has to be accessed through the Easy Fundraising website or App for us to receive donations.         LH

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.