Weekly News

Sun. 16th Feb. THE SECOND SUNDAY before LENT
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Worship Together
11.15 a.m. Family Service
12.15 p.m. Baptism Service

Mon. 17th Feb.
4.00 p.m. Meditation Group, at Coulsdon Road

Tues. 18th Feb.
9.45 for 10.00 a.m. Pram Service, in Church
NO Messy Church (half-term break)
7.30 p.m. Life Group meets, in the Church

Thurs 20th Feb.
11.00 a.m. Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Sun. 23rd Feb. THE SUNDAY next before LENT
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Parish Communion
11.15 a.m. Family Service

FAREWELL TIM!
This is Tim Hill’s last Sunday (16th) with us before moving to his new post in Horley. We will miss him after his five exciting years here, and we are very grateful for all he has achieved among our children and young people, and in the wider community in the schools and other youth organisations such as Scouts and ATC. We will be saying farewell and making a presentation to Tim at 10.45 a.m. This will be between our services, so I hope those who come to the 9.30 will stay on and some who come to the Family Service will come early to join us. Paul

LAST CHANCE!
Not so long ago Tim Hill had a book published! If you’d like to have a copy be sure to speak to him before he leaves us. He’d be delighted to let you have one for just £5 and will even sign it for you if you wish. [From one who’s read it: “It’s an enjoyable, humorous, easy-going read”.]

IT’S PRAM SERVICE THIS TUESDAY (18th)!
We look forward to seeing all mums, dads, grannies, grandpas and other carers with their babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers at 9.45 for 10.00 a.m. start in the Church for a short time of fun and praise. And as it’s the half-term break, your older children will be welcome too. Come for songs, rhymes, an interactive Bible story, activity, birthday celebrations and musical instruments – and stay for refreshments while we chat and play. Everyone very welcome.

MESSY CHURCH
Collecting your children from school on Tuesdays? 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, 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? Please note NO MESSY CHURCH on 18 FEBRUARY (half-term break)

CAKE for TEA NEXT SUNDAY?
The Bereavement Visitors’ Group will be having a fund-raising Cake Sale in Church between all the services on Sunday, 23rd February. This helps to fund items of stationery, e.g. prayer cards etc., and other expenses involved in holding the annual ‘Service for Remembering Those We Have Loved’. Don’t forget your purse/wallet that day so you can take a delicious treat home to enjoy.

A DATE to NOTE! Friday 28th February
Utopians Unlimited return to St. John’s with Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Sorcerer’. Tickets now on sale at £10 each [with ‘premium seats’ in front four rows at £15 for another entertaining evening.sorceror poster 2020

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!

‘HERE AM I’…
is a remarkable photography exhibition which gives a unique and intimate insight into the daily lives and work of 12 Church of England female priests in the Diocese of Southwark. Commissioned by Bishop Christopher to celebrate 25 years of women’s ordination and photographed by award-winning social-documentary photographer Jim Grover, the set of 50 plus black and white images will be on display in Croydon’s flagship cultural arts centre for three months until April 2020. Jim Grover is well known for his exhibitions in London capturing London life. Dates: Monday, 20 January – Friday, 17 April. Times: available during venue opening times – 10am – 6pm daily (until 11pm when a show is taking place in the venue). Space: Arnhem Foyer, The Fairfield Halls.

THE FEBRUARY EDITION of the PARISH MAGAZINE …
will be available by the middle of the week. Lots to read including Tim’s farewell article, why Paul & Sue were in the House of Commons and the search for Downland Joint Unit past members (with a lovely old photo!). If you’d like to have a copy of the magazine delivered to you each month (10 editions for just £5 per year) please contact the Parish Office on 01737 552461 or at and we’d be pleased to arrange this.

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 .

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.

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.