Weekly News

The Summer Holiday Book Stall in Church CLOSES this Sunday!
There’s a truly amazing range of books still on the ‘Summer Holiday Book Stall’ – classic and modern novels, biographies, history, ‘How to’ .. DIY, Knit, Paint, Sketch, etc – from paperbacks to sturdy and beautiful hardback volumes to ‘box sets’ – absolutely something for
everyone including the children.  Be sure to come and
browse on Sunday (19th) or pop in on Thursday or Friday morning when the church will be open to 12.00.  So HURRY … and maybe take away several to stock up for autumn and winter reading at very little cost (perhaps 50p for paperbacks & £1 for some of the beautiful
hardbacks).  We’re very grateful to everyone who has brought books along (no more now thank you) and to those who have bought books. So far over £100 has been raised for much-needed Church funds.
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PRAM SERVICE RETURNS but will anybody come?
After such a long, long enforced break, many of our regulars will have grown and moved on to nursery and school.  We’re so looking forward to welcoming all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their mums, dads, grannies, grandpas and other carers to our Pram Service on Tuesday, 21st September at 9.45 for 10.00 a.m. start in the Church.  There’ll be action songs and the children’s favourite rhymes, a Bible story, activity, prayer circle, musical instruments and birthday celebrations for all to enjoy.  The babies are never too young to start – they love to watch the older ones moving about and enjoy the bouncy songs.  Why not come and give it a try or tell your friends and neighbours about it?  We’d love to see you – the more the merrier.  And be sure to stay afterwards for tea, coffee, juice, and biscuits while the children play and we chat.

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PRAY, KNIT & CHAT…
… starts up again at 2pm in Church on Wednesday 22nd September (fourth Wednesday of the month). The title of this group says it all and there are several ‘non-knitters’ amongst the group who definitely come for the chat!  We warmly welcome anyone (knitters and non-knitters alike) who would enjoy some good company and delicious refreshments to join us for the afternoon.   NB: If anyone has any knitting wool they could donate, we would be very grateful – thank you!
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HARVEST THANKSGIVING
We will be celebrating Harvest Festival at St. John’s on Sunday, 26th September at Parish Communion and Family Service.  We’ve again decided to support ‘Nightwatch’ and ‘Purley Food Hub‘.
If you would like to bring something to church as a thank-offering,

‘Nightwatch’ would especially welcome cans of soup (not packets), as well as cans of other foods for people who have only basic cooking facilities, and shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
The Food Hub is at present particularly in need of: ■ Long Life Whole Milk ■ Packets of Dried Potatoes ■ Small packets/boxes of Tea Bags ■ Small jars of Coffee ■ Jars of Meat Paste & Fish Paste ■ Jars of
Pasta Sauce ■ Chocolate Treats for Children ■ Tins of Rice Pudding ■ Unisex Deodorant ■ Tin Openers.

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INVITATION to a COFFEE MORNING with Cake Sale   The local committee of the World Day of Prayer invites you to a Coffee Morning at the Heath Room, Old Coulsdon Congregational Church on 29th September from 10.30am to 12 noon – with the added extra of a homemade cake and biscuit sale – to raise funds to cover the expenses involved in holding the annual World Day of Prayer Service on the first Friday in March next year.  Everybody welcome!

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INVITATION to EXERCISE with FUN and CHAT!   The Bereavement group’s Gardening morning on Sept 4th was great fun.  Lots of chat and exercise together with piles of weeds and brambles removed.  Please come along to the next session on Saturday 2nd October – from 10am to midday in the Garden of Remembrance area of the Churchyard.  Just bring yourselves and secateurs!

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CHRISTMAS FAIR   Good news!  St. John’s is having a Christmas Fair this year!  Please make a note of the date:  Saturday 20 November.  More information soon.

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