Weekly News


Sat. 13th Aug.
1.30 p.m.      Wedding:  Dominic Kiew-Smith & Florence Swanborough

Sun. 14th Aug.   NINTH SUNDAY after TRINITY
9.30 a.m.      Parish Communion, in Church
                        (and live-streamed on Facebook/through church website)
11.15 a.m.      Family Service, in Church

Wed. 17th Aug.
12.00 noon    Funeral Service for Moreen Lees, in Church

Thurs. 18th Aug.
11.00 a.m.       Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Sun. 21st Aug.   TENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY
8.00 a.m.      Holy Communion, in the Old Church
9.30 a.m.      Parish Communion, in Church
                        (and live-streamed on Facebook/through church website)



Building restoration project
We are working with our architect to get plans ready that can be sent out to tender for the restoration of the spire.  To help us move the project forward, and to help with fundraising and communications, we would like to invite 2 suitable people to join the Building Restoration Committee as Chair and Fundraiser.  Working with our Churchwardens and Treasurer the Chair will make sure that meetings happen, be prepared to move the project forward and communicate with the church.  The Fundraiser will help in contacting grant-giving trusts and organisations to help us raise the full amount we need to complete the project.  If you think you can give some time to serve the church in this way, please speak to me, or our Churchwardens Gill Thaxter and Ralph Goodwin.  You can contact them via the church office.

Autumn programme: 

Admission to communion, preparation for confirmation
We welcome young people in Year 6 and above to be prepared to take communion – the church’s ‘family meal’.  Our requirements are that they are baptised, and that at least one parent is a regular communicant member of the church (regular means at least once a month).  For Confirmation, young people need to be in Year 9 or above, are baptised and have at least one parent who is a regular communicant member of the church.  We will be running 3 preparation sessions on Sunday afternoons between 4.00 and 6.00 p.m. at the Rectory on Sept 25th, Oct 2nd and Oct 9th.  The first two sessions will be for all candidates for communion and confirmation, and the 3rd session will be for those going on to be confirmed.  Please let me know if your children would be interested.

The Alpha Course
Again after a break, we are planning to run the Alpha Course in the autumn on Thursday evenings from September 29th (either in the church or the rectory).  For any adults interested in Confirmation, this will be our preparation course.  Speak to me or Sue if you are interested.  You can also mention this to any friends or neighbours.  There will be more information coming out later.



JULY/AUGUST PARISH MAGAZINE… is in Church – full of chickens, motorbikes, outings, afternoon teas as well as all that’s coming up!  For a good read and to keep up to date, pop 50p in the magazine box and take a copy home – and maybe take one for your neighbours.  [See the magazine in glorious colour on this website under the ‘Information’ drop down tab]


Thank you to everyone who supported the Summer Holiday Bookstall, by bringing and/or buying books.  We have raised a grand total of £257 for church funds.


Nightwatch volunteers are out every night in the centre of Croydon giving food and help to homeless and other vulnerable people.  They can be found at 9.30pm near the Queen’s Gardens, in Fell Road.  There has recently been an increase in the number of visitors coming for food & drink – over a hundred most evenings – and Nightwatch is very short of supplies to hand out.  If you could offer ready-made sandwiches – either individually wrapped or a loaf of them – fresh fruit, crisps or chocolate bars for Thursday evenings please contact Mary Blamires at or on 07904 314977 who would be pleased to hear from you and can tell you more.


A message from Ann N:  ‘To celebrate my 80th birthday later, I have an exciting plan to do a tandem paraglide with one of our granddaughters.  Too late for the Easter ‘Going to Greater Heights’ Campaign by Leprosy Mission (which our Housegroup supports), I was inspired to ask for sponsorship – literally going to greater heights, as that is what I wanted to do anyway!  So … our flight is paid for.  Our first date to try is Tuesday 16th August.  If the thermals/weather is not right, we have 2 other dates to try that week.  We would love you to say a prayer and give a donation, online at leprosymission.org.uk/donate or cash in the official collection box on the Information Desk or to Vivien Job, our TLM church representative.  Many thanks.    Ann’


Saturday 10 September
I will be taking part, trying to visit as many churches as possible on the day and I’m looking for sponsorship.  Half the money raised will go to St John’s and the other half will go to the SCPT for distribution to other Surrey churches in need of restoration.  This year the money raised for St John’s will go towards the restoration of the church spire.  I would be delighted to have your support.  If you would like to sponsor me, and help St John’s, there is a sponsorship form on the Information Desk at the back of church.  Thank you.     Angela G.


‘Our Top Ten items most needed for Food Hub clients in August include tomato-based pasta sauce, packet soup and savoury & sweet biscuits.  Hot chocolate drink requiring only water, small bags of sugar and tinned pulses are also listed, along with tins of dessert fruit and rice pudding.  Completing this month’s items are unisex deodorant…and tin openers.  Although most tins today have ring pulls, many still don’t, and we find that a big number of our clients don’t have a strong, reliable tin opener.’   If you could help by giving items, please see the full list of most-needed goods in the church porch and pop any gifts in/by the box under the notice.  THANK YOU to everyone who has been filling up our wooden box.  These items will soon be on their way to the Hub thanks to Graham & Sylvia.  Let’s see if we can fill it again soon!


Following the success of our garden parties last August, we have decided to hold them again this August Bank Holiday weekend.  Our garden will be open between 2 and 4 on Sunday 28th & Monday 29th August at Placehouse Lane, CR5 1LA.  Do come and enjoy a cream tea and help us to raise money to continue to buy the porridge for the children in the Alpha Ministry School in the Acholi Quarters, Kasese, Uganda.  There will be crafts, cards, gifts, a raffle and tombola and games for the children.  Due to Covid we missed our Christmas Charity day.  Do hope you can come and please bring family and friends.               Sandra and Trevor M.


Oh NO … not thinking about Christmas already, you may say – but we thought of all you clever people making jam or chutney while fruit and veg are in season who might be prepared to make a jar or two or more for the Christmas Fair.  The Fair will be on Sat. 19 November – so everyone please note the date now!



Food poverty: Helping those in need
There are two projects working locally to help people facing food poverty.  We regularly support the Purley Food Hub (https://www.purleyfoodhub.net/) and if you know of anyone in need you can point them in that direction.  Nearer still, Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church runs a ‘Food Stop’ in conjunction with Croydon Council.  The church would be very grateful for more volunteers as they are finding that demand is outstripping their ability to respond.  Call 020 8668 6260 (if you could help).

Financial poverty
I was sent a link to a very helpful Cost of Living Survival website set up by the money saving expert Martin Lewis: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/cost-of-living-survival-kit/  You, or someone you know, might find this helpful at this challenging time.

Communion cup
Having talked to people about how we administer communion, I’ve decided that for the time being we will continue to give communion as we have been, by the ministers dipping the wafers.  At some point we will return to our tradition of sharing the cup.  The Church of England does not recommend individual communicants dipping their wafers as this can be less hygienic than drinking from the cup.



Sunday Teas are again being served in the Hazell Room at Chaldon Church between 3pm and 4.30pm.  All are welcome to drop in and enjoy a selection of home-made cakes.  Visitors to the church are also very welcome and the church is open from 10am to 3.00pm daily.  Check their website for any closures for weddings, etc. at  http://www.chaldonchurch.co.uk/

St Lawrence’s Church, Caterham is open for afternoon teas every Sunday between 3pm and 5pm to 18th September..  Why not pop along to enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea and homemade cake (including gluten-free) in the beautiful garden or inside this ancient building at the top of Church Hill, Caterham.  From 10th July to end August, there will also be musical entertainment.


APCM reports

Annual Report 2021