Weekly News

Sun. 21st July THE FIFTH SUNDAY after TRINITY
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Worship Together
11.15 a.m. Family Service

Tues. 23rd July
9.30 a.m. Coulsdon CofE School End-of-Year Service, in Church

Wed. 24th July
2.00 p.m. Pray, Knit & Chat, at 12 Canon’s Hill
7.30 p.m. Life Group ‘Bring & Share Meal’, in the Church

Thurs 25th July
11.00 a.m. Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Fri. 26th July
4.30 p.m. Wedding: Simon Janes & Toni Taggart

Sun. 28th July THE SIXTH SUNDAY after TRINITY
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion
9.30 a.m. Parish Communion
11.15 a.m. Family Service

DID YOU KNOW…
..that over 20,000 tonnes of batteries end up in landfill sites each year in the UK? Well, Coulsdon C of E School has decided to do something about this and has signed up to ‘The Big Battery Hunt’. In the church porch you will find a marked tub (with a hole in the top) which we have been asked to fill with our household’s used batteries. This is only for ‘portable batteries’, which must not be damaged. There are safety instructions on the tub, so please read these but before you leave home you should: ‘Insulate the terminals of all lithium based batteries, insulate the terminals on batteries that can easily short circuit (e.g. 9V batteries) and insulate any bare wires’. [This can be done with sellotape.] The School hopes you will join them in this recycling challenge!

ST. JOHN’S IS STILL LOOKING FOR HELP!

1. DO YOU LIVE IN OLD COULSDON & HAVE A COMPUTER?
Marion Milne, our Parish Hall Booking Manager, is stepping down after 20 years in this post. We’re looking for a volunteer to take on this vital role. You will need access to a computer/tablet/I-pad/Laptop and be able to send emails and use an electronic calendar. The job entails liaising with the clubs using the hall; people wishing to hire the hall and with Lynn (Treasurer) and Claire (Hall Manager). The current Booking Manager uses a Google calendar but any electronic calendar could be used that’s linked to your current email, or perhaps download a calendar. Marion has been an excellent Bookings Manager and would be pleased to ease someone else into the post which she says she has really enjoyed. For further information, please contact Claire Taylor via the Parish Office at E-Mail link or on 01737 552461.

2. COULD YOU BE THE REGULAR CLEANER THE CHURCH URGENTLY NEEDS? [or know someone who could be] 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 2 – 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 E-Mail link.

‘A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE to the ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY’ The next Science/Faith talk is to be held on Tuesday, July 23rd at Christ Church, Purley. The speaker is Ruth Jarman, from Christian Climate Action, Green Christian & Operation Noah. The talk will last for about 45 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q & A session. It starts at 7 p.m., and doors open at 6.00 p.m. The event is free of charge, with a [suggested] donation of £1, to cover expenses. Please join us for an informative talk about issues that are increasingly relevant right now. This is open to anyone interested in the impact of Science on Christianity, and in this case, a Christian response.

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY TRAINING
Everyone’s invited to a Dementia Friendly Training evening on Tuesday 23rd July, from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. at the CVA Resource Centre, 82 London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB You will learn more about dementia and the small ways you can help, and also hear how you can make your Place of Worship Dementia Friendly. More and more people are suffering from dementia, come and learn how to help them to continue to be part of the community.
Penny Smith-Orr, Faiths Together in Croydon

A VERY NEW GROUP JUST FOR MEN!
Every Thursday the ‘Men’s Games Group’ is meeting in The Tudor Rose 12.30 – 2.30 p.m. It’s a free weekly group that plays board/card games. There are no specific membership restrictions other than being a man and a desire to socialise with others. If you’re looking for something to do locally, would like to meet more like-minded people, or feel isolated or alone this may be perfect for you. Contact Rob at E-Mail link or give him a call on 07578 899204 to find out more … or just go along and give it a try!.

SANDERSTEAD BIBLE WEEK All Saints Church
Monday 5th to Friday 9th August – 3.00 pm and 8.00pm
‘Christ Revealed God has given us the Bible to help us grow in our faith. From time to time, however, most of us realise that we cannot become mature in the Bible on our own, and we could do with some help! The purpose of Sanderstead Bible Week is to help us understand the Bible better, so that its truths come alive for us, and we learn to be better disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Whether you are a ‘beginner Christian’ or have been a follower of Christ for many years, you will benefit from the talks. We have a truly excellent programme of speakers and topics.’ Leaflets giving full details are on the table at the back of the Church

ADVICE SERVICES CROYDON …
..provides information, advice and support for older people living in Croydon. Their services can be accessed through their Helpline (020 8686 0066), drop-ins or booked appointments at one of their Outreach sessions. They will be at Old Coulsdon Centre for the Retired, Grange Park, Coulsdon Road, Old Coulsdon every Monday from 1st July. Drop-ins 10.00am – 12.30pm Appointments 2.00pm – 4.00pm. For an appointment or more information contact the Helpline 020 8686 0066.

AN INVITATION…
..to a Taizé service at St Mary’s Church in Sanderstead on Sunday 4 August when the local L’Arche community celebrates their 42nd anniversary. ‘There will be tea and cake from 15.00 and the service starts at 16.00. Taizé chants will be sung and there will be prayers and readings and a short reflection. There will also be a prayer around the cross. Before the service starts there will be a brief song practice to help anyone not familiar with Taizé chants and members of L’Arche will give a brief introduction about their community. Please join us for this service if you are able to – and we would like to especially invite people with learning disabilities to come along.’

LOOK AFTER THE PENNIES … PLEASE!
This is an early warning that our ‘AUTUMN BRONZE CHALLENGE’ will be starting in September. Does small change weigh you down? 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. I will keep you posted during the three months as to how the challenge is going, so why not start saving your ‘bronze’ coins NOW. You’ll hardly notice this easy way of helping St. John’s.
Lynn Howell, Parish Treasurer

COMING SOON…
…a superb Comedy Night with Andy Kind – ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’. It may seem some way off but we suggest you make a note of the date now – FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER – when we’re promised a very entertaining evening. 7.30 p.m. in the Church. Tickets at £10 will be on sale soon.

‘WHAT’S PLAYING AT THE ROXY?’
Downland Chorale invites you to a Summer Concert on Saturday 20 July at 7.30 p.m. here at St. John’s Church for ‘Tunes from Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Jazzy Showstoppers and more!’ Tickets: Adult £10 Child £5 – contact Downland Chorale on: 07729 618226 – or available on the door.

THE JULY/AUGUST PARISH MAGAZINE
is available in the church porch. Why not pick up a copy, pop 50p in the magazine box, and take it home for a good read and to keep by you so you don’t miss out on parish news and upcoming events. If you would like a copy of the magazine delivered to you each month, please contact the Parish Office at E-Mail link or on 01737 552461.

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.