Weekly News

Sunday Children’s Group   We have got a small team of volunteers together to run the children’s group on Sunday mornings.  The children go out to the back of the church during the sermon and prayers where they have an activity related to the theme for the day.  If you would like to help or lead this group, please have a word with me – in particular any dads.  All our volunteers working with children have the necessary DBS checks.   Paul

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Pray, Knit & Chat – is meeting again at 2.00pm this Wednesday 24 November in the Church.  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 pleasant company and delicious refreshments to join us for the afternoon.  Don’t forget to bring plastic milk bottle tops, used/unused stamps and postcards – any age and condition – as all these items go to raise money for various charities.  NB: If anyone has any knitting wool they could donate we would be very grateful – thank you!

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A Special Christmas/New Year Issue?   Items for the December 21/January 22 issue of the parish magazine would be very welcome.  We’d love to hear of any special (or not so special) Christmases you have had, or special Christmas services you’ve been to in the past or any Christmassy inspiring articles you have come across.  Items to Wendy at by end of Wednesday 24 November. please.

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Christmas Choir   Our Christmas Carol Service will take place on Sunday 19th December at 6.30 pm and so our Christmas Choir will start rehearsing from 26th November.  If you would like to sing with us, let Paul or Nicy know.  After last year’s cut-down Christmas services we are looking forward to a bigger celebration again.

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Exciting News!   We have posted an advert for a Children and Families Minister to work with us building up our children’s work and work with families.  You will find details on our website: https://www.stjohns.coulsdon.net/about-us/job-vacancies

This is like planting a seed, and it will need watering with your prayers if it’s going to grow and produce fruit.  So PLEASE PRAY for the next few weeks that we will have some good applicants who want to come and work with us at St John’s.      PAUL

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Thanksgiving Service    A service in memory of Betty Bass will take place in church this Friday 26 November at 2 pm.  Betty’s family invites anyone who knew her to join them for the service and to stay for some refreshment afterwards.  They would very much value your support.  Wendy Burton has been asked to give a tribute on behalf of the parish and would be grateful to receive anyone’s ‘memories of Betty’ especially if you were involved in any church events, groups, etc. with her, as well as personal anecdotes.  Please contact Wendy on: 07453 816445, at or in the Parish Office

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‘Porridge Pot’ Charity Morning CANCELLED   We were very sorry to hear that Sandra & Trevor Meadowcroft have tested positive for Covid and sadly have had to cancel their Porridge Pot Christmas Charity Day on Friday 26th November.

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The Old Coulsdon Christmas Lights… will be switched on on Saturday 27th November at 5.00 p.m.  Children from Keston and the Church of England Schools will be singing carols earlier, and we have been invited to lead carol singing from about 4.30 pm.  If you would like to join us, Paul will be leading with his accordion, and we can make a merry noise!

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Scouts’ Annual Christmas Postal Service Returns!  A post-box will be in Church from Sunday 28th November with the final collection at 10.30 on 19th December.   Post your Christmas cards there and for a donation Beavers, Cubs & Scouts of 17th Purley Scout Group will deliver them to any address in St John’s Parish.

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The Christingle   will take place on Sunday 12th December at 4.00 p.m.  This year, to minimize the Covid risk, there will be no pre-service craft activities, so come with your Christingle ready-made.  We’ll be giving out some materials for them at the Family Service on Nov 28th.

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Two Crib Services on Christmas Eve!!  at 2.30 and 4.00 pm – in order to reduce numbers at each service.  Instead of a prepared nativity play we will be inviting children (and adults if they wish) to come dressed as their favourite nativity character, and we’ll act the story out as we go along.  We’ll be issuing different coloured tickets for the two services and these will be available soon.

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Christmas Fair – Saturday 4th December   Our friends at Old Coulsdon Congregational Church invite you to their ‘Christmas Fair 2021’ from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in the Cameron Hall & Heath Room, Canon’s Hill.  Teas, Coffees, Lunches, Cakes, Crackers, Gifts, Cards & Calendars, Christmas Raffle, Father Christmas.  FREE ENTRY..

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Saltmine Theatre Company…  presents ’Neverland’ on Sunday 5th December at 5pm, hosted by Caterham Community Church at Oasis Academy, Coulsdon, CR5 1ES.  Suitable for all the family.  For more Information and bookings see web: caterhamcommunitychurch.org.uk/neverland   Phone 01883 330162  or  Email:

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