St. John the Evangelist

Coulsdon Parish Church - Old Coulsdon, Surrey

Sat. 25th Mar 
    7.30 p.m.    Downland Chorale’s ‘Spring Concert’, at St. John’s
Sun. 26th Mar.    THE FOURTH SUNDAY of LENT
            Mothering Sunday
    8.00 a.m.    Holy Communion                                                           
     9.30 a.m.    Parish Communion                                                                
      11.15 a.m.      Family Service        

Tues. 28th Mar.   
    3.30 p.m.        Messy Church, in the Old Church  (Last session this term)
Wed 29th Mar.  
    7.30 p.m.`    Life Lent Group, in the Old Church
Thurs. 30th Mar.
    11.00 a.m.    Holy Communion, in the Old Church
Fri. 31st March. 
    1.30 p.m.    Coulsdon C of E School End-of-Term Service, in the Church
    7.30 p.m.    Singers, in the Church
Sun. 2nd Apr.    THE FIFTH SUNDAY of LENT
    8.00 a.m.    Holy Communion                
     9.30 a.m.    Parish Communion             
    11.15 a.m.      Family Service
    12.15 p.m.    Baptism:  
THANK YOU …       to everyone who supported the Table Top Fair in the Church last Saturday (18th) – those who had ‘tables’, provided refreshments, helped with the children’s activities, helped to set up and clear away and those who came to visit.  It was a good morning with a lively ‘buzz’ and the profit so far is 341.44 for St. John’s repairs and church funds.

[If someone would be willing and able to take the unsold items from the Church Stall to a charity shop, that would be most helpful.  Please see Carole Caddick or Wendy in the Office.  Thank you.] 

INDEPENDENT EXAMINER for ST JOHN'S ACCOUNTS - Do you have accountancy experience (or know someone who does), preferably with knowledge of charity accounting?  We are looking for a new Independent Examiner for our accounts starting with the year ending 31st December 2017, although the appointment should be approved by the APCM which will be held on 30th April 2017.  For more information, please contact Lynn Howell on 01737 551652 or  Our present Examiner would be willing to discuss the role with anyone who may be able to help us.

‘MAY TRULY SAVE LIVES’   ‘I Love You Mum - I Promise I Won't Die’-  7.30 – 9pm this Monday 27th March at St. Matthew's Church in Park Hill, Croydon.  A free performance for parents, carers, grandparents and young people (14+) by StopWatch Theatre Company of Mark Wheeller’s powerful new verbatim play about the joyful life and tragic death from ecstasy of bright, kind, funny and popular south London teenager Daniel Spargo-Mabbs.  To book tickets please go to:  For more information contact

LUNCH OUTING   Please note that the venue for the MU & Pray, Knit & Chat lunch outing on Wednesday, 29th March at 12.00 noon has been changed to the Toby Carvery, Brighton Road, South Croydon.  Let me know if you have a problem travelling there.     Daphne Duncanson  (01737 552362) 

QUESTIONS FACING CHRISTIANS TODAY   The last of a series of four Lent Lectures in the South Croydon Benefice at 7.30 pm at St Augustine’s Church, St Augustine’s Avenue, South Croydon CR2 6BA.  Admission: free.  Tea and coffee served from 7.00 pm.  This Thursday, 30th March – ‘Christians and Public Policy’  - Rev’d Canon Dr Rosemarie Mallett.


1.  Our lovely team of people who welcome and look after those who come for Baptism services at 12.15 p.m. on the first Sunday of most months (and sometimes the third Sunday) is in need of some more help.  If you would like to join them – even for just some of the services – and are available from about 11.45 a.m.-1.00 pm. or would like to find out more, please speak to Claire Taylor or contact the Parish Office 01737 552461 or . 

2.   Could you fill one of the two gaps on our Sunday morning Coffee Rota?  You would be part of a small team (probably with two others) serving tea and coffee after the 9.30 a.m. service – about four times a year.  To offer your help or find out more, please speak to Carole Caddick (01737 558936).

The revision of the Electoral Roll for The Parish of St. John's Coulsdon,
will take place between Tuesday 28th March and Tuesday 11th April 2017 inclusive.
Forms of application for enrolment or amendment will be found on the Information Desk in Church
and when completed should be placed in the marked box on the Desk not later than 11th April 2017, after which no further changes can be made until after  the Annual Parish Church Meeting on Sunday 30th April 2017.  If your name is already on the list you do not need to complete a form.

THE ODDMENTS THEATRE CO.   presents ‘The Road to the Cross’ a 90-minute production filled with sketches based around the life of Jesus and the people he met, culminating in Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Join us as we discover how Jesus came to Rescue, Restore and Resurrect - on Tuesday 11th April @ 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church Sanderstead, Purley Oaks Road, Sanderstead, CR2 0NY.  Refreshments will be available.

‘MUSIC FOR EASTER’   East Surrey Choral Society presents a programme including Haydn’s ‘Little Organ Mass’ and Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’ and other choral music for Easter.  Saturday, 1st April at 7.30 p.m. at Caterham Valley United Reformed Church, Harestone Hill, Caterham, CR3 6SX.  Tickets - 10 (children 14 and under free) – on the door or book at 

THE NEXT SURREY CHRISTIANS IN SCIENCE MEETING   will be held at Christ Church, Purley, on Tuesday, April 4th @ 7 p.m.  Professor Meric Srokosz will be speaking on ‘Oceans, Climate Change and Christianity: God’s story and the Earth’s story’.  Professor Srokosz is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton ( and is part of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton.  He is a former Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (2012-2015).  The talk will be about 45 minutes long, followed by a Q & A session lasting about 20-25 minutes.   Free light refreshments are available, as usual.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  Come along and join us for an informative talk about factors at the heart of current environmental issues, from a Christian perspective.

FAMILY MEGA MUNCH - SAT 22 APRIL - 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Church.  Children’s activities - All day coffee/tea & cake - Soup & roll lunches – Raffle - Stalls: gifts, toiletries, books, plants…   All proceeds split between St John’s Church & Mothers’ Union
2 entry (children free) – inc. unlimited drinks and cake!  All welcome – please drop in any time!

THE LANTERN ARTS CENTRE…   is the only full time Christian Arts Centre in the country, and we stage three big productions a year.  We have ‘Private Lives’ by Noel Coward opening next week Wed. 29th March – Sat. 1st April at 7.30 p.m. (with a 3 p.m. Sat. matinee) at The Lantern Arts Centre, Tolverne Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8RA.  Tickets: 12.50/10.50 from 020 3761 7070 or at

Our next production in July will be the classic musical ‘My Fair Lady’.  We are holding open auditions on the 3rd April for this here at the Arts Centre, from 7.30pm.  We extend an invitation to anyone who would be interested in taking part, be it in a named role, or just in the chorus.  We are especially keen to get more men involved in our productions.  You won't need to book to attend the auditions - just turn up on the night.  Further information on how the auditions will be run from

Please let the parish office have any notices for Sunday by first thing the
previous Friday morning.  If an announcement is urgent, please email it to
the minister leading the service at least the day before the service.

FIRST CHARITY GOLF DAY   On Saturday 17th  June we are holding a major fundraising event for the repairs to the Church Spire and Roof, at Coulsdon Manor hotel.  This will consist of a round of golf with a bacon sandwich, tea/coffee at the start and a hot buffet dinner in the evening.  There will be prizes for nearest the pin, longest successful putt etc.  In addition there will be a wonderful raffle and Grand Auction in the evening.  There are many ways you can support this event.  If you are a golfer then please get a four together and sign up for the event, also please tell any family and friends who enjoy a game of golf about it.  The cost for the day/evening is 240 for a team of 4 or 65 for an individual.  Do you know someone who could sponsor a hole?  This is a great way of advertising a business, hole sponsorship is just 50.  Could you donate a prize for either the raffle or auction?  Non-golfers are invited to join in the evening dinner and auction 25.  We need at least 50 golfers to make this event a success so please try and support it if you can.  For further information please email me at  Latest News:  We now have 12 golfers booked in plus 25 for the evening meal.  We also have 7 of the 18 holes sponsored.     Jane Jones

I AM LOOKING FOR HOMES… for young Italian students, aged 11-14, in Old Coulsdon (1-24 July) and Caterham (6-29 July). We give 18 per student per day and the students have a fully organised programme from Monday to Saturday. If you are interested, I would love to hear from you. Thank you. Rosslyn Hill 01883 381082


20th May - Quiz and Sausage Supper.

1st-2nd July - Flower Festival


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