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Great news! We are now entering the next phase of emerging
from lockdown. So, there will be a combination of outdoor and Zoom services
until all restrictions are lifted by the government (at present scheduled for
19 July) and then in the Church building and Zoom services. At outdoor services
we can sing, maintain social distancing and have refreshments afterwards.
All services will alternate between All Saints and St
Barnabas as follows. A decision will be made and announced each Thursday in the
weekly notices if the outdoor service will be a Zoom service instead. All
services will be live-streamed on YouTube:
Sunday 29 August 2021: no Sunday services on this day as both Justine and
Elizabeth are away. We'll publish links to other services such as the Diocesan
Cathedral service to join via YouTube on the day.
The Season of Creationtide - Save the Dates!
This year's Creationtide will be held from Sunday 12 September to Sunday 3 October 2021, more details about each to follow:
• 12 September: ZERO POWER EUCHARIST - 10am at St Barnabas
Celebrating the Eucharist using NO POWER to focus on climate change and our church goal of Net Zero Carbon use by 2030.
There'll be NO lights or power for musical instruments, NO YouTube recording, NO hot drinks afterwards, NO Smartphones or any other power-generated items switched on.
If you can get to Church using NO power that'll be great, but no worries if not.
• 19 September: FAIRTRADE AND JUSTICE EUCHARIST - 10am at All Saints
Followed by a FAIRTRADE CAKE SALE raising funds for the Fairtrade Foundation.
Could you make a cake or cakes using Fairtrade ingredients to sell on the day?
• 26 September: HARVEST FESTIVAL EUCHARIST - 10am at St Barnabas
Time to celebrate all that God provides for us, focusing on the Harvest Christian Aid appeal.
• 3 October: ANIMAL BLESSING SERVICE - 10am at All Saints
Bring your pets, or images of animals as we give thanks for them all and ask for God's blessing upon them.
Please Note that on Sunday 29 August 2021: there will be NO SUNDAY SERVICES on this day as both Justine and Elizabeth are away.
International Chorister Day, Croydon Minster
Purley Food Hub
A full list of collection points is on our website here
of the current national shortage of haulage drivers, our two local Food Stop
partners have both been affected and had their long life food supplies
seriously reduced in the last two weeks.
means that unless we can give the Food Stops our support, some of our former
clients who have moved on to a Food Stop may have to return to using us - and
this would be a backward step to them becoming food independent again,” says Louise
Willmer, Acting Chair of the Food Hub’s Management Committee.
of the Food Stops - one at Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church, Purley, the
other at St Francis Church, Selsdon - have asked us for supplies of food
to help them over this difficult period, and this is reflected in our July food list (attached).
items requested this month are:
l long life
whole milk l tins of plain meat - corned
beef & chicken
l tins of tuna
l packets of savoury biscuits l
l jars of pasta
sauce / curry sauce l children’s chocolate treats
l packets of
microwave rice l tinned rice pudding
l unisex shampoo
l small washing up liquid
says: “The generosity of each one of our Food Hub donors and supporters
has been truly amazing. Thank you all, and if you are able to, please continue
to support us - and the Purley and Selsdon Food Stops - at this time so that we
can continue to support local people in food crisis.”
donations can be brought to Purley United Reformed Church, preferably on
Monday mornings between 9.00am-12.00noon when we have our full team of
sorters on duty, or if Mondays aren’t possible, on Wednesday and Saturday
A list of our other 20-plus food collection points in
South Croydon, Purley and Coulsdon where donations can also be taken is
published on our website at www.purleyfoodhub.net/how-you-can-help, and on Facebook and
During June we delivered food for 2,385 meals
to 265 clients and family members in our Purley,
Coulsdon, South Croydon and Waddon postcode areas. It means that since we
opened in 2013 we have been able to provide a total of now more than 230,000 meals
to people going through tough times.
We continue to operate our Wednesday and Saturday delivery
service of food
parcels direct to clients’ homes. This will be reviewed later in 2021 with a
possible return early next year to food collections by clients from our base at
Saturday (3rd July) our Management Committee and Trustees are meeting
together for an “away afternoon” to reflect on the Food Hub’s journey through
the pandemic, explore the opportunities ahead and agree next steps in deciding
and building towards that future.
thank you to the very kind resident at Rokewood Court care home, Kenley,
who for her 90th birthday asked for food donations to the Food Hub; to the
staff of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Croydon branch for setting up a
food collection point; and to Cumnor House Girls, Purley, who in return
for wearing pyjamas at school for the day brought in donations for the Food
Hub, delivering a minibus-load of food and other items.
news about the Food Hub is available at www.purleyfoodhub.net/news and on Facebook and
As we have emphasised before, PRAYER is the Food Hub’s
bedrock and underpins all aspects of our work. Please pray:
our clients and the difficult, stressful situations they find themselves
l for our
volunteers (sorters, packers, drivers, etc) and their safety
continued sufficient supplies of food, including at this time for our
two Food Stop partners
l for our
deliveries to clients’ homes each Wednesday and Saturday, and opportunities to
speak about Jesus
wisdom for the Management Committee and Trustees and God’s continued
overall direction, and
l for Jesus
to be at the very heart of the Food Hub's work, and people to see Him in our
words and actions.
As always with our warm thanks and best wishes, Steve
Hunt - Admin Team
Purley Food Hub
News from All Saints APCM on 9 May.
At the meeting the following appointments were made.
Michael Stock and David Shepherd were appointed as Churchwardens.
Alison Bicknell and Felicity Jones were appointed as new lay reps to the PCC.
Those continuing on the PCC are Nicki Howe, Clair Kellaway and Julia van der Vord, who are also Deanery Synod reps, and Gerald Bodmer, Andrea Gostick, Ann Jones, Charmian Preston, and Ros Shepherd.
David Paterson was reappointed as Independent Examiner.
After the meeting Peter Bedwell was co-opted onto the PCC to act as Secretary, and Andrea Gostick was reappointed as Treasurer.
Please share your views with your representatives and pray for them in their work.
With their live choirs silenced by the covid crisis, All Saints Kenley and St Barnabas Purley have had to look elsewhere for Christmas inspiration.
They didn’t have to look far, because organist and choir-leader Giles Holland was able to use his Abbey Road studios experience to mix the individually recorded voices of the choir members for the twin church’s live and online Christmas services.
“We had been thinking of ways that we could continue singing together at a time when we were not able to meet,” Holland said. “Both choirs were massively enthusiastic to contribute, so it’s been a big undertaking, but so rewarding, especially with live singing and rehearsing ruled out because of the covid restrictions.”
Holland worked at Abbey Road in the pre-digital 1990s, producing recordings for EMI. In 2020, he has created the All Saints-St Barnabas carol music in his front room in Haydn Avenue, Purley.
“I started by recording myself playing the organ and singing some of the parts to produce backing tracks. Choir members and members of the clergy recorded themselves at home, singing to the backing tracks, and then emailed me their contributions,” he said.
Music man: Giles Holland
“Justine Middlemiss, our priest in charge, sent hers down from Scotland where she’d been caring for her mother. So you could say this was an international effort.”
The power of modern technology and recording techniques mean that All Saints and St Barnabas have assembled at least 20 voices singing a dozen of their favourite carols in full harmony.
Several singers even sang more than one part, so the end result sets several new records. Multi-instrumentalist Holland also played trumpet, trombone, bass and electric guitar on some of the carols.
One of the carols has a special significance for Holland as it is a based on a calypso song, written and originally recorded by his Jamaican father-in-law, Neville Willoughby.
Together with new words by Jock Miller from the St Barnabas choir, “Rejoice in the Lord is a glorious cross-cultural celebration of Jesus’ birth that will leave you in no doubt that Christmas is very much on this year in Kenley and Purley, despite covid and everything else that’s been thrown at us this year!” Holland said.
The churches’ combined Christmas services will be held on December 20 (Carols), live in church as well as on Zoom and YouTube, and on Christmas Eve, also on Zoom.
Places at church are limited and must be booked online, but anyone will be able to follow the services on YouTube.
For more details, click here.
Two of the borough’s churches are operating under the ‘new normal’ conditions, as our Religions Correspondent, PHIL PUGH, reports
Stoned: parishioners have been leaving painted stones around their neighbourhood for Christmas
All Saints Church in Kenley and St Barnabas in Purley have decided not to use the traditional “Happy Christmas” message this year, in favour of something more appropriate in this time of covid-19.
This year’s Christmas message on the parishes’ seasonal cards is simply a wish for “Comfort and Joy”, coupled with an offer of prayers – requests can be made using a new online feature.
All Saints, in Church Road, Kenley, and St Barnabas, on Higher Drive, Purley, have been linked for many years and share a priest-in-charge, Justine Middlemiss.
“A traditional Santa and snow message just didn’t seem right this year, so we’ve gone for something that offers a message of hope and love – something we all need right now,” said Rev Middlemiss.
“Our message is the simple wish for comfort and joy, to quote from a well-known carol – goodness, if there was ever a time that was needed, this is it.”
So, there is no snow, no holly, no Santa or stockings on All Saints and St Barnabas’ card – just that “Comfort and Joy” message and a 21st Century QR code providing links to the Christmas services and the new on-line prayer request web form.
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