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Service to mark anniversary of lock-down
Tuesday 23rd March 9:00pm.  Replace Facebook prayers
We will be holding a service on Tuesday evening next week at 9pm to mark the anniversary of lockdown. This will replace the normal service of Night Prayer. 

GOOD NEWS! All Saints and St. Barnabas are taking part in a joint fundraising initiative: a sponsored balloon race!! Click HERE

The race takes place on May Day from St. Petersburg!! It takes a week to complete. You could be the winner, either overall, and/or within our own team.
Costs just £3 per balloon - decorate, name your own, or just leave it plain - they all go in the race… ‘up, up and away’!
Completely Eco-friendly!

Baloon race 2021

Lent Course
This year we’re going to be using parts of the book ‘Mark for Everyone: Bible Study Guide’ by Tom Wright. Some of you may have read this, or the associated commentary before, but we think it’s worth looking at again from where we are today. You do need a copy of the book - please make sure it’s the Bible Study Guide if you are going to buy it yourself - it’s about £4.99-£5.99 depending on where you buy it. The longer commentary costs about £10 IF you want to buy it, but you don’t need this from the course.
The sessions will run from 7.30 - 8.50pm (so we can cross to Night Prayer on FaceBook) on the Sunday Zoom link and will run as follows:
24th Feb 1:1-45 The Good News of Jesus
3rd Mar 3:7-35 Following Jesus
10th Mar 4:35-5:43 Trading Fear for Faith
17th Mar 7:1-37 The heart of the matter
24th Mar 14 Prepared for death, forsaken and rejected
31st March 15:1-39 Condemned and Crucified
7th April 15:40-16:20 Victory over death

Please join our Annual Parochial Parish Council (APCM) meeting on Zoom

St Barnabas Annual Parochial Church Meeting

14 February, 2021 11:00 AM 
 Join Zoom Meeting Click HERE
Log in to Zoom with these details 
Meeting ID: 858 0951 1614
Passcode: 2r0R6y

At All Saints APCM and PCC meeting on 10 January, the following appointments were made:

Wardens: Michael Stock and David Shepherd.
Deanery Synod rep: Clair Kellaway.
PCC reps (with years to serve): Charmian Preston and Ros Shepherd (3 years), Gerald Bodmer, Ann Jones, and Andrea Gostick (2 years), Peter Bedwell (1 year).
Treasurer: Andrea Gostick. Secretary: Peter Bedwell.
Electoral Roll Officer: Jean Gould. Independent Examiner: David Paterson.
The next PCC meeting will be held on 11 February. The next APCM will be on 9 May 2021.
Please feel free to contact members of the PCC as your representatives and pray for them.


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Meeting ID: 850 3247 8783

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  • Order of service download HERE



We have created an All Saints and St Barnabas YouTube Channel. if you are unable to join the Zoom service live on Sunday, you can watch the service at a later date – in fact there are already some services available to view, recorded from mid-December onwards. 

To see the recordings, do one of these:

  • go straight to the Channel by clicking this link HERE 
  • on a Windows or Mac computer, open a browser and go to then search for All Saints Kenley, or St Barnabas Purley
  • on a Tablet, Smart Phone or Smart TV, open the YouTube app then search for All Saints Kenley, or St Barnabas Purley. You may need to download the YouTube app from the Play Store or AppStore.

 If you have a Google account, you can SUBSCRIBE to the Channel by clicking the red button on the screen. You will then receive a notification every time a new video is added. There is no charge for subscribing.

 If you don’t have a Google account, you may want to consider signing up (for free) in order to subscribe (for free). 

You may post a request, in confidence, HERE 


Christmas Day, live from St Barnabas.  Watch on YouTube any time you like here

Or watch on the page ...

Nine Readings and Carols, on Sunday 20th December at 4:00pm.  YouTube link here or watch below ...

All Saints’ APCM – 10th January 2021
The postponed All Saints APCM for 2020 will take place by zoom on Sunday 10th January 2021 following the 10am service.
Nominations are invited for 2 Churchwardens, 3 Deanery Synod reps, and 10 PCC reps.
Nomination forms are being e-mailed to members.
Any queries, please contact Peter Bedwell, / tel 02086607563.

St Barnabas’ APCM – 17th January 2021
The much-delayed St Barnabas APCM will be held on zoom after the morning service on January 17th 2021 at 11.15am.
We are looking for 3 new PCC members.
Please carefully consider whether you could join the Committee. Contact Sarah Saysell if you would be interested.
Have you a request for prayer?
We're now offering a place (for people, with or without a faith, whoever they are and whatever their circumstances) to ask for prayer.
Please let your friends and family know this exists and use this yourselves
too, if you'd like to.
Is there someone or something you'd like us to pray for? Go to our Prayer
Requests webpage: HERE
or use this QR code to take you there to send your request.

Florence West – All Saints
Florence West died at home in Horsham on Tuesday 1st December. Two of her daughters were with her as she slipped peacefully away. A small private funeral will be held on Friday 18th December 10.30am.

Florence and Michael West and their four daughters worshipped at All Saints Kenley for many happy years before moving to Horsham. 

Purley Food Hub

The final session of 2020 (Wed 30th Dec) took the total number of meals provided to hard-pressed clients and their families during the year to 48,987 - by far the most in a year since the Food Hub opened eight years ago in January 2013 and an increase of 60 per cent on 2019.

The wish list for January includes:

l long life whole milk l tins of chicken, ham and corned beef l jars of honey, jam and peanut butter.

Other items needed this month for our clients include:

l 500g packets of breakfast cereals l small bottles of squash and cartons of long life juice l packet custard needing only water.

And non-food items required are:

l unisex shower gel l small unisex shampoo l washing powder tablets/capsules.

All Saints and St Barnabas in  the news

Purley organist gives church’s carols the Abbey Road touch
from Inside Croydon

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.

Continue reading Here

‘I can’t believe when I received so many gifts and I think Father Christmas was so generous this year to me so I need to be generous with everyone in the new year’. (Ben*, Christmas gift recipient 2019)

Please can you help make Christmas extra special for a child, like Ben?
We are now only a few weeks away from Christmas, in another lockdown, 2020 is definitely a challenging year

This Christmas we really want to demonstrate love in action and bring some comfort and joy to the vulnerable children and young people with whom we are connected.  Please would you consider supporting us?  Together we can bring a smile to a child’s face and make this Christmas very special
How to bring a smile to children in need of a little happiness this Christmas
 1. Donate to Buy a child a toy or pay for a family's food -  please write TOY or FOOD in the comments box to let us know your preference..

 2. Purchase a food or present voucher** and send it to Reedham Children’s Trust, 23 Old Lodge Lane, Purley, Surrey, CR8 4DJ by December 15th 2020 

Cheque to be made payable to Reedham Children’s Trust.

**For vouchers please stick to major supermarkets or well-known brands. Please do not send physical presents as unfortunately the office is closed, with staff only entering to pick up post.
How your donation can help
  • £10 could buy the perfect ‘Santa’ gift for a young child we support
  • £20 could pay for vital school books to help two children learn and thrive
  • £50 could buy a food voucher to provide food for a family over the Christmas period
Please accept our apologies if you have already donated and we have sent this to you in error; but if you haven't and would like to - then please accept our sincerest thanks for any support you can provide at this time of year.
Thank you once again- with best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas to you and your loved ones. 
Team Reedham and the Christmas Elves xxxx

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn,  has written a prayer for the second lockdown which you might wish to use as you pray during this time.

          A prayer for the Second Lockdown

          Lord Jesus,
          who entered the locked room
          and made yourself known to your friends;
          be with us in this lockdown
          that we may be aware of your presence
          and know your blessing upon us.

Daily prayers on Facebook 
They're all are stored here   dip in!  This is ONLY available to members of the All Saints and St Barnabas Facebook Group.  And you MUST be logged in to view.

The Lord’s Prayer on Facebook – volunteers needed
We are continuing to pause and to join together to say The Lord’s Prayer on Facebook at 1.00pm Monday - Friday. If you would like to join the rota or even to lead just one session please let Nicki Howe know

Latest notices HERE

All Saints Kids
All Saints’ Toddlers has sadly had to close its doors.  Read more HERE

Elizabeth Goodridge's reflection on time of Covid here

St Barnabas Recipe Book now online! Browse below

Recipes Wanted for All Saints 150th Anniversary Cookbook Calling all keen bakers and cooks - All Saints Church needs you! As we gear up to celebrate 150 years, we would like to create a special collection of favourite recipes in a book. So, whether it’s an old family recipe, passed down through generations, or a new favourite, we'd love you to share it with us – with full credit. We have some amazing bakers and cooks amongst us. Please send contributions to The Parish Office for compilation:

Purley Food Hub

Latest food list here 

Donations can be brought any Wednesday or Saturday morning, from 10.00am-12.00noon, to Purley United Reformed Church next to Purley Hospital - to the open door at the far end of the roadway along the left side of the church building.

Meanwhile, some longer-established Food Hub volunteers have been back to see for themselves the new ways of working introduced as a result of the pandemic, with a view to rejoining session rotas from the autumn. To arrange a visit, please email Jean Ludlow at

As always, we thank you for keeping the Food Hub’s volunteers and clients in your thoughts and prayers, while continuing to praise God for His wonderful provision and blessings.

Best wishes, Steve Steve Hunt - Admin Team

Messy Church We may not be running at St Barnabas but you can still join in at home. See here

12 April, 2020 - Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter message click here

Purley businesses still operating here
Purley food businesses offering deliveries here

Listen to the choir of St Barnabas from 1970 below, in two recordings (both sides of the LP).  The top link is the first half.  Click the little black triangle to play!

Choir of St B 1970

Choir of St B 19702

Keeping you all in our prayers.

 group sessiChoir of St B 19703on at All Saints tomorrow and until this crisis passes.
In the meantime, do contact us if there is any support we can offer you during these difficult times.
Keeping you all in our prayers.