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A Service in Celebration of

the life of John Monnery

13th September 1926 - 12th April 2020

on Wednesday 15th September at 11.30. St Barnabas

Church, 69 Higher Drive Purley CR8 2HR, followed by food

and refreshments in the Church Hall.

If you wish to attend please RSVP by Monday 13th September by e-mail

to or by phoning Sally on 07753 635380This page contains links in blue. Clink to be transported!

Pastoral Principles for living well together Click here

Moving worship to our Church buildings
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

Dear All, Because 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.

“It 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.

Both 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).

 The 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  tinned tomatoes

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

 Louise 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.”

 Food 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 mornings 10.00am-12.00noon.

 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, and on Facebook and Twitter.

 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 Purley URC. 

This 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. 

Meanwhile, 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. 

Latest news about the Food Hub is available at and on Facebook and Twitter. 

As we have emphasised before, PRAYER is the Food Hub’s bedrock and underpins all aspects of our work. Please pray:

l  for our clients and the difficult, stressful situations they find themselves in

l  for our volunteers (sorters, packers, drivers, etc) and their safety

l  for 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

l  for 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

 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.

Will you volunteer for the Purley Food Hub?
Are you interested in providing more support to our clients? We're looking for one or two people to join us as Client Support Volunteers.
In this role, you'll be responsible for meeting clients who need help, and giving them information about services and organisations that can support them.
At the moment, you'll talk to clients who have been identified as needing help at their doorstep while delivering food, and /or do a Friday morning face to face session at the Purley Food Stop at Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church. The church has Covid secure arrangements and an air filtration system.
As the role will require delivery of food to clients you will need to be a driver with access to a car although we may be able to pair you up with another driver.

When we return to normal, you will join the Wednesday or Saturday sessions at Purley URC.
You'll have access to information packs, and training sessions. You will also be able to shadow our Client Support Volunteer Julia Lee.
The commitment is about six hours a week. You will need to be DBS checked before starting in the role and we will arrange this for you.
If you'd like more information please contact Julia on 07736 043792 or email 

 To formally register your interest please email Trevor, telling us why you are interested and what you would bring to the role.

 Trevor Jones,
Chair of Purley Food Hub 

 Tel: 07546 635295 Email: & , Charity no. 1152807 Company no. 08557885


The Hub re-opened at Kenley Memorial Hall
Every Thursday from 1:00pm to 2.15pm at Kenley Memorial Hall. Places to be booked via: (1) The Hub - Community group | Facebook, more details here and the suggested donation is £1.
This Church-run activity offers a place for adults in the community who are caring for children under 5 years to meet and chat over a hot drink and snacks whilst their children play safely in the space provided. It's COVID-safe too.
A Celebration because it's an ever-growing and much-needed place for many who have nowhere else to meet and have some 'time out' from childcare that can accommodate all the buggies, toys and tables needed. More families are moving into the area and need to get to know others from the community. And the Church is offering this every week - the Church is 'back in the community' again.
We need volunteers
from the Church?
At the moment 2 have volunteered but they can't do every week all the time. And so The Hub will close if this remains the case. Can you offer your time to make drinks
for people or set up the tables and chairs or put out the toys or (if COVID-safe) chat to people?
If so, please contact Elizabeth Goodridge on: 077887 55752

Sunday Services on YouTube
We have created an All Saints and St Barnabas YouTube Channel. if you are unable to join the Zoom service on a
Sunday, you can watch the service live or at a later date on YouTube.
To see the recordings, do one of these:
• go straight to the Channel by clicking this link
• 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

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.

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.