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Purley Food Hub

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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.


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

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.

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

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