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The Terrorism in London and Manchester and the Grenfell Tower Tragedy:  Recent terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, the fire at the Kensington Tower Block and the tube bomb at Parsons Green have led a number of our congregation to ask what the church can do and why all this has happened.  It's difficult to give an answer, but we can be sure that God is there alongside those who suffer and we can pray that he will give support as necessary.  This poem, written by a local resident, has helped some people:

Why do bad things happen
When You could intervene?
It makes me feel such sadness
My heart is crushed within
There are so many questions
The pain is hard to bear
I ask that all who hurt, Lord
Will really know You're there

When we feel like crying
And it all seems so unfair
Please hold us in Your arms, Lord
And show us that You care
'Man of Sorrows' You are called
Our distress You understand
So please be there beside us
Holding out Your hand.

Written by Jane Smith

October All Age Worship:  This will be our Harvest Celebration.  We'll be singing a new harvest hymn sung to the tune of 'Chariots of Fire'.  The gifts will be distributed to the Croydon Refugee Network and Food Bank Plus.  Do come along and celebrate with us on Sunday 8th October at 10.45.

Women's Event:   For our next meeting, we will explore some topics using a game called Table Talk.  This is an opportunity to talk with others in a relaxed and informal environment about different things.  Questions such as 'What makes someone beautiful?' and 'What injustices make you angry?'  Come along for a great night out and bring a friend.  Tuesday 26th September at 8pm at St Francis' church.

Inquisitive?  - A series of three evenings to discuss the big - and not so big - questions of life:  Life can be chaotic and a chance to stop and think is a rare thing.  Inquisitive? is joint initiaitive with St Francis, St Mary's and St John's Churches.  It's a discussion-based evening for people outside the church, where they can explore some of the questions of life.  Things like, ‘Can you live a good life without God?’ and ‘Is truth a straight - jacket or a liberator?’  It's being held on Thursday evenings 12th October, 9th November and 7th December from 8pm to 10pm in 'SJ's' 56 Croydon Road, Coney Hall.  Over the summer, please think of people you would like to invite and make them aware of the dates.  We will be providing proper invites after the summer for you to give out.

A week of celebrating St Francis:  1st to 8th October - various events are happening in the church to help us focus on the life of St Francis.  For more details click here

A Place of Welcome:  St Francis Church will be open as a place of welcome every Friday morning from 10am to 12 noon.  This is an opportunity for people to talk with others.  WiFi, drinks and toys will be available.  We hope that all who visit will find a sense of belonging.  Please join us in the church from 10am to 1pm on 4th October to celebrate the official launch of 'A Place of Welcome'.  Light refreshments will be served from 11.30am and there will be a concert at 12 noon

Morning Prayer Services:  Praying in order to listen to God and connect with all that he is doing to transform circumstances throughout the world, is an integral part of the Christian life.  Why not come along to one of these services for a quiet contemplative space with bible readings, liturgy and prayer.  Please note that the Thursday morning prayer at St Francis is now at 9am.  For details of the times and venues for these services click here 

Home Groups - Strengthening Faith:  God is calling us all to continually develop as a Christian and deepen our faith.   There are home groups meeting regularly in the parish and others are planned.  Please speak to either Hazel or Richard and we will give you details of where and when these groups meet.

Transforming Work Course:  St John’s Church in Eden Park is running a course called Transforming Work.  The course is written by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and is designed for those in paid work – full or part-time, employed or self-employed. It consists of 8 evenings at approximately monthly intervals, with the intention that between the sessions participants put what they have learnt into practice in their workplace.  Each evening will start at 7.30 with Pizza (or similar). Participants watch some short DVDs, and discuss what it means to be a Christian at work, finishing around 9.30.  There is no cost to attend the course.  The first session will be Tuesday 17 October, 7.30 in the Lounge Hall at St John’s Eden Park. If you would like further information, or to book a place (numbers needed for Pizza ordering) please contact:  John Segal – Tel:  07906 828262; email:

Advent Course:  St Francis, St Mary's, Emmanuel URC and West Wickham Methodist Church are holding a joint Advent Course this year.  It is based on a book called 'Walking Backwards to Christmas' written by Stephen Cottrell (Bishop of Chelmsford) which tells the Christmas story backwards in a series of eleven monologues starting with Anna at the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and ending with Moses at the Burning Bush.  It is planned to study four of the monologues - Anna, Elizabeth, Isaiah and Moses.  Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings 5th, 12th and 19th December from 7.30pm to 9pm and repeated on Thursday mornings 7th, 14th and 21st December from 10.30am to 12noon.  For details of the venues see the calendar on this website.  Do come along and use this as a preparation for Christmas.

Regular Family Events:  There are regular Family Events held at St Francis, St Mary's and St John's.  For details of regular events for all the family click here

Facing Depression Together:  An awareness day organised by Peertalk (a new national initiative) is being held in Guildford on Saturday 14th October 2017.  This is a free event but registration is required by Monday 9th October.  For more details click here

Tools with a Mission: On Wednesday evening, 11th  October 2017, the former Vicar of St. Mary’s and St. Francis, the Rev. Merv. McKinney and his wife Sue, will give a talk on the work of the above charity. It provides tools and similar items to impoverished inhabitants in some African countries to enable them to become self - sufficient or start small enterprises.  This event is hosted by the West Wickham Trefoil Guild, and will be held at St Mary's Church Hall.  The doors will open at 7.45pm for light refreshments and ‘Bring & Buy sale’ before the talk at 8.15pm. Entry is free. All are welcome.  For more information on Tools with a Mission click here

Donations for Croydon Refugee Day Centre:  Non perishable foods and items of clothing for the refugees can be left in the box at the back of the church.   For more information about the centre click here

Donations for Good Shepherd Mission to The Homeless:  The project needs items of men's clothing especially shirts, T-shirts, trousers/jeans, hats, scarves and shoes.  If you have any of these items to spare, please speak to Brian Griffiths.  For more information on the mission please click here

Latest news from our link parish in Zimbabwe click here.  For news of the Croydon/Zimbabwe Link click here

Prayer Ministry - for more detail click here


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