St. John the Evangelist

Coulsdon Parish Church - Old Coulsdon, Surrey



8.00 a.m.             Holy Communion                                                

9.30 a.m.             Parish Communion                                      

11.15 a.m.          Family Service                 


MORNING PRAYER is said in the Old Church every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8.15 a.m.  Everyone is welcome to join us.

Tues. 1st Aug.

9.45 a.m.             MU Service, in the Old Church, followed by Coffee & Updates

Thurs 3rd Aug.

11.00 a.m.          Holy Communion, in the Old Church

Sat. 5th Aug.

1.00 p.m.            Wedding:  Jonathan Targett & Rebecca Ewing

2.30 p.m.            Wedding:  Richard Johnson & Beverley Small


Sun. 6th Aug.                                    EIGHTH SUNDAY after TRINITY                

8.00 a.m.             Holy Communion

9.30 a.m.             Parish Communion

11.15 a.m.          Family Service


TRAIDCRAFT NEWS   Thank you to everyone who helped with and bought from  the Traidcraft  stall over the Flower Festival weekend.  The takings were an excellent 179.40.  Thank you too to all who have supported our Fair Trade stalls these many years.  Sadly that was the last of such stalls for the time being.  We intend to order just the things people want to buy, hoping to order at least 40 worth and be post free, starting at the beginning of September.            David and Sheila Henwood


DO YOU HAVE A Children’s Society Box?   It’s now time for these to be handed in and Sylvia Evans would be pleased to receive yours.  Boxes can be left with the Parish Office or handed to Sylvia in Church.  Please ring the Parish Office (01737 552461)if you would like your box to be collected.  Thank you.



This year, the Parish Pub Lunch will be on Thursday 17th August from 12 noon onwards, at The Fox on Coulsdon Common.  The 466 bus stops near the entrance to Fox Lane. This is a chance to get together in a relaxed environment and enjoy fellowship, in a month where not much else happens. Everyone welcome.  Order and pay for your own food and sit wherever you like!  We hope you’ll come and join us.            Gill Gregson

HOLIDAY CLUB COMING UP!   ‘The Adventures of St. Paul’ – Holiday Bible Club – for children aged 5-11 yrs (parents may stay if they wish) – Wednesday, 30 & Thursday 31st August & Friday 1st September – 10.00-12.30 in the Church.  Stories, songs, games, prizes, memory verses, magic & refreshments.  Pick up a flier with full information.  Definitely not to be missed!


SANDERSTEAD BIBLE WEEK … Monday 14 – Friday 18 August at All Saints Church, Sanderstead.  ‘The Word of God fresh for today’.  Do you ever wish you had a better understanding of the Bible?  Or that by reading it, your faith might come alive?  Come and hear our speakers open up passages from the bible, making clear the meaning and applying the truth to our everyday situations.  In the afternoons, Simon Stocks will speak on some of the Psalms, Old Testament Israel’s song and worship collection.  He will help us understand better who God is, and how to worship Him.  Simon has recently written a book, ‘Songs for Suffering: praying the Psalms in Times of Trouble’.  In our evening meetings, our speakers will take different New Testament passages, under the overall theme of ‘Amazing Grace’.  Come and find out what is so amazing about grace!  Whether you have read the bible for many years, or you feel that you have hardly started, Bible Week is for you.  (Full programme in St. John’s parish magazine).


the next Science/Faith meeting…   will be held at Christ Church, Purley, on Tuesday, 8th August @ 7 p.m.  Sir Colin Humphreys, CBE, FRS, will speak on 'Science and the Historicity of the Bible: the Exodus, the Long Day of Joshua, and the Resurrection.'

 Sir Colin is the current President of Christians in Science, an international organisation of those concerned with the relationship between Science and the Christian faith.  He is the Goldsmith’s Professor of Material Science at Cambridge University, conducting world-leading research on gallium nitride, and semiconducting materials with important technological applications.  A strong Christian, Colin has written several books and articles on the historical authenticity of biblical events.  He has spoken at Science meetings at Christ Church twice before, and was very well received. 

 This meeting is open to anyone interested in the impact of Science on Christianity.  The event is free of charge - [suggested donation of 1.]  It will be about 45 minutes long, followed by a Q & A session lasting about 20-25 minutes.  Free light refreshments are available.  Science/Faith books will be on sale at competitive prices, and Christians in Science booklets are also available.  Doors open at 6 p.m.  Come and join us for an informative talk about biblical issues that have interested people over the ages.

GOING ABROAD?   If you’re going to Norway or the United States the church has some coins you might be glad to have as loose change for your trip!  There are 107 Norwegian Krone (approx. 10) and 3 US Dollars (approx. 2) available for a donation to church funds.  If you can use either of these please contact the Parish Office 01737 552461 or email         


YOU’RE INVITED to a Garden Party…    on Wednesday, 9th August from 2.00 pm at 119 Marlpit Lane, Old Coulsdon in aid of the Trefoil Guild.  There will be a bring and buy stall and plant sale in aid of Street Child, a charity that supports Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone and children in other parts of the world.  There’ll be tea, cake, games and a quiz or two.  The garden is flat without any steps, so is quite wheelchair friendly.  For those who like the shade, there will be a gazebo.  Everyone welcome to join us – we look forward to seeing you.    


TOUGH QUESTIONS   The series of discussions, hosted by St Swithun’s and St Mark’s Churches, Purley, on a range of issues which face us and test our faith and spirituality from day-to-day finishes with a final session on Sunday, 13th August at 7.30 p.m. at St. Swithun’s Church, Grovelands Road, Purley, CR8 4LB.  Are you at risk of Compassion Fatigue?  ‘Vicarious Trauma’ can threaten all who care for others – from Aid Workers to family carers – with Clinical Psychologist Dr Paula Redmond.  Tea & coffee, some ‘eats’ and lots of discussion will be included.  Please contact Rev Len Abrams if you have any questions 07941 095 086 –


SPECIAL BED FOR SALE   A purpose-built fixed height extra wide profile bed with German motor and control assembly.  This bed is extra wide 3’ 6” (3 foot 6 inches).  Overall Length  6’ 8” (6 foot  8 inches).  Independent rise and fall at each end as well as profiling.  It is on castors, so is easy to manoeuvre.  This is NOT a nursing bed.  It is suitable for an infirm person or someone elderly.  The bed which is in excellent condition cost new 1,800.00.  It is located in Purley and pick up is from a storage unit there.  FOR SALE 125 ONLY (a donation will be made from the sale to ST JOHN'S ROOF FUND).  Please contact Marion 07963 905610.


NEWS from NICY & PAUL   We raised 165 at the concert last Sunday afternoon.  That will go to the church building fund.  Thank you to all those who came along.

‘Thy Will Be Done’:  Equipping the Church for Evangelism            

30 September   10.00am - 1.00pm  at St George the Martyr, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA in the Crypt.    Over three hours, we will:

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This Conference is in the Deepening Discipleship brochure on page 6 (on the church table).  I have already invited all House Group leaders and members.  You are welcome to join us and if people let me know they are coming we can arrange a group to go from Coulsdon South.         Sue Thomas