It is just a couple of weeks since we enjoyed the amazing Easter weekend, not just that it was a reminder that Christ is risen, he is risen indeed, but that the sun shone. Those of us who got up very early experienced the most beautiful sunrise on Easter morning on Farthing Downs, the first sunrise at that service since I came almost five years ago. We are beginning to look forward to the summer when we will be able to get out and about and enjoy the beautiful countryside we have on our doorstep here, something I will miss greatly when I move on in the summer. I have recently rejoined the National Trust and so during the time I have left here I will be making the most of it and visiting as many National Trust properties as I can.
At the same time I am reminded of those who through ill health and infirmity are unable to feel the excitement that the warmer weather brings, who might not be able to experience the joy of the lovely weather and local countryside. Some members of our own community find themselves shut in at home feeling very lonely with few visitors.
Jesus said ‘Love one another as I have loved you’
It is important as we begin to enjoy the warmer weather that we remember there are those of our number who are not able to get out and about and would really enjoy a visit from a friendly face. It is so sad when we forget to stay in touch with those who we have known for so many years but are unable to come and be with us at church. Christ calls us to love one another as he has loved us. As we move forward from Easter let’s remember that self-sacrificial love that Christ offers to each one of us. In remembering the love that Christ offers, may it make us more open to those who really need us to offer that love to them. Perhaps a friendly phone call, a visit, or an offer of help is all that is needed to lift their spirits and for them to feel loved. Let’s not leave it to someone else but be willing to sacrifice some of our time that others may feel loved and cared for.
May the spirit of Christ be in each of us as we love and care for one another.
With grace and peace until next time…
Oberammergau 2020 - Joint URC and Methodist pilgrimage
29 May 2020 or 14 August 2020
Every 10 years the Bavarian village of Oberammergau becomes the focus for thousands of people who wish to experience the world-famous Passion Play. Trips for 2020 are selling out fast. The churches in Croydon have some places left on two holidays being organised by McCabe Travel.
Each trip includes a 5-day pilgrimage-themed holiday based near the Austrian city of Salzburg, followed by 2 days in Oberammergau, and includes tickets to the Passion Play. Flights are from Gatwick and the trip costs £1625 including full board accommodation and an extensive excursion programme with opportunity for times of prayer and reflection.
Departing 29th May 2020 (led by the Bishop of Croydon and the Moderator of the URC Southern Synod) and August 14th (led by Methodists Revd Andrew and Deacon Belinda Letby). Full details are available from Toni Suffolk (firstname.lastname@example.org ). It is highly recommended to book as soon as possible.
A Child's Prayer
Lord in heaven,
please listen to all those
who are praying to you now,
Those who are sad and crying,
those who have lost friends and family.
Those who are alone
Help them to remember,
that you are there
and you are listening.
In Jesus' name, we pray.
A lady went to the Post Office to post an old family Bible to her brother.
“Is there anything breakable in the parcel?” asked the counter clerk.
“Only the Ten Commandments,” answered the lady.
Please note that there is no Easter Offering service at Coulsdon on Sunday 19 May because of the Ordinands' Testimonial service at 6.30pm at Wesley's Chapel. The Easter Offering service will now take place on Sunday, 2 June at 6.30pm at Coulsdon
Sun 5 May 8.45am Bible study and breakfast
10am Holy Communion (Rev. Sue Shortman)
(followed by Annual Church Meeting)
Tue 6 May 10am Coffee, cakes & company at Whitethorn Avenue
Thu 9 May 10.30am Open church
Sun 12 May 10am Morning worship (Jill Gradon)
Mon 13 May 8pm Open to question (at Sanderstead M.C.)
Wed 15 May 12 noon Lunch Club at Whitethorn Avenue
Thu 16 May 10.30am Open church
Sat 18 May 4-6pm Messy church
Sun 19 May 10am Morning worship (Rev. Kathy Flynn)
Mon 20 May 10am Coulsdon craft club (Kantha embroidery)
Thu 23 May 10.30am Open church
Sun 26 May 10am Morning worship (Marion West)
Wed 29 May 2.30pm Time for tea
Thu 30 May 10.30am Open church
Sun 2 June 8.45am Bible study and breakfast
10am Holy Communion (Rev. Sue Shortman)
4pm Spring afternoon event followed by…
6.30pm Easter Offering service (Circuit staff)