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No.333                                                                                                                     November  2021



From our minister

Dear Friends,

At the time of writing a big debate is taking place about the COVID-19 pandemic – and how the Government should now respond to it. There are differing views about whether the Government should move from Plan A to Plan B.  The current system, Plan A, is largely dependent on people receiving vaccinations – including a booster, 6 months on from the second jab.  Many scientists are suggesting the Government and the country should move to Plan B – which would involve stronger guidance and even laws about the wearing of masks, plus renewal of the advice to work from home if at all possible.  This debate is good evidence that the pandemic is not over – as is revealed by daily and weekly figures of infections, hospital admissions and deaths.  I hope that the right decision is taken to help protect the population, but I am in no position to know what is best.  What we will do as a church is to listen carefully to advice and seek to keep all of the congregation safe; that may yet mean changes to our practice, but we will keep you informed.

On a more positive note, the month of November brings our Church Anniversary – as always on the first Sunday of the month; this year the 7th.  We shall be pleased to welcome back Sue Shortman, who was the Minister of the Church for 5 years.  She will be with us for a morning Communion service – and for a lunch afterwards.  It would be good to have a big congregation for this occasion; please let Alison know if you want to attend the lunch.

Meanwhile, let us continue to pray for the COP26 gathering – which we hope will take important steps to control “global warming”.

With love and prayers,



Time for tea

A reminder that T4T is back on the first Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm in Church.  It is a friendly social occasion with the chance to meet and chat with old and new friends.  Enjoy tea or coffee and home-made cakes.  Board games available for those wanting to play.

Methodist Women in Britain – Autumn Lunch

MWiB are holding their Autumn Lunch at 12.30pm on Tuesday 2 November 2021 at Sanderstead Methodist Church.  Details can be found on the poster at the back of the church.  Tickets (£6.00) are available from Dorothy.

“Caring for creation” study course

We are part-way through our course, “Caring for Creation”, to which all are invited.  This is taking place on Thursday afternoons in Church (2.30 start) (dates in the Church Diary section below).  It runs for 5 weeks – and each session is self-contained.

Church diary

Where possible, Sunday services will also be streamed to YouTube live or Facebook live.

Both can be accessed via the Church website  using the appropriate tab.


Sun 31 Oct.    10am                Morning worship (local arrangements)

Tue 2 Nov.       12.30pm          MWiB Autumn lunch (at Sanderstead)

Wed 3 Nov.      2.30-4pm         Time for Tea / Games afternoon

Thu 4 Nov.       11am               Open Church; 11.45, Thursday prayers

                        2.30pm             Study group – “Caring for creation”

Sun 7 Nov.      10am               Holy Communion (Church anniversary service) (Rev. Sue Shortman)

                        12noon             Church anniversary lunch

Thu 11 Nov.     11am               Open Church; 11.45, Thursday prayers

                        2.30pm             Study group – “Caring for creation”

Sun 14 Nov.    10am               Morning worship (Remembrance Sunday) (Rev. Stephen Mares)

Thu 18 Nov.     11am               Open Church; 11.45, Thursday prayers

                        2.30pm             Study group – “Caring for creation”

Sun 21 Nov.    10am               Morning worship (Brian Brooks)

Thu 25 Nov.     11am               Open Church; 11.45, Thursday prayers

Sun 28 Nov.    10am               Morning worship (Rev. Stephen Mares)

Wed 1 Dec.      2.30-4pm         Time for Tea / Games afternoon

Thu 2 Dec.       11am               Open Church; 11.45, Thursday prayers

Sun 5 Dec.      10am               Holy Communion (Rev. Stephen Mares)




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