Safeguarding: The Parish has an active safeguarding policy designed by the Diocese to protect children and vulnerable adults engaging in our activities. Our Safeguarding Officer is Jenny Blair-Ford and our Churchwardens are Doreen McCollin and Hazel Game. Either of these people can be contacted should you have any specific safeguarding issues. See our Contact page for details.
St Swithun's Church Regular Activities
Details of our Sunday services are found in the Calendar panel of this website. A selection of sermons is found via the 'Sermons' tab above. During Lent, a study course is available which ties in with sermons delivered.
A Sunday school for children under 12 is currently in abeyance owing to falling takeup.
Our singing group generally meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 10:15am and augments the singing at the 11am service that day, as well as performing at special services. It is open to all ages and new members are very welcome.
A Wednesday morning Said Communion service is normally held at 9:30am, followed by refreshments. This Service is not held during the month of August.
This family activity takes place in the Carter Room usually on the first Saturday morning of the month from 10-12 noon. Details from Revd Fiona Tel: 020 8668 0063
An afternoon group meets fortnightly on alternate Mondays at 2pm and an evening group meets monthly on the last Thursday evening of each month at 7:30pm. In addition, a joint group with St Mark's meets monthly, usually on the 4rd Thursday morning. Further information is available from Rev'd Fiona Tel: 020 8668 0063
House Groups at St. Mark's and St. Swithun's
What are House Groups? House Groups are small groups of people from within the two churches of St. Swithun and St. Mark who meet together at various times and places each month, to learn and pray together.
How often do they meet? Ideally groups meet every two weeks. That way if someone has to miss a meeting it is not too long until the next one.
What happens at a meeting? During meetings the members of the group will pray and learn together, deepen friendships and spend time encouraging one another to learn and grow in faith. The aim is to help each other to live out their Christian faith in a practical, applied and whole life way.
The House Group is a place where burdens can be shared and joys celebrated together.
Where do they meet? In homes around the parishes.
Why join a House Group? House Group members are there to share their Christian lives and journeys together:
Caring for one another
Encouraging one another
Serving one another
Growing with one another
We all come with different levels of knowledge and understanding. House Groups welcome and embrace people where they are.
What do we discuss?House groups discuss many different aspects of the Christian life, including the Bible, current affairs, moral and spiritual issues.
An example of the sort of material used could be a simple bible study course such as ‘Women of the Old Testament’ which proved to be an interesting study on a previous occasion. Leaders will be given help and guidance by the clergy if required.
Together members of house groups support one another as they grow in trust and friendship, becoming more confident Christians both individually and as the body of Christ here in Purley. In the wider context they can also become a vehicle for mission in the wider community as groups choose to focus on a particular need or project within the local community, responding in faith with commitment.
To find out more, please call Sue Young, our Parish secretary on Tuesday or Fridays, between 9.30am and 12.30pm, on 020 8763 9991, or contact Revd Fiona Tel. 020 8668 0063 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mothers & Toddlers Group: This grooup is currently in abeyance
The Ladies Circle
Meets fortnightly with a programme of talks, outings and fellowship. For details contact Lis Sandford at 020 8668 1729
Table Tennis Club (adults)
This friendly group meets in the Hall on most Monday evenings. For details contact Ivor Hewitt on 020 8660 6907.
See Events Gallery for other one-off activities taking place at St Swithun’s in coming months
OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY:
THE APERTURE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB OF PURLEY seeks new members. Based at Purley Baptist Church halls, members meet twice a month, usually on the first and third Monday evening, with a programme of talks, demonstrations, outings and assignments. We aim to provide tips and advice for all levels of experience. Contact Paul Sandford on 020-8668-1729 or email@example.com for more information or if would like to come along initially as a visitor. Examples of member’s work can be found at www.apertureclub.org.uk
THE BOURNE SOCIETY - LOCAL HISTORY: The Society offers a wide range of activities.The Bourne Society is a registered charity, and as well as general work on local history it has active special-interest groups in pub history and landscape history. Regular outings, including day tours and an annual ‘Heritage Tour’ are arranged, together with members’ forums, group meetings and other events. A wide range of publications is produced, including the Society’s quarterly journal, Local History Records, which is sent free to all members. For details of activities and membership (only £10 pa) see the website via this link: The Bourne Society or contact Paul Sandford at St Swithun's