Messy Church Saturday 5th January at 10am to Noon in the Carter Room.

The Charity FISH and CHIP SUPPER made a profit of £525.26, which has gone into St. Swithun’s Charities Fund.

CCFS Christmas Carol Singing event in the Whitgift Centre main square from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 8th December. 3-4.pm   Emmanuel, St Swithun's, Brighton Road Baptist, St Mary Magdalene, Please let Fiona Weaver know if you can attend.

THE DOWNLAND CHORALE – will be performing a mixture of Christmas festive music by Bach and Handel in St. Mark’s Church on 15th December at 7.30pm. Tickets Adult £10 Child £5 available on the door or Tel: 07729 618226. Refreshments available.
 
Post Overseas Concert for Epiphany Sunday 6th January 4pm at 4 Rose Walk. Mulled wine and mince pies.
Tickets Adults £12, Under 18/students £6. Tickets available from Val Haywood.
 
Food Hub News For the 9th month this year the Food Hub passed 2,000 meals provided in a month in November - that’s more than 27,000 meals this year so far and more than 130,000 in total since we started nearly 6 years ago.
To keep our stocks replenished for December, traditionally our busiest month of the year, please find attached our list of the items particularly needed at this time.
The December food list includes requests for cartons of long -life whole milk and fruit juice, tins of potatoes or packets of dried potato, jars of fish paste, and Christmas biscuits and chocolate treats for children. Also listed are adult toothpaste, toilet rolls and tin openers.
 
Jumble Sale, Saturday 2nd February 2019 from 1pm – 3pm WANTED: Anything Saleable including unwanted gifts, Clothing, Nearly new, Brick-a-brac, Toys, Books, DVD’s, Shoes etc… If it’s saleable.  Bring donations to St. Mark's Church Hall on Friday 1st February from 6pm till 9pm or Saturday 2nd February from 8am to 10am using our drive through service. If you are unable to bring your Jumble to the church hall, then we will collect Friday evening or Saturday morning: - Contact Julie Urquhart 020 8660 1510 or m 07964 047126.

The Homeless Person Shelter will start at St Swithuns on Friday 15th February 2019.

LOOKING AHEAD

SUNDAY 23rd DECEMBER                
6.00pm CAROLS AND READINGS

MONDAY 24th DECEMBER  CHRISTMAS EVE     
3.30 pm CRIB SERVICE                                       
11.30pm MID-NIGHT COMMUNION SERVICE

TUESDAY 25th DECEMBER CHRISTMAS DAY   
8.00am SAID COMMUNION at St. Swithun’s ,  
11 am FAMILY COMMUNION

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 Explore the Bible 6 Events 16th Jan, 20th March. 15th May, 19thJune. St John’s Church CR5 1HA, 7 pm for refreshments. see Posters at rear of church.



A First-Aider is needed for St Swithun’s if are able please speak to Doreen McCollin for more details

HOUSE GROUPS – please see flyers and notice at back of the church for various groups sessions held by St. Mark’s and St. Swithun’s. These meetings help to create a sense of identity and belonging within our church.
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News from your Scout Group - 25th Purley (St. Mark’s)
HELP AT BEAVERS!  FUN, LAUGHTER AND NEW SKILLS GUARANTEED! 
“Magpie”, Jo Greenslade, would welcome some additional adult help from January for Beavers aged from 5.75 to 8 – boys AND girls.  Interested in finding out more?  Give me a ring!  
 
Christingle Service, Sunday 9th December at 4pm
Thank you for supporting the WW1 service with such a good turnout.  Please will you support our Christingle Service too so that we can pack the church and raise lots of money for The Children’s Society?  It is such a lovely service and it is for everyone.  We will, as usual, be making the Christingles and look forward to dazzling you!  Christingle Candle money tubes are available at the back of the church and envelopes will be placed in the pews too.
We look forward to a record turnout and a packed church.
 
Jumble Sale, Saturday 2nd February 2019 from 1pm – 3pm                                       WANTED: Anything Saleable including unwanted gifts, Clothing, Nearly new, Brick-a-brac, Toys, Books, DVD’s, Shoes etc… If it’s saleable, we’ll sell it!  You are very welcome to bring donations to St. Mark's Church Hall on Friday 1st February from 6pm til 9pm or Saturday 2nd February from 8am to 10am using our drive through service – we are very happy to unload for you too!                                   
If you are unable to bring your Jumble to the church hall, then we are able to offer a collection service on Friday evening or Saturday morning:-  Contact Julie Urquhart 020 8660 1510 or m 07964 047126.
For updates and in case of adverse weather, visit the 25th Purley web site for latest news at www.25thpurley.org.uk                                                                                                                              
Help from friends and supporters is always much appreciated on the Friday evening from 6pm til 9pm; Saturday morning from 9am to 12 noon for final preparations; 1pm to 3pm selling and from 3pm clearing up. 
Barbara McKinnon.     
www.25thpurley.org.uk                    E mail:  bk25thcubs-2007@yahoo.co.uk