Messy Church Saturday December 1st at 10am to Noon in the Carter Room.

Convivial Social Evening: NOVEMBER 17th at 6.p.m. in St. Swithun’s Hall a FISH and CHIPS SUPPER with our legendary home-made desserts. There will be QUIZZES on tables, and some stalls.  Tickets £12 adult, children £8. please sign on the list at back of Church or contact Val Haywood directly
To help advertise this fund raising event please take flyers to other activities and places you visit locally,  and invite your friends to come and enjoy a convivial evening
Next week there will be boxes out to receive gifts for the Raffle, and Bric a Brac/ Gift stalls

CHRISTMAS PARCELS SCHEME 2018. In 2017 we created 94 parcels for people of all ages and situations.  Historically, within the box of groceries, each person/family receives a small amount of money or a supermarket voucher, so they can purchase a personal favourite item.  Donations of cash would allow this to happen again this year. Please put your contribution into a yellow envelope at collection time or use the animal money-box at the back of Church. Thank you very much. Gift Sunday 2nd December bring along your gifts at Services. Contact Damaris Weller
0208 660 4119
Gardening Morning 10 am to Noon Tuesday 20th November. Can you come and help there is a good deal of pruning and clearing up to be done at this time of year and we were completely rained off on our last gardening morning. If you are free please come along and help ! coffee and tea provided.  
General Rota revision -Sacristans, Readers, Intercessors, Ministers. Please let me know dates you cannot do on the sheet at the rear of church. 
ADVENT CRAFT AFTERNOON: A fun time for children aged around 4-12 years on Sunday 2nd December  from 2:30 to 4:30pm at St. Mark's Church Hall. Lots of glitter, glue and paint. See flyers at back of church. 
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.

PURLEY FOOD HUB has provided over 17,500 meals to families and individuals going through hard times.
Please see The August List for items requested (food and other)

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.
PURLEY FOOD HUB NEED See list at the back of the church but also needed are donations of tinned meat (corned beef, chicken, ham) and ready meat meals, tins/packets of potatoes, tins of vegetables and tomatoes,pasta.

News from your Scout Group - 25th Purley (St. Mark’s)
Kandersteg 2018

It was three years in the planning and a “camp of a lifetime” for all our 39 Scouts, Older Cubs, Young Leaders and Leader Team who were lucky enough to join us for 10 days at Kandersteg 2018.  The food was superb - thanks to Matt and Kerr - and the activities were amazing – from geo caching, hiking, climbing, summer tobogganing, rowing, high ropes / zip lining and white water rafting and canyoning to a visit to Bern, a day at the Brigerbad outdoor thermal pools with the largest water slide in Europe and the top of the Niesen via the funicular railway.  Words from grateful parents such as “amazing”, “memorable”, “fantastic”, “wonderful”, “trip of a lifetime”, “delicious food” speak volumes about the quality of the experience that we delivered.  Here’s to 2021!
Please “Adopt a Name” - St. Mark’s World War 1 Memorial Project
October 2018 is the deadline for us to complete the research on the names on the World War 1 Memorial at St. Mark’s.  If you or your family would like to get involved, please e mail Alex Beal, our Chair, NOW:-   Please help us to complete this project………………
Woodcote Green, Green Fingered Scheme Vouchers – deadline for return is 25/9
Please leave any remaining vouchers that you have collected for us at the back of the church.
Thank you.
Join the Scouting Adventure! 
As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life.  Each week we help young people to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.  We’re talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians.  We help young people develop and improve key life skills.
Our volunteer Leaders are very experienced and deliver outstanding Scouting with fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others.                                      Scouting helps young people to do more, learn more and be more.                                        
We welcome boys and girls and have a few places currently available in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts as a result of our young people moving on to the next Section, but when they are gone, they are gone, SO HURRY!
We meet in the Scout Hut at St. Mark’s Church, Church Road, Purley.  CR8 3QQ.                                                                  
Beavers           Tuesday 5.30pm to 6.30pm                                                                                                    Cubs                Tuesday 6.45pm to 8.15pm                                                                                                    Scouts             Wednesday 7.30pm to 9pm
To find out more, visit the web site at click on “joining us” and complete / e mail us the form and we will be in touch as soon as we receive it.  
Come and join our Leader Teams – fun, laughter and new skills guaranteed! 
We would welcome some additional adult help at Section Meetings AND also some admin support.  Interested in finding out more?  Give me a ring!  
Barbara McKinnon.                    E mail: