Messy Church Saturday October 6th 10am to Noon in the Carter Room.

Tenants of the King- 4- Session Course Studying God’s Purpose for Creation in October. Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoon or evening, during four weeks beginning 2nd October. Sessions 2 hours. Sign up sheet at the back of church. Joint groups with St Marks.

St Mark’s invite St. Swithun’s to a Bring and  Share Harvest Lunch on 7th October from 12.30pm onwards.  A list is at  the back of Church for people to sign you should not be put off , if you are unable to bring anything.

Our Harvest Festival this year is on Sunday 30th September.  This is a special occasion in the Church calendar.      Please make a special effort to come to church on that day. GROCERIES - at HARVEST FESTIVAL -   we deliver to NIGHTWATCH tins of soup and easy to prepare food (not baked beans) , and to families in THE CHRISTMAS PARCEL SCHEME a whole range of food for them to enjoy over the Christmas season.
Mountains and Valleys 18-20th September at Wychcroft, RH 1 4NE 3day creative art retreat, drawing and painting , led by Bonnie Clarke £165 fully inclusive meals
Accessible Light Retreat Day at All Saints Church Sanderstead Saturday 13th October 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. More information at rear of church.

The Social Calendar for St Swithun’s is on the Notice board. Please note it has been amended. Bring and Share Lunch will now be after the Parish Meeting on Sunday October 28th.

WEDNESDAY 9.30.a.m. Services will continue through August.  While our Vicar is away in September there will be versions of Morning Praise.

Tenants of the King- 4- Session Course Studying God’s Purpose for Creation in October. Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoon or evening during four weeks beginning 2nd October. Sessions 2 hours. Sign up sheet at the back of church. Joint groups with St Marks.

Seeking Stillness – Autumn Stillness Saturday 15th September 2pm to 5pm in the Carter Room at St Swithun’s.

Explore the Bible 6 Events 19th Sept, 14thNov., 16thJan, 20th March. 15th May, 19thJune. St John’s Church CR5 1HA, 7 pm for refreshments. see Posters at rear of church.

Canon Andrew White will be the distinguished speaker at the next Deanery Synod meeting to be held at 8pm at St Mary's Sanderstead on Tuesday 2nd October to which everyone is welcome to attend. Canon White, often referred to as The Bishop of Bagdad will speak on the fourth mark of mission: To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. This will be the first working item on the agenda and visitors will be free to leave the meeting on its conclusion.

Date for your diary Miles Gelgard a Talk about Palestine and what he witnessed there with slides. He was there on behalf of The Ecumenical Accompaniment programme in Palestine and Israel. Talk on October 6th. 7 pm at St Mark's. More information at the 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: