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

Domestic Abuse- Speaker from Women’s  Aid, 6.30 pm on Monday 29th April , at St Mary’s Purley Oaks Road CR2 0NY

Film Club will be meeting in SS Carter Room Saturday afternoons on May 11th, June 15th, and 17th August. It will start 3.45pm for $pm showing. Cost £4 which includes Sandwiches, biscuits, tea and coffee. Tickets 020 8660 4119 or 020 3759 3728.  Films being decided.

Plant Sale Sunday 12th May 8am to 12.30 pm in the church hall. All Proceeds to Charity. Donations of plants welcome telephone Damaris Weller 02086604119 or Robert Page 02086601026.
St Swithun’s Parish BBQ Sunday 7th July. 1pm onwards in the Vicarage Garden. Help with putting up Gazebos, carrying tables and chairs from St Mark’s and setting up the BBQ would be appreciated Saturday 6th of July 2 pm onwards. If you can help contact Anne Rourke 02086605132 or email  

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

A Christian Aid charity tea party is scheduled in November. The Ladies circle play an integral part and we are delighted to announce this date. Wednesday 13th November 2019, in the Carter Room at 2:30pm.
PURLEY FOOD HUB Just over 2,500 meals were provided by Purley Food Hub   to people in crisis in January in a busy start to 2019. In the month that marked the Food Hub’s 6th birthday, it took the overall total of meals provided so far to past 135,000.  February list at back of church – please put donations in the box provided.
 If you attended the Croydon Episcopal Area Lay Conference in 2017 at St Bede’s School, Redhill you will remember the success of the day; over 250 people attended from the Episcopal Area. It was an uplifting event. Feedback was very positive and it was agreed that another Lay Conference should be held in 2019. Now that 2019 is fast approaching ‘Save the Date’:  

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.

USED STAMPS – please donate into the box at back of Church in support of LEPRA – treating leprosy,fighting prejudice and promoting health education.  88p in every £1 goes to support projects; 12p helpsto bring in the next £1.

                  Purley & Kenley Churches Together Diary of Events 2019

May 30th – 9th June Lay Group away morning with lunch

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – joint service @ St Barnabas 9th June

July 7th  Scones and Songs of Praise - venue to be decided

September 14th or 21st To Be Confirmed -Quiz Night @ Christ Church

October & November- Preparation for Toys for Joy and Christmas Lunch on Jesus
1st week in December sort toys
2nd week in December distribute toys
3 CLOJ training sessions in December

23rd December pack and distribute hampers

                          News from your Scout Group - 25th Purley (St. Mark’s)
A reminder that St. George’s Day Parade will take place THIS Sunday 28th April, 2019 at 11am at St. Mark’s Church.  We will also be celebrating St. Mark’s Patronal Festival and St. Swithun’s parishioners will be joining us too for what we hope will be one big happy celebration and a service that welcomes everyone. 
After the traditional photos, everyone is invited to stay on a short while (we understand if you need to dash and cannot stay) and join in the celebratory bring and share lunch in the church hall from 12 noon until 1pm.  For those able to stay a little longer, there will be children’s activities, music, entertainment and a slideshow of recent Scout Group camps and activities until 2pm. 
There will be no parking available in the church car park and we suggest that you arrive early and park in nearby roads.  We expect the demand for parking to be very heavy so please arrive in good time.  
It is essential that you keep these details handy for Sunday.
St. George’s Day Parade is THE most important parade of the year.
It is the time when every Beaver, Cub, Scout, Explorer Scout and Leader in the U.K. meets to renew their Promise in services and parades up and down the country.
EVERY BEAVER, CUB, SCOUT AND EXPLORER SCOUT WHETHER INVESTED OR NOT, IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND.  If there is an exceptional reason why your son / daughter can not attend, please advise your leader, in writing beforehand.  It is VITAL that our turnout includes EVERY Member. 
Some of the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Young Leaders will be taking part in the service and we will provide details to those involved separately.  The rehearsal for those with a special role is this Friday 26th April at
St. Mark’s Church at 7.30pm.  Please be on time as we cannot start the rehearsal until the last person has arrived.  Wear full uniform.  The rehearsal will be over by approximately 8.30pm.
At the 25th Purley (St. Mark’s) Scout Group, we are proud of our attendance and smartness at St. George’s Day Parades over the years.  Please help us to have a turn out to be proud of.   Scarves should be ironed and tightly rolled with 3 “V’s” below the woggle and shoes polished - no trainers or white socks. 
Collection money is welcome as there will be a collection for a Children’s charity at the service. 
Families, friends, supporters and parishioners are all warmly invited to join us on this special day.
It is a very colourful parade.  The Parade will start at 10.50am with the Service taking place at 11am. 
There will be people to greet you in church and to show you to your seats.  Afterwards, the traditional photographs will be taken, so do please bring along your cameras!  PLUS lunch is available too!
MEET                         at 10.40am PROMPT outside the church or inside the church foyer if wet or very cold.
PARADE                    starts at 10.50pm.                 
SERVICE                  starts at 11am.
AFTERWARDS        approx. 12noon. 
                                    25th Purley (St. Mark’s) Scout Group, Group photos & formal DISMISSAL of the Scout Group will take place in the church grounds.  CAMERAS WELCOME!
LUNCH IS                 JOIN US from 12noon to 1pm (or a bit later if you are not dashing off!)                                        
OPTIONAL!             Drinks and a bring and share lunch in the Church Hall.
Barbara McKinnon, Group Scout Leader.