Welcome to St John's Church Selsdon

We hope that the you enjoy our site and find all the information you are looking for. Please don't hesitate to contact either Jenny Rowley the Rector or          

Amanda Sinclair our Parish Administrator 


Jenny has recently changed her email details you can contact her by telephoning  0208 657 2343 or 

emailing her at rectorstjohnschurch@gmail.com


Amanda can be contacted at the parish office on

 0208 6579466 between 9am-2pm Mon to Thur

or 07958 682103 leave a message and she will get back to you asap.

 You can also email Amanda at bookingsstjohns@gmail.com 


Amanda deals with the day to day running of the hall bookings and also Parish administration if you have a query please call or email

Many Thanks 

Our Christmas Services

        


            



                  Monday 16th December –

 7.30pm  Quiet Christmas Service 

A special service of hope and reassurance for those who may struggle with a “merry” Christmas this year

Dedication of the Christmas Remembrance tree

             Sunday 22nd  December – 

6pm   Nine lessons and carols with mulled fruit punch and mince pies 

         Tuesday  24th December  

 4pm   Crib Service 

 11.30pm  Midnight mass 

         Wednesday 25th December 

10am  Christmas Communion with Carols. Children are encouraged to bring a small (!) present with them which they have opened already.

            Sunday 5th January 

10am   Epiphany  (with incense)


  

Everyone is welcome to join us at all of  

                         our services !!!


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Songsations are back for Christmas

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A Special Delivery For Selsdon

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Angels have landed

On advent Sunday 1st December in the dead of night 

St Johns helpers were out and about leaving a little treat for the people of Selsdon to wake up to on Monday morning. 

 

The Heavenly Host arrived in Selsdon on Advent Sunday evening, hoping to be spotted and taken home.  I hope you were lucky enough to find a hand-knitted Angel and have taken it away with you - to your home or your workplace - a small gift of love from your friends at St John's and a reminder of the big gift of Love that God gives us at Christmas.

Made with love, sent in faith and received with joy!

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Amazing knitters of St Johns

Thanks to knitters of St Johns  who made over 500 angels for the people of Selsdon to enjoy a little bit of giving at Christmas. 

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Lovely Comments

We have received amazing feedback from people who collected the angels from different places around Selsdon 


 'Such a gorgeous idea'


 'So beautiful, we love ours. What a really thoughtful idea much needed today❤️'


 'Such a lovely idea!! Mine has pride of place on my tree!!'

 

'   We have taken one from the safety railings. Thank you. So many busy knitters! x '


 'So nice to find so many outside my work to remind us of those who can’t be with us but are here in spirit.
Thank you for such a lovely present and my little angel will forever be part of my Christmas decorations x' 


#christmasangels

A Clean Church Is A Happy Church

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Thank you

 

A huge thank you to everyone involved in the 'St Johns Deep Clean'. After many years the windows have been cleaned inside and outside.

Over two days, 7 litres of floor cleaner was used  to clean all 21 internal areas by 22 hard working parishoners. 318 chairs Hoovered and washed, 265 kneelers hovered and 305 hymn books checked and replaced. All floors mopped and carpet hovered and washed.

Every 3 months we are going to do a deep clean so look out for the New Year gleam!

Thank you, much appreciated to all that helped. 

Catherine Sands

The Garden Room Project

ST JOHN’S SELSDON GARDEN ROOM OFFICIALLY OPEN!

    

We are delighted to announce that the Garden Room was officially opened on Sunday 16 June 2019 by Rt Rev Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon. Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Maddie Henson and a large gathering of friends and supporters enjoyed an uplifting community Songs of Praise followed by the official opening when Bishop Jonathan cut the ribbon and blessed the new room.

The opening ceremony was followed by Afternoon Tea with cake cutting by Bishop Jonathan and an opportunity for guests to enjoy refreshments as well as view the new room, take a look at the Book of Dedications from donors (all of whom were invited to the opening ceremony) and visit the display showing the many and various events and fundraising activities St John’s has enjoyed while raising money for the project.

This project has only been possible because of the generous support of the whole community, in making donations and supporting and running fundraising events. We are also very grateful to have received  generous funding from Viridor Credits, Garfield Weston Foundation, Allchurches Trust, City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust and Croydon Council.  We are also grateful to the Diocese of Southwark for their support. 

The Garden Room provides a pleasant, quality built, modern and accessible facility to meet local needs within the whole community. The room is sited on the south western side of the church overlooking the Garden of Remembrance and is easily accessible directly from the main church building but can also be closed off as a separate space with an external door from the garden. The room provides a purpose-built refreshment hub and accessible toilet facilities with baby changing facilities. There is also improved access into and around the whole church building.

The project is community focused for the use of groups and individuals within the Selsdon area in addition to church groups. 

If you would like more information about the Garden Room please contact our Parish Administrator on 07958 682103 or bookingsstjohns@gmail.com


The Garden Room Project is supported by

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Weddings at St Johns

If you’re reading this because you have just got engaged – congratulations! We’re delighted that you are considering getting married at St John’s and we want to do all we can help you plan what we hope will be a happy and memorable day(for all the right reasons!). Please click to find out more

How you can help St John's

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Give as you Live’s brand new FREE iOS app is now available! Browse the internet with their smart search browser and raise free funds for us on-the-go. 

Download the app today! 


You can start helping St John's Church straight away please click on the link to start shopping and start raising money with no cost to yourself.


Many Thanks in advance 

Safeguarding

St John's works hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships

    

Our Parish Safeguarding Officers are:

The Revd Jenny Rowley: Tel 0208 657 2343

Amanda Sinclair: Tel 07958 682103 

Susan  Tilley: Tel 0203 853 7448


Or email: bookingsstjohns@gmail.com


Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers contact details:


Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kate Singleton kate.singleton@southwark.anglican.org 

0207 939 9423 Mobile 07982 279713 (for urgent matters out of hours)


Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Marie Daly and Louise Vernon

Marie Daly marie.daly@southwark.anglican.org 020 7939 9441 Mobile 07946 255295

Louise Vernon louise.vernon@southwark.anglican.org 020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622


 Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding

issues:


 NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours).

    Phone if you are worried about a child.

 Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or

     young person and are worried about anything.

 National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours).

    Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

 Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling

    to cope and need someone to talk to.

 Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141

    ( free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).


If a child or vulnerable adult is in danger please call 999


A Safe Church

  

We aim to create a safe environment where children and young people are nurtured and protected and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.

To this end St John’s follows the policies and guidelines set out in the Diocesan publication A Safe Church, a copy of which can be accessed on the link above to view the church’s policies and protocols on 

· Safeguarding Children and Young People

· Safeguarding Adults who may be Vulnerable

· Domestic Abuse Policy

· E-Safety Protocols

· Whistle-blowing

St John’s follows the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and Church of England policy and practice. We will respond promptly to any complaints made and will always work in close partnership with the diocesan safeguarding team, police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment. Our primary aim is to provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults. 



Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE)

The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team has commissioned the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) to help improve how the Church treats people who have been abused or are at risk of harm. It is seeking the views of people with first-hand experience to find out what a good response from the Church should look like. The results of this survey will complement learning from independent audits by SCIE of safeguarding arrangements in all Church of England dioceses across the country.  Information on this survey can be found