St John the Divine  

Upper Selsdon Road

South Croydon 


Parish Office 0208 6579466

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

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 

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 

Coming Up at St Johns

A Slice of Summer A concert by the Songsations


Saturday 3rd August 7.45pm in the Church

An evening of musical theatre tunes 

Tickets £10 (£8 for concessions)

Children under 15 are free with a paying adult 

To find out more info click here

The Garden Room Project



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 fully 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 fully accessible toilet facilities including a baby changing area. 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

The Garden Room Project is supported by





Weddings at St Johns

Wedding season is in full flow !!


 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!). 

Who can get married at St John’s Church ?



There are some legal restrictions on who can get married in churches. Basically to be married here, you need a ‘qualifying connection’ with St John the Divine Church. You have such a connection if you or your partner : 

• Live in the parish

• Have ever resided for at least six  

  months in the parish. 

• Have or had a parent who ever 

  resided for at least six months during  

  your lifetime.

• Have ever habitually attended  

  worship at St John’s for at least six  


• Have or had a parent who habitually 

  attended worship in the parish for at 

  least six months during your lifetime. 

• Were baptized at St John’s.

• Were prepared for Confirmation by St 

  John’s, even if that Confirmation 

  service took place in a different 


• Have or had a parent or grandparent 

  who were married in the parish. 

 If  you’re not sure whether any of these 

  apply to you, please phone and discuss your situation with Jenny

Previously Divorced



We are an inclusive church, recognising that we all fail and make mistakes, and sometimes things just don’t work out the way we want them to. Recognising the continuing love and forgiveness of God for all his children, as his Church, we want to welcome everyone, including those who have been through the pain of a broken relationship.  The Bishops issue basic guidelines on the remarriage in church of people who have been divorced.

 So if this is you, and you would like to consider marrying again at St John’s please contact the Rector.

Planning your wedding at another venue? Already married without a church ceremony?


 Even if you prefer to hold your wedding ceremony at another venue, not a church, St John’s could still be part of your special celebrations!  Some people would love to be married in church, but for all kinds of reasons find the more practical way for them is to hold their wedding ceremony elsewhere. Here at St John’s we wish all those who make the commitment of marriage to each other every blessing, wherever you choose to hold the ceremony. But if you feel there’s something missing without a church service, have you thought about having a service of Blessing after your marriage elsewhere – either on the same day, or on another day to suit you?  We can help you arrange something small and informal, or something larger for family and friends to share. Whatever you choose, having your commitment to each other Blessed at St John’s is a great way to begin this exciting new chapter in your life together.  If you’d like to consider having your wedding blessed at St John’s, speak to Jenny. 

Getting in touch

If you would like to find out about weddings at St John's you can come and get the feel of the place for your special day 

Please contact the Rector Jenny Rowley 

Tel: 0208 657 2343 or email:

for more information 

How you can help St John's



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Many Thanks in advance 

Give as you live for St John's


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:

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers contact details:

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kate Singleton 

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

Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers, Marie Daly and Louise Vernon

Marie Daly 020 7939 9441 Mobile 07946 255295

Louise Vernon 020 7939 9462 Mobile 07946 255622

 Information about where to get help with child and adult safeguarding


 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 

SCIE Survey