Contact Us

Parish Office 0208 6579466

For all general queries including Hall bookings 

Upper Selsdon Road, Selsdon, South Croydon, CR2 0AR, United Kingdom

Open today

09:00 – 14:00

Drop us a line!



Contact the Rector

You can contact Jenny Rowley the rector by calling 

0208 6572343 or emailing

For all church related queries including Wedddings, Baptisms and Funerals 


A Special Delivery For Selsdon


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!


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. 


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' 


A Clean Church Is A Happy Church


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



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

The Garden Room Project is supported by




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



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 


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