A Message from the South Croydon Benefice 


Dear Friends


From Monday 14th September, we are starting to move back to our normal programme:

  • Weekday Morning Prayer will be said publicly Monday - Thursday, 09:00 (St Augustine's).
  • Midweek Eucharists will take place in the main church buildings on Wednesday, 10:00 (St Peter's) and Thursday, 10:00 (St Augustine's).
  • There will be a Sunday Eucharist in each church at 09:30 (St Augustine's) and 11:00 (St Peter's). At least one of these services will be uploaded to YouTube.
  • Sunday Evening Worship will take place at 16:30 (St Peter's). We will keep to this earlier time for a trial period this autumn.

We hope to recommence other services and activities in the coming weeks, including

  • The 08:00 Eucharist, which will start on 4th October (St Peter's on the 1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday of the month; St Augustine's on the 2nd & 4th Sunday).
  • Special services, which will take place as set out on this website and elsewhere.
  • Children's activities and choral music - more on these to follow.

All of this is, of course, subject to change in accordance with the latest government guidance. When attending our services, please follow these guidelines (updated in September to include the new ‘rule of six’):

 

Capacity and Entry

  • We can only seat a limited number of households (30 at St Peter's, 24 at St Augustine's, so please sit with members of your household / 'bubble' (if you are in one).
  • From 14th Sep, it is against the law to attend in a group larger than six, unless you are from the same household or support bubble. Please limit social interaction outside this group.
  • People will be on hand to direct you. If we exceed this number, I apologise in advance if we must turn people away. We will keep these arrangements under review.
  • At St Peter's larger household groups can use the pews either side of the central aisle. The side pews are wider, so there is space for an individual and a couple with 2m in between if they sit at either end. There are also individual chairs and pairs of chairs set out at the back.
  • At St Augustine's chairs are spaced 2m apart in different numbers - please choose the seating that best matches the size of your group.
  • You may need to queue outside as people enter - please keep 2m apart.
  • Please use hand sanitiser on entry (provided). You may like to bring your own so that you can also clean your hands before and after communion.
  • If you are vulnerable, please consider carefully whether to attend, but this is ultimately your choice.
  • Face coverings are now a legal requirement unless you are exempt. You may wish to bring your own hand sanitiser to use when putting the mask on or taking it off (e.g. to receive communion).

Giving

  • Please give online or by standing order if possible, but if you prefer to give by cash there will be an opportunity as you enter; the usual collection will not take place.

The Service

  • The order of service will be similar to the one we have been using online, and will be available as a double sided A4 sheet.  Please pick it up as you enter and dispose of it at the end in the bin provided.  Notice sheets will also be provided. 
  • There will be no hymns, offertory procession or sharing of the piece - but we will have music, readings, a homily, and much that is familiar. There will sadly be no children's activities or play area available, but feel free to bring your own toys, pens, paper etc.
  • The Eucharist will be given by the priest in one kind (bread only).  Rather than using the kneelers, it will be given standing up from the centre of the platform.  The priest will have sanitised his/her hands, and will have worn gloves to prepare everything.  Please stay 2m apart as you queue; the priest will give you the consecrated wafer in silence.

At the End

  • Sadly there will be no coffee or refreshments, but we will have one online coffee morning for the Benefice at midday if you are able to join (link below)
  • There will be a slip of paper for each household/bubble to record their name and telephone number (you can write extra names from the same household/bubble on the back).  Just leave it at your place; we will collect these and destroy them after 21 days.
  • Please follow signs to the exit; you will leave through a different door.  Again, please be careful to keep 2m distance as we file out.

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Best wishers




The Revd Dr Geoff Dumbreck

 Vicar


The Revd Dr Geoff Dumbreck
Vicar, South Croydon Benefice (St Peter and St Augustine)
The Vicarage
20 Haling Park Road
South Croydon
CR2 6NE
020 8688 4715
geoff.dumbreck@gmail.com
www.southcroydonbenefice.org.uk

 

 


This week in the Benefice



Saturday 24th October

10:00 - 12:00 both churches open for visitors and private prayer.


Sunday 25th October  - Last After Trinity 

08:00 Eucharist at St. Augustine's

09:30 Eucharist at St. Augustine's

11:00 Eucharist at St. Peter's 

16:30 Evening Worship at St. Peter's


Monday 26th October 

09:00 Morning Prayer at St. Augstine's


Tuesday 27th October 

09:00 Morning Prayer at St. Augustine's


Wednesday 28th October 

09:00 Morning Prayer at St. Augustine's

10:00 Holy Communion at St. Peter's


Thursday 29th October

09:00 Morning Prayer at St. Augustine's

10:00 Holy Communion at St. Augustine's


Saturday 31st October

10:00 to 12:00 both churches are open for visitors and private prayer.


Sunday 1st November - All Saints Day 

08:00 Eucharist at St. Peter's

09:30 Eucharst at St. Augustine's

11:00 Eucharist at St. Peter's

16:30 All Souls' Service at St. Peter's

18:00 All Souls' Service at St. Augustine's


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Weekday Prayer at Home 


Please download our 'Prayer at Home' booklet. Hopefully you find this booklet a useful aid for your private prayer. 


Prayer at home.pdf
Weekday Prayer at home booklet


Sunday Worship at Home


Below are links to services you may use for your Sunday worship at home.  There is a Morning Prayer and Said Eucharist, both based from the book of Common Worship,  and Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer.

CW Morning Prayer.pdf
Morning Prayer
BCP Evening Prayer.pdf
Evening Prayer
All Age Eucharist to follow at home 2.pdf
All Age Eucharist
Eucharist for church:home.pdf
Said Eucharist for church/home



 Unity Magazine - September 2020


 The latest copy of the Benefice magazine, Unity, is now avilable to download



Unity September 20.docx.pdf
September 2020, Unity Magazine

 

 Videos of Services in the Benefice 


Click on the link below to access the South Croydon Benefice  YouTube channel.  Each Sunday one of the main services will be uploaded to be viewed from midday. You can follow the services with the leafets on this page.


South Croydon Benefice YouTube channel 



Welcome to the South Croydon Benefice

The parishes of St. Augustine's,  South Croydon and St. Peter's, Croydon ----- Please feel free to scroll down and view the other pages to see what the Benefice can offer you.  The parishes take safeguarding and the care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously.  Further information about this can be found at Safeguarding

Coronavirus


Both St. Augustine's and St. Peter's will now be holding services or open for prayer on a limited basis as set out above.  


These changes are in line with the recommendations of the Church of `England 

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches


The Benefice will continue to review the situtaion and any changes to events we will be announced on this website.


The latest risk assesments for the Benefice can be found here

Parish Risk Assessment Template v.5.pdf
Benefice Risk Assessment
Music Risk Assessment 20200902.pdf
Music Risk Assessment

 

Special Services 


The following services are planned.  Please keep an eye on the website for the latest situation.


All Souls' Service

16:30, 1st November at St. Peter's

18:30, 1st November at St. Augustine's 


Rememberence Sunday


09:30, 8th November at St. Augustine's

10:50, 8th November at St. Peter's 


Advent Carols

16:30, 6th December at St. Augustine's


Christmas Carols (entry by ticket)

16:30, 20th December at St. Peter's 

18:30, 20th December at St. Augustine's


Midnight Mass (entry by ticket)

23:30, 24th December, at St. Augustine's

23:30, 24th December at St. Peter's


Christmas Eucharist

08:00, 25th December at St. Peter's

09:30, 25th December at St. Augustine's


Tuesday Group


Tuesday Group meetings at Church House wil not take place during the Coronavirus outbreak.  The twice a month meetings for a chat, drink and cake will resume when it is approriate to do so.  

 

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Youth Church


Every 2nd Saturday of the month (expect August) the Youth Church will take place in the afternoon between 14:30 to 16:00 at St. Peter's Church. Especially for 5-11 year olds, there will be games, arts & crafts, bible story and songs. 


Once we have moved beyond the current phase the next Youth Church will be rescheduled. 



Youth Church PDF.pdf
Youth Church Flyer


The Latest Pew Sheets 


St. Augustine's Pew Sheet 25 Oct 2020.pdf
St, Augustine's pew sheet
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St. Peter's pew sheet


Fresh Start


Fresh Start is a service for young childern and their families and those young at heart.  It usually takes place on the third Sunday of the month at 09:30.  It lasts for about 25 minutes and will inclue four short songs, an activity and a bible story.  Fresh Start will not take place until further notice.

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