A Message from the South Croydon Benefice 

Dear Friends

 All are welcome at our services.  As restrictions ease, please note:

* You do not need to register to attend a service

* Congregation members are now permitted to sing

* Do not attend if you feel unwell

* Please use hand sanitiser

* Please consider wearing a face covering, especially in crowded areas

* Please respect those who would like more space. Parts of each church will continue with 2m spacing for those who would prefer to keep their distance.

* You may scan the QR code on entry, or fill in a contact tracing slip, to help with Track and Trace.  Contact tracing slips will be available as you enter; ask a welcomer or a sideperson if you need one 

* The use of the common cup remains suspend.

* The peace should be shared with a smile and a wave rather than physical touch.

*Single-use service sheets are in use - please take them away and (if possible) bring them back the following week.  

We hope that you will want to join some of our services, but rest assured that we will maintain an online presence if you are not ready to come back.

Please be assured of our prayers for the whole community in this challenging time.


With every blessing


The Revd Dr Geoff Dumbreck
Vicar, South Croydon Benefice (St Peter and St Augustine)
The Vicarage
20 Haling Park Road
South Croydon

020 8688 4715




Lighting Improvements at St. Peter's

St. Peter's Church lighting proposal has recieved approvals to progress. Work started in September.  The project will cost just over £150,000 of which £100,000 has already been raised by fund raising over many years.  We have a short fall of £50,000 and we continue to fund raise to fill the gap.   You can support the fundraising events as well as making donations to a specific item via the giving station in St. Peter's or speak to the Church Wardens re alternative payment options.  Please see the attached document for more details 


light fundr 3110.pdf
St Peter's Lighting Fund Update

Mission Action Plan 

The Benefice's Mission Action Plan has now been updated. This has been reviewed and developed by memebers of both parishes and sets out the Mission Vision, Priorities and Goals for the next two years.  You can download and read the Plan at your leasure.  

Mission Action Plan2-compressed.pdf
Mission Action Plan - 2021
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Services in the  Benefice


In-person and online services and activities will take place this week as set out below. 

Saturday 27th November

10:00 to 12:00 St. Augustine's open for visits and private prayer.

10:30 to 14:30 St Peter's Christmas Market at St. Peter's Church Hall, Ledbury Rd. (aka The Phoenix Centre)

Advent Sunday, Sunday 28th November

08:00 Holy Communion (BCP) at St. Augustine's

09:30 Advent All Age Service at St. Augustine's 

11:00 Advent All Age Service at at St. Peter's 

One of the above Eucharist services will be posted to YouTube.

16:30  Advent Carol Service at St Augustine's 


Monday - 29th November

09:00 Morning Prayer at  St. Augustine's 

10:00 Advent Course at St. Augustine's

Tuesday 30th November 

09:00 Morning Prayer on Zoom

Wednesday 1st December 

09:00 Morning Prayer at St. Augustine's

10:00 Eucharist at St. Peter's Church House - Note change of venue


Thursday 2nd December

09:00 Morning Prayer on Zoom

10:00 Eucharist at St. Augustine's 

Saturday 4th December

10:00 to 12:00 Both St. Augustine's and St. Peter's are open for visits and private prayer  

09:30 to 12:30 Working Party in St. Peter's Churchyard, followed by brunch in a local cafe.

12:00 to 15:00 Christmas Fair at St. Augustine'e  


Advent 2, Sunday 5th December 

08:00 Holy Communion (BCP) at St. Augustine's

09:30 Sung Eucharist at St. Augustine's

11:00 Sung Eucharist at St. Peter's

16:30 Evensong at St. Peter's



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
Microsoft Word - Ordinary Eucharist for church or home copy.docx.pdf
Eucharist service - Ordinary Time
All Age Eucharist for church or home.pdf
All Age Eucharist


 Videos of Services in the Benefice 

Click on the link below to access the South Croydon Benefice  YouTube channel.  During November, each Sunday a 09:30 Eucharist Service and the 16:30 Evening Prayer will be uploadedindorka.   You can follow the services with the leafets on this page.

South Croydon Benefice YouTube channel 

Keeping in Touch and Worship via Zoom  

You can keep in touch with what is going on in the Benefice by signing up to our mailing list.  Our regular newsletter includes details of the Zoom activities mentioned above as well as information about worship, news and events.  

Link to mailing list

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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

Revd. Ada Onyekwelu 

Our Assistant Priest, the Revd Ada Onyekwelu, will be leaving us for a time.

She has been asked by the Bishop and Archdeacon to cover the interregnum at Holy Saviour (near Croydon University Hospital), which is currently without any clergy. Ada will provide invaluable assistance to them.  She takes up this post on 28th November (Advent Sunday).  We in the Benefice congratulates  Ada on being asked to take up this important role. 

Evening Worship 

Now that the clocks are on GMT, Evening Worship at St. Peter's will now take place at 16:30.  During the lighter evenings of British Summer Time, Evening Worship will be at 18:30.

Children's Activities during Sunday Worship

Children's activities during the SUnday Eucharist will resume after the Harvest Festival in each Church.  Children aged 5 and over can leave with the leaders during the first hymn and will return at the Peace.  If you have younger Children, please feel to use the play areas in each church. 


Any changes to the services, prayers and events will be set out on this page of the website and via our maiiing list.   The risk assessements relating to the parishes can be downloaded from the links below.

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

The Purley Food Hub  

Both parishes have for a long time and continue to support the Purley Food Hub. In these difficult times their work is just as needed as it has been in the past.  Whilst we are able to leave donations when we Worship at the two churches you can still support hub via thier website. 

Purley Food Hub

Support the work of the Benefice

You can support our work in the commnunity by making donations on line to the either of the two Parishes in the Benefice by using links below:

Donate to St. Augustine's

Donate to St. Peter's

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10:00 Wednesday Communion

Whilst the lighting improvements take place the location of Communion will be St. Peter's Church House.  This change will start from Wednesday 8th September.  

Youth Church PDF.pdf
Youth Church Flyer

The Latest Pew Sheets 

St. Augustine's Pew Sheet 28th November 2021.pdf
St.Augustine's pew sheet
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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