Heritage Open Days 2023

Heritage Open Days image of the east window.

St John's Caterham, Heritage Open Days 15th to 17th September 2023.

St John's Quiz Night 2023

St John's Quiz night, save the date 27 October 2023.

Question 1: when is St John's quiz night?
Answer: Friday 27 October 2023


Question 2: what should I be doing about the quiz night?
Answer: saving the date, thinking about who should be in the team and looking out for further details.

Correct 🙂

Bunting to welcome Revd Jaimee Summers

Examples of bunting.
You may have missed Milica’s call to make bunting to welcome our new Vicar in September. The aim is to complete this so we can decorate the church for Jaimee’s licencing on the 25th Sept.

In the photo you can find some examples of how we might individually be able to contribute.

Milica will provide the white triangle (Made from old sheets) but needs you to take one or more triangles and decorate it. You could decorate it to represent an organisation you are part of, a role you have at church, or just because it is something you feel able to do.

You could use, paints and crayons; you could sew on buttons or ribbons; you could decorate with flowers or emblems, with stencils or fabric, with biblical stories or something that represents you.

If you don’t already have a blank piece of bunting let me or Milica know and or come to church on Sunday when we can hopefully equip you.

We hope that you will feel able to take part.
Susan G & Milica R

Archives Party

A framed seating plan for St John's, probably from before World War I.

Did you join us on Saturday 22nd July and help us unravel the history of our church?

We met in the hall throughout the day to explore papers, pictures and documents which give us an insight into our Church over the last 140 years. We hope to sort the items before collating and displaying important items at the Heritage Open days in September.

CSW (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) screenshot of web site frontpage.
The vision of CSW is a world free from religious persecution, where everyone has the right to practise their religion or belief freely. The specialist team of advocates works in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to protect and promote everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. They work to challenge and change laws, behaviours and policies which lead to abuses of this vital right.

See the  CSW website for more information.

Munch with Music July 2023 Andrew Carrido performs

If you were planning to join us for MwM, I'm afraid you're too late! Munch with Music has packed its bucket and spade and gone on holiday until October.
What a send off though. Andrew treated us to a trio of the masters, the energy, bounce and intricacies of Mozart, the sublime, transcendent and elegant Debussy, the gentle weaving and blending of Chopin.
All is not lost though, the video gives a taster and hint of the beautiful performance from Andrew, who hopefully will return.

The Collation and Induction of our new vicar

The Service of Collation and Induction of Revd. Jaimee Summers, our new Vicar, will be on Monday 25th September at 7.30pm.
This will be led by Bishop Rosemarie and our Archdeacon Moira.
There will be food and drink in the hall after the service.

Car parking arrangements

There is a choice of 3 places to park, all requiring a bit of walking.

    Croudace House, Tupwood Lane, Caterham CR3 6XQ
As you turn into Tupwood Lane from Godstone Road, the entrance is the 1st on the right with the car park round to the right of the building.  To get to St. John’s Church, come out of the gate, turn left, then left again at bottom of the hill into Godstone Road.  Continue to walk until you see the church on the left.  Come in through the gate and follow the path to the right of the church to the porch and entrance.

    2 Harestone Hill, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6SX
Our neighbouring church, the other side of Morrisons’ car park have kindly offered their car park to us, though there is only space for possibly 15 cars.  Please park within their bays.
Turn into Harestone Valley Road, continue to mini roundabout and start to go up the hill (Harestone Hill), church on right has the clock tower.  There is a gate for the lower car park about 20 yards up, then a wider entrance a few yards further up, for parking the hall end of the building.
To get to St. John’s Church, come back out to the pavement and turn right up the hill for a few yards.  On the left, Clareville Road comes into Harestone Hill by a high brick wall.  Cross the road and walk along Clareville Road which will turn to the left and downhill.  The church is on the right.  Come through the gap in railings then walk to the left of the church until you come to the porch and the main entrance.

Entrance is from mini roundabout at Harestone Valley Road & Harestone Hill junction.
They have agreed to allow parking after store closes, but the exit will be via the entrance as main exit will be closed.  However there is still 3 HOURS FREE PARKING otherwise you’ll be fined.
Turn into Harestone Valley Road, continue to mini roundabout and take 1st exit into entrance to car park.  Try to park on the ground floor, or failing that, on the middle floor.  DON’T GO TO THE TOP !
When you arrive you can walk through the precincts with Morrisons on your right as you come out of car park.  Follow down to road and turn right.  By the seats and fountain turn right up Church Walk, to the top.  Turn left and cross the road to the church porch and the entrance.
When you return to your car, the precincts will be shut.  Walk past the station, turn left into Harestone Valley Road, then left at mini roundabout into the car park.  IGNORE Exit signs and go out the gates where you’ve came in.

Map of car parks available around St John's Church.

Disabled access to St. John’s is via the South door, opposite the main entrance.



Caterham Overseas Aid Trust (COAT) needs you!

A woman collects water from a pipe.
Caterham Overseas Aid Trust (COAT) is a small, ecumenical charity run by local people, raising money year-by-year to help communities in the developing world.
The charity has been in existence for over 40 years but there is an urgent need for new committee members to enable it to continue its good work in the future. Would you consider joining us in supporting people in poorer countries to help themselves?
COAT finances simple, sustainable projects through Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) such as Water Aid, Practical Action, Self Help Africa and VSO. The committee selects the projects very carefully and receives regular updates on their progress and impact.
If you would like to know more about COAT and consider becoming a member of the team, please contact Geraint Jenkins through the Caterham Overseas Aid Trust (C.O.A.T.) website.

Registered Charity: 283579

Munch with Music - July 2023

Andrew Garrido on piano, playing Mozart, Debussy and Chopin.
The next Munch with Music will be held in the church on 5th July 2023 featuring Andrew Garrido on piano, playing Mozart, Debussy and Chopin (download programme notes).
You are invited to bring your own ‘Munch’.
Admission is free, donations are welcome.
Coffee, tea and biscuits from 12:15pm, with the performance starting at 12:45pm and lasting about 45 minutes.
The following Munch will be on 4th October, with Alfred & Salamanda Saxophone Quartet.

It was hot!

Church Hall decorated for the Green Fair, 2023.

Hot in the hall, hot outside, hot for the plants, hot for the Bean Bag Bonanza.

It looked easy, three practice bean bags and then the pressure mounted for the three that counted.

30+ points won a prize, the points were:

Brownie 1 75 points
Ken 75 points
Danae 75 points
Mr S 50 points
Guides 1&2 50 points
Susan 50 points
Noel 50 points
Cookie 50 points (eventually)
JW 50 points
Mr D 30 points
Daniel 25 points
Dan 20 points

In contrast, the church was cool, the organ played and the bells rang.

The refreshments were popular, the cakes spectacular and the cream teas mouthwatering.

The high point for me, the (rather shy, no pictures) human fruit machine, which behaved like all the others and I won nothing :)

Well done to all those who helped prepare, helped run, helped put away and were patrons to the event.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: When all contributions are gathered in, looks like over £700 will have been raised.

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