WEALANDS BELL, left, the vicar of St Andrew’s on Southbridge Road, on how his church is working to place itself at the heart of its community
The place a church always wants to find itself is at the centre of its community.
This may not be possible geographically: it depends on how a town or village has grown since its church was first built. But certainly every church would want to be part of the life of the place it serves, aware of the local people’s needs and trying, without the benefit of any magic wand, to do what it can to help the community to thrive.
St Andrew’s Church is no different. Although a numerically small and financially limited community, we have been blessed with a beautiful building in which to live out our Christian calling; we hope to share this with anyone who turns to the church in need or who is prepared to be a partner with the church as part of a shared vision for building up the locality and its citizens.
With this end in view, St Andrew’s Church (working in partnership with our friends in The Hive-Croydon) is delighted to announce the beginning of a Community Café in the Church Centre, situated on the corner of Southbridge Road and Lower Coombe Street.
It will be open on the first Saturday of every month from 10am until noon (starting tomorrow, Saturday, April 4) and will serve tea, coffee and cakes, all in the comfort of the centre’s lounge, a beautiful light room on the south side of the church, with stunning stained glass, very comfortable furnishings, newspapers, free wi-fi and everything you could desire for a quiet coffee with your friends or the chance to meet other members of your community.
So please do come along and see what you think. Bring your friends and relax in surroundings that are local and beautiful, and support an organisation that exists to serve your community and to be right at the heart of things.
Other activities at St Andrew’s:
Messy church: For parents and carers, children and young people, there is the monthly Messy Church – a time of craft, play, conversation, songs and food. An opportunity to make contact with the Church Community in a more relaxed atmosphere. Every second Saturday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Next one: Saturday April 11.
Open Church: Tuesdays at 2.30pm for an hour. Pop in to church either for a cup of tea and a chat, or simply to spend some quiet time in church. From Tuesday April 14.
Many more activities are planned. All that is holding us back is a supply of volunteers. Do please get in touch if you think there are ways you can help the church and the community.
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