St Andrew’s is getting itself ready for the Christmas rush

St Andrew’s Church on Southbridge Road in South Croydon has a busy few weeks ahead in the run-up to Christmas, with community events to appeal to all ages.

Christmas 6The church, with its recently opened community areas, continues to hold a Community Café, with home-made cakes, from 10am on the first Saturday of each month, the next one scheduled for November 7, while on the second Saturday of the month (10.30am–12.30pm) they stage Messy Church: with craft, fun, songs and food.

Later this month, on Saturday November 28, the church is staging its St Andrew’s Day celebrations, with a festival of worship followed by a buffet lunch in the church from 12 noon.

The following Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, the church hosts its fund-raising Christmas Fair. “Fun for all the family, with coffee and cakes, hot meals, craft stalls, gifts, cakes and jams to buy — and Father Christmas in his grotto.

Sat Dec 12 (10.30am-12.30pm): Messy Christingle! “Bring your kids/grandkids and watch their faces light up in the joy and candlelight of Christmas.” Also craft activities and a meal together.

Wed Dec 16 (7pm): St Andrew’s School and Community Carol Service. A service of seasonal music and readings jointly produced by the church and St Andrew’s High School. Excellent music, atmosphere and mince pies! A wonderful way to mark the run-up to Christmas.

Christmas Eve, Thu Dec 24 (3pm): A Living Crib Service: Bring your families to see the Christmas Story come to life.

Christmas Eve, Thu Dec 24 (11.3opm): Midnight Mass: spend this most holy night singing rousing carols and breaking bread together as we hear the Christmas Story.

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