Weekly Newsletter

St Paul’s & St Agatha’s Notices

Sunday, 10 December 2017


Bible readings for this morning are: Isaiah Ch 40 1-11 p.581, 2 Peter Ch 3 8-15a p.988, Mark Ch 1 1-8 p.812

Eucharistic Setting: Ridout/Ives

Hymns today at 10.00am are: Introit 5 (green), Gradual 6 (green), Offertory 9 (green), Communion 680 (blue), Final 12 (green)

Anthem: Advent message – How

A warm welcome to all of our visitors today. You are all most welcome to join us for a cup of tea or coffee in the Church Room after the 10am Eucharist. There are Happy Bags of soft toys and colouring at the back of the church, which you are most welcome to borrow if you wish.

Please note that there is no Gloria during Advent, but we sing the “Kyries”.

Gluten Free Wafers are available for those who need them at Holy Communion – please let one of the sidespeople know if this applies to you. Also please speak to one of the sidespeople if you would like Holy Communion brought to you in your pew.

Bible Study – If you are interested in joining a Bible Study group rather than using material on your own, Shelagh Musk runs a Home Group on Monday evenings. Please call Shelagh on 01883 653150 to find out more.

There is also another Bible Study group in the village, which meets on Thursday evenings. Please call Martin Burl on 01883 652144 for further information.



During Advent we light a candle each week on the Advent Wreath, accompanied by the Advent Wreath Prayer.

God our Father,
you spoke to the prophets of old
of a Saviour who would bring peace.
You helped them to spread the joyful message
of his coming kingdom.
Help us, as we prepare to celebrate his birth,
to share with those around us
the good news of your power and love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
the light who is coming into the world. Amen.


Caterham Churches Together Morning Prayer services will be held at 8.30am on Wednesdays during December at St Lukes, Whyteleafe. All welcome. Please come and support this.

Compline on Thursday evenings

We shall be holding a said Compline service in St. Paul’s at 7pm on Thursday evenings throughout Advent. Do join us for this quiet and reflective service, and a chance to pray for each other, our local community and the wider world.

Saltmine Theatre Company present ‘The Nutcracker’ on Sunday 10 December at 4pm, hosted by Caterham Community Church at Oasis Academy, Coulsdon, CR5 1ES.

Suitable for all the family. Tickets £10; £5 concessions (under 16s, students, unemployed and seniors); £25 family ( 2 adults, 2 children). Free interval refreshments.

Box office 01737 551161 ext 0; email: admin@oasiscoulsdon.org

For more information please phone 07562 652237;

email: bowderys@aol.com

Christmas Service Cards are now at the back of the Church.

Dates for your diary

The next Jumble Sale is to be on 24 February 2018. Details will follow later.

Prayer Resources

A selection of prayer resources have been placed at the back of the church. These can be useful to help you with your regular prayer, or for those who wish to take part in the intercessions. There are now some booklets of Advent reflections there.

Please speak to Rita, Shelagh or Catherine if you need any more information or have any suggestions.

Once again, Caterham and District Churches Together are organising a Christmas Day Lunch for the elderly, who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day.  As in the past, it will be held at the Brunton Centre, Caterham on the Hill, and will start at 12.00 midday and end at 4.00pm. Drivers are urgently needed to transport guests to and from the lunch.  Are you able to help?  If so, please contact Maureen Westmarland (01883 345868.  Presents are not needed this year as they will be funded from a donation from each of the Churches.  Waitrose in Caterham is supporting the lunch and it is one of its three nominated charities at the moment, so do please pop your green token into that box when you do your shopping. 

Churches Together are introducing a sponsorship scheme this year to help fund the meal. Suggested sponsorship is £5 for one meal or £25 for a table. If you wish to give some sponsorship, please speak to Catherine or Maureen.

Remembering Our Loved Ones at Christmas

A quiet, reflective service to allow us time amid the bustle of Christmas to remember and light candles for those whom we love but see no more, as we hear the Christmas Story.

St. Agatha’s Church, Saturday 23 December 2017, 12 noon.

St. Lawrence’s Carol Service

Tuesday 12 December 8.00pm – Ecumenical Carol Service in St. Lawrence’s Church, Caterham

Church Diaries are on sale at the back of the Church £1 – have you got yours?

Just Text Giving

You can now give money to St. Paul’s and St. Agatha’s churches using your mobile phone. To do so, text SPSA33, followed by the amount (e.g.SPSA33 £10) 70070. You will receive a text receipt for a donation to Woldingham Churches.

Our Team Rector, Canon Duncan Swan, is leaving in the New Year to take up a new post in the Diocese based at Trinity House, the Diocesan office. The post is Deaneries Development Adviser and is focussed on making our deaneries better equipped for mission and growth. Duncan’s last Sunday at St. Mary’s will be Candlemas, Sunday 4th February. He will be presiding and preaching at the other churches during January. Duncan, Penny, James, George and Patches the Spaniel will be living in a Vicarage in South Wimbledon, a 20 minute commute to work. Please remember them in your prayers.



17 December 2017

9.00am 1662 Said Communion at St Agatha’s

President: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger

10.00am Parish Eucharist with Footsteps Nativity Play

at St Paul’s

President: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger

6.00pm Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carol

at St Paul’s

Led by: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger




24 December 2017

9.00am 1662 Said Communion at St Agatha’s

President: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger

10.00am Said Eucharist with hymns at St Paul’s

President: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger

5.30pm Crib Service at St Paul’s

Led by: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger

11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Paul’s

President: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger


25 December 2017

9.00am 1662 Said Communion at St Agatha’s

President: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger

10.00am Sung Eucharist at St Paul’s

President: Revd Dr Catherine Dowland-Pillinger

No Evensong

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