What's Happening

Robes nightshelter for the homeless this winter

posted 30 Nov 2017, 04:45 by Church Office   [ updated 30 Nov 2017, 09:35 by CHS Info ]

This winter we have a record number of churches hosting in Clapham which is fantastic and reflects the heart of our community.  Ace of Clubs and St Paul’s have just completed their second week of hosting, and they are ever grateful for all the support given by the volunteers. If you wish to find out more about Robes please see their website here or speak to Mtr Ruth, our vicar.

You can read about some of our volunteers previous experiences here.

Opportunity for you

If you are willing and able to get involved in the New Year here at Holy Spirit on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings from 27th January or Christ Church on Tuesday evenings/Wednesday mornings from 16th January, you'll be very welcome, and there are a number of  roles for you to think about: 

Evening – 2-3 Greeters/hosts, 3 chefs (to buy and prepare the evening meal, expenses reimbursed), 2 washing up 

Overnight – 2 volunteers stay overnight taking it in turns to be awake 

Morning – 2 breakfast chefs(food provided), 2 washing up, 1 store away beds & bedding bags

Please fill in the form here and return to claphamrobes@gmail.com or if you need to return it in a paper form please send it to Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Avenue, Clapham SW4 9JU. Paper copies of this form can also be picked up from the back of your church.

A volunteer training date will be advised in due course, and once you have volunteered you will get contacted by the Robes Office with a volunteer agreement and a handbook.

We are very excited about this opportunity to give a warm welcome to our night shelter guests again this winter and we are especially thankful to you for making it possible.


Christmas Services 2017

posted 29 Nov 2017, 03:59 by Church Office   [ updated 29 Nov 2017, 04:01 ]

Faith Confirmed

posted 27 Aug 2017, 04:16 by CHS Info   [ updated 27 Aug 2017, 04:20 ]

7 week course beginning in September
The course explores: 

Godwhat’s that about?    
Jesus - what does the cross mean?    
Why go to church?  
What happens when we pray?  
Who the hell are we anyway?  
And other interesting questions.     

Suitable for those considering confirmation or adult baptism and those who just want time to explore together. 

Contact Mother Ruth on vicar@holyspirit-clapham.org.uk    

Welcoming refugees to Lambeth

posted 29 May 2017, 07:47 by CHS Info   [ updated 29 May 2017, 07:48 ]

Dear Holy Spirit friends,

It's wonderful how much we've already done with welcoming refugee families locally!  It's super exciting.  And I'm interested to see how Ruth gets along with taking millions of kids around Central London on Tuesday... .

There are 3 more refugee families arriving in Lambeth in the next two weeks.  One of the houses a family is moving into is completely unfurnished.  Janet (local rabbi and refugee welcomer extraordinaire!) has some stuff for the house already donated, but the house doesn't have any beds!  And - as I'd said to some of you after church - if would be great if we could help out.

At the moment, donating specifically to this is a two-step process

 1.  Go to http://southlondonwelcome.org/lambeth/ and click through to get involved --> donate --> one off donation (this will take you to the main Citizens UK webpage donations page).

2. Once you have donated to Citizens UK online please EMAIL james.asfa@citizensuk.org and tell him that to earmark the donation for Lambeth refugees.

*** If you don't email James your money will still be used for an excellent cause... but it won't help buy beds for our refugees!! ***

A quick look at Ikea website seems to suggest it's about £100 for a bed frame and £100 for a mattress for double bed, and 2 x £45 for two singe bed frame and 2 x £40 for two single mattresses. So it would be £380 to get all the beds needed.   It would be really great if Holy Spirit could altogether get this sort of ballpark money raised?

The family also needs some lounge furniture, but I think it's a bit more likely someone in the network would know someone who might donate a sofa.  Obviously, there's no point in spending money on things that we might be able to get for free, but I think beds are hard to come by.

We don't have to coordinate with each other, and if we together donate more money than needed for beds (or we get a bed donated and save money that way) they money will all be used for something else for Lambeth refugees. For example, perhaps subside a few days holiday or day trip for families over the summer.

If you have something to donate in kind please email Rabbi Janet on janetdarley@blueyonder.co.uk to coordinate drop-off.

Thanks all!

Rachael Burke 

Big Brekkie - 21 May

posted 19 May 2017, 11:50 by CHS Info   [ updated 19 May 2017, 11:51 ]


Did you know that Christian Aid was set up in response to the refugee crisis in 1945? Today they are still responding to people made homeless through conflict and disaster.

As part of Christian Aid week we are hosting a BIG BREKKIE to support their work.

This Sunday 21st May 9.30-10.30 am  

Cunningly timed so that you can stay after our 9am service or come early for the 10.30am service 😉 BUT feel free to just pop in for brekkie.  Why not bring a neighbour along too?

* SCONES, CROISSANT, FRUIT and other delicious alternatives available

This is what your money will buy - and you can pay by card!

£3 mosquito net £11 family hygiene kit £9 one day’s food for a Syrian refugee £10 pair of boots £20 a safe place to sleep £12 3 days at a summer camp for refugee children £73 energy saving stove

FIRE on 4 June

posted 18 May 2017, 12:43 by CHS Info   [ updated 6 Jun 2017, 05:53 ]

This is OUR feast – the feast of the Holy Spirit.

Lay Conference on 17 June 2017

posted 17 May 2017, 11:55 by CHS Info   [ updated 18 May 2017, 12:44 ]

I am delighted to invite all members of congregations in Kingston Episco-pal Area to our 2017 Lay Conference on 17 June 2017, starting at 9.15pm for 9.30pm and ending at 2pm. The event is at St Cecilia’s School, Suther-land Grove, London SW18 5JR and there will be something for everyone who is interested in deepening their own Christian life and supporting the work of their church. The full programme will be available after Easter on the online booking website (see below) and tickets include a hot buffet lunch.

The price is £15 each or £10 each for members of groups of five or more, and can be purchased here (If you would like to go and need help with the cost of the day please speak to Mother Ruth).

If you have any queries do contact the Archdeacons’ PA, Romana Nelson, on 020 8545 2443 or romana.nelson@southwark.anglican.org  I hope very much to see you there. +Richard The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston

Safeguarding Training - 29 April - 9:30 - 12:30

posted 9 Apr 2017, 07:29 by CHS Info   [ updated 9 Apr 2017, 07:29 ]

Safeguarding Training  workshop will take place at here on Saturday 29 April 2017 9.30am-12.30pm. 

This is aimed mainly at Parish workers with children and young people, eg Sunday School, Youth Clubs, parish workers with adults, eg home visiting, luncheon clubs and drop ins, PCC members and those who hold positions of trust, for instance welcomers, servers and Members of the Pastoral visiting team. 

It is open to all members of the congregation. Please email church office (office@holyspirit-clapham.org.uk) to book your place.


Passover Seder - Tuesday 11 April, 7:30pm

posted 9 Apr 2017, 07:21 by CHS Info   [ updated 9 Apr 2017, 07:23 ]

There is a celebration of the Passover meal - a traditional Seder meal - on Tuesday 11 April, at 7:30 in church, together with live music.

To help us with catering please let Sarah Miles or the office@holyspirit-clapham.org.uk know you are coming

Contributions can be made on the evening itself.

Look forward to seeing you!

Lent Courses

posted 20 Feb 2017, 11:30 by CHS Info   [ updated 20 Feb 2017, 11:31 ]

The course will be based on themes found in the film Casablanca, which will be screened (with popcorn) at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Avenue, at 6pm on 26th February 2017.

All groups will then meet weekly for 5 weeks w/c 6th March 2017.

Please call or email to join one of the following groups:

Monday 7.30pm - 9 Killyon Road - (020) 8675 8094
Tuesday 7.30pm - Christ Church, Union Grove - (020) 7498 4625 parishoffice@christchurchstjohn.com
Wednesday 1.30pm - Holy Trinity, North Side, Clapham Common - (020) 7627 0941 admin@holytrinityclapham.org
Wednesday 7.30pm - Methodist Church, Clapham High Street - (020) 8675 8094
Thursday 2pm - Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Avenue - (020) 8675 8094
Friday 3pm - St James Church, Park Hill - (020) 7652 0882

email curate@holyspirit-clapham.org.uk It’s going to be great.

Here’s looking at you, kid.

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