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L'Arche London desperately and urgently need volunteers... Can you help?

posted 25 Jun 2020, 06:28 by Church Office   [ updated 27 Jun 2020, 03:45 by CHS Info ]


L’Arche celebrate people with learning disabilities and build circles of support around them. They go beyond supporting people's basic needs to attend to their emotional and spiritual lives, too.

The L’Arche London Community, based in West Norwood is facing a very challenging time with finding people. They have lost a number of colleagues due to many of them having to go back to their countries because of lockdown. Currently, the visa for Tier 5 applicants is on hold and 12 people are waiting to join us this year and cannot do that at the moment.

So they are reaching out to all the local churches and beyond to ask for our help. They need people who have values in line with L’Arche’s values to join and support one of the most vulnerable group in society at this time. 

If you are interested please get in touch by visiting their website here: https://www.larchelondon.org.uk/join-us-as-an-assistant

Here is a message from Lucy Winter, L’Arche (West Norwood) community leader: ‘I can imagine there are some students who may no longer have the same options available to them for summer jobs. They just might like to do something a little different with their time that could really benefit their community, therefore, a support assistants’ role at L'Arche could just be the rewarding challenge they were looking for. Or perhaps there are people looking for a new challenge and want to get more involved with L'Arche.

Windrush Day- Monday 22nd June 2020

posted 18 Jun 2020, 07:03 by Church Office   [ updated 18 Jun 2020, 07:03 ]

The 22nd of June is a nationally marked celebration of all the contributions made by the Windrush Generation and their descendants.

Those arriving in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries are known as the Windrush generation, they made a massive contribution towards rebuilding Britain after the Second World War.

At 10:27am on Monday 22 June we’re calling on YOU to join together as one to celebrate the Windrush Generation with a special version of a universally loved song in their honour. The song will be “You can get it if you really want” by Desmond Dekker and in the same style as Clap for carers we ask you to come to your front door and sing your hearts out.

The time of 10:27am represents the arrival of 1,027 people on the original Empire Windrush.

For more information please click the link here https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/windrush-day-2020/?medium=email&source=GovDelivery

Mask making with comedian Hugh Dennis

posted 12 Jun 2020, 08:42 by Church Office   [ updated 12 Jun 2020, 08:43 ]

As many of you know with face masks being mandatory for public transport and shops reopening, Mitzvah Day have partnered with us & we’ll be making masks together on Tuesday, June 16th, 7 – 7:45pm joined by comedian, actor & writer Hugh Dennis!  I’m excited by this event, as we can't all be heroes, but we can all do small acts of kindness for others.

People of all faiths and backgrounds will come together, from the safety of our homes, to make masks, for ourselves or to be gifted to someone in need of some love.

Please do encourage people in your network/faith group to join us & tell them not to worry if they aren’t very crafty, we promise this is very simple and anyone can make one.

What do you need?

• An old t-shirt

• Sharp Scissors

Registration is essential to receive the call information & you can register here:



posted 4 Jun 2020, 08:21 by Church Office   [ updated 6 Jun 2020, 02:54 by CHS Info ]

This week the protests across America have coincided with the publication of a report into the disproportionate number of covid deaths in our Black and Ethic Minority communities in the UK.

We oppose racism in any form. Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere.

Some of you have spoken to me about how racism is impacting your lives and the lives of those you love. Some have asked, rightly, what the church is doing.

In response I took the issue to Deanery Synod. As a deanery we decided on three actions:
  1. that we all needed to be making a statement about the real and continued impact of racism in our society, our community and in our churches.
  2. We also proposed a Black Lives Matter spoken voice evening.
  3. It was decided that clergy who were not vulnerable and were otherwise healthy would attend the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Parliament Square this Saturday. 
In relation to item 1. This statement has now been agreed and a banner has been ordered to be displayed outside Church of the Holy Spirit.

As to item 2. WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I am asking all those of you who have something to say about Black Lives Matter and the impact of racism here in London, particularly on your reactions to the report of covid deaths in Black community, to please consider speaking. There will be a strict time limit on contributions, so it won’t need to be an essay just a few words to describe your feelings. Please get in touch with me vicar@holyspirit-clapham.org.uk

Item 3 is the most controversial; some of you have asked me not to promote attendance at the demonstration as this would be a potential source of the spread of infection further into our community. I very much wanted to attend in solidarity with those who cannot protect themselves against the virus. However, I also understand that I work with many vulnerable people and groups in the community and that the health minister has just published a plea for protestors not to gather.

If any of you are going to attend the protest please do take the advice of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan: Covid-19 is still a real threat to our city, so if you protest, please make every effort to stay 2 metres apart from others at all times.” Wear protective masks and gloves, and to bring food, water and hand sanitiser and stay home if you have symptoms of the virus.

As a result of our deanery meeting the Archdeacon has called for an Area wide meeting which will take place next week. I will let you know what is decided if there is anything you would like me pass on please do get in touch. There are some hard conversations and challenging questions that we all need to be engaging in – please let’s keep the conversation happening

Pentecost is THIS Sunday!

posted 26 May 2020, 05:30 by Church Office   [ updated 26 May 2020, 05:30 ]

This Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, a celebration of the gift of the holy Spirit and the birth of the


For this week’s service you will need:

A candle

Something to light it with*

Something red to wear or wave

Although we will be unable to light a sea of candles and send them out of the church, we want to make the service as celebratory of the life and energy of the Holy Spirit as possible.

*On the day of Pentecost, we light our candles in church from the Easter Candle symbolizing the spread of the light of Christ that we are called to carry out into the world by us.   I will have a votive candle lit from the Easter Candle on the vicarage porch all Saturday and I shall leave one in the church porch also.  If you would like to take this Easter light to light your own candle – pop by and spread the flame. Alternatively, light your own at home.

p.s take care, flames can set fire to stuff ….  

Pentecost Plans

posted 21 May 2020, 08:23 by Church Office   [ updated 24 May 2020, 06:54 by CHS Info ]

Next Sunday is PENTECOST: the feast of the Holy Spirit.

This is OUR day as the people of the Holy Spirit.

In previous years we have marked this day in a variety of ways: street parties, drag queens, pavement art competitions, the blessing of icons, bonfires, fire lanterns, BBQ and a live fire artist performance.

There is no way to compete this year.

My vision for our church community was always to be a living Pentecost: sending us out into the wider community to share the gifts God gave us; and, given my pyromaniacal proclivities, it is unsurprising that I have focused on the fiery outpouring of the spirit.  

Yet there is another side to Pentecost: before the coming of the Spirit, the people of God are found gathered together in prayer and support.  Here they are sharing together their doubts, questions, opinions, half-baked ideas, wonders, hopes and fears.  Comforting and challenging, teaching and learning, cajoling and consoling one another.

Which gave me the idea for a different way of celebrating Pentecost this year.   Several years ago, we made three vertical hangings which the children let down from the minstrels’ gallery.  My plan to make new banners which we unfurl in church when the whole community is able to meet again. 

Here’s what to do:

1.        Cut out a flame or a dove (the symbols of the Holy Spirit).  You can use the templates provided here (Powerpoint) or here (images) or make your own.

2.        Write or draw something to symbolize one (or more) of the following:

(a)   concerns and anxieties raised by this pandemic;

(b)  unexpected blessings and gifts experienced in lockdown;

(c)   hopes for the future. 

3.        When you’re done take a photo; AND

4.        Pop it into the vicarage or the church (or post it)


I will assemble them into hangings.

Please do invite children, friends, relatives, neighbours to take part so that the hangings give expression to the wider community.

p.s. the colours for Pentecost is RED of any fiery hue: HAVE FUN.  

Help and support for hospitality and gig economy workers in South London

posted 21 May 2020, 07:34 by Church Office   [ updated 23 May 2020, 01:58 by CHS Info ]

The charity Look Ahead has set up a new project to provide safe shelter to people who have recently become homeless, particularly those who worked in hospitality and the “gig economy” but have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.  

This new project was launched on 6th May, welcoming 20 people on that day.  They can accommodate up to 130 people in the Waterloo Hub Hotel & Suites at 54 Kennington Road, SE1 7BJ.  The Manager of the project, Kirsty Williams, has asked for our help.

They need donations any of the items listed below, or similar:

Razors;  Deodorant; Combs/hairbrushes

Sanitary products for women

Underwear; Clothes male and female all sizes

Books; Magazines; Jigsaws

Colouring pens, pencils and paper

Fruit; Juice; Snack bars; Popcorn/crisps

Tea bags; Coffee

They don’t need other food because Look Ahead has managed to secure a partnership for meal provision delivered to the hotel.

You, your neighbours and friends can drop off donations to Mother Ruth at the Vicarage or to St John's, Waterloo on wednesdays from 2-5pm (we are hoping to find a closer church soon). The donations will be delivered centrally on Wednesday afternoon. 

The project has been running for two weeks and hopes to continue at least until the end of July. 

Christian Aid Quiz

posted 15 May 2020, 05:02 by Church Office   [ updated 15 May 2020, 05:02 ]

And now for the quiz of the week.... No, not Sale of the Century - (for those who are old enough to remember it!)

We shall be hosting a Quiz Night on Zoom.
Saturday 16th May, 7.30pm

Here's how to register - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvf-CsrTgsHdKRRg6OFOSvjhGddUhjTrc_

In your house, at your PC, laptop, tablet, iPad, phone.... wherever you can access Zoom. You can be in a team, where you may chat and confer without the rest of the participants hearing your conversation.
Entrance donation is £2 per person. It's BYOB....
See the website for details on registering for the quiz

It will be fun and fundraising, all proceeds will go towards ChristianAid.

This week... 27.04.2020

posted 1 May 2020, 08:23 by Church Office   [ updated 1 May 2020, 11:51 ]

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday. Every year we hear a passage using sheep and shepherds to describe Jesus’ relationship with his people.  In Biblical times the analogy of shepherding was used to describe rulers and leaders. Today it gives us an opportunity to think about trust and belonging.


In pram service this week we will have stories of sheep: thirsty sheep, hungry sheep, smelly sheep, naughty sheep, scared sheep … you get the idea.  We’ll have some songs and prayers and will make sheep together.  If you’d like to join in the craft please download the sheep template HERE and print on card.  You will need some cotton wool and glue to make the sheep look properly sheep-like. Pram Service starts at 8am, to join us please click this zoom link https://zoom.us/j/523536110 


Join us for a song, stories, some drawing, sticking, some prayers and a chat. This week we are exploring Jesus as the good shepherd. You will need either white paint or cotton wool/ tissue for your sheep and lambs. Sing along to the Lord is my shepherd for this weeks hymn:

The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E'en for his own name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill:
For thou art with me, and thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God's house for evermore My dwelling-place shall be. 

You can join Sunday school run by Caroline Russell-Clarke on Sundays at 9:30am. Please see the newsletter for the password to the zoom meeting. The zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/578055716


You can join us for daily prayers at 1pm here by clicking this zoom link https://zoom.us/j/130438833
If you would like to submit a prayer request please click the link underneath the left hand menu. 

We have weekly meditation on Wednesday's at 9pm. 
Stress and anxiety affect all of us at times making it hard to think let alone pray. Silent meditation focused on the breath is practiced by all the world religions. Each Wednesday evening our online Meditation service will offer simple instruction and a time to be still together.

Register in advance for this Online Meditation


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meditation.  


Join us for our main 10:30 mass on zoom https://zoom.us/j/850453964 followed by coffee and a chat https://zoom.us/j/928044073?pwd=RDBkT2tSRFFxM0R2akMyWS96T1lvQT09
Meeting ID: 928 044 073 Password: HolySpirit

This week... 20/04/2020

posted 25 Apr 2020, 03:30 by Church Office   [ updated 25 Apr 2020, 04:07 by CHS Info ]


This week we reflect on another experience of the risen Christ: this time Jesus walks the road alongside his companions on the road to Emmaus together they openly share their sadness & their disappointments and Jesus slowly opens their minds and hearts so that, by the time they reach their destination, their eyes too can be opened to see Christ in their midst.

This week then is time to ponder our own journeys, those we accompany in their times of sadness and confusion and those who accompany us, and to seek to open our minds, hearts and eyes to the surprising, unexpected presence of God alongside us.


PRAM SERVICE for our youngest members and their families




This week we are journeying on the road to Emmaus by foot.   So we need you to break out your feet and set your toes free.

We will make a path of our footprints.  Please have plenty of paper, some paint, something to wash the paint off and your lovely bare feet.


Join us at 8.00am by clicking the link below




This week are older young ones will be telling the story of Thomas who needed to see and to touch with his own hands the wonderful things that God had done.


Please have drawing supplies ready: pens, pencils, paper.

Come to Sunday school using this link - https://zoom.us/j/523536110  - see the newsletter for the password. If you do not receive the newsletter, then you can sign up here.




All are welcome to join us.  It has been such a delight to welcome former parishioners no longer living in the parish to our online services and to be reminded of the deep unity and communion of the body of Christ. If you have attended online church before welcome back.  Please do fill in our short survey on how you are experiencing the services during lock-down. Here's the survey.

Please see the virtual church tab for links to the service, a downloadable liturgy and a PDF of the readings, sermon and prayers for the week. 


Please do let us know if there is anyone you think might like to be invited to join or supported in accessing online services. 

Virtual coffee time at 11.45am too. https://zoom.us/j/523536110  




Daily Prayer continues online every week day at 1pm.  This is a short 15-20 minute service to pray together for the needs of our community and the wider world. 


Stop and pray for a few minutes each day in the company of friends.  






Stress and anxiety affect all of us at times making it hard to think let alone pray.  Silent meditation focused on the breath is practiced by all the world religions.  Each Wednesday evening our online Meditation service will offer simple instruction and a time to be still together.  


Meditation will be lead alternately by June (who is an experienced meditation teacher) and Mother Ruth (who is a novice).  On different weeks we will look at listening meditations, loving-kindness meditation, breath meditation and visualization meditation.  


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