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Service of Prayer & Protest, Sunday 18th April, 6.30pm

posted 13 Apr 2021, 06:25 by Contact Centre   [ updated 17 Apr 2021, 04:07 by CHS Info ]


Following the tragic and shocking death of Sarah Everard in our parish we are holding a service or prayer and protest on Sunday 18th April at 6.30pm.

The service will be an opportunity to commemorate all women and girls who have been the victims of violence and to pray for an end to gender-based discrimination.

We are delighted that our MP, Bell Ribeiro Addy and Tabitha Morton from the Women’s Equality Party will be speaking at the service.


Please wear a face mask, socially distance and don’t come if you’re feeling unwell.

This is a ticketed service with a maximum number of 100 in-person attendees.

To book your place please visit  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/service-of-prayer-and-protest-tickets-150611437865

For those wishing to attend virtually, the service will also be streamed on, YouTube, Facebook and Zoom.

You can download the order of service here.

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Meeting ID: 828 4269 4231

Passcode: 353127

What’s up with the pancakes?

posted 12 Feb 2021, 02:30 by CHS Info   [ updated 13 Feb 2021, 09:41 ]

Shrove Tuesday is traditionally celebrated as Pancake Day.  For many years we have held pancake parties at church at which we make 
and flip and eat pancakes (and for the younger members compete to get the largest number of flips in a minute). 

Pancakes are easy to make a delicious to eat.

Below are two of my favourite recipes for you to try.  But why pancakes?

Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent begins.  Lent is our major penitential period: a time of prayer and reflection when we think about the ways in which we fail to live in the light of Christ and commit to turning again to God and all that is life-giving.  Lent has traditionally been a time of fasting.  Fasting is an ancient practice linked to charitable giving (so we give up our daily coffee or glass of wine and give the money we would have spent on it to charity;) being in solidarity with the poor and with Christ’s suffering; and reflecting on our need for food and our dependence on God and one another.

Pancakes were the last hurrah before the fast.  They were a way of using up fats and eggs (and other delicious things).

So here goes! 

**Why not send a photo of your pancakes this Tuesday (maybe a short video of the flipping skills)**


125 grams plain flour

300 millilitres of milk

1 large egg (make it organic people! chickens are God’s creatures too)

A pinch of salt

A teaspoon (or more) of caster sugar.

A splash of oil or melted butter.

Weigh out your flour, salt and sugar into a large bowl.  Make a dip in the centre of the flour.  Whisk together the egg and milk and SLOWLY whisk into the flour.

The key to a smooth batter is to add the liquid SLOWLY drawing in flour GRADUALLY.

 Ideally leave to stand for half an hour.

 To cook heat a thin based frying pan on a medium-high heat, oat the base of the pan with a very fine layer of oil or butter (I use a piece of kitchen roll to wipe the bottom of the pan with fat between pancakes).  Pour in one spoonful of batter and quickly tip the pan from side to side to coat the base with the batter.  Pop the pan back on the heat until the batter has set then flip the pancake over to cook the second side.   Tip onto a waiting plate, add the topping of your choice and scoff warm – yum yum.

 Traditional topping is a sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of lemon but go wild!  Maple syrup, pureed fruit, jam, chocolate spread whatever you have to hand.


If you want a very thin lacy pancake (like a French crepe substitute half the milk for water and make sure the batter just covers the bottom of the pan – you should be able to get 16 pancakes form one egg!).

Cooked pancakes freeze well – make sure that you place a strip of greaseproof paper between each pancake and wrap well with two layers of clingfilm.  These can then be rolled around a stuffing of ricotta and spinach mixed with a little salt and nutmeg and baked in the oven topped with a tomato or roux sauce and some crumbled cheese for supper.



This uses a thicker batter with an added raising agent to make smaller, fatter, fluffy pancakes.

Add an additional 100 grams of flour, a teaspoon of baking powder and an extra (organic) egg.

This batter should not be left to stand but needs to be cooked STRAIGHTAWAY.

Once you pan is heated and oiled drop 3- 4 spoons of batter into individual rounds.  As soon as bubbles start to appear on the top of the pancake flip it over with a spatula (don’t try flipping this one) the second side cooks very quickly.

These are traditionally served in a stack drizzled with maple syrup.

In the vicarage this is our family birthday breakfast served with maple syrup, mixed berries or fruit compote and topped with a sparkler and served in bed.



CHS Abbeville Village Living Advent Calendar 2020!

posted 3 Dec 2020, 08:10 by Contact Centre   [ updated 14 Dec 2020, 11:47 by CHS Info ]

Let's Countdown to Christmas together with our first ever Living Advent Calendar!


Download with this link your Abbeville Living Advent Calendar to tick off every single window

The Church of the Holy Spirit Clapham is delighted to bring the community together with our Abbeville Village Living Advent Calendar, brand new for 2020.

Every night, from the 1st to the 24th of December, a specially decorated window will be revealed in our life-size advent calendar.

The windows are themed around Christmas carols and festive favourites, with stunning displays spread throughout Abbeville Village.

Look out for the windows' unveiling, happening every night after 6pm as we count down to Christmas together.

To download your living calendar trail, click the link below and see if you can spot all 24!

Living in Love and Faith

posted 21 Nov 2020, 01:47 by CHS Info   [ updated 21 Nov 2020, 06:40 ]

Living in Love and Faith (LLF) is a major Church of England project about human identity, gender, sexuality and marriage.  It has taken three years to produce.  It has a vast array of resources: a book, videos, podcasts, a course (all available on line).  The resources are intended to help parishes, deaneries and ultimately General Synod, consider whether, among other things, the Church of England should embrace marriage equality.

Every clergy person has received a letter from the Archbishops encouraging us to “explore” the resources in order that we may “grow in understanding of our common life”.  The next steps are vague: a group of Bishops (LLF next steps group) will “find ways to gather what emerges from your engagement so that it can properly contribute to the bishops’ discernment of a way forward for your church”.

To be honest, this is disappointing: one of the main aims seems to be to encourage both liberal and conservative parties in the wider Church to listen to one another and “play nice”.  The material (I haven’t reviewed it thoroughly yet) seems to present those opposed to gay marriage and gay relationship and those who advocate inclusion and equality neutrally (reminding me of Trump's comments after Charlottesville).  This means that some of  the material presented will be offensive, harmful and discouraging to those in the LGBT community.  As an inclusive church this is not a neutral issue for us, it is an issue of justice and the gospel imperative to love.

However, we need to engage in order to have our voice heard in the debate.

Standing Committee, the PCC and the LGBT action group will be discussing how we should respond in the coming weeks.  My proposal will be to put together a group of volunteers to assess the material and decide how best we can engage in the  process and how we can use this opportunity to explore how we can become a more Inclusive Church (in the broadest sense) and what that means for us.

In the meantime you might be interested to read some of the response to the material here:

Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch www.modernchurch.org.uk

The Ven Peter Leonard, archdeacon and chair of OneBodyOneFaith www.viamedia.News (twitter @peterleonard200)

 Mother Ruth Burge-Thomas, Vicar

YouTube Video

Introducing the Big Church Read

posted 29 Aug 2020, 03:48 by CHS Info   [ updated 30 Aug 2020, 08:17 ]

The Big Church Read is a new national online Christian book club running a number of times a year, with the aim of encouraging Christians across the country to read and recommend good Christian books to one another.
And the first Big Church Read begins this September for six weeks
The book we will be reading is called: 
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry 
John Mark Comer
It’s the perfect book for our time. 
Based on Dallas Willard’s philosophy that the hurried pace of 
our modern world inhibits a healthy spiritual and emotional life for us all, 
it sets out a plan for us to ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our lives.
You can find out more about the book, the author, and The Big Church Read itself by watching this short introductory video from the author:

John Mark Comer introduces The Big Church Read – 1 minute watch
How to take part
It is very simple. 
And completely free, once you have a copy of the book. 
This is all you need to do:
1. Sign up on the website, here: www.thebigchurchread.co.uk

2. Make sure everybody taking part has a copy of the book: 
(buy here for £9.99 and save £5, or buy direct from Andy for £9 - email below)

3. Decide when your group is going to meet.

You’ll be sent 
a free reading plan and discussion questions 
to aid your conversation. 
And every Monday night for six weeks, 
beginning on Monday 21 September, 7.00p.m., 
John Mark Comer will release a short exclusive teaching video on the themes of that week’s portion of the book to aid you in your reading. 
We really encourage you to join in.
You can do so either formally as a whole church or more informally as a group of friends. There is a flyer and social media assets available so you can spread the word online and join in with others taking part around the country.
Further questions?
Email andy.lyon@thebigchurchread.co.uk or 
The Big Church Read is a partnership between 
St Andrew’s Bookshop and Hodder Faith.

Visitor registration during Covid 19

posted 31 Jul 2020, 08:08 by CHS Info   [ updated 1 Aug 2020, 03:15 ]

NHS Test & Trace depends on places where people congregate having a record of who has been in the building. So by the front door of the church, you will find a poster like this one (right)

So here is another use for your mobile phone - each time you visit the church can you please register your visit. Point your phone camera at the QR code, or enter the link into its browser, and fill in the details.

Your details are securely held by the provider and will be deleted after 21 days. 

They will only be used if we get a call from NHS Test & Trace. If someone who has visited the church tests positive, then the NHS will ask for a list of visitors over a period of time. Then an encrypted file will be sent to them with the contact details so that the people listed can be alerted and tested.

Below is what you will see on your mobile phone.

You will need to do it each time you visit. If you forget your phone you can ask someone to enter your details for you, on their phone.

Oh, and by the way, you can practise pointing your phone's camera at the QR code (right). 

Thank you!

Here's what you will see on your mobile phone (below)

Great News!

posted 30 Jul 2020, 10:27 by Church Office

We are delighted to announce that from Sunday 2nd August, we will be resuming services in church!

To begin with we will have 8am Pram Service followed by 9am Said Mass both in church. The main 10:30am sung service will remain online for the time being. The zoom link to that is on our Virtual Church Page

Then starting the following week on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays the church will be open for morning prayer. We will continue to host daily prayer on zoom. 

Please check our diary for all the specific dates and times. 

We cant wait to see you all very VERY SOON!

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:


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