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Blessing Love

posted 22 May 2018, 02:04 by Church Office   [ updated 22 May 2018, 02:06 ]

Music Making a Difference in aid of Robes Project - 4 May - tickets available

posted 17 Apr 2018, 05:33 by CHS Info   [ updated 17 Apr 2018, 05:34 ]

On Friday May 4th, the orchestra leader from James Bond movies Skyfall and Spectre is back in Clapham. 

If you went to his previous concerts here in 2013 and 2015, you will know that he tours the country to share his love of Bach's masterly and beautiful sonatas and partitas for solo violin - and you will want to hear him again, playing a new selection. 

If you haven't heard Thomas Bowes before then be prepared to be wowed - it is a truly astonishing experience.

This concert is in support of Robes Night Shelters. The Robes Project organises night shelters during the winter months for homeless people - for a little information about our involvement go the News section here.

Robes was 10 years old in 2017. Ten years of providing winter night shelters for homeless people. Holy Spirit Clapham is one of a number of local churches offering shelter - you can read more about it here -http://robes.org.uk/

Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Tickets will also be available at the door. The concert will end at around 9:15. Refreshments will be served.

Thomas Bowes will play Bach's Sonata no 1 in G minor BWV 1001, Partita no 1 in B Minor BWV 1002, Sonata no 3 in C Major BWV 1005. You can find out more about him at http://thomasbowes.com/

Christmas charities 2017 - what you gave

posted 14 Mar 2018, 08:03 by Church Office   [ updated 15 Mar 2018, 03:40 ]

Thank you for your generosity! Christmas giving raised  £1,510.70 for the Children's Society and £1195.37 each to Safe Passage and Ace of Clubs and CHS.

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

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