St Hilda’s This Week

St Hilda’s is the Church of England Parish Church of Crofton Park
We are a welcoming and diverse congregation.  If you come, you will meet  wonderful people from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences who will be  happy you are standing with them before God’s Altar, willing to Worship, Grow and Serve.   We are a ‘comprehensive’ church with a belief that God works with people from where they are – all we ask  is  readiness to  worship along side others who find their unity in Christ, and who look forward to discovering who we may be  through his Love at work in our lives.

Sunday Worship Returns  to Church 10:10   Eucharist    For those who are  ready,  provision has been made to do this safely.  We are continuing  the Sunday Livestream:   The ‘Worship Home Page’ on the tab above takes you to the Sunday notices, Liturgy sheet and Livestream link  for use at home – or you can click the link below.    Live Stream and Service sheet for use at home

Linking Lives Visiting scheme   We are pleased to  announce that St Saviour’s  Church Brockley Rise  has appointed a new facilitator and project worker. St Hilda’s is the support  partner to St Saviours – the linking Lives  Scheme  works across both our parishes

Covid Virus –  Struggling with Isolating ?   Help is at hand
There are teams locally who want to help you.  Almost every street has a group of friends  and neighbours – don’t be afraid to ask  a neighbour you already know.
Two locally co-ordinated groups which have organised teams across our ward are:

Crofton and Honor Oak Park Mutual Aid See their web page for guidance and links to useful  information.
If you need help:
If you want to offer help:
DCR1 Mutual Aid Group   See the national web page for guidance and links:  website 
Direct local telephone: 07515 875 560
Both groups split into localities along the lines of the local polling station areas (ours is DCR1). If you are just off the map but nearby, it’s OK to ask for help.

Covid Virus – struggling mentally?   Some of these links might help
Fear of Death When Pandemic Makes Us Face Mortality
Made Redundant Thanks to Covid-19?Coping With Losing Work
On Each Other’s Nerves? How to Navigate “Coronavirus Relationship Conflict”
Surviving Lockdown With Family – This Can Help
Overreacting, or “Triggered”? Pandemic and Prior Mental Health Issues
Reaching Out Hard? 12 Keys to Getting Support

Covid Virus – struggling spiritually?  Many people are finding this a time  to reconnect to their Faith : when life is ‘interrupted’, we can sometimes find our inner ‘core’  awakened – the ‘core’ where the Holy Spirit gives us both Life and Strength. Through his presence we connect to others in Worship and Prayer.  If you are fearful, offering that fear to God can change things ; you can turn your anxiety into a prayer for others in need, and by so doing, you open your heart to God’s transforming presence. Here is a traditional prayer of St Augustine –  you might like to say it to focus your intention. First, lift all your fearful thoughts and feelings to God as if you were offering him a gift (you may feel this is odd, but to God it is a wonderful gift He has been waiting to receive). Lift up those is need, and then use the following (or another- perhaps ‘Our Father’ )  prayer to declare your deepest intention and desire for others to be helped:

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
and give Your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ,
Rest Your weary ones,
Bless Your dying ones,
Soothe Your suffering ones,
Pity Your afflicted ones,
Shield Your joyous ones,
and all for Your love’s sake.  Amen.

Many people have found that connecting  to  worshipping congregation  through   live streamed services  is a great experience   –   You are welcome to  join us  on our Sunday  Live Stream from Church  – check out our Worship home page:
Live Stream and Eucharist sheet for use at home








Live stream link :

Response Current  Covid19 Emergency 2020
The Church Building may be  currently closed for worship; but  the Church as the Body of Christ is always living and active as  she  breathes the Holy Spirit  and is united  in  heaven and Earth.  We continue to  hold in the highest place in our hearts those sick or vulnerable, those offering  front line services  especially our health workers. Daily prayers are offered at home.  There has been wonderful response among church members  supporting each other  and  thinking of new ways to  fulfil,  our calling to worship together.    If you need us  please call or email – pastoral  provisions are  working well by phone  and  services are to be live streamed on Sundays and at other published items  from the  Vicarage. Do see the  Worship Home page  above  for  Sunday Eucharist sheet  and sepcial resources for Sunday including  a link  for live streaming. 

Site and Site management through the ‘lock down’
We have a key worker supporting  nursery on site:  so a skeleton office with  functions for site maintenance H &S etc remain live. these are at at reduced level to minimise journeys for staff. 

Christmas Fundraising 2019  Update – total for Childrens Society £986
We were pleased to welcome  so many  to all our services and to host the special service for Stillness School, and the Humy Mummies concert.  The christingles were much enjoyed Together we have raised at noteworthy £986  for the Childrens Society.

We offer a rich experience of worship and teaching  in the Church of England’s Catholic (High Church) tradition, and  enjoy playing our part in our area. We share our buildings, with over 35   groups  offering community based activities on our site, and with families for parties on saturdays.  We collate and  deliver a community  oreintated church magazine  ‘Impact’.  

Safeguarding St Hilda’s takes the safeguarding and care of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. Our Safeguarding officer  Stella can be contacted  on 07832345934  or  the Diocesan Safeguarding  Team on 020 7939 9476.  For Further information and helplines that can support you: click here for our  Safeguarding page.

Our building is a feature Grade 2 Arts and Crafts Structure now 109 years old.  We recently completed  a major restoration of roofing and high level masonry.

Alpha at St Hildas We offer  the ‘Alpha course’  its freindly, relaxed and open, and you are welcome to join us  our next course starts inseptember 2020 –  contact: Father.bates@sainthildas.   See our  ‘Alpha’ tab for more details.

Regular Service times follow this link   

Our Misison is  – ‘To call people to the fullness of Christ’
by committing ourselves:
to Worship with awe and love
to Serve with generosity and humility
to Grow by making new disciples

Join us for  St Hilda’s for  ‘Cuppa and chat’ Tuesdays 11am-1pm – games and social  – Quiz  every 2nd Tuesday entrance via Main Door in Courtrai Road. See twitter feed for photos.

Alpha Course  up and running – New Course starts end of  September 2019
We have  run Alpha for the first time building up our experince  ready to Welcome enquirers again in September 2019.  Are you thinking of renewing your connection to your faith?  Would you liketo find out what the Christian faith offers  in a non judgemetnal and open  group-  do make contact  if you like  join us  this autumn

The church is open to visit and  for * quiet reflection  – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30 -6pm;   Saturdays  11 – 5pm; Sundays 9-12.30 pm;  and  Wednesdays 3- 6pm: Once the warm roof  and restoration is achieved,  we hope to have  funds to staff the office have even more open hours.

Get to know us better:

Food Bank Forest Hill –  leave contributions in our Crucifix Door Porch
Since  Harvest 2017   St Hilda’s  has collected over 270kg  of foods and toiletries etc to help families in need. ‘My Jamii Cafe’ has been a local  collection point for the food bank for some time – and we are happy  to welcome contributions  at the Crucifx Door Porch  –  leave them in the porch if no one answers the buzzer – but if you will, do put in a note with your email address. The Food Bank need  particular items from time to time  – canned meats, vegetables, fruits, and breakfast cereals are always good, and  also babies’ nappies, baby food  toothpaste and lavatory paper.

9 metre ‘Mobile’ art work:  a pillar of flames over the font

mobile above font

Pentecost mission flames painted by  members over the weeks since Whitsunday have been assembled into a  very attractive  9 meter high mobile. Each flame represents in colour  each person’s commitment to offer their gifts to St Hilda’s to  enable new Christians to be made and  new members  to find a home and an purpose in our congregation

Lent Jars 2018  are for three Practical Action Projects in Asia, Africa and South America

St Hildas Ash Mob on front of the Bridge news  paper – see photos on twitter feed to left

 7 Confirmed at Southwark Cathedral
4 Teengers and two Adults were confirmed  at Southwark Cathedral on Nov 25th  by the Bishop of Kingston. St Hilda’s members were the most numerous supporters at the service and we were proud so many  came out to witness to our candidates how important this  event and  commitment will be for their lives.





St Hilda’s Member  elected Deputy Young Mayor of Lewisham
We are proud of one of our younger members who polled the most  first place votes in the recent  election for young mayor; with the second place votes taken into consideration he has acheived the post of deputy young mayor for this year.

9 metre ‘Mobile’ art work:  a pillar of flames over the font
Pentecost mission flames painted by  members over the weeks since Whitsunday have been assembled into a  very attractive  9 meter high mobile. Each flame represents in colour  each person’s commitment to offer their gifts to St Hilda’s to  enable new Christians to be made and  new members  to find a home and an purpose in our congregation

Warm Roof Fund  Local Appeal
Exceeds  25k Target by £3753
he Lewisham 3 Peaks Challenge walkers and their sponsors brought in £1733. Jays Budgen’s fundraising  though the plastic bag charge has added a further  £2001 . The final total of the local appeal  is £28753.65

A big  thank you  to our local donors and to our major grant funders for fiancnce support and encouragement.

Photo right : Our Vicar Father Stuart  with Laura Barnham  who organised the event.



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