St Hilda’s This Week

The ‘Worship Home Page’ has full notices and  Liturgy sheet and also the Livestream link  for use at home – or you can click this link: This weeks NEWS and Sunday Service sheet for use at home

No 8.30 Said Eucharist- The early Eucharist is temporarily suspended.
10.10 Principal Eucharist -NB St Hilda’s is  not open for General Public Worship, instead  Mass is celebrated by a  Livestream team which includes registered Church members -but limited numbers during the current restrictions. Please email for permission to attend. 

Tier 4 Worship provisions
We maintain the  principle Eucharist at 10:10 with reduced numbers ( max 25 – nb the church can safely  seat 48 with 2 meters all round). The 10:10 Livestream continues.  If you are a visitor or newcomer desirous of being present for the Celebration of the Holy  Mysteries please email to register – see email above.

Donating to support us- we appreciate  all who wish to  be part of our life, work and witness:  Thanks to all who have braved banking online to send in donations. Our bank details are to the  right.  Tip for online banking: you have to leave out the apostrophe on ‘St Hildas’, so that it reads ‘St Hildas’ – otherwise the banks will not accept our account name. some banks accept the account name St Hildas PCC.

Covid Period Blues ? – Scroll down for helpful resources

Does God seem far away at present? Have your life problems caught up with you? God is never as far away as we think.  Sometimes He can only be known by the shape left by His absence; only be desired in mourning that which seemingly has fled from us. This beautiful offering from Pentatonix might give voice to the prayer your heart is longing to pray. 

For those who are bereaved or fearful, the Christian hope is both a great strength, and a power of transformation. We have posted this  beautiful song sung by Mr Stephen Eldridge for any who might need  to reconnect to the Christian faith at this time. Our thanks to  Stephen for this and all his YouTube offerings over the covid period.

The Grieving Process in a Pandemic – Navigating the New (and Lonely) ‘Rules’

Covid Period – struggling mentally? Some of these links might help  –

Apathy – Why it Matters if You Stop Caring About Anything
When Working from Home stops being funReasons you might be feeling low
Overthinking Why You Do It and How to Stop
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

The ‘Worship Home Page’ has full notices and  Liturgy sheet and also the Livestream link  for use at home – or you can click this link: This weeks NEWS and Sunday Service sheet for use at home

St Hilda’s Livestream
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Covid Virus –  Struggling with Isolating ?   Help is at hand
There are teams locally who want to help you. 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:

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.

St Hilda’s is the Church of England
Parish Church of Crofton Park

We Worship God in Christ Jesus. We believe he enfolds us in the fellowship of his Church both those with whom we worship here in earth, and the Saints  in God’s nearer presence. We believe everyone has purpose to be revealed in God’s love as the Holy Spirit works in our lives. Our beautiful Church building and style of worship express for us the beauty, truth and goodness of the Life God offers us. If you come, you will meet great people  who will be happy you have come to stand before God’s Altar, willing to Worship, Grow and Serve with us. As Christ opened wide his arms on the cross for all people, so we believe that God embraces us in our different backgrounds, gifts and struggles for his good purpose, he accepts and works with people where they are. We ask  from all who come a readiness to  worship alongside others who are imperfect yet who find their true unity and purpose in Christ, and who look forward to discovering who we may be through his Love at work in our lives.

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 from you). Lift up those in need, and then use the following (or another prayer – perhaps ‘Our Father’)  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 a  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

Unrest and upset in the current period :

Post-modernist movements come  centre stage. It is good for us to consider what it means, what opportunities and learning it affords and how to respond powerfully and graciously.
The stressful nature of this period has impacted on us all. The needs and tensions of our  societies, and of groups and causes within them, have been exacerbated and highlighted in our lives. How should we be in the world with each other? This is a big issue of human living – one that is at the heart of God’s concern for our full well-being.  How might  Christians respond to various movements and cultural phenomena of the era that secularists call post-modern? Understanding more deeply what is happening is important. Christians rightly do not just sit around uncaring. But how do we properly engage with social justice issues? With whom might we be making common cause? Should we do so without careful theological reflection? I am reminded of the French Revolution, where the clergy initially supported the demands for reform, and then were horribly persecuted by the ravening forces.  Below are links to two articles : the first from a traditionalist Protestant intellectual point of view. It’s well researched and clearly written to illuminate, to challenge, to help us re-root our bemused minds in God’s revelation of Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life; and not just to help us speak from a position of critical discernment, but also to take to heart elements of post-modern insights which help us review our interpretation of our faith, and improve our presentation of it.  Grace. 

As a good Anglican I have also sourced a very different and  useful article written by a Catholic author in 2010. Like the angling of our two eyes to achieve depth of vision, this should give a richer perspective on how we must be as servants of the Eternal God in a world of temporal cultures and evanescent human social, intellectual and political movements. This author helps us review the context and multiple strands of thinking in Post modernism and to look further how they can help us speak more cogently to people whose minds have been formed by the highly stimulated and strange abstraction of  modern culture. 
I would be interested to hear her reflections on current times, particularly on the espousal of violence against persons, institutions, and the ‘cancel culture’.  

Post-modernism would seem to many Christians to be at best a ‘two edged sword’: a useful perspective to have in a ‘kit of tools’ to bring into play as needed, but when globalised (totalised) as a world view, and allowed to dominate all other disciplines, to become a corrosive force truly destructive of intellectual wellbeing and the cohesive living it purports to be enabling. For Christians who have espoused post-modernism there are significant challenges to our whole understanding of the meaning and nature of things, not least to the Biblical witness to God’s revelation in the life of mankind – which post-modernists would consider to be a ‘totalizing meta-narrative’, in their view a bad habit of naughty people (of course that view might itself be considered to be a ‘totalising meta- narrative’ – but shhh! don’t say that in front of them- one thing is for sure, they  find it hard to take their own medicine – though Jacques Derrida was himself open about the  contradiction at the heart of his ‘deconstruction’ method).

Many Christians would feel we fit more comfortably with the position called ‘Critical Realism’ which embraces both theology and science – there is a Truth, but it is not simple  nor can it be so easily encapsulated in  thought but we do discern it and  we are on our way to discover it through many different means and ways – and  for Christians  through being excited by science  and not least by following One in whom we find The Way, The Truth and The Life. Post-modernism stresses that truth is entirely relative and subjective (I think this is important to understand, as many of us who appreciate aspects of a ‘post-modern’ approach may well not accept at all its potential level of disdain for the quest of understanding, or its level of exultation of the validity of individual subjectivity). Post- modernist criticism uses tools to deconstruct the ‘stories’/grand schemes we consciously or semi-consciously inhabit, and reduces all elements to binary structures, with designated power relationships being the base level of life – no love, no standard of excellence or beauty, no mediation of higher meaning or purpose – just power relationships as defined by them, and the cures proposed by their disciples – hence the accusation that it is fundamentally Marxist and a reductionism project with a narrow and cynical agenda. In doing so it can seem a very narrow and harsh lens which often produces highly opinionated people, whose narrow focus, and entitled sense of their right to critique others, prevails over an adequate examination of their own shadow or a review of their own personal immaturity and  inner despondency. 

If you look at the complexity of the world through a single narrow jaundiced lens, no matter how cleverly you analyse it, everything in it will all be tinted yellow. A model which seems to me to represent the best of thinking is to view any aspect of experience through the multiple lenses the best of each refined discipline offers us – like looking  through the multiple individual facets of a cut jewel. Even if these views apparently arrive at opposing conclusions, nonetheless collectively they do offer a window on reality, and collectively  illuminate something of its truth. It seems to me that the new physics, both in its method and observations, was taking us to that place, along with the multiple lenses  developed disciplines offer us (however, this takes a breadth of commitment to education that demands a great deal of effort). Critics of the children of post-modernism point out the origins of its approach in the outflow of academics from the collapse of the communist experiment. Critics see these people as having a narrow grasp on knowledge and history, and a poor ability to integrate studies at depth, with a reductionist and cynical power-motivated agenda underlying the whole project – the ‘problematisers’ themselves being seen by some as the most problematic of all. It would seem that others see the  disciples of post-modernism very differently from the way they see themselves, and believe  they might rightly use the tools of their own trade to ‘deconstruct’ their own position more profitably than criticising others. We are all fallible and must cut each other some slack  – forgive that you may be forgiven – and don’t presume to ‘pluck the speck out of your sisters eye …….’. 

Trigger warning – Emile Paglia is uncompromising in her disdain for the state of American academia and for postmodernists – if this frank attack might in way hurt your feelings you are advised not to watch.

Linking Lives Visiting scheme new lead  Staff member  We are pleased to  announce that St Saviour’s Church Brockley Rise has appointed a new facilitator and project worker. Sam has started in September – we pray for his every blessing in the post. St Hilda’s is the support partner to St Saviour’s – the Linking Lives scheme works across both our parishes.

Our Mission 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 being and making disciples


The rest of this page is historic material


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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3 Responses to St Hilda’s This Week

  1. Barbara-Wales says:

    Thanks for a lovely service last Sunday-very uplifting and gives me
    strength to find good works to do and sort out my family troubles at
    Every blessing,Barbara

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